June 18, 2007
Our first assignment was to walk through the home with David Vos (director), Kevin O’Connor (host) and the rest of the production team. For well over an hour, they questioned us on the history of the home, our buying process, our vision, and the challenges we were facing.
Armed with that information, David crafted a script on the fly, which started with Treff and Kevin talking about the history of the home as they entered, and later joining me and Maddy in the kitchen.
Using Treff’s model, we proceeded to show them how we wanted to take down walls to open the space. David had us emphasize what we were going to do by slapping walls that were going to come down – something I now do regularly when showing the home to friends.
It took us about six takes and all morning. In the afternoon, we stopped by the home we were selling, and talked through our plans to expand into the back of our large (for Newton) back yard. We couldn’t convince our younger son to participate until the very end, but he did finally jump in when Kevin threw some balls for him to hit.
Despite our gaffs, Kevin kept the conversation moving along smoothly. Throughout the process we learned to be succinct and focus the dialogue on the major subjects. We all got a chance to know each other, learn about the show and…our house!
photo by Anthony Tieuli
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Ahh, so TOH is scripted, I had always wondered that as it seemed very off the cuff. Great to hear.
It is only scripted to the extent that we create it on the fly. The director, David Vos, asks a lot of questions about a scene, and then boils down the dialogue to the essential elements. The guys are so used to the process that it helps put us all at ease, and really feels natural after a while.
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