Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 2nd, 2011
Thanks for the kind words everybody. I came into the shoot really tired already by wrapping up crab season and then I got poison oak the 1st day and it plagued me the rest of the shoot. so i wasn’t sleeping much from that and the shooting schedule was grueling. but the biggest part was fighting with the producers trying to keep it as real squatching as possible. so i hardly ever felt like myself.
like i said in an earlier post, the producers had no idea what they had really gotten themselves into. as long as we hit decent numbers they didn’t see any reason to change and they thought we, especially matt and i, were being unreasonably difficult.
i had no interest in making a show like the 1st three episodes and was going to bounce. but we had a big meeting with the producers, executive producers, animal planet and discovery execs and they agreed to mine and our demands. my main beef was inserting manufactured sounds and thermal recreations without identifying them as such. so we are going to bring ace outdoorsman and squatcher tyler bounds from washington with us for season 2. we are also going to start with the real squatching the 1st night and have tyler stay there the whole week running high quality audio recording gear. i will be allowed to stay out there with him 3 nights of the week with just us. or switch with cliff as i know he will wish to also. so right there that will give us the audio we need at least some of the time. they will also id thermal clips of cast as such. unfortunately their research has shown that 90% of the viewers don’t want to watch any scientific analysis of any evidence we obtain. i know the cast and everyone on here are most interested in that but like i said the average viewer doesn’t care so much. but they agreed to get it analyzed and the results will be on the animal planet website. so if you are interested you can see vocal analysis, meldrum’s critique of casts etc… and if enough people check the evidence out they will include it in the show itself.
so the cast got some concessions that will make the show more what we want. and i know it will help the ratings in the long run. and like the discovery exec said, if they wanted a scientist they would have hired one. so they want ‘the bobes’ more in season 2. so ask and you shall receive steve!!