|Survivor Production Team|
Dr. Ramona Salins, a Survivor medic, checks up Mike Borassi.
|Occupation||On call Medical Team|
The Survivor Production Team are the people who work behind-the-scenes. Composed of 300-400 employees, they are the backbone needed to implement the whole game. They usually arrive at the filming location months before the actual filming. They stay on location for six months. Production also hire locals and foreigners alike to help them with their work.
Base camp is where the the crew stays for the entire duration of the game. Take note that parts of the base camp may vary from each season.
Parts of Base CampEdit
While certain employees wait for the cabins to be built, they usually live in tents until their collapsible cabins are built.
Air-conditioned collapsible cabins are used to shelter the production crew. The cabin has its own closet, working bathroom, and toilet.
The Production Team is a community of crew members which is composed of both Americans and locals. They build up how the series is going to pan out, from the challenges, locations such as Tribal Council, and the twists that will be peppered in a season.
Although not seen on camera (with the exception of Jeff Probst, who serves as host), a producer will ultimately make the call on events that happen away from camp. For example:
- Whether or not an injured contestant who has been away for a period of time will return (if medics allowed them to stay); or
- If a contestant quits the competition during the Jury phase of the competition, whether or not they ascertain the right to serve as a juror.
Several cameramen are commissioned to film in challenge grounds, Tribal Council and at the survivors' camps. While they are present at the contestants' camps, they are to shoot them 24/7. They are also responsible for filming confessionals. Though the contestants are allowed to talk to them, the cameramen do not talk back. At camp, fewer are stationed to film the contestants' downtime. Cameramen also pull aside the contestants to do their confessionals to explain conversations that are not filmed.
While there are audio personnel who are responsible for planting secret microphones in challenge areas, there are others who work with the cameramen to film contestants.
The Survivor medical team are always on hand 24 hours a day to assist, diagnose, and support the contestants in the event of an injury or illness. If at any point medical attention is required, either a contestant in need or the host calls the medics for help.
Dr. Ramona Salins is the most recognizable member of the Medical Department on Survivor. A New Zealand native, she is usually present whenever a contestant's health is compromised.
The Art Department is the team who help build the motif of the season around the castaways. In some cases, they get outside sources, such as locals, to help with their work. Their building a Tribal Council set. They also decide the season's tribe's colors.
They are in charge for the marine transportation of the contestants from the airport to the location. Once the game commences, they are responsible to move crew members, their equipment, and challenge props from base camp to wherever they are needed.
The Marine Department also ensures that they have enough boats in situations such as medical evacuations, quitting contestants, intolerable storms, and the like.
Working hand-in-hand with the art department, they work on challenge ideas. A group of individuals called the "Dream Team" tests the challenges first before the challenge can properly be used in the game.
The "Dream Team" is composed of 16-20 people (usually in their early 20's) who test run the challenges before the actual contestants perform them. Dream Team members run through the challenge, ideally just as the contestants would, while the cameramen, directors and producers practice filming. Interestingly, in some cases, how the contestants performed the challenge was much different compared to how the Dream Team did it.
The Dream Team also sit as "guinea pigs" for Tribal Council to look for the best lighting and camera positioning that will expose the survivors best.
The production team needs surveyors to create maps of the whole location for easy transport.
The US production crew also hires local workers for supplies like lumber and other materials needed for challenges, Tribal Council sets, and the like.
- Contrary to popular belief, Ponderosa is not at Base Camp.
- Aside from being host, Jeff Probst also works as an Executive Producer of the series.
- ↑ http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/video-behind-scenes-of-survivor-china-with-jeff-probst-part-1-5755.php
- ↑ http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/09/16/jeff-probst-survivor-nicaragua-premiere-episode-1/
- ↑ http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/11/22/jeff-probst-survivor-philippines-episode-10/
- ↑ http://www.lashworldtour.com/2013/08/survivor-behind-the-scenes.html