You know him from Brother Vs. Brother and Design Star — now go behind the scenes of the all-new competition series Flipping the Block with producer Loren Ruch. Each week, he’ll share his favorite behind-the-scenes moments. Plus, he’ll answer your questions about the show!
What did the neighbors of The Block think about having an HGTV show filming on their street?
We tried to be very respectful of the neighbors, so we tried to stay off of their front lawns, and not have crew members be disrespectful in any way. However, I’m sure we drove a few of them crazy because we created quite a traffic jam for about two solid months when we were shooting between our equipment, crew and cameras!
John and Whitney won David’s help during the kitchen challenge. How did the other teams react to the Black Team’s advantage? Everyone was really jealous because they know how talented David is. They also were a little bit envious for the sheer fact that they all like David so much. In addition to being the mentor in this episode, he was also our behind-the-scenes digital reporter so they really knew David very well and enjoyed the time they got to spend with him.
On Scott’s second visit to the set, the contestants are starting to dread seeing his little black notebook. What does he write inside during the judging?
That notebook scared the heck out of all the contestants because Scott took a TON of notes about the quality of the work, the jobs that weren’t finished correctly, value assessments of various repairs and renovations, and more. He basically was keeping track of the contestants throughout the season.
Were there any days off throughout the filming of the series? If so, were the contestants allowed to leave the set individually or as a group?
We had Sundays off so that the contestants could catch up on sleep, get their hair done, go to the supermarket, etc. Other than that we were shooting 24/7. This is a fun picture of Josh Temple, myself, Scott McGillivary and our Executive Producer Megan Bidner out for a rare night out on the town!
Do you have a favorite funny or behind-the-scenes moment from episode 3?
This was the episode where teams started to really build momentum because they finally had quality kitchens to cook in! Anicka and Shauna were quite the chefs. They would make steak dinners at night and be the envy of all the others in terms of their culinary skills!
Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below — he may just answer you next week!