Camera for naked anybody
I talked to executive producers Steve Rankin and supervising producer Mathilde Bittner about how the on-location production works.Our conversation took place last August, when Mathilde flew to L. from Florida, where they were in the middle of filming the “Alligator Alley” episode set in the Everglades that just opened the new season.“Your mind will find excuses to get you out,” Bittner said.Rankin added that “when the pain gets too much then that’s when they start to crack. When they’ve had enough, and they can’t do any more, and you see them break, it’s tragic, it’s heartbreaking. Every single one of them regrets it.” Bittner said that those kinds of reactions “just shows how real the show is that some people are like, .For a series with a sensational title, Naked and Afraid continues to deliver authentic and highly entertaining episodes each week.That’s the result of a simple format that works, and also a product of the work done by the small on-location production team.They will ask for things–they ask for Snickers bars and cake and spray and whatever–but it’s very much what you see,” which is that they do not have any resources except the ones they can find at the location.
Bittner told me that frequently, “they’ll actually be much more efficient than we were on our scout” of the journey to the extraction point.“We need to be safe, too, and sometimes we need to get out of there before nightfall because it’s treacherous for us,” she said.“They’re on their own.” Rankin said that the cast members have “an emergency radio transmitter/walkie-talkie,” and also a whistle to call for help if they need it. “There’s locations where we’re sleeping in tents, there’s locations where we’re at a lodge a couple miles away.“We build up a picture of who they are, what they’re like, what they’re likely to do, how they’re likely to interact with each other.Every single time, our expectations have never been met. It’s a lesson about how you judge people.” Bittner said that producers face surprises, too–“you never know what you’re going to step into every day”–but as to the cast, “what surprised me the most about how many of them have these little epiphanies about what matters in life.