[SIDEBAR: Why do they always have the court reporter's machine so high?!]
American Violet showed both a videographer and a court reporter in action. There was even a close-up shot of a steno machine in the movie, and a scene where the viewer can see stacks of steno paper on a desk in a courtroom.
The second half of the movie was chock full of depositions. It was great to see a court reporter and a videographer featured.
In Common’s song, “Testify,” he mentions a court reporter, stating: “Court Reporter making her words shorter.”
The video to the song also shows a court reporter writing on her machine in the court scenes. The video stars legendary actors: Taraji Henson, Bill Duke, Wood Harris, and Steve Harris.