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It Wasn't The Editing

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

I would if you didn't lint-roll my outfit.

That's probably the next show I'm going to work on. Lint-Roll Sarah's Outfit. It's an idea whose time has finally arrived.

I don't think you'll have any shortage of footage to choose from.

Just make sure the cats are cleared.

Roger. Any other misconceptions about the show-building process you run into that you'd like to clear up?

What are the other ones?

...Producers feeding the cast lines? Re-shoots if a juicy moment occurred out of camera range? I don't buy into those theories primarily because, if that were as endemic as some people claim, the RW/RR Challenge crew would be demanding re-shoot setups for half the episode. They miss everything significant that goes on and the cast has to tell us about it secondhand in sit-downs.

On those big shows, there are so many cameras running all the time, they really don't have much need for re-shoots. But a lot of shows will do entrances and exits a couple of times, just to make sure they have options in the bay. That's why I was so surprised when there was a flap about Paris and Nicole being seen walking out of the same door a few times during a Simple Life shoot and people were like, "See? It's all STAGED!" I was like, "You didn't already guess that from the 'make-up' scene in the restaurant?" That whole thing looked more scripted than most scripted shows.

I have often said that Top Model is actually one of the most verité shows in reality television. Yes, there are produced events, but when the cameras are rolling in the house they don't tell the girls to do anything.

Have you ever looked at aired footage and kind of cringed -- like, someone's wearing the same outfit on what's supposed to be consecutive or different days, or you can spot a continuity error, and you're like, "Dammit."

Yes. But as a producer, one of my main tasks is to, well, produce. There's a lot of creative problem-solving in that area. And the good news is that, if the story is entertaining enough, the audience won't notice 99% of it. Every once in a while someone will be like, "I saw the shot of that girl wearing her cast, and she hadn't even broken her arm yet," and I'll be like, "...Darn." But it happens less frequently than you think, because editors are paid really well to make sure stuff like that doesn't happen too often.

Does anyone ever get fired/not rehired because of stuff like that? Or is just considered a hazard of the field?

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It Wasn't The Editing

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

I would if you didn't lint-roll my outfit.

That's probably the next show I'm going to work on. Lint-Roll Sarah's Outfit. It's an idea whose time has finally arrived.

I don't think you'll have any shortage of footage to choose from.

Just make sure the cats are cleared.

Roger. Any other misconceptions about the show-building process you run into that you'd like to clear up?

What are the other ones?

...Producers feeding the cast lines? Re-shoots if a juicy moment occurred out of camera range? I don't buy into those theories primarily because, if that were as endemic as some people claim, the RW/RR Challenge crew would be demanding re-shoot setups for half the episode. They miss everything significant that goes on and the cast has to tell us about it secondhand in sit-downs.

On those big shows, there are so many cameras running all the time, they really don't have much need for re-shoots. But a lot of shows will do entrances and exits a couple of times, just to make sure they have options in the bay. That's why I was so surprised when there was a flap about Paris and Nicole being seen walking out of the same door a few times during a Simple Life shoot and people were like, "See? It's all STAGED!" I was like, "You didn't already guess that from the 'make-up' scene in the restaurant?" That whole thing looked more scripted than most scripted shows.

I have often said that Top Model is actually one of the most verité shows in reality television. Yes, there are produced events, but when the cameras are rolling in the house they don't tell the girls to do anything.

Have you ever looked at aired footage and kind of cringed -- like, someone's wearing the same outfit on what's supposed to be consecutive or different days, or you can spot a continuity error, and you're like, "Dammit."

Yes. But as a producer, one of my main tasks is to, well, produce. There's a lot of creative problem-solving in that area. And the good news is that, if the story is entertaining enough, the audience won't notice 99% of it. Every once in a while someone will be like, "I saw the shot of that girl wearing her cast, and she hadn't even broken her arm yet," and I'll be like, "...Darn." But it happens less frequently than you think, because editors are paid really well to make sure stuff like that doesn't happen too often.

Does anyone ever get fired/not rehired because of stuff like that? Or is just considered a hazard of the field?

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