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It Wasn't The Editing

by admin July 5, 2007
Ask A Reality-TV Producer

Television Without Pity.com recapper emeritus Djb is, by day, a reality-show producer who's worked on shows like America's Next Top Model, Tori & Dean: Inn Love, and others. He talked to Sars this week to answer some of her burning questions about editing, Survivor puzzles, and why certain shows suck -- and, in doing so, debuted TWoP's new "Ask A..." series. Thanks, Djb!

Join the convo already in progress; we're talking about a currently-airing reality program that isn't working for us...

Djb: It's "cross my arms in a haughty way and shake my head slowly" bad.

Sars: For me, it was "stare at it in disbelief with one side of my lip yanked up in a 'heennhhhh?' sneer" bad. But talk to me from a craft perspective about why it's bad. Is it a subject matter issue? Is it how the show is built?

Here's the thing about bad reality shows: despite what people think about reality as a genre, the show has to play by the same rules as scripted television. Which means, first and foremost, you have to care about the people and what they're doing.

"You" meaning the audience? Or "you" meaning the staff?

"You" meaning the audience. When people talk about long-running reality shows and which seasons are good and which are bad, they're usually talking about the people on those shows during that season. People like certain seasons of Survivor more because there are characters on those seasons that appeal to us: the backstabber, the bitch, et cetera. No one hates a whole season of a reality show because they didn't like the giant puzzle they all had to put together in one episode.

If you can't connect to the people on the show, you're going to be bored. And if the casting isn't good or the show idea isn't well conceptualized or something goes wrong in the field, the show can only be fixed in one place: the editing bay. That's why my job exists, and it's why I spend so many hours at work.

Nice segue. Can you give me a little background about your job?

My daily routine varies immensely from job to job.

What's your title on the current project? And what does that mean on a sort of day-to-day basis, in terms of what you're doing all day?

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It Wasn't The Editing

by admin July 5, 2007
Ask A Reality-TV Producer

Television Without Pity.com recapper emeritus Djb is, by day, a reality-show producer who's worked on shows like America's Next Top Model, Tori & Dean: Inn Love, and others. He talked to Sars this week to answer some of her burning questions about editing, Survivor puzzles, and why certain shows suck -- and, in doing so, debuted TWoP's new "Ask A..." series. Thanks, Djb!

Join the convo already in progress; we're talking about a currently-airing reality program that isn't working for us...

Djb: It's "cross my arms in a haughty way and shake my head slowly" bad.

Sars: For me, it was "stare at it in disbelief with one side of my lip yanked up in a 'heennhhhh?' sneer" bad. But talk to me from a craft perspective about why it's bad. Is it a subject matter issue? Is it how the show is built?

Here's the thing about bad reality shows: despite what people think about reality as a genre, the show has to play by the same rules as scripted television. Which means, first and foremost, you have to care about the people and what they're doing.

"You" meaning the audience? Or "you" meaning the staff?

"You" meaning the audience. When people talk about long-running reality shows and which seasons are good and which are bad, they're usually talking about the people on those shows during that season. People like certain seasons of Survivor more because there are characters on those seasons that appeal to us: the backstabber, the bitch, et cetera. No one hates a whole season of a reality show because they didn't like the giant puzzle they all had to put together in one episode.

If you can't connect to the people on the show, you're going to be bored. And if the casting isn't good or the show idea isn't well conceptualized or something goes wrong in the field, the show can only be fixed in one place: the editing bay. That's why my job exists, and it's why I spend so many hours at work.

Nice segue. Can you give me a little background about your job?

My daily routine varies immensely from job to job.

What's your title on the current project? And what does that mean on a sort of day-to-day basis, in terms of what you're doing all day?

1 2 3 4 5 6Next

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