Each week, we chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite on-set moments and what you didn’t see on TV. Here’s his behind-the-scenes take on the show’s second episode.
How long does it typically take to get one episode of Brother Vs. Brother ready for air? How many hours of work do video editors put in?
That’s a question no one has ever asked me before, so I love your inquisitive nature! We shot the show back in January and February, and then spend between eight and nine weeks per episode to assemble the shows. That includes time to edit the video, put in all the music, build all the 3D graphics and make some back-and-forth notes between myself and the production company.
What was the funniest or most memorable moment from the filming of episode two?
Francis was having a major meltdown for most of the episode, so even though it wasn’t funny for him, it was quite amusing to watch as an outsider. At one point I heard him scream “I didn’t come here to be a laborer!” after spending about seven straight hours laying the wood floors. And then, just when you thought he would crack or walk from the show, he would break into a dance routine and have everyone in stitches all over again! We laughed a lot during the filming of this series — even during the stressful moments.
Did the homeowners of Team Drew’s property like the avocado fireplace?
They actually did like it! To be honest, it wasn’t the color I would have chosen, but it was still better than the original boring, white fireplace that was there in the before shots!
Now that brothers are tied one win to one win, will the stakes get higher in future episodes? Any clues as to the drama we’ll see going forward?
The next episode is probably one of the most tension-filled of the entire season because BOTH teams will lose a player! The brothers decided that this would be a good point to really observe their teams and to make sure that only the best of the best would ultimately make it to the finale — so there were a lot of stakes in episode three.
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