Ten seasons in, Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules has evolved into something no one could have imagined when it premiered in 2013. A record of the restaurateur’s (and “”) private life.real housewife“) Dear young employees of Lisa Vanderpump, this series is not only the first truly great work of art to emerge from the reality television genre, but it is one of the most interesting and professionally produced shows on television. One: It started as a busy account of an attractive 20-something trying to make it in Hollywood (“real housewifeseries and MTV’s The Hills) are layered and poignant musings about what it means to be an adult, without abandoning its carbonated pop surface. It has acquired the breadth and depth of a great novel.
Series creator Alex Baskin was the first to admit that much of the drama unfolding cannot be credited to the filmmakers. They interfere as little as possible in the lives of the cast, only recording what has already happened. But there is no doubt that the greatness of this series lies not only in its luck, but in the unmistakable eyes of a filmmaker who knows how to contextualize and build the drama of its cast into a compelling story. Season 10 presented both a big opportunity and a big challenge for Baskin and his team when Tom Sandoval, who has been on the show since season 1, found out he was having an affair with a young cast member, Raquel. The scandal isn’t just Tom’s fault. He and his girlfriend Ariana had been together for almost a decade, but Raquel was close friends with Ariana and could often hold her shoulders to cry on. about Tom.
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Looking back at the season, clues abound in the early episodes leading to the reveal of “Scandoval” in episode 13, “Lady and the Glamp.” But by the time the producers found out what was going on, most of those episodes had already aired. “Seven episodes aired and we were stuck at 11,” Baskin told IndieWire. “So most of the episode remained completely intact and had no repercussions from knowing the information.” Having documented it in the first episode, producers were still shocked when news of the affair broke. “Everything seems incredibly obvious after the fact,” Baskin said. But we were still completely caught off guard. “
Throughout the season, there are hints of what’s to come, but there are also plenty of flashback moments when Tom and Raquel interact with Ariana and her friends without giving any hint that they’re sleeping together. Yes, but the big facts in Episode 13 have yet to be revealed. It was a shocking content, and it was also shocking for the viewers who knew the fact of the affair on the internet in advance. That’s because Emmy-nominated editor Jesse Friedman, for his work on “Lady and the Glamp,” came up with the most convincing ways imaginable for presenting information, largely as follows: to tell the story backwards in a unique way. Christopher Nolanand Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal (which bears no small thematic similarities to this season’s Vanderpump).
“We found out all about it on March 2nd, but on March 3rd, the story went viral on the internet,” Friedman told IndieWire. Friedman knew he had to find the most efficient way to explain what happened with the footage he had, but for such a complex story, it was a simple process. It wasn’t a feat. “I only have 42, 43 minutes to tell the story. I literally couldn’t sleep until I figured it out.” I came up with an approach when I remembered how I was practicing editing by connecting . “I’m a kid from his ’80s and his ’90s, so the idea popped into my head to rewind and fast-forward a tape that showed me all the footage I hadn’t seen yet.”
The ultimate effect of Friedman’s technique is to engage the viewer more and more each time the image is “rewound” and another layer of backstory is revealed. As we already know where everything is going, the fear of what is happening becomes more and more intense. But until we see Friedman peel back the layers, we don’t really understand the complexity of the situation, or the depth of Tom and Raquel’s deception. Still, the situation remains a mystery, as Tom and Raquel have apparently lied about certain aspects of the timeline, and so have the rest of the show, whether or not they were complicit in covering up the incident. . “It was interesting because it was obvious they weren’t telling their story straight,” Baskin said. “It wasn’t a production function trying to create something out of nothing. Oh my God, they got caught, and they don’t know what to present to the world at large.” was.”
The season’s remaining episodes and the reunion special delve into the true pain of “Scandoval” with such relentlessness that it owes more to the golden age of John Cassavetes than reality show conventions, leaving you wondering why. Moderate Tom, Ariana and Raquel even allowed the cameras to continue filming. “Even if it’s a show that’s hard to get on, you know you’re making a good show,” Baskin said. “The cast is always trying to keep things off limits. do not have put something on the show The idea is, “I had to go through something difficult on the show, so what?” That said, whether or not Raquel will return is an open question now that staff are working on season 11 (Baskin has confirmed that Tom will be in the next season).
That’s just one of many questions about what the future holds for the Vanderpump Rules. Some of its core relationships seem to have been irrevocably destroyed, not just Tom and Ariana, but all the friendships that cobweb out of them, and Season 10 as a whole is a It felt like the culmination of dozens of series storylines. “Obviously, this whole ‘Scandoval’ thing is a big reset,” Baskin said. “We’re in the middle of production, but the parts don’t magically go back together. We’re dealing with the real ramifications of what’s to come. Plans always come to naught.They are totally upset by what is happening in real life.It is a ridiculous act to do without a script.No one is responsible to us. We have far less control than we want to inflict.”
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