Talking man to man
The producer of a macho reality show to find the “manliest” guy shares his insights
Who designed the challenges and how long did they take to set up? and a crew of 16 people with luggage and equipment through customs and on to an aeroplane is not the easiest thing.
There’s a lot of seemingly unscripted interaction between the presenter, Ursula Stapelfeldt, and the guys – they chirp her, she chirps back. Was that a deliberate?
A bit of both. Ursula was prepared and as a producer I had to trust she would handle these situations perfectly – and so far she has.
How long did it take to produce one episode, and what were the challenges of condensing everything into 24 minutes?
Most of the episodes took one or two days to shoot, but one particular episode took nine days.
It all depends on the challenge being set out by the production team. It’s a huge challenge editing footage into a 24-minute episode.
The cameramen capture so many brilliant moments, but it’s impossible to use all of them in an episode. To overcome this problem, you think of the story that needs to be told. If that special moment is key in making the story work – then it makes the final cut.
How many episodes are there, and what’s the reaction so far?
Thirteen. The feedback has been unbelievable. Viewers were commenting on the show’s Facebook page while the show was being aired.
What can we still look forward to?
The best is still to come. The remaining episodes are mind-blowing. The contestants are expected to step out of their comfort zones and take huge risks.