It started with 20 castaways, and now there are 13 left competing for the title of sole survivor in the eighth season of Survivor SA. Survivor SA: Immunity Island was filmed in a Covid-19 production bubble in the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast – a region of wilderness that stretches from East London in the south to the border of KwaZulu-Natal in the north.
But what exactly went into making the show. How many games were created, and just how many hours of footage was filmed?
- The crew consisted of 157 skilled crew and 103 casual labourers making that a total of 260 crew members.
- While the castaways might have gone hungry, there were 24 882 meals catered for during the season.
- To capture all the shenanigans and water pit scheming, more than 3 000 hours of footage was filmed, which is about 180 TB of footage.
- A shoutout to the game masters who created 27 games and 11 Immunity Island mini-games.
- There were a few foot injuries, one head injury, and no Covid-19 cases.
- It took 30 days to build the Tribal Council and eight tons of Wild Coast-collected driftwood. Speaking about the design Leroux Botha, the creative director and series director, said: “We wanted to go for a tribal council that felt more like a tribal village that was abandoned.”
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