This summer, saw the popular series return in a new format where “The Hotel Inspector” otherwise known as Alex Polizzi, revisits hoteliers she has previously helped to see whether her advice had been followed. Procam was brought on board by Twofour to provide the equipment but as with any reality style show, the team were faced with multiple challenges that had to be overcome in ‘real time’.
The brief for Twofour was to create a series that was very stylised and polished yet maintaining the reality element of the situations. It was critical to capture the great actuality moments first time – there would be no second chances. On top of this, all filming would be on location in real hotels that can range from 2 room B&Bs to huge multi-room operations. To cope with the demands, Procam worked together with Twofour to use two Sony PDW-F800 XDCAM Camcorders with basic lighting, which complemented the production company’s existing equipment.
As with all reality shows, being in the right place at the right time is everything. This is why Twofour opted for two cameras on the days when Alex visited the hotels.
Many hotels, in particular old style B&Bs just aren’t set up for filming as they are too dark to capture footage. This meant lighting had to be set up, which doesn’t typically favour real life situations where presenters and cast members are constantly changing or moving from room to room. To make sure this wasn’t an issue, the crew had lights in place, ready to be turned on if and when the action happened.
If you want to check out the shots and lighting we have described above, catch up with The Hotel Inspector Returns on 5OD.