Survivor: 15 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets
The U.S. version of Survivor is one of the longest-running reality series on television! The show films in different locations all around the world and is now well past 30 seasons! The fact that the show has been around for 16 years means it has an extremely loyal fan base who love to tune in to watch contestants compete against one another for the big money prize. Filmed around the clock for seven weeks, there are thousands of hours of footage that gets edited and condensed into the 13 hours of aired episodes. The success of Survivor depends on the hard work of A LOT of crew members, producers, and preemptive planning. There can be up to 75 producers and crew members working on the set at any given time to gather footage and audio, take notes and monitor the challenges. We’ve decided to do some digging and find out what really goes on behind the camera — here are 15 behind-the-scenes Survivor secrets:
There are a lot of places off limits to contestants. When contestants wander down the beach to have private conversations or strategize with people from their tribe, there are sometimes strict limits to how far they can walk from camp. Producers try to limit their wandering space because contestants might run into something the crew members don’t want them to see, and whatever they come across could even ruin the game! Of course, they don’t want contestants to wander onto another tribes camp or see challenges beforehand and get an unfair advantage. There is also a nearby base camp for crew workers or camera camps around which are off limits so that interaction between crew members and contestants is limited.
14. Camera Shy Contestants
Viewers watching at home might have noticed the contestants never need much time to adjust to the cameras, and for the most part, these strangers seem to pick up friendships or relationships within their tribe quickly. When former contestant Yau-Man Chan’s three-year contract with CBS ended he was able to talk about the show, so he did a brief interview and divulged some behind-the-scenes tidbits. In one portion of the interview, he discusses how contestants get along easily and never seem to be camera shy. He said at the beginning of each season people are extremely non-talkative and many come off as guarded because they have never been followed around by cameras before — especially because there can be up to 15 cameras around at all times! However, once a few days go by without showering or brushing your teeth, eating very little and not keeping up appearances, people become a little more comfortable with each other and tend to forget about the cameras. Contestants also realize that not everything ends up on the show. A lot of their footage goes to waste in the editing room. The only conversations that will appear on air are the ones that pertain to the storyline of the show.