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(As he’s still working in the industry, we’ve agreed not to name specific shows.) Under the condition of anonymity, he shared a lot of surprising truths about what goes into so-called reality — and why it’s got us so hooked.accurately depicts levels of manipulation, levels of cynicism behind the scenes of reality shows, and the ways in which producers can toy with people's lives — and have actual impacts on their lives through what happens in the show and then what happens once the show airs."Many viewers assume that a lot of the drama is entirely falsified. Do producers amp up the drama that’s already there, or do they just make it up entirely? In any reality show, I would say that the producers are not concerned with the truth."It's about identifying things in their lives that are actually happening and then amplifying them into a story.Sometimes you draw out storylines beforehand, or sometimes a cast member will say something in a party scene and then all of a sudden you're talking about it.And ultimately, almost across the board, all scenes are edited to intensify drama with sound effects, the editing of conversations, the insertion of sound bites, and the ridiculously dramatic scoring that you hear in every reality show that makes it sound like you're in It sounds like you have to get really personal with these cast members, “in the field” at least."Part of producing someone in the field is gaining a personal connection with someone.So, in order to make that connection, oftentimes you have to manipulate that relationship because you need something from them, and ultimately, you're going to exploit that.Not every scene is geared toward that, but I'd say shows are all geared toward searching for conflict, exploiting that conflict, and amping it up."So, “reality” or not, you’re still using a pretty traditional storytelling model.
You can't have any TV show without there being some sort of dramatic conflict.
I haven't worked on those, but with those shows, honestly, most cast members are just really hot.
For those producers, I think that’s the main objective — eye candy."But I have worked on another dating show. Initially, there were a number of African American people on this show, and the producers wanted more white, 'affluent' people."Contestants from Okay, you’ve talked about what goes into instigating or faking a fight. That seems like it would be much harder."Not necessarily.
I got the chance to chat with a veteran reality TV producer who’s worked on shows for Lifetime, Oxygen, VH1, and MTV, among other networks.
Even if you’ve never seen a reality show (and, let’s be real — you have), you probably have an opinion on them. Here’s the twist: The people behind the scenes feel just the same way.
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"For example, on — which I don’t work on — the word 'Munchausen' was brought up in relation to the cast member Yolanda [Hadid].