Originally Posted by crank
I'm a tv/video writer/producer/editor and I see several problems with this show that if I were the producer I would want to fix. And if I were a programming director at True TV I would be telling them to fix.
First, the shooting ain't all that great, but in this age of Youtube and low-budget production I can't pick on that. They probably don't have the budget to hire real shooters who can also ski and have all the camera/audio gear necessary to increase production values. So they get a pass here. They do have at least 1 camera with a good, long lens and that helps.
Biggest mistake/problem in my opinion is lack of character development. They maintain a false sense of frenecticism though jumpy editing and dramatic music cues, and jumping around from story to story with constant teases about what's coming up. They would do much better to let the audience get to know the patrollers, feel some empathy and some understanding. They only do this in Kim's story about the skin-up-ski down race.
There is at least one shot showing the parts of the toboggan on the scene before the toboggan is supposed to be there. That is a mistake that should have been caught and fixed long before the show aired. I would also have them change shots that don't go with the narration, Eg: when they talk about raising funds for medical equipment they show a patroller petting a dog...may be an avalanche dog but it ain't medical equipment and how is the average viewer supposed to know what's what.
Having said all that, I will continue to watch the show. I like watching real skiers ski runs that I would enjoy skiing more than I like watching super skiers ski radical lines in typical ski porn flicks. I enjoyed watching the patrollers in the pow during the segments on the girl with the head injury.
And it may well be that the network execs are asking the producer for the frenetic action/pace. Quite often network execs don't really have a clue as to what makes a good story and how to tell it.
And finally, I'm sure you all know this, the television audience for skiing is tiny so we can offer all the advice and criticism we want here and the network knows they would be fools to listen to what we have to say.
Seriously though, some character development would be nice. What do you think made American Chopper a hit - hint: it's not the bikes.
And.. if you learn anything from this show it should be this - wear a freaking helmet!
In a former life I worked in television news and fully agree with you on the sloppy editing. Showing the dogs while talking about medical equipment would get an editor at leas yelled at, even in a smaller market. It's just sloppy work.
Upper management tends to love "buzz" words. I worked for a GM who got on a depth of field kick. We had to drop our cameras to negative gain/drop the lighting in our studio so that we would have to bump up the iris to squash the depth of field. (In layman's terms, we had to jump through some hoops so that the background was out of focus).
I have a feeling that is what is happening here with the frenetic pace and less than stellar videography. My college professors called it the "MTV" effect and if you did it on a project they would flunk you. It's highly looked down upon, but commonly used. At one time it added a sense of reality, but now just seems forced and fake.
Forced and fake, does that sound like any show that we all watch?