Burbank — In the new one-hour reality competition series Ten Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, nine teams of lifelong Bigfoot bounty hunters — or “sqautchers” as they like to be called — use their skills, and modern-day technology, to track and hopefully capture this elusive giant, with one team receiving a chance at 10 million dollars in cash. The series, hosted by actor Dean Cain, airs on Spike TV.
The shoot presented its own daunting challenge, spanning four states with multiple indoor and outdoor locations. In addition, a wide variety of videotape and card-based formats from 124 cameras including thermal imaging, timelapse, quad copters and IR cameras were used. The producers called on Burbank’s AlphaDogs for post production services.
“This is the most complex array of gear I’ve come across and I knew we needed a post-house with a colorist and online editor who could handle it,” said consulting producer Scott Templeton. Terence Curren and the team and AlphaDogs were my first choice. I’ve worked with them on other projects and knew it would be the right decision.”
Typical reality television programming time constraints and hefty technical challenges made color grading especially daunting. Curren, veteran colorist and CEO of AlphaDogs (http://www.alphadogs.tv), explains, “We weren’t given extra time to complete the finish just because the production was “gear heavy,” making the color grading process more demanding than other reality series we have worked on. You find a way to make it work without sacrificing quality while still meeting critical deadlines. Remaining flexible and thinking on your feet is key, especially when you’re looking at tight turnaround time.”
Curren’s experience as a colorist for over 25 years, combined with his skilled knowledge and use of color scopes made certain the overall look of the picture not only looked good on the surface, but went a step further by certifying the range of colors allowed for a video signal are also up to standard for broadcast television.
Executive producer Jon Kroll commented, “We really wanted to give 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty an epic look, and AlphaDogs stepped up in a big way to elevate each episode one shot at a time. The difference was amazing.”
Co- executive producer Kerry Schmidt added, “We shot 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty from more than 100 source cameras, and thought we’d never be able to give the show a unified look. With Alpha Dog’s support, we were able to pull it off.”
The series required multiple deliverable formats. AlphaDogs’ stringent quality control process made certain that broadcast and quality standards were met while delivering each episode on time, and ready-to-air.
10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty is produced by Charlie Corwin’s Original Media (Swamp People, Ink Master) with Corwin, Mike Riley and Jon Kroll (The Amazing Race, Big Brother) as executive producers, Kerry Schmidt as co- executive producer, and Scott Templeton as consulting producer.
“It’s not just that we got a great looking show, or that it’s done efficiently, it’s also the comfort of knowing that the AlphaDogs team was watching out in the same way that I’d watch out for the show,” said Templeton. “It’s a great feeling when you’ve got a tough project like this knowing that there is a team that has your back.”
AlphaDogs called on Avid Symphony Nitris, an Avid Artist color panel, Waveform color scopes, Tektronix scopes, and Sony OLED monitors.