"The thing that everybody has to understand is that shooting a show like 'Amazing Race,' logistically," is nothing like shooting a show like "American Idol."
On a show based in Los Angeles, "if something breaks, somebody gets on the phone and they call over to somebody in the Valley and within 30 minutes, there's a replacement whatever-you-need," he said.
"We're in a place like Bangladesh. It's not like you can just go down to the local TV station and pick up a piece of equipment that will necessarily be, say, HD. The standard around the world is becoming more and more HD, but for a long time, it hasn't [been]," he said.
"I've been working with HD since 2003 on all other projects that I've been involved in outside 'The Amazing Race,' but none of them have had the same logistical challenges," he said.
The cameras bringing high-definition video to "Race" are Sony XDCAMs that record to Blu-ray disc, said Keoghan, who once worked as a camera operator.
"You literally can just plug the camera straight into a computer, download files," he said, then quickly upload a low-resolution copy of the video to editors back in the U.S. who can edit the footage and later use a program to swap it for the high-resolution copy when it arrives by courier.
"They are hand-carried back, because they are so valuable . . . That's always going to be done," Keoghan said.
What else hasn't changed: "You don't sacrifice story, but you will sacrifice, or make compromises, with equipment," he said.
This season, "they're all teams that are looking to redeem themselves. Teams that have been U-turned. A team, like Zev and Justin, who lost [a] passport. They went from last to first and back to last again. Kisha and Jen, who stopped for a very unfortunate pee break and lost out on the leg in Beijing, if you remember . . . They're all teams that people loved, but ultimately, it's like, 'All right, you know everybody deserves a second chance, you've got some unfinished business with the show. No more making excuses.' " *
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