Is Raising House going to continue, or was the series only a couple of episodes?
Hopefully it will die a fast death. I did watch one episode [with an open mind].
During the show something was amiss with the soil relating to the foundation. It was never explained why. Oh well. But minutes later we were told the framing crew had to work extra hard to get the project back on budget. REALLY? Since when ?
Later much concern was about an inspection to allow the spray foam insulation. Well sheathing was still missing from various parts of the house. Duh... Not to mention not a word was said about plumbing and waste piping, electrical runs, boxes, etc. Maybe they spray foam then tug Romex...
Tension abounds as like most DIY improvement shows and we all can do without that as well. The future homeowner complained that the GC did very little with helping the homeowners pick out features in the house. If the homeowners don't know what they want, surely the GC will... Well we all have been down that road as all homeowners raise the white flag with decisions. Some early some later and a few actually know what the want. Always the best people to work for. !!!
A truly good idea for a show, but seems to be produced by someone who never did a remodel, let alone a build.This message has been edited. Last edited by: CommonwealthSparky,
"What would Curley do ?"
iirc this is second or third year for this half-hour. you can't tell squat in a half hour for a story with that much material, and it's thin on production values.
if I may hazard a guess, this company Atlas was founded by a smaller TV station producer, probably a news/sports producer, with a limited budget for goodies. they are barely using a tenth of the fun in Final Cut Pro, and don't have access to a music library service. they at least have a couple more tag animations than they did at first, so give 'em time and let 'em take some production seminars. the camera work is generally good, and the editing is workmanlike. production continuity is good, so they have talent and know the business.
can't remember from my exposure to the show how many cameras they are using. really good blocking makes two cameras look like 3. I'm not seeing it. that's where knowing what the hay should be going on at the jobsite lets you look like SuperPro.
room to grow, workmanship is good enough not to dump it.
what would I change? serialize the build, not try to cover a house in one sitting. teach as well as report (this is why I'm thinking a news producer is behind the show.) get back to the NPPA basics of "show pores if you're on a head shot." start getting in close enough to get dirty and let the lens make things interesting. always have a CU or XCU and a WS or MS of any action, even if you have to add a third camera.
I will bet dollars to donuts (well, not all that many) that the producers do NOT have the pull to get reshots and reverses from the contractors and trades. one of the things that make remodel shows with "tame" crews look better is that somebody with good clothes gets to yell, "I need to see that again from a different angle." I can see that in most of the programs, knowing how TV is made.This message has been edited. Last edited by: swschrad,
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Yea it it does seem to run on a low budget. It is a great idea for a show but needs an infusion of logic and purpose to be successful.
"What would Curley do ?"
I caught two episodes over the weekend both were modular homes one in NJ and one in DE along the beach. Seems like a pretty short format to pass along much besides issues and conflict so it fits right into the current HGTV, DIY, Food and Cooking Channel format.
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