Reality TV producers use “cutting-edge gear” to film and produce shows

A lot of technology is required to bring us our weekly dose of drama on our favorite reality shows. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what kind of cameras the camera operators use, or how producers capture those night-vision shots of illicit make-out sessions, or how cast members are lit so we can see every blemish, Broadcasting & Cable has an incredibly detailed special report about the equipment producers use to construct reality shows.

While The Real World is moving toward increasingly smaller and more mobile cameras, The Amazing Race‘s executive producer insists that “the camera needs a certain degree of heft in order to feel right on the shoulder and allow the photographer to get a quality shot,” B&C reports. But watching Big Brother houseguests or other reality show cast members at night involves the use of either “night-vision tech and low-light black-and-white cameras,” with the former appearing greenish on screen.

How does the footage from those camears get assembled? On The Real World, editors use Apple’s Final Cut Pro, editing 3,500 hours of footage into a single season. “t takes the company’s 25 editors as long as 10 weeks to edit an episode,” B&C reports.

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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.

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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.