Burbank-based AlphaDogs recently handled postproduction for Spike TV’s one-hour reality competition series Ten Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. In the show, nine teams of lifelong Bigfoot hunters use their skills combined with modern-day technology to track and capture this elusive beast, with one lucky team receiving a chance at $10 million in cash.
The shoot presented a 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, time-lapse, quadrocopters and IR cameras were used. “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.
Typical reality television programming time constraints and hefty technical challenges made color grading especially daunting. “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,” explained Terence Curren colorist and CEO of AlphaDogs. “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.”
“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,” said co- executive producer Kerry Schmidt. “With Alpha Dog’s support, we were able to pull it off.”
10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty is produced by Charlie Corwin‘s Original Media (Swamp People, Ink Master) with Corwin, Mike Riley and Emmy Award-winner Jon Kroll (The Amazing Race, Big Brother) as executive producers, Kerry Schmidt as co- executive producer, and Scott Templeton as consulting producer.