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July 16th, 2007, 11:56 AM
I know this is way off topic, but has anyone seem MTV's The Hills?

My younger brother likes watching it and since I'm stuck at home at the moment I've ended up catching it a few times.

The show is suppose to be a reality TV show, but it's clearly not. I've studied film and worked on film/TV sets and the type of shots and the number of shots they use would mean them having a number of very quick camera and sound men!

For example, I caught some of an episode in which two of the characters where sat talking in a car. During this scene they use shot/reverse-angle shots during the conversation and cut to a long shot of the car. Now unless they've some very swift camera men that can move out of the camera range, they entire "real converstation" will have been shot at least twice and the couple who've just had alleged 'real' bust up are happy to have their argument twice, saying the exact same thing.

The show is clearly scripted and totally staged and yet idiots like my brother think it's real. This whole thing really offends me for some reason!