Each week, I chat with HGTV Star producer Loren Ruch about his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and what you didn’t see on TV. This week: How many hours of footage does the crew end up with after each episode? Plus, which buses looked better (or worse) in person?
How did you get the idea to redo buses on this week’s episode?
One of our amazing producers suggested making over school buses this year, and I jumped at the opportunity! I couldn’t think of a more creative, iconic, and just plain fun small-space episode. And it didn’t disappoint. I think that this was my favorite episode of the entire season!
How many people are on the HGTV Star crew?
We have over 100 crew members on HGTV Star. There are producers, carpenters, makeup and hair people (for the panel – not for the contestants), camera operators, sound engineers, directors, etc., etc….and the list goes on and on and on. It’s a huge production; definitely HGTV’s biggest show produced all year!
How many hours of footage do you typically have for each season?
This number is so high that it will likely astound you! We have anywhere from 6-8 cameras shooting nonstop for about 12 hours a day, every day of the week, for over a month. I couldn’t even guess how many hours of footage that would add up to!
Did you think any of the buses looked better (or worse) in person?
Yes, I am glad you asked this. Tiffany’s bus, in person, was ABSOLUTELY amazing! It took Sabrina Soto’s breath away when she saw it. On TV, it looked good, but in person, it looked GREAT! The color was so intense and the attention to detail was mind-boggling.
What was the best or most memorable moment from the set of the bus episode?
For me it was watching Jeribai on The Talk. It was like watching someone have a life changing moment right in front of my eyes. He just turned ON when the audience started to cheer, and I think he nailed that camera challenge!
Have a question for Loren? Ask him in the comments below.