Production of La Esclava Blanca
According to an article from Variety, on average, telenovelas cost $70,000-$150,000 to produce and Telemundo, with its high-production, usually has around 300 full time employees and many other workers who help create their telenovelas.
When I began looking for a telenovela to watch this semester, I made sure I found a telenovela with excellent production. Videography and editing quality can make or break films and shows for me and, luckily, La Esclava Blanca's production is incredible. According to an article from Broadway World, the telenovela was filmed completely on location with an international cast and, according to this same article, Telemundo has been striving to diversify its casts and provide its audience with higher quality telenovelas.
The cast includes actors and actresses from Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and even Italy, creating diversity, as well as challenges, in production of the telenovela. However, according to executive producer Juliana Barrera, one of the hardest parts of producing the telenovela was making it believable. Because the telenovela is set in the 1800s, it was important to make sure technology that did not belong in the time period was not visible during filming.
According to interviews of the cast, they filmed for eleven hours a day, six days a week, for five months. Though they usually wanted to rest after those long days, Nerea Camacho says the group would sometimes get together afterwards and go to parties and Miguel de Miguel says the group became a family because of their closeness in proximity.
My one complaint would be some of the acting done specifically by Nerea Camacho, who plays the female protagonist. Though she is very beautiful, her acting can still be hit or miss. Overall, however, I have been impressed with the telenovela and have been completely sucked in to the story.