Thursday, October 13, 2016

Production: Alexis Williams

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.


  1. Me interesa como su elección de una telenovela fue basada en la calidad de la producción. Pero después de ver las diferencias entre países que utilizan producción de alta calidad, entiendo como ellos nos atraen. Estoy de acuerdo de que la producción en lugares de verdad tiene efecto positivo para la audiencia. Por ejemplo, he estudiado en el sur de España y puedo entender el contexto muy bien de mi telenovela, La Reina del Sur por eso. Al contrario, no sé nada de Marruecos y por eso me ayuda que la producción tiene lugar en el norte de Africa. La Reina del Sur incorpora culturas incluyendo las de México, España, los Estados Unidos, y Marruecos, y Africa, que me expone a nuevas perspectivas y partes del mundo.

  2. Since La Esclava Blanca is a Colombian telenovela, I think it's worth mentioning the wide range of production quality and value observed in Colombian telenovelas. Whereas some countries are distinguished based on their telenovela production values (such as Brazil being known for its top notch and expensive production), Colombia can not be placed on either end of the production quality spectrum as it has telenovelas with varying production values. La Esclava Blanca clearly has high quality production, whereas the Colombian telenovela I watched this semester, Pasion de Gavilanes does not. Pasion de Gavilanes is a telenovela from 2003 so I think some of the differences in production value are in part due to the years that stand between these two novelas. However, I think more than time factors into this wide spectrum of production values observed in Colombian telenovelas, as currently there are Colombian telenovelas with higher production values than others.