The following are answers to frequently asked questions about House Hunters International:
Q. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SHOOT AN EPISODE?
A. We will need five to six days of your time. The shoot days typically breakdown like this:
Day 1: an interview at your current residence along with b roll of you doing activities around the house showing how important it is to find another home
Day 2: you and your agent will tour the first of 3 houses (takes about half a day)
Day 3: you and your agent will tour the 2nd house (takes about half a day)
Day 4: you and your agent will tour the 3rd house (takes about half a day) In each tour, you'll be discussing the pros and cons of each house.
Day 5: a follow-up interview done soon after you've moved into your home.
Day 6: a "scenics" day where we may (or may not, depending on your story) have you in various locations around town doing usual activities (takes about half a day)
These days may be consecutive or they may be shot a few weeks or months apart depending on everyone's availability.
Q. WILL I BE PAID FOR MY PARTICIPATION?
A. You will receive a $1500 (US dollars) honorarium once all the days are taped. There is a $1500 (US dollars) honorarium for your real estate agent.*
*Please note that even if you are cast in an episode, Pie Town Productions and their affiliates and assigns, HGTV and Scripps Networks reserves the right to cancel that episode at any time and for any reason.
Q. DO I NEED TO SIGN ANY PAPERWORK?
A. Everyone who appears on camera must sign an "Appearance Release". We will also need a signed "Location Release" for your current home as well as your new home. If you currently rent we will need a release signed by both you AND your landlord. If you live in a condominium or co-op, you and the HOA must sign the location release. If you foresee a problem please alert us ahead of time so we can work out the details.
Q. HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL THE CAMERA CREW CONSIST OF AND HOW MUCH EQUIPMENT WILL THEY HAVE?
A. This is a reality-style shoot so we travel light. The crew will consist of about four people, including a cameraperson, an audio engineer, a director and a production assistant. Most shoots will be done with a single professional video camera and with a minimum of lights and equipment. For interview set-ups, the crew may need to move your furniture in order to get optimum light or the nicest backdrop. We will make the best effort to return everything to its place when the shoot is complete.
Q. WHAT ELSE WILL THE CREW NEED?
A. Please be aware that we will need to use your electricity to power our lights. Sometimes circuits become overloaded and fuses may blow. In that case we will make best efforts to reset them. If you know of existing electrical problems, you must notify us immediately. We are not responsible for fixing existing problems.
Q. DO I NEED TO PREPARE THE TOUR HOMES IN ANY WAY?
A. Please do everything you can to make sure that your house is at its very best and not cluttered or messy. Although it has never been a problem, we always recommend that you store your valuables in a safe place for the day of shooting to avoid damage or loss (just as if it were an open house). We are not and cannot be responsible for missing or stolen items in your home.
Q. WHAT INFORMATION ABOUT ME WILL BE IN THE SHOW?
A. The episode will include your house hunting story along with all the important details like your name(s), general neighborhood location, home prices, sizes, in depth descriptions, likes and dislikes of each home and information about your realtor.
Q. IS BEING IN FRONT OF A CAMERA DIFFICULT?
A. Have you ever heard the expression "Hurry up and wait?" It's a little like that but we make every effort to schedule your time efficiently. It's still going to take some patience from you. Being in front of a camera and part of a television program is hard work! It can also be a lot of fun as long as you have a great attitude and are flexible. However, this is an experience like no other and we are sure that you will find being part of this show to be a happy story you tell for years to come! But if you are not up for it, just please let us know ahead of time!
Q. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
A. You may wear whatever you feel comfortable in, but please avoid wearing intense solid colors, including fire engine red, lemon yellow, lime green, bright turquoise blue, intense orange, hot pink, and bright white (muted solids are best). Cameras have a difficult time interpreting high saturations of solid fields of color. In addition finely checked or striped patterns are also difficult for the camera to interpret. Do not wear clothing with logos, slogans, or advertisements on them. Do not wear clothing that is too revealing. Please bring extra options on shoot days. If you are unsure about your wardrobe please contact us.
We will not provide you a hair or make-up person on shoot days. You will need to prepare yourself for camera. Nothing special is required other than appearing neat. Our Field Producer may have a simple powder on hand as sometimes the lights will cause a shine.
Q. ISN'T THE CAMERA JUST GOING TO FOLLOW US AROUND?
A. Many of the activities we videotape will take more time to complete than if you did them on your own. (Ex., you might be able to tour a house in 15 minutes, but it will take us several hours to videotape you because we have to light and set up our camera.) This is "reality-style" television, which means that although we aim to remain true to events as they happen, there are times we may need to direct the action. For instance, we may ask you to re-do some things, so that we get a better shot or a different camera angle, or ask you to repeat certain answers in order to tell your story in a succinct way.
PLEASE ONLY AGREE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SHOW IF YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE AND THE FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF OUR PRODUCTION.
We have tried to anticipate all of the questions we think you might ask, but if you would like more information, please don't hesitate to phone, fax or e-mail us at our production office. We hope we'll be working with you and that it will be an exciting and rewarding experience!
When you have made the decision to apply, please contact us through the application and home video pre-interview process. Once you finish your home video pre-interview and application, you can get this info to us in a variety of ways:
• email or fax the application
• upload the video to our website (we can provide instructions for this)
• send everything through the postal service
• send everything through Fed Ex (we can provide you with an account number)
House Hunters International
Pie Town Productions
5433 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91607
Toll Free: 1-877-PIE-TOWN