When I think about telenovelas, prior to this class, I never thought about the actual production of them. I just thought of the actual show itself and the drama-filled episodes. So, this unit of class has truly been incredibly interesting to me. I am blown away by the behind the scenes of these worlds that the telenovelas create for their viewers. I was especially surprised by the way they so technically direct the love scenes!
I wanted to do some more research on the way that telenovelas are being produced in America, since Silvana sin Lana is made for Telemundo USA in Miami. I found a really cool article from ABC News that featured the way the telenovela industry has just absolutely exploded in the USA.
The most interesting facts I read in the article included the way that Univision is now the 4th top network in the entire country! This seems so crazy and cool to me because if there is one thing the US is not lacking in it, it’s TV stations and shows. So, the fact that people are choosing to watch telenovelas so much in the US is pretty awesome. Especially since there are so many American soap operas that are being cancelled, like All My Children and One Life to Live.
The article also described the way that telenovelas produce their content at such a fast rate. One actress described how their show shoots 40 scenes per day on a small budget on $120,000, compared to the 2 million dollar budgets that American soap operas operate on. The sheer magnitude of the production of these telenovelas surprises me and fascinates me.
I would love to know the specific budgets and timelines for the production of my telenovela, so I may need to do some more digging to find those facts – I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked on this topic.