Selling real estate in the Los Angeles market can be glorious, given the area's sunny location and an abundance of the rich and famous living there. Popular Netflix series, Selling Sunset shows that it can also be cutthroat – as airbrushed-looking agents fight over wealthy clients and enormous beach-front properties. Audio supervisor Marcos Contreras explains how he’s always ready for every unscripted moment on the reality TV show…
Season five of Selling Sunset premiered on Netflix this year, and such is its popularity, it has already been renewed for a sixth and seventh. The reality TV show revolves around The Oppenheim Group, where glossy, elite real estate brokers sell luxurious properties to their affluent buyers, all while navigating the drama in their personal lives.
Contreras captures sound for the reality show with the help of his arsenal of Lectrosonics wireless systems, including SMWB and SMDWB miniature wideband bodypack, SMQV belt-pack and Hma plug-on transmitters, as well as SRc portable and DSQD digital receivers.
“Selling Sunset is one of the most popular shows on Netflix and it demands a lot,” he notes. “The wireless must be reliable every time. Lectrosonics is up to the task, with no dropouts or interference even over big, open spaces.”
“The trickiest parts of this show are the massive concrete and glass houses we shoot in,” he explains.
“We also always shoot three-to-four cameras, usually one super-duper wide to get a sense of the space, and on some occasions with very little space or time to relocate myself to be in an optimal place for good reception. Lectro comes through every time. It holds up well – even when I think it's gonna be a tough one, I’m always happy at the end of the scene.”