Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Aug 6

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother Episode 3

Each week, I chat with Brother Vs. Brother producer Loren Ruch about his favorite behind-the-scenes moments and what goes into the making of the show. This week: What do you do when it rains on your television shoot? And are the brothers supposed to be helping out with the remodels or not? Loren weighs in.

Ask the Producer: Brother Vs. Brother

Drew and Jonathan Scott prep for a shot under their (matching!) umbrellas.

What was the funniest or most memorable moment from the set of this episode? 
The most memorable moment in this episode actually has more to do with the weather than the contestants.  It was POURING rain for the entire first day so we were all drowned rats on set!  It was not my favorite day of shooting…I’ll put it that way.

What made you decide to turn this makeover into a two-part episode?
We decided to make this one a two-parter since we did a “weekend warrior” challenge last week.  I was curious to see how much more work/value could be accomplished in four days versus two.  The other reason was that the brothers wanted to make sure that their teams had the best of the best for the upcoming finale, so it was a good idea for them to narrow their teams down to only the strongest players. A two-part episode accomplished both of our objectives.

Debbie from Michigan (@debbiefrommich) asks: Are the brothers supposed to help their teams during the challenge? I noticed that they typically only help at the end. What are the guidelines?
Good question, Debbie. This was a struggle for us when we were developing the show, because we wanted the brothers to be active participants in their teams, but also be good judges of who are the strongest competitors since it is a competition show. We figured the best way to do this was to have them around at the beginning of the challenge, then again for a mid-process check-in, and then for the final 1/2 day to help out any way they could. This way they were able to help out and observe at the same time.

How many camera operators are typically located in each home during the work day? Do they interact with the cast at all or just stand back and capture the action? 
We usually have 2-3 cameras at each house at any given time. Additionally we have two producers in each house.  Our contestants do not interact with the cameras or crew unless they need to tell them something pertinent (like if they need to use the restroom) or if they are hungry. Otherwise, we like to keep the contestants “in the game” and not on a social level with the crew members who are surrounding them.

What do you want to know about the show? Ask Loren your Brother Vs. Brother questions in the comments below.

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