How Much of “Gold Rush” is Real and How Much is Fake?

TVOvermind | 2/20/2019 | Nat Berman
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Gold Rush has managed to remain popular even though it is closing in on its first decade of existence. There have been huge shake-ups, but for the most part, the core elements have managed to remain the same. Presumably, this includes how Gold Rush is made, which is neither wholly real nor wholly fake.

How Much of Gold Rush Is Real and Fake?

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It isn’t exactly a huge secret that unscripted shows fail to live up to that label 100 percent of the time. Sometimes, the people behind unscripted shows will reshoot scenes again and again until they get exactly what they need for their desired storylines. Other times, the people behind unscripted shows will make sweeping edits to filmed footage until the result bears little resemblance to what happened in reality. Simply put, the people behind unscripted shows want suitable material for the TV screen, meaning that they won’t hesitate to intervene if that can get them what they want.

Unsurprisingly, Gold Rush is no exception to this rule. For example, there are some unscripted shows that will have cameras rolling 100 percent of the time to ensure the capture of as much material as possible, which will be sifted through for the footage needed to create compelling storylines. However, we know that Gold Rush is more relaxed about this because its crew will just reenact scenes if they missed them when they happened, which makes filming the whole show that much more convenient for them. Likewise, there have been participants such as Jimmy Dorsey who claimed that the crew behind Gold Rush edit footage to create heroes and villains for more dramatic storylines, which to be perfectly honest, would not be particularly surprising. On top of this, the people behind the show aren’t shy about using other presentation tricks as well,...
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