A producer on Seven shows including Border Security and The Force addresses a question many of us have long wondered.
Why on earth would you agree to be filmed for these things?
Speaking about Border Security, producer Lyndall Marks told The Australian, “If the person is guilty, I think they’re more concerned about what they’re saying to police than about the camera.
“On The Force if they’re genuinely guilty, they don’t care about the camera. They only care about escaping. We know before we go (out with police) if they’re guilty. They’re not going to go out chasing someone unless they know they’re guilty.”
But many of the stories filmed for the Seven factuals wait a long time before they can be aired. A story can’t be broadcast until the subject has been right through the courts. If found guilty, the network can screen it. If not, the person has to agree, which they never have.
“With Border Security out at the airport you can get five stories in five minutes and no stories for five weeks,” she says.
“It’s a fishing expedition. But with The Force we don’t rely on action scenes. We don’t need the police to say ‘don’t move’ for us to start filming.
“We’ve got beautiful human stories in this series, like the little old lady who fell and her neighbours were concerned. We don’t necessarily need the full-on action scenes. We are really going for more human drama, the story itself and the softer side.”
Marks, who is a former producer on the US 60 Minutes, was recently promoted from series producer of Border Security,which she has driven to achieve phenomenal ratings for the network, to executive producer of Border, The Force, Border Security USA (presumably in adapting the US feed for Australians) and two new shows, one of which is about Tiger Airlines.
“I look at so many shows on TV and they’re so manufactured — they’re manufactured reality,” she says. “Which is why I love factual because you can’t mess with it. You can’t mess with the time line, you can’t mess with the integrity. You can’t just go out there and make a story.”
You can read more at The Australian