Kyle Olson I am a documentary filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles, California. I consider myself a storyteller at heart. I am always looking to find the full story in any situation. Recently, I produced a documentary about two World War II veterans. As part of my documentary, I've been curious to see what Presidential candidates (and their supporters) say about our veterans. Donald Trump has been very vocal in regards to how he feels about supporting our vets. I applied for press credentials to attend the event, and the Trump campaign approved them within 5 minutes. It is clear that Trump has a policy that all media are welcome. Smart man. He knows this is called free advertising. No wonder he's spent so much less money on television campaign ads than all of his opponents. My colleague Timmy and I pack up our bags and prepare to travel to Las Vegas. On our car ride to the rally, Timmy and I talked politics. We were both on the same page going in that we felt like Trump was a joke. A circus act. A looney toon. From the second we arrived at the Trump rally, I couldn't help but make observations every step of the way. I'll say this to start: There's something really energizing and fun about going to a Presidential rally. Here we see a bunch of people coming together to listen to one man's view for America's future. The place has the feel of a NASCAR event -- the smell of beer is in the air, and every single person has a plate of nachos in their lap as they prepare to listen to the Donald speak. For many people, this is a night out. Timmy and I start to work the crowd. I am carrying a professional-grade camera and we are looking for people to interview. In my experience filming live events such as a rally, there never seems to be a shortage of people to interview. Everyone wants to talk on camera, because everyone has something to say. At this event, nobody would talk on camera. But not because they didn't have anything to say. They saw our media credentials and big camera and said, "no way - the media is dishonest and misleading". We must have asked at least 20 people and NOT ONE would talk on camera. We even changed our approach and still no luck. We decided to just start talking to people in the crowd without the cameras around. We found a few interesting people to talk to, who still wouldn't be on film, but who WOULD take selfies and chat about politics and all things Trump. First, we met Nick, who was donning the popular "Make America Great Again" hat. He told us, "I'm waiting for people to wake up, grow up, and stand for what America needs. And I think Trump's a representative that will shake up the system, not be bought by anybody, and appoint the right people in place to make America great again." I'm intrigued by what Nick is saying. "You also need someone who can point out talent, and Trump knows talent. This is America rising up and speaking loud and clear. And while the media may not show this side of it, this is America and this is our voice," he continues. The second supporter we talk to is dressed like a patriot from the Revolutionary War. His name is Gary. "Trump talks about taboo things. He will hit the questions that need to be answered. I love that he wants a strong military, but I love even more so that he wants our veterans to get the care they need. They sacrificed a lot and we owe it to them. Trump is great about getting the truth and starting an open discussion. I don't hate the people on the other side, I just don't think they see it. But we are all human and I love every human." At this point, I'm honestly slightly surprised by what I'm hearing. Nobody is talking about Trump's radical views like I was expecting. Perhaps we aren't getting the right people. We need to find even CRAZIER looking people in the crowd, I tell myself. I want to hear from every type of person I can find at this rally. Then we find Captain America. No, really. A man dressed like Captain America was eagerly awaiting to get into the Trump Rally. The Captain flew in on his birthday from Seattle to see the Trump rally in Vegas. When asked why he was sporting the Captain America outfit, he said, "because Captain America wants to help Trump make America great again. Trump is the best choice for office because he says what he means.". He said nothing radical. Nothing crazy. And to be honest, I expected that coming from a man who was dressed from head to toe like a super hero. I wanted to find another person that the media would typically paint as a crazy Trump enthusiast. Within minutes, we found an Elvis impersonator. Bingo. "I was the King of Rock 'N Roll and Trump is the King of getting stuff done! Trump will get things all shook up in Washington DC for the better," he said. Fascinating. In all of the people we talked to, not one supporter mentioned that they loved Trump because he was going to build a wall or deport Muslims. They liked him because he's great at evaluating talent, and he's not afraid to shake up Washington to get stuff done - even if that means opening his mouth and being more candid than most of us are used to. By this time, 5,000 people have taken their seats. The arena is jam-packed. Trump's team had to turn people away because there were simply no more chairs left in the arena. Some are saying it was the largest political gathering in Nevada state history. As the last few people make their way thru the Secret Service checkpoints, the lights dim and we know the main event is about to begin. The room becomes energized just like you would see at a KISS concert. The feeling in the room is electric. This is more than a rally. This is a show. The cameras have started rolling, and it's show time. A video comes on the screen: Text reads, "From the beginning, "THEY have been against him…". A picture of Megyn Kelly appears on the screen. The crowd boos! A montage of news clips begins of people laughing at the idea of Donald Trump for President. The piece begins by showing us how he has gone against all odds to make it to the top. It ends on an motivational tone. And then: the epic music begins. The crowd jumps to their feet. Thunderous applause begins and Donald Trump makes his way onto the stage. The crowd goes wild. The press immediately notice that Trump is wearing a purple tie. I see journalists around me taking notes about it. I ask one person, "why does his tie color matter?". "It's a combination of red and blue, which means he's trying to appeal to both sides." Is he really? Or did he just pull a purple tie off of his tie rack. Maybe he was tired of wearing red ties? Maybe he likes the color purple? We may never know, but I thought it was an amusing initial observation. Why was the press searching so hard for a story in the color of his tie? Trump begins speaking to the crowd, and after a bunch of "thank yous" and talk about the status of the race ("HUGE" numbers!), he begins to attack the media. "The media is told to never show the audience. They don't want to see how successful I am becoming.", Donald says. We are barely 5 minutes in, and already, he is bringing up the media and how dishonest they are. This has been a (surprising) theme all night long -- first starting with Trump's supporters refusing to be on camera, continuing with Trump's intro video, and now this. The speech goes on and Trump begins talking about his plans for health care. Trump says that if he is President, he will repeal Obamacare. An angry protester stands up and yells that Obamacare has worked for him and his family. Donald Trump tries to talk nicely to him and address his issue at first. The protester begins to shout obscenities. As a result, he is escorted from the arena. While he's being taken away, Trump says, "he'd like to punch him in the face." The press pool - where I am sitting - gasps. They just found their headline for the prime time news. Moments after his latest hate-filled catch-phrase is caught on camera, Donald Trump begins talking about our veterans. He says, "our veterans are the best, and they deserve the best." The crowd cheers. Donald's tone changes from patriotic and energetic to serious and somber for a moment. "Did you know 22 US veterans commit suicide every day?" The crowd of 5,000 people pull out signs they were given before the rally. The signs are shaped like stop-signs and have the number 22 in a bold font. It's a touching moment, and even Trump acknowledges it. "Oh my goodness, Wow. That's so incredible. I didn't know [they were doing] this. That is incredible." "It has to stop", Trump says. The crowd cheers. "We have to do better." At one point, the crowd was even lead in prayer for the 22 veterans that die each day. It was incredibly moving and touching. A human moment from Donald Trump. Who knew? Not many people, unfortunately. Because it never made the news. You really had to be there to see it all. Trump's speech went on for just under an hour, and in this time, he talked about many issues. Donald Trump acted (for the most part) like a Presidential front runner candidate should. He talked about improving children's education, how police deserve to be treated better, how much he believes in woman's rights, and a plethora of other things. He never once mentioned some of his biggest, most controversial issues. He never spoke of banning Muslims, and the only time he mentioned his plan to build a wall was when the crowd started to chant, "build that wall". He talked about it for maybe 20 seconds. Now, you may not agree with Donald Trump on the issues, and THAT'S OKAY. But that's not what this is about. What was so eye-opening was the fact that there was more to the story than we have been seeing. I understand why Trump is upset with the media. And, to be honest, I think he has a right to be. You only hear the soundbites, but you don't see much else. Trump is so dynamic and I witnessed it firsthand. THAT is why people fall for him. He knows his audience. And you don't see his audience on TV. Maybe because his audience is steering clear of the media since Trump continues to bash them.Many think it's crazy that Donald Trump has the support he has. But after seeing him in action at this rally, I GET IT. I understand why people support him. He's frustrated with politics. Many Americans are, too. The dynamic between him and the audience is a special one. He is a smart business man and he knows what people want to hear. Trump is the best anti-politician politician. It's brilliant and messed up all at the same time. It's a fascinating case study, and one of the reasons I was so inspired to write this piece. I never write, but I was so motivated to write this because I was so fascinated by all that I saw at the rally firsthand. So much of which people can't see on television. Perhaps the biggest thing that blew me away is that the Trump I saw in person was not the Trump I was expecting to see. In person, he seemed passionate for our country and reflected the viewpoints many of us share. The media is only pushing the one-liners that are ratings gold. And yes, Trump is 100% feeding into it. But it's become clear that in many ways that the media isn't reporting the news, they are controlling the news. And, of course, it will come as no surprise that it's all for the ratings.Now don't get me wrong -- Trump says some things that I still think are downright stupid. I think supporters of Trump are giving him a pass for his faults and they are HUGE faults. Should a Presidential hopeful be saying that he wants to punch a protestor in the face? HELL NO. That's not presidential at all. But when he does say things like this, the media capitalizes on this and he becomes front page news. While watching Trump on stage, the thought crossed my mind: Is he saying those stupid things intentionally so that he remains the front story and it helps his campaign? It's hard to say, but it's something to wonder about. I wouldn't doubt it. To those of you (still) reading, I may sound like I support Trump and that I am really sipping the Kool-Aid and riding the Trump Train. You'd be wrong. I am still an undecided voter. This piece is in no way an endorsement for Donald Trump as President. That said, I am thankful to the Trump campaign for allowing me access to the event. I had an amazing chance to capture some footage for my veterans documentary, which was my primary goal. But I also walked away with my eyes wide open. At the rally, I realized there was more to the story. And I think we, as Americans, deserve better. Many people complain that Trump isn't taking the election seriously because of some of the extremely candid (and sometimes rude) things he has said. I understand that. But WE aren't taking the election seriously either! And the media sure isn't. We are feeding right into it! Maybe if WE started taking this election more seriously, Donald Trump would, too. Food for thought.