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 18 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 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.