People are at different heights. Just look around you – even if you’re not in a very public place, it probably won’t be too hard to find someone above six feet, and someone barely over five, even if there are only adults.
We guess that game shows don’t want this obvious fact to be too distracting, so they use risers on platforms to help make things look a little more equal for the cameras.
Baiting the Hook
The host of this game show, Anne Robinson, is notoriously mean. It seems like the show is built around utilizing this as a feature, not a bug, since they don't let the contestants meet her before filming. We're sure she's a perfectly nice person in real life.
It's good to take a look at your methods and see if there are ways to reduce time – you might find that you have more free time in your life than you thought if you do things in the right order.
That's How You Get Good TV
A big part of game shows or competition shows is the drama and action of it all. Whether it's cooking, shopping, or building Legos, lots of the shows are on a time crunch. Of course, as long as you have some time management skills, it won't be an issue.
That's not what the producers want, however, so they'll sometimes have people run around to collect supplies, so they can film that and make it look like things were a lot more intense. Would we enjoy the shows as much as we do if they didn't take this tactic? We can't say.
Getting the Timing Right
When you're a kid, you might think that all television, even fictional shows, are filmed live – that's if you understand that they're fictional, of course. As you grow a little, you might think that they're filmed between when the last show came out and the next one, with a week to do all the work.
Finally, once your brain has settled, you realize it's all filmed months in advance to leave plenty of time for editing and post-production. This creates one of the few reasons why somebody might dress up as Santa during the warmest months of the year.
Repping the Little Guys
The line between game shows, talk shows, and reality shows just keeps on getting blurred. As people try to find a format that will give long-lasting appeal, things get murkier and murkier.
Conan has only really been a talk show host, but we'll still count it. It turns out he plays some underground music when the cameras are off – the alt-rock and indie scene has exploded in recent years, so there's no telling which banger he's spinning to keep the audience occupied between segments.