"And the winner is..."
Pre-Production on a 'Next Top Model' format show, especially one that is on a remote Island is a large undertaking. It takes a tremendous amount of coordination and a stellar crew to cultivate the type of environment on set that creates drama, but maintains the utmost professionalism.
The show would be formatted into 11 different episodes. Each day or so, there would be a challenge that the girls would compete in, a review session in a more one-on-one setting, and an elimination round by the show host Wendy Fitzwilliam. The show would frequently feature company sponsors, guest photographers and celebrity panel-members.
"Caribbean's Next Top Model is a reality television competition set in the Caribbean. The show features a group of young aspiring models, from across the Caribbean, compete for the title of Caribbean's Next Top Model and a chance to commence their career in the modeling industry. Each season is set on a new island as the competition itself makes its way across the Caribbean."
There were many challenges during production, as its the nature of producing a show like this. From equipment transport, radio communication and time-management, weather factors and resource limitations on a remote island required us to think three steps ahead at all times. The crew on any 12-14 hour day, would consist of the producer, director, director of photographer, assistant cameraman, photographer, 4-man lighting team, drone operators, 2 crew assistants, craft service team and of course all of the girls. So as you can tell, it was a busy set that worked like a well-oiled machine with few days off.
We had quite a bit of fun with our dive team to capture footage during the underwater photoshoot. The Island featured an underwater sculpture garden that created a wondrous backdrop, who's location was only known to us through conversations with the locals.
Challenging shots included those that were underwater, using battery packs on the road in vehicles, on distant cliffs and waterfalls that had no paths, just to name a few. Many of the girls would take elimination hard, and it was our job to capture that emotion. The director would personally sit down with these girls and gauge their reactions to going home, essentially having to manage not only the responsibilities of the production but also maintaining a repertoire of knowledge on each of the models personal lives and creating engaging questions for each.