reality TV’s time and staging constraints challenge freelance audio engineers.

reality TV’s time and staging constraints challenge freelance audio engineers.
Reality TV’s unsung heroes are those behind the cameras and behind the monitors in the editing bay, and those include audio engineers. The famously subtitled slurping on Joe Millionaire proves how hard it is to get quality audio. In a highly technical look at audio on reality TV shows, Film & Video Magazine reveals the tricks of the engineers’ trade. An engineer who worked on Paradise Hotel says they were “pulling out our hair trying to figure out why we couldn’t find the dialog anywhere” because they only had hidden, not body, mics for the first few days. Another problem: “The time constraints of reality television are like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Larson Studios’ Ken Novak says.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

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.