POPCAST: Life Behind Reality TV, With Luke Huggett

In the extension of POPSUGAR’s pilot season of POPCAST, host Tim Dormer interviews the masterminds that work behind the scenes on some of the biggest reality TV shows in Australia. 

In episode thirteen, Tim is joined by award-winning Australian television editor, Luke Huggett. Huggett has spent the last eight years editing popular and award-winning TV programs such as The Block, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Australian Survivor and MasterChef Australia. As an editor, Huggett sees just about everything captured on camera and plays a pivotal role in what you see on some of your favourite reality shows.

In this episode we hear about:

  • What life is like as a reality TV editor and what do they do(01:02)
  • How much influence Luke has on a reality TV storyline (01:59)
  • How Luke can change a story by adding layers to footage (04:14)
  • The difference between enhancing vs. manipulating (05:39)
  • An editor's ability to manipulate scripts (08:30)
  • Approval processes once an episode has been edited (09:24)
  • The tell-tale signs if something has been taken out of context (10:59)
  • Luke's confrontation with a reality TV contestant (12:12)
  • How Luke started his career in reality TV (13:49)
  • Luke's experience in Africa working on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (15:21)
  • Luke's opinion on which reality TV shows are well-produced and edited (17:41)
  • The different reality TV show formats and how to plant a story hook (18:45)
  • Luke's perspective on the real portrayal of reality TV contestants (22:21)
  • The editing process when portraying stressful scenes or challenging moments (23:33)
  • Editors working with producers to get a certain reaction or outcome (25:39)
  • The character profiles and what editors expect from certain personality types (29:04)
  • The differences between working with unknown talent vs. celebrity talent (30:13)
  • What shows Luke would join as a contestant after working behind-the-scenes (32:52)
  • Luke's perspective on how reality has changed through the years (36:06)

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