Reality TV work
I have worked on 3 reality projects; E-Trippers (2000),
Travatar (2001), Global E-Missions (2002) and
have helped develop several others. I am an advocate of interactivity
both of which I believe are central to the genre.
WIth E-Trippers - UK's first reality TV show, we selected
9 contestants, trained them how to use DV camera's, video editing
software and how to email footage back to the UK by mobile phone.
we chose 9 people to start the adventure, the 10,000 contestants
who applied to take part in the show, were handsomely rewarded -
I handed the production over to them! They set our lucky contestants
weekly tasks via our website. These included buying gifts
location and sending them back to viewers, making sure footage was
couriered back to the UK, updated the website daily and if a team
failed to complete 3 tasks in a row, they were sent back home. This
provided an opportunity for shortlisted candidates to join the show
and continue the adventure.
All the contestants filmed themselves
the various tasks, edited the footage on a laptop computer and
emailed a 20 second movie, photographs and diary everyday.
The programme was broadcast on cable and satellite TV.
Travatar - a concept developed in San Francisco, is one of the most
immersive reality concepts I have ever worked on. Unfortunately it
never made it to production, nonetheless we spent a considerable amount
of time working on the format and had meetings San Francisco,
UK and Hollywood.
Global E-Missions (ITV) was the most successful of the bunch. It won
the "Best Use of New Media in a TV Show" braoadcast award.
I helped create the format and as with E-Trippers, interactivity was
theme. This time we sent teams out to circumnavigate
the world and yes, they were controlled by the public though a website.
Here are short clips from the shows...