American Family filmmaker: reality TV has “shoddy production values.

American Family filmmaker: reality TV has “shoddy production values.
An American Family cinematographer and co-director Alan Raymond watched The Surreal Life at the prompting of his family, including his wife and co-American Family filmmaker Susan Raymond, and was “fascinated by what he considered the low-rent way the show was made,” The New York Times reports. He says reality TV shows in general feature “[i]ncredibly shoddy production values” and remarked about “[h]ow cheap this is; how amazing that it’s become acceptable that people will watch it. It’s almost like the content supersedes everything to do with the artistry of the making of the show.” The rest of the article discusses technology’s effects on the production of reality TV shows.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.