Talk­ing man to man

The pro­ducer of a ma­cho re­al­ity show to find the “man­li­est” guy shares his in­sights

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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.

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