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07-23-2012 10:35 PM  8 years ago
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Rogman88

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Reality TV with R/C helis?
They are making reality shows about all kinds of goofy topics, but I think an R/C heli reality program on FX or one of those "guy channels" would be good for the hobby and maybe even put some cash in some heli pilots' pockets. I think a show focusing on some of the top competitors' preparations for say, the 3D Masters, would be neat. They could stick some cameras on them as they find out what the set maneuvers are, choreography preparations, music choice, sim practice, real practice, equipment failure (reality TV loves this), follow them to a couple of fun flies, and of coarse, document the main competition at the end of the season.
If they can do a show on 4 year olds competing in beauty pagents, certainly they could put together an R/C heli program that would promote the hobby and be entertaining as well to the general public through main stream media. Like my friend Chuck says, "Most people don't even know what these helis can do".
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07-23-2012 10:39 PM  8 years ago
Solmanbandit

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That actually would be a really cool idea and good story line.Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2
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07-23-2012 11:26 PM  8 years ago
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you should put up a few hundred thousand dollars of your own money and produce such a show.
It's not gambling if you're sure the show would be successful, right?

The following elements will be necessary for a successful helicopter reality show-
  • A catchy title like America's Next Top Heli Pilot
  • Tyra Banks as host (or Oprah if you can get her instead), with a board of judges: Curtis, Szabo, and the other Szabo
  • 12 heli pilots who argue and bicker with each other on RR, chosen to live in a loft with no access to the internet
  • 12 girls age 16 and pregnant, and their baby daddies
  • the Kardashians
  • Snookie
  • Weekly challenges including zany obstacle course trials where contestants compete for food and nitro, and the opportunity to be Paris Hilton's new B.F.F.
  • Will be aired on MTV, immediately following Jersey Shore
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07-23-2012 11:29 PM  8 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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These reality shows typically include some ex-champion who comes back for one last chance at glory as the "coach" of the team.

How about Robert Gorham?

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07-23-2012 11:31 PM  8 years ago
Dood

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I already suggested Oprah.

Mario Lopez hasn't been on anything in a while.
Regis Philben is also out of work.
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07-23-2012 11:55 PM  8 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Oprah has never been a world-famous championship RC helicopter pilot, so I don't think that suggestion makes much sense.

I saw a reality show on The History Channel where they found some old, washed-up jousting champion from the 1980's to be the "coach". I have never heard of competitive jousting (outside of the medieval legend), so I don't know where they found this guy. But he made the show interesting.

I think appropriate hosts for an RC show would include Curtis Youngblood, Robert Gorham, Chip Hyde, and Hanno Prettner. Or maybe Tim Schoonard.
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07-24-2012 12:16 AM  8 years ago
rstekeur

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Sounds like a great show, for all 10 people that would watch itEven a stopped clock is right twice a day
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07-24-2012 01:10 AM  8 years ago
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What is this great desire to have the whole world be into our hobby? I think one of its greatest appeals is the fact that it is so far out the main stream that most of the general public knows nothing about it. Personally I'd like to keep it that way. Also, there is no such thing as reality TV. These things you refer to are basically game shows that are drawn out over a full season instead of 30 minutes. There isn't a spec of reality involved.
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07-24-2012 02:33 AM  8 years ago
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We had one that was filmed here for Sun City folks(retirement capital). Anyways, we were at a restaurant and they filmed a segment there while we were eating. It was so set up that maybe about 5% of the whole thing was reality. Instead of a reality show on rc heli's, I think a documentary setting would be much better.Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2
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07-24-2012 02:41 AM  8 years ago
Tyler

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Everything on tv is real, or was that the Internet where everything is real.

Bruce Jenner and Jeff Dunham could be the celebrity heli pilots.
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07-24-2012 06:18 AM  8 years ago
helidevil

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Kyle Stacy was going to be on a reality show just like you're talking about. The show got cancelled soon before its debut though. No hope for Rc helis on tv anymore
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07-24-2012 08:28 AM  8 years ago
Jingles

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Maybe a Pro/Am format would be more interesting.

Take six helicopter experts and six people who have never flown an RC helicopter before and match them up (the weirder the match, the better).

Wisdom is passed on, plenty of forced 'Yoda moments', arguments and crashes by the boatload, and a competition at the end. $10,000 dollars to the winner and tears before bedtime.

Now that's entertainment!

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07-24-2012 01:37 PM  8 years ago
jgunpilot

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Dood, I believe you have your finger on the pulse of this great nation.
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07-24-2012 02:16 PM  8 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I want to know more about the show Kyle was scheduled to be on. What network was it going to be for? Discovery channel?Avant RC
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07-24-2012 03:36 PM  8 years ago
Mike Fortin

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The idea might not be that far off, last summer I did some aerial filming for the top 2 wake boarders in the world, brothers that live here in Orlando.

This is a very, very niche program but against the odds they actually got picked up by MTV and the new show Wake Bros. will be premiering this Friday.
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07-24-2012 03:57 PM  8 years ago
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I think one of the key elements is to make your show about something the viewers could "see" themselves doing. You gotta hide everything that appears difficult, complicated, and especially technical. . .
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Like "being" Snooki.
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07-24-2012 04:21 PM  8 years ago
Stephen Born

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This is a very, very niche program but against the odds they actually got picked up by MTV and the new show will be premiering this Friday.
Congrats Mike.
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07-24-2012 04:49 PM  8 years ago
Rogman88

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you should put up a few hundred thousand dollars of your own money and produce such a show.
I have no background in media production and was actually thinking about shooting an email or something to many of the producers of current programs letting them know the theme and refer them to RR videos gallery and Bobby Watts/Bert Kammerer for ideas on how to go about it.

Some of the ideas mentioned such as pro guys teaching noobs to fly and compete would be interesting. It even may be geared towards the lay person who is not familiar with helis and enjoys the drama aspect of people interacting with each other daily and talking bad about each other etc...with a host who asks them questions.

I was thinking more of a documentary style program that followed the lives of the top guys as they prepare for a big competition. It would show case what these guys go through for preparations and actually what these helis can do. Some of the top guys, plus one guy who may not be as good as the top guys, but provides comic relief and can stir the pot some (like my friend Mike Fortin) would make for good programing.
What is this great desire to have the whole world be into our hobby? I think one of its greatest appeals is the fact that it is so far out the main stream that most of the general public knows nothing about it.
Any time you can promote something through media and get more revenue pumped into it, it's beneficial in terms of the guys trying to make a living selling heli related stuff (like Mike), local clubs who rely on memberships and fun fly's for their revenue etc...

We have a group of local guys who make duck calls (Duck Commander) who now have a show. I've never seen it, but they celeberties now and sell a bunch of Duck Calls because of it. I've seen them filming around town and it doesn't look like it takes much to make a program. They have a half million dollar RV that's all painted up with their logo and they drive around town shooting film.
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07-24-2012 05:18 PM  8 years ago
Mike Fortin

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The last thing anyone wants to see on TV is how to fly an RC heli. Maybe seeing them flying but the boring learning... They could care less.

Like the Wake Bros show, it's more about the antics, comedy, chicks and "living the life" than it is about the actual wake boarding.
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07-24-2012 05:51 PM  8 years ago
Rogman88

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Like the Wake Bros show, it's more about the antics, comedy,
Mike gets my vote!
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