Tristan is perfect. We are almost two weeks in and he’s exactly the person we wanted for this experiment. And between us, we weren’t sure when we met him if he would be.
When Seth and I saw the very first interview with Tristan, we were split. He’s a little shy. He’s a little uncertain. His voice kept wavering in the interview and you could see him get uncomfortable in front of the camera. How would viewers react to someone like this? Especially if it’s an every day, every hour, every minute experience.
These were the questions that sparked conversation amongst all of us producers. Even when we met him in person, it wasn’t just Seth and myself who were split, but there was a big debate amongst the producers on whether or not he would click with the audience. It was at that point that Ken Fuchs said that we should take him out one night with a camera and test him. That footage…made me get my man crush on him. It was the moment where he was in a dark bar and a bright light was shining on him. He had this self-awareness to the absurdity of the situation. He talked to the camera as his friend. He was being overly aware that he was on some sort of odd reality show.
From the beginning, we all wanted this show to include you, the audience. The cameras are there. There is no faking it. The audience is interacting with Tristan and Tristan needs to interact back. I’m addicted now and find myself in the midst of work, with Tristan on in the background. And now I’m as curious as everyone else is to see how we can help him find the direction he wants.