Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Why Mantracker is Fake, Part One


UPDATE: Why Mantracker is Fake, Part Two

When I first watched Mantracker on OLN, I really liked it. A human tracker is hot on the trail of human prey, just like in the old days, what a great idea! Two minutes later I was disappointed to realize the entire show is totally faked.

1) Forward camera positions betray staged scenes.
While the prey runs at top speed, camera crews somehow manage to always stay ahead and get great shots while remaining invisible to the Mantracker:


On the run from Mantracker, Vlad helps Nate climb over a barbed wire fence. How did the camera crew get over the fence before them and set up this shot? Staged.


Camera crew to prey actor: "OK, you wait here while we go through the tunnel and set up the camera on the other side. Don't start running through the giant pipe until we signal you." Staged.


Camera crew to prey actor: "We'll aim at the ground and film your footprint while you walk through the river sand. We'll do several takes and use the best one." True story. Staged.


Another barb-wire fence crossing with the camera crew waiting on the other side. Staged. (Mantracker producers love barbed-wire fence climbing.)


Camera crew: "Luckily, we were waiting right here at the exact place and time they chose to break out of the woods and cross the river. They ran right past our camera and gave us a nice shot." Staged.

It's really a TV drama, where producers recruit wily actors to act as prey and improvise action and dialogue within the fictional universe of a theoretical Mantracker pursuit. Is there anything wrong with that? No. But the scenes are so obviously staged (and sometimes painfully unrehearsed) that the scale of disbelief required to enjoy the show is so far off the map, it eludes even the Mantracker himself, who admits he doesn't watch the show.


Venerable Mantracker Terry Grant: "No, I don't watch the show."

139 comments :

HikerMikerMIck said...

didn't realize at first but your are right.

Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Still waiting for part two

bulletproofcourier said...

I indeed had a part two planned, but after part one, is there really any doubt Mantracker is faked and staged?

Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Thanks for the update

DroppingAway said...

The shows own site says scenes are "recreated" for dramatic effect. I'd rather see something real than something cinematically pleasing yet fake. I still have the notion that the chase is real (I'll keep an eye on things) but here is one other thing that pisses me off: During the early part of the chase, if the prey is unaware of Mantracker's presence and he is nearby, he'll say something stupid ("Morning, ladies!") to them, giving them a chance to run and hide, when he could have caught them or come close enough so the prey don't realize he's around until they hear the horses. If a chase ends early, show two chases, but don't pull this kind of crap. The prey's cameramen wear camo and, according to Terry, have only given away the prey's location about once per season, but what I've mentioned - Terry warning the prey away - makes the show lose a huge chunk of credibility right there. Does anyone know what the rules are for sleeping? I'm guessing there's a pre-arranged bedtime after which no one cam wander from where they are more than X yards... I dunno... if the show were honest, said when something was a recreation, and allowed Terry to catch the prey whenever he could (that's the whole idea!) instead of having to play dumb, I might have a little hope for this show.

bulletproofcourier said...

Some good points, I will indeed cover them in part 2, soon. As for the sleeping - staged again - consider the prey is never seen carrying enough food & equipment to go 52km in two full days with an overnight stay. They're carrying daypacks only.

Anonymous said...

i believe the key points missed are (1) they shoot the scences the cameramen could not get are shot after the chase is over - (never during or before, and is stated - shot for effect.) this includes everything brush to thick - even to see one another. (2) as for overnite - some locations are on their maps - often teams they sleep in the bush, a few created a plastic lean-to tent. (3) number of times any viewer has seen them having a real hot meal (steak & eggs, perked coffee & had a cup) - none. No one advises "you are bring to much gear" as some have had over 40 pounds of it - or did you think of bring a rain slicker, lighter, flash light (extra batteries), change of clothes (in case you get wet), rope, knife, (one group brought bear repelent - most do not), (4) althought many are former/current hunters, law enforcement, military, outdoory camper & similar - many seem to have a problem with a compass - this isn't staged - its stupidity on the part of the contestant. In theday & age of GPS - only the cameramen & crew have gps - otherwise - any would be able to walk a straight line through the woods (5) in an interview with mantraker - he speaks about - if the show were ever to have himself hunted - what would he do- answer - walk in a stream, walk only on rocks & other hard surfaces - say almost nothing to the other person - write on a pad or signal (if you didn't know the prey are wired for sound - but that does mean they have to talk. )

best regard

bob
producer

Amanda from NB said...

I just watched this show for the first time last night and I could NOT believe HOW STUPID the contestants were!!! Oh my gosh!
The entertainment value was incredible because I spent the entire time LAUGHING at the contestants and ogling the ManTraker!! The 'fakeness' is really annoying but since I know that they go back to film certain scenes it is not soo bad. Bob - you guys should really consider having the contestants film their own video AND adding night video especially!! The ManTracker should hunt at night because some of those contestants will piss themselves and freak themselves into a paranoid frenzy!! I think the show should be more engaging: it is do-able to traverse rough terrain in a couple of days but it is alot harder to survive off the land and take care of yourself, all the while trying to evade the enemy!

I just checked out the website and for all of you reading this blog, they are accepting applications for Season 6!! What have you got to lose?? I am applying...I just need to find a decent partner!!

Amanda

Chelsey said...

I love this show..yes the staged parts are a bit gay but it's about the whole shibang! It's about your adrenaline pumping and pushing your body to the limit. I've seen all the episodes and every parternship is different and unique, some are crazy and bring bear bangers or bear spray but every person says it is way harder than they expected. This is the ultimate outdoor experience for us advid adventurists so hopefully you will see my fiance and I on Season 6!

Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Bullet - are you aware that the Mantracker himself is going to be at the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure show this weekend at the Convention Center.

Cheers

bulletproofcourier said...

Thanks for the tip! Maybe I'll track him down and capture him on film. :)

Here in eternity... said...

Its called post production, having worked on the show I can tell you that it is not fake. We go back after filming and recreate some scenarios and add stock footage...footsteps etc....The "prey" are genuinely tracked and this show is real.. before you make your judgement on the show, use some common sense....and understand that inorder to create the show we need to refilm segments.

Mike said...

Not fake? Well at least it's done in a remarkably implausable manner. IE: Mantracker's horses. I saw the 'prey' run into some widely spread apart saplings while manTracker reigns in his horse and the announcer says, "They run into the thick forest where the horses cannot go..." The tiny saplings were five feet apart and you could actually see the prey running away for hundreds of feet! What kind of lame horses mantracker might have that can't walk where you could drive a golf cart, I don't know.

Same with hills. The prey run down a gentle slope and mantracker, right behind them, reigns in the horse and says it can't follow them down the 'steep' hill! Anyone who rides a horse on real range will tell you a horse would have to be nearly dead not to be able to navagate a gentle slope.

Conclusion: Contrived situations and results in order to manipulate the outcome, another way of saying it would be, FAKE.

Anonymous said...

Note to Amanda.... I've been DYING to go on the show but have been unable to find a partner... I'm game!!! Missed a meet and greet with Mister Terry Grant at the Casino in North Battleford by ONE day :( devastated to say the least
Lacey J

Anonymous said...

Sorry, it's not fake. The method they use is very common in reality chases or races, where the race/chase is run normally, and the cameramen will try and get as much footage as they can. Then, after the race/chase is done, the producers will look at the footage and decide what they want to re-shoot for dramatic effect. The crew and participants then head back out and re-shoot the scenes. This way the results are honest, but it still looks good on TV.

bulletproofcourier said...

Evidence does not support the "real race with reshoots" claim. What the evidence does support is this:

The prey DO NOT run unsupported back-to-back half-marathons (52km) in the backcountry wearing hiking boots and carrying overnight equipment and food for 2.

Instead, producers first scout the location and write a chase storyline based upon interesting features along the route.

The prey is brought in and they help improvise dialogue and action at each place in the script.

OLN has zero credibility at this point. Most of their programs are obviously faked and staged, having nothing to do with "outdoor life".

Anonymous said...

i think this BLOG is fake. i mean, as if someone would actually watch a show for 2 minutes, then decide it's fake and that he hated it, then devote all this time to writing a blog post to prove it! and it's totally unbelievable that even after people who work on the show write in to explain his issues with the show's realism, he insists that they're lying. i mean, nobody is THAT ridiculous.

this "bulletproofcourier" is just a totally fictionalized character. im going to create a blog that will prove it, too.

bulletproofcourier said...

Who exactly are these "people who work on the show" writing in to explain? Anonymous indeed.

I stand behind my blog posting and comments.

I welcome a conversation with real Mantracker producers who can answer my questions and explain the errors in my post.

Mantracker is a successful show with a compelling theme and high production values. But it's still "faked" just as much as fellow OLN shows:

Ghost Hunters
UFO Hunters
Destination Truth
Operation Repo

bulletproofcourier said...

This post has been updated. Please continue reading at Mantracker is Fake, Part Two: Insider Photos of Camera Crews and Equipment.

Anonymous said...

Fake real, who cares. Its still entertaining regardless of if your laughing at it or sitting at the edge of the seat. The prey are usually pretty funny either in their dialog or their decision making, and you have to hand it to Terry, he's just a cool character to watch. Its still way better than most reality shows on tv today, and at least its refreshing.

Hey bulletproofcourier do you work in the film industry for a production crew that makes reality show? What experience do you have that can legitimize your arguments?

Anyone watching this can make an observation and some assumptions but without any facts and evidence your just adding a bunch more useless data on the internet and slowing down GoogleBot. Be kind to the web crawlers and stop posting useless blog articles for them to index.

Jeff

Anonymous said...

the race is not 52km...ranges from 32-40km, depending on terrain.

Anonymous said...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1429752/faq



answers it all. Its not fake

Anonymous said...

Man Tracker the show is A)fake like stated above and b) Way too damn easy for the prey to be caught. OK think about this, if there is a camera crew following them doesn't that not mean they leave more tracks? Also they have a point A and a point B to go to. Thus meaning that all Man Tracker has to do it head for the finish line and he will most likely run into them in time. Also they have to follow a outline of a PATH meaning that there not too far off where Man Track is at, So meaning this show is completely retard to watch and believe. They already before starting have it set weather they win or lose.

Anonymous said...

I was prey for the upcoming season and all I have to say that this is the most 'real' reality show out there. Of course you still have to make entertaing television which is why you have some shots done over. You go back to the same loactions and recreate it for different angles. If you didn't, all you would see is peoples behinds. Both "teams" have the same critera to deal with during the chase, like battery changes, leaving tracks and possible sightings of a camera guy (all though they are super stealthy and it is rare to happen). Nothing is scripted and the prey have the say of where the chase goes. Its real and its awesome!

bulletproofcourier said...

Thank you again to all who commented. Indeed my post was meant to create discussion - mission accomplished!

Anonymous said...

As someone who does work in the film industry on a full-time basis, I can confirm that Mantracker is indeed fake. However, this goes for every "reality" TV show in existence. They're all fake. In every case, actors and scenes are staged and creatively edited to make the appearance of a natural and organic unfolding of events, in order to create a more gripping drama, attract viewers, and sell advertising. This is their only goal -- not to portray "reality" in any sense.

OLN is particularly guilty in these regards, since they don't air even a single honest "reality" show. They're all based on fictional subject matter which is staged and edited to appear "real".

The most honest show I've seen along these lines is Survivorman, and even he has support crew camped nearby. At least he's honest about it, and it works. The insurance companies and profit motives that back these TV network shows would never allow an actual "reality" show like this to take place in a totally honest and straight-forward way.

Anonymous said...

If you want to determine for yourself what is real and what isn't, just follow the money, and look at the demographics of the intended viewer.

OLN network shows are entertaining, but aren't exactly geared for educated intellectuals. They assume a level of gullibility in the viewer -- people who believe in ghosts and spirits, for instance. Ghosts are scary and appeal to our primal emotions -- they sell ads, books, and DVD's. It's all demonstratively fake, but it makes money.

Tracking is a real profession, but a completely true portrayal of it would translate to a very boring TV show. Thus, it is staged. If there is any real aspect to the chase, it is only a cursory one to add a sense of realism to a show that is otherwise scripted.

These are fictional themes that play on the average person's emotions, gullibility, and ignorance. The people who watch this and believe in it are the same people who get their education from their church, believe in talking snakes, and buy things from TV ads. It's entertainment, not reality.

Andrew said...

Mantracker is ACTUALLY real you know that?
One of my best friend's had a cousin on the show, and she said that what they do is they run the actually challenge beforehand without cameras or anything like that, and then after they are done the real challenge, they go back and do the same thing over again with all those corny lines and fake looking shots.

Anonymous said...

I am currently watching the episode on Brian and Julia (Brother and Sister) on OLN, and about 15 minutes into the episode, a HUGE video editing mistake. You can clearly see one of the camera crew up on top of a ridge filming them. I thought this was a rather amateur mistake. Never the less, the concept of the show is really good, and if it is true that the contestents actually do the race without a camera crew, that is cool.

Keith said...

How many of you read one persons work and agree with them? I know that this is Wikipedia, but it is true.Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantracker and scroll down to Production Notes and read! It is all re filmed to get better angles, and the camera crew are experts at covering their trails. The show even sends out fake crews so Mantracker can't only look for hidden camera's!

Anonymous said...

I'd say the show is a bit "can'd" of course, with rules about not tracking or running at night, no help from locals etc.

But the camera shots you mention are obviously taped after the chase is over for dramatic effect.

This should be obvious to you...

Blake (Season 5 - Episode 2) said...

Dude...I DID the show. It was NOT staged. After the two day LIVE shooting...we went back to "reenact" scenes which moved too fast for the cameras (and there was a TON of that - when a horse is chasing you - you move FAST!). THAT is what you are picking up on. The reenactments are "staged" in the sense that we were trying to capture good quality film. But the ACTUAL CHASE, and result were already done. NOT faked.
NOW, as to the finished result and whether they take creative license with the "story" I will have to wait till October 12th to tell ya, since I haven't seen it. But, the chase and results are REAL.

Anonymous said...

All these people who work in the industry or know someone who works on the show or know someone who was on the show is a joke. Your all a joke the author of this is a joke (his comments are clearly an opinion with no proof) so stop. The person who identified himself with a name and season number seems to be the only one who possibly has an idea.

Anonymous said...

I have been to Grande Cache, Alberta, location of the episode with two sisters Barb and Amy. Some scenes are screened in an old mine area overlooking Grande Cache Lake. This area is not where shown on the map in the episode (supposedly NW of town).

Anonymous said...

I worked on the ManTracker set, and yes as if you didnt know totally fake!! The prey actually thought they were making their own way and decisions, but not at all they have a guy with them who has already marked out the trail, and is in radio contact with the so called tracker at all times, I drove the prey through 5 check stops cause they had blisters!! what a joke, the guide got bucked off his horse, and they also sorred the horses!!! That does not sound like horse people to me! It was pathetic, I know all reality tv is set up, but this is horse crap!! there is no real tracking in this show at all, this guy should be ashamed!! Get this show off the air!!

Anonymous said...

Anybody thinking for one second that this show is REAL, has to be a little slow.....I'm sorry.
The people claiming they are "producers" coming here trying to convince us of the contrary, must be even slower.
Regardless if they go back and re-shoot the scenes AFTER the real chase takes place or not, I think we can ALL agree that what we are seeing on TV is F-A-K-E!
Any person with a brain should be offended by what these producers are trying to make us believe.I want this garbage off the air! Sadly though, even on this blog, there are people out there that will believe anything. And OLN makes money.

Nick said...

Hey. Does anybody really know how rigged and fake this is? And what are the rules on sleeping. Because if any of the contestants were real 'experienced' outdoorsmen they would (1) kno how to read a map and compas and (2) would travel at night, dusk, and early morning while hiding durring the day. Btw if this show is all it says it is then I am willing to bet money that me and my friend (bouth 14 years old) could win this competion fairly easily. Any comments?

Anonymous said...

All right so this is a pretty good post so far. Lots of great arguments on both sides. Good reading. And I definitely come down on the side of this show is real, with some obviously reshot scenes. And anyone who bitches about this being fake and crap needs to just shut up and think about it. It's a friggen TV show! Of course some of it needs to be commercialized or no one would watch it and we wouldn't be talking about it. So get over it. And then the real reason I wanted to post this is everyone who claims to have worked on the show or been on the show and whatever else. It's really awesome if you really were but this is the internet your words carry no weight because there is no way to confirm if you are who you say you are so just give it up. Nobody can take your statements at face value.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a shit, this is a show created by people, for the people... purely for entertainment value. It doesn't even matter if it's real or fake. If any of you actually care... you have way to much time on your hands. Some of you might say "so why do you care so much"? The answer is I have alot of time on my hands and im bored. IT'S A TV SHOW!!

Anonymous said...

Hi all! I do love the show and enjoy it a lot. And I DO NOT care if it is faked or not. The bottom line is if you enjoy watching it or not! If you don't like it, you know what? Change the channel and watch something else!!!

Peggy said...

Hi, my name Peggy. I do it show, and I say for you this exeperiance is great. Show make it me great person, and I beliave it no is this fake. This horse of mantracker kicked it me for head, and I is feel very tire. I is making to finish line but have it the bad haedacke. Thenk you and I hope every body fantastik person watching my Peggy soon.

Anonymous said...

well what if they just reshot what happened?

Anonymous said...

My bigest complaint is that the prey always do such dumb things; repeatedly returning to a road or trail where they leave nice clear footprints and know he probably will be looking. In fact, seldom making any attempt to cover their trail at all.Plus I haven't seen one where the contestants are in really good shape physically. No fun watching lame-os.

Ronald Figura said...

I don't watch because quite frankly, reality TV- ISN'T!

Anonymous said...

i would just like to inform all who believe that mantraker is fake that it is not. After the hunt ends(either way, if mantracker wins or not) the people go back to certain spots and reshoot scenes for a more dramatic shot. they also have outdoors people for camera men and they are trained not to give away the position of the pray. finally, its a cool show and so what if some scenes are redone. its only to make the show cooler.

Anonymous said...

Dear Bulls$&@proof and anyone else contending the show is fake. Apply to be one of the prey and prove it. It's easy to sit in a comfortable chair and be an anklebiter. It takes a real grown-up to put your money where your mouth is. Until you actually prove it with facts rather than conjecture, you're a nothing. The producers aren't hiding anything and aren't trying to obscure the process, but you're so hellbent on being a big-shot authority figure, you're missing the obvious. They've been open about everything.

David said...

The previous poster makes a good point. Make a *valid* argument. By claiming the show is fake and that you won't believe otherwise until the producers prove it to you is the same as asking a movie star or model to prove to you that her breasts are real. You're the pig rooting about in the slop and you're asking them to stoop down to your level. You'll get nowhere that way. I've read a number of the stories, FAQs and wikis about this show and they're all fairly up front about the fact they shoot for the better part of two days and go back and re-shoot certain scenes for a better show. I'm sure the folks who have run the gauntlet as 'prey' would love to see you out there proving that you can walk the walk.

Anonymous said...

First of all, this is a fun show to watch - why ruin that by trying to figure out what is and is not fake? That's just silly. Second, covering 20 or so miles is not tough for most real athletes, contrary to what someone above stated. I trail run and do endurance events through very challenging terrain - it's not that tough. Third, the show is very clear that some scenes are re-shot for dramatic effect - good, it makes it more enjoyable to watch. Finally, how do you know that Mantracker hasn't caught his prey early, but they just don't show those episodes? Anyway, I enjoy the show; I really think trying to prove it is fake is pretty petty and immature.

Anonymous said...

I just got on to ask how they get such good camera spots in the backwoods without notice! BTW David, I can walk the walk....easy as pie to evade a man on a horse in a square mile range of 60. The fact he finds tracks within 5 minutes of the actual chase and also the fact he doesn't know where the finish is yet he always knows what way to go. So mantracker has 240 square miles to deal with and the prey only 60. I play a game called sniper in a woods of only 2 square miles and it's easy to cap the flag without being seen.

Anonymous said...

I think it's petty, immature, and idiotic not to question anything you watch, do, or say. What you believe santa man tracker is real? Your probably religious, you people believe anything.

Anonymous said...

So does anyone know if the prey can run at night at all. cuz it seems to me that if you can use a compass and are close to a road that'll take you near the finish the challenge is pretty easy. just go slow in the brush and then hit the road at night. piece of cake!

Anonymous said...

I have seen an episode where the guys, at night, say "I've always wondered why people don't go at night." He continues, "I'm too tired and it is so dark I can't see my hand in front of my face." I think that's reason enough.

I really think Mantracker is legitimate. Think about it. The prey has 36 hours, and all the camera crews have to shoot is 42-45 minutes of good film. I would imagine that would be no problem.

evjl said...

i have realized that this show is fake, but your comment about the camera and the shots could use a little more thought... cameras are so advanced, a camera man could be hundreds of meters away and still get some of those shots... not saying thats what happened in these examples but it is possible

The Shaman Of Hedon said...

Sorry but the guy who posted this is just an armchair troll. You know, a guy with little else better to do so he tries to make himself look clever on the internet by "proving" how fake a show is.

Two problems.

1) Those set-up shots? The ones he thinks are his huge smoking gun of proof? Those are all taken AFTER the chase ends to add dramatic effect for the show. It says so on THE SHOW'S OWN WEBSITE.

2) The cameramen Mantracker should supposedly easily spot? The producers send out decoy prey and cameramen to confuse him so he CAN'T just "look for the guy with the camera". They also hire trained survivalists to work the cameras who know how to mask their presence.

Please thusly ignore this pathetic nitwit bitching about a show he likely wishes he had the balls to be on. People try the same crap with Man VS Wild and calm logical minds shoot them down every time.

sweetpea said...

You know what? To "the shaman of hedon"....What makes your take on this any more important than the person who actually took the time to think and research and post this site on here? Your opinion of the show is just that...as is his...but at least he took the time to make a well done take on it, whether it be actual fact or not.
I don't understand where people get off being mean and cruel with name calling, and call downs.
Why don't you make your own website stating why mantracker is a totally realistic show instead of calling someone an armchair troll, where you obviously have some pretty strong opinions, you must have spent an equivilent amount of time in one to be able to dispute his claims.
You could have easily disputed his claims without being a jackass about it.
You have shown a perfect example of a 'pathetic nitwit bitching' while adding cruelty to the mix. Boooo. You could have done this in a far better way. But I guess the world, unfortunately, has people like you in it. I would have loved to see a nice sparring that would have made me think of both sides without feeling so bad that someone can be so nasty.
Carry on, shaman. Notice I did not honor you with a capital 'S'.

Anonymous said...

I find Mantracker to be very entertaining.I don't understand why people have to nit pic things apart.I guess all they have time to do is be negative.If you don't care for the show, then change channel.Real or fake, it's better than half of the crap on TV these days.I'll keep watching.

Anonymous said...

I've read all your comments and I'm a little dissapointed at some of the attitudes. You talk shit about what you can't prove or haven't experienced. I am going to clarify a few things for all of you....

This is FAKE said...

This show is as real as Joan Rivers face... How the **** this gets viewers is unreall. Survive for ''48 HOURS'' - so they take a HUGE RUCK SACK. All you need is some dehydrated food - protein bars an water. NOT A GREAT BIG F****** RUCK SACK

OU Futbol Bloggin said...

Its entertainment. I dont think we have to experience the FULL show to be entertained by it. I believe the competition is real and i like that they give us some idiots getting captured and some really skilled players reaching the target. If you dont like it, if its fake to you, dont watch. The Cartoon channel is 24 hours now, so enjoy.

thetop7.net said...

The result is not fake but there is editing after the chase is completed.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy the entertainment. I routinely run unsupported adventure runs up to 100 miles in very remote areas of the country. If I was on the show with one of my fellow ultrarunners, it would be very, very boring without reshoots. We would never be near a cameraman.

Bill said...

I still like the idea and I'm not doubting Terry"s ability but, OMG, this is exactly what I've been saying since the first show I watched.
Mantracker: "There are two sets of foot prints here". WHERE ARE THE CAMERA GUYS FOOT PRINTS?
I could go on. But why bother. Thanks for agreeing with me.

merlin said...

i have rode a lot of horses and it is next to impossible to spot a track when galloping. i have also sat behind bushes and have people walk ten feet from me without them seeing me how stupid can this show get

Anonymous said...

The reason I believe it's fake is this: The only rules are: "Don't get caught by Mantracker."
I have always wondered why the prey doesn't sneak bck to where the Mantracker is sleeping and steal their horses?
GAME OVER!

Trolololo said...

I love the fact people have kept posting in this, even though the author hasn't posted here since july 2010 xD

Also I agree the show is 'real' with aspects reproduced. That certainly is more logical than the entire thing being faked imo.

bulletproofcourier said...

I'm still around and blogging about other things, but I read every comment here and yes it's quite entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Bulletproof, you made a comment about only carrying daypacks and not having the capacity for an overnight trip over 52km. I have to ask, have you ever tried this. I haved lived for mor than 72 hours out of my daypack as have many of my co-workers. provided there is a sufficient water shed in the region there is no reason why a daypack cannot carry a human for 36 hours over 52 km.

badman___ said...

i seen one of the blacks guy on the t.v show the kink and my hair.. and i seen that tall girl with long dark hair talked with a accent on a shampoo comercial... fake fake fake.. but a good show.

Anonymous said...

On April 17 Shane and Brooke Doan will be on the show. If you don't know who Shane Doan is he plays hockey for the Pheonix Coyotes. So obvously these are not actors hired to be on this show. I have met Shane and know his family. They are extremely nice and honest people. He cannot and has not said what happens on the show but everybody in his hometown is very excited to see his and his brothers appearance and want to get the story after as well. Of course some of this show is reshot for affect, thats TV, but overall a very good show when compared to some of the other crap on TV.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bulletproof....the show is looking for new prey, go ahead, apply....let them know your views and while your at it....if they accpet you, let us viewers know your blog name....so we can watch and laugh at you getting caught!!

Anonymous said...

some scenes are staged for tv i agree however bonterra productions responded to an e-mail i sent them telling me i would need 1 week for travel and filming...ok lets break that down...1 day travel each way to anywhere in canada equals 2 days...2 days for the chase-that's 4...so what about the other 3 days...a paid vacation?...the other 3 days are for recreations...i know past prey...it's not fake

Anonymous said...

If it isn't fake then how come nobody has ever been captured on day 1? A tracker who is supposedly as good as he is would no doubt have caught more than a few people on day one in the first 1-2 seasons alone. I'm not saying that every chase is BS but it's blatantly obvious this isn't real 60-80% of the time.

Anonymous said...

This review is stupid. Obviously certain shots of the show are recreated in post production for dramatic effect, but the chase itself is not faked. Mantracker often warns or alerts his prey to his presence because he needs to gauge the direction they're heading so he can continue to track them. So come on, what do you expect? It's friggin TV. There's no way it can be 100% real.

Dolebiscuit said...

If any one of you are taking this blog seriously, you must be delusional. The blog poster lacks any kind of journalistic credibility. He found some pictures online, and wrote down his theories as if they were facts. If you gobbled it up that easily, then you're clearly not a very intelligent person. There isn't any actual evidence to support his claims.

How about this: Go on the show yourself, then tell me how fake it is.

Anonymous said...

The blog is fake. The show is real, with some parts obviously recreated.

The blogger and his supporters obviously have ZERO background in the outdoors, outdoor survival or as a tracker/trackee.

Anonymous said...

There are five or six cameramen who meander around the Mantracker and the prey. None of them follow any group specifically just so they don't give away their location.

After the prey have been caught or reach the finish line, the crews ask both parties to recreate some of the shots (like running across a river or through a tunnel). They actually did all of that stuff, but they have them do it again to get better camera angles.

Anonymous said...

not fake, buddy was on the show but unfortantly he got cought only km away from the finish

Anonymous said...

My understanding of the show, is that the action is filmed as it happens and then after the end of the chase, some scenes and action shots are re-created for TV. This makes it possible to have those shots which couldn't be done while the chase is on. Fan

MadMikeX3 said...

I want to know why I always see orange markers everywhere in each episode. Its either orange spray paint on trees or rocks or orange ribbon tied around trees.

Anonymous said...

There are cameras that have quite a good zoom while keeping the quality high so that's probably what they're using.

Anonymous said...

Give me a break!! This "tracker" couldn't find his you know what with two hands and a flashlight!! Let me take him on in my old stomping grounds and I'll lay odds he won't even come out alive!! (That's how ugly the ground is!) The show's producers finally realized people are onto "reality tv", and how real it is!! It's interesting how the "prey" always seem to run down these roads where it is sooo easy for a horse to run. "Duhh, I wonder why they caught me!" How much extra do they pay the "prey" to get caught!! Good riddance to this "reality" show!! Now they should get rid of Survivor. Or at least make it real.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you people have nothing better to do than argue back and forth. It's obviously real. Uh, I mean fake. Oh, I mean really fake. Wait, why am I here anyway? I've got better things to do. Like watch Mantracker!!!

Thomas W. Byrne said...

Obviously what we see is fake, I'm not personally sure if the show is fake or not. The best idea I can give it is that they do the chase and then act it out with paid actors. I don't know though, could be totally fake or just half fake lol. And you missed "Let's point the camera at this twig, maybe they'll step on it and it will loudly snap" Staged.

Anonymous said...

What drives me absolutely berserk is the fact that none of the runners run at night. After spending 22 years in the canadian infantry, i can tell you a majority of our patrols were at night for a reason. we could cover 40 km, non-tactically, in one night if we knew we weren't being chased or observed. gay.

Anonymous said...

Obviously reality(fake) TV at it's finest. Having done much agressive riding through BC's (Canada) rockies chasing wild horses, where you go as fast as you can for most of the day over terrain that I would not travel on foot, I hate it when Mantracker pussies out and gets off his horse because of a log or a little bit of rough ground, or thick bush. Most cowboys that have chased cattle or horses would say he is a pussy in this show.

Anonymous said...

ok...so what's your point...if you don't like the show than don't watch it....and i'm sure you are a real "cowboy",just be careful and don't fall off the merry-go-round...shit, i've broke my back and have a fake knee from breaking horses and i'ld still out ride youdingests

Anonymous said...

You are all very modern.

Peggy is awesome!

Acts of Faith said...

I want to thank all of you for clarifying this show for us. I was thinking that it seemed fake until it was explained that they do the race first and then reshoot it for us to enjoy. I am prevledged to ride on 22,000 acreas (wma)and I would LOVE to put together a chase. I just don't know who would be willing to do the running, It wouldn't be me. LOL Thanks again

Anonymous said...

I hope you realize that this is only an example of what has been said of reality shows. Yes there are scripted parts however, not everything shown is faked.

Seasoned Traveler said...

my comment is to the author who I think said something about amount of food and a daypack.. I carry a EDC ( Everyday carry ) Pack 7 days a week.inside,food for 5 days, water for 2 days, plus specialized clothing, medical, weapon, knife,multi tool etc..even a bivy bag for sleeping. So yes..a day pack can carry enough food for 36 hrs...simple rule I learned in the military..if you haven't done it yourself..then shut up or go out and do and then speak of it.

Jack M. said...

Omg. The show isn't fake. But it does need to be entertaining and for that reason as it states on the shows webpage and on the wiki, they go back and reshoot things after the real track because if the show isn't interesting it won't stay on tv. And to all the people complaining about the lack of gear or way touch gear the prey carry, for 48hrs in the woods you don't need much gear at all cause I've done it many times in scouts and out on family camping hunting and hiking trips. I bet most of you people who are commenting on this thread live in big cities and don't know the first thing about the real outdoors and thing that traveling more then 5 blocks across NYC is an adventure. You are all ignorant clueless and don't own anything more then a pair of cross trainers for going to the gym.

Anonymous said...

Your accusation that the “Man Tracker” show is a “total fake” seems based on your own false reality and it reveals your own lack of outdoor experience. Reading your comments, I suspect you’ve never hiked more than couple miles over well groomed trails or riden more than a couple hours horseback. It seems clear, you’ve obviously never hiked or riden cross country, navigated terrain with a compass and a map or camped out anywhere but a Yogi Bear KOA. If you had, you’d realize the NECESSITY of “support” for any outdoor activity….be it hunting, camping, backpacking, horseback riding, etc. Any outdoor activity requires “support”, or at least a great deal of planning and caching. I ask you, where do they take a crap over those two days? Where do they resupply their necessary water, for the humans and the horses? Of course they receive “support”, of course they are resupplied, of course they take breaks that aren’t televised, of course they edit the show…..but that doesn’t take away from the outdoor experience.
Questioning the distance a person can cover on foot in rough outdoor terrain shows your inexperience doing the same. Questioning the distance and ability of a horse and rider to cover rough outdoor terrain also shows you have little if any experience at it. I seriously doubt if you could do better, especially when doing it as a “competition”. Playing paintball games or “sniping” in a little 2 square mile area hardly qualifies you as an expert to judge the “reality” of any outdoor show.
olecowpoke

Anonymous said...

Personally, I ride the Florida Cracker Trail across the State of Florida on horseback, every year. It takes us 9 days to cover approximately 140 miles. We can seldom cover 20 miles in a day….and that’s on horseback. Some of our riding is on trails, some is brush busting through the woods, some across pastures. In all this, we encounter gopher holes, washouts and a host of other leg breakers. We ride through deep sand hammocks, deep mud swamps, ford bridle deep streams and rivers. It ain’t Canada, but it is untamed Florida. We have horses go down from injury or exhaustion nearly every day and we’ve even had to put down a few. Now that’s reality. Riders also fall out from hypothermia, blisters, buck offs, heat exhaustion or physical exhaustion…. and they are riding horses. It is neither easy or comfortable riding a horse cross country. It is grueling for both horse and rider.
I’ve also backpacked 110 miles of the Appalachian Trail, with its steep rocky trails and slick, muddy trails, that literally sucks the life out of your lungs and legs. You obviously don’t have much experience in the open outdoors trekking cross country or you’d know that traversing 52km through woods, up and down steep terrain, through sand and mud is much harder than running a mere marathon on paved streets. If you were experienced outdoors, you’d know what it is to pack water, nutrition and equipment on your back, sufficient to sustain yourself for two or three days. While a water purifier is much lighter to pack, but I doubt if the Man Tracker Prey has the time to stop and purify a couple quarts of water every few hours to keep ‘em going. They would have to pack minimalist equipment, because there’s just not room for much else than water in your pack, by volume or by weight. You should know, anyone who backpacks must limit themselves to about 40 pounds of gear for a normal trail hike, and much less if you are running or “fast hiking” cross country through the brush, not on cleared, maintained trails. Running, jogging or fast hiking through the woods with even the lightest pack is an invitation to a broken ankle, a twisted knee, a snapped shin or at least a nice long tumble down a mountainside because you were packed top heavy. Anything fast in the woods is extremely dangerous. A simple thorny branch raked across the face, cost my hiking partner the cornea of his left eye. I submit, the risk, physical punishment and exhaustion you see is real.
olecowpoke

Anonymous said...

Generally speaking, if you had much personal experience outdoors, you’d have a much higher respect for the outdoor activity “portrayed” on Man Tracker. Wheither they go back and re-enact parts or pieces of the show is irrelevant. The fact that they receive “support” of food, water, shelter, etc. is normal and required…..and irrelevant. I personally challenge you, get off your “high horse”, throw you leg over the saddle of a real horse or go hiking for a few days and you’ll appreciate the show for what it is…..”A Promotion of the Outdoor Lifestyle”. When you can do better as a producer, a camera crew, a guide, a Man Tracker or if you become a contestant, then I’ll listen to your bitchin’….but I won’t have to…..because I guarantee, after you spend a few days in the real outdoors, you’ll change your tune and enjoy the all the outdoor shows, with your own sense of reality….in the form of blisters on your feet or saddle sores on your ass. I suspect you’ll then be Promoting anything related to the Outdoor Lifestyle, not criticizing it.
olecowpoke

Dick Sharpe said...

I like this show very much, but..:
I find it implausible that MT can always find the exact prey starting point from 2km away. Granted, the prey usually leave items to taunt. Also, I think it would be better if the prey were counted as caught if MT is able to touch them in any way, say with his rope. Finally, I think it would be more entertaining if the rules require MT to have sweaty bush bashing intercourse with any females that he catches.

Anonymous said...

This a link from reddit. It is a former contestent answering questions. I believe all you "theories" will be proven wrong.

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/lzgz3/iama_former_contestant_from_the_canadian_reality/

Anonymous said...

This is an example of why blogs should never be used for educational purposes and how some people are experts on everything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantracker

Most of your rant is refuted right there.

Anonymous said...

It is impossible to determine whether Mantracker is completely faked. Personally, I would not leave little objects to annoy Terry and his partner at the start of the chase. I don't think you could hide from Terry if you have a camera man following you around. I think that when you watch what passes for the news on TV, you are aware that corporate and political interests are at play behind the scenes, and that the truth is often concealed or misrepresented. You can't trust the media....can you? So, just enjoy the show. Or, go spy on them, find out for yourself.

Anonymous said...

once again to the creator of this I noticed that you avoided questions that prove you wrong several times. if your going to make statements answer questions that debat your theory.
1. What experience do have with film production to back up your statements.
2 what outdoor experience do you have when camping or in the scenario of being chased by someone in the wild who's out to get you you ration your food and pack lighty, it's Modern Camping packs they light weight but provide what you need. If you were in the wild be chased by someone who's out rtrying to catch your not going to want carry 50lbs on back. your on the run from capture not a vacation in the woods.

Anonymous said...

I can honestly say I know for a fact how it wotks because I know the new man tracker and it is completely real its just sometime they miss a few things so they retape it because the cameras cant keep up why do you think the old mantracker moved so slowly. I got this straight from the mantracker. This man is my fiances father

Anonymous said...

Also they do truly camp out on mantracker necause my fiances father says the best part of the show is commenting

Anonymous said...

yeah the guy that plays mantracker use to be a labourer at a welding shop with my buddys dad lol

Anonymous said...

It is amazing reading a lot of the reasons why the show is fake...as a member of a BC SAR team I can tell you that our packs are day packs and we can make a few nights out of them, secondly for those who doubt tracking you have no idea. My last search I found the person using exact methods...don't believe me so to your local Search and Rescue and have a tracker show you. Knowledge is power..so use it and learn.

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Anonymous said...

hey mantracker y don't u come down from the horse n play on the same level of play as the prey. anybody can track from a horse. u have shown us how to track prey from a horse. now come down to their level n try from there. please live up to ur name of mantracker not mantracker on a horse

Anonymous said...

whoever made this topic is a fucking idiot. its not fake its reanacted. get your facts straight before you post

arc angel said...

Finally, someone who understand filmmaking. It is real, just ask the Doan brothers. Epsode 1 Season 6. Shane Doan plays in the NHL. He is not an actor, but a good hockey player. Be proud, we are Canadians, and should be proud of this great Canadian show.

arc angel said...

If you do not like this show, turn the f******** channel you wannabe neverwillbe assholes.

Anonymous said...

This is not staged, its legit.

One example of this, is where a couple of prey are crossing a river, and it appears that a camera crew is already ahead of them on the other side.

The reason for this is, that has been admitted, that after a chase is over the camera crew may ask the Prey or Manhunter to "rerun" a particular sequence so that they can get a better camera angle.

This does not affect the outcome, as this is only done after prey makes it to the finish line, or are caught. This is done for dramatic reasons.

In multiple interviews, as well as on the offical mantracker website, they mention that the camera crews are trained 4 to 4 1/2 years in tracking, and are able in most cases to hide their own tracks. They also use fake crews and fake prey to make it confusing for the Mantracker to know for sure if what he is seeing is actually the prey or not. This means that he needs to follow legitimate tracks in order to be sure he is going in the right direction.

In one episode, where a set of tracks crossed, he thought that one set of tracks were from the women he was tracking, and only after he had gone a couple of kilometers did he then find out he was following legitimate hikers.

In some cases, the camera crew will make him stop to explain in further detail why he is following a particular set of tracks.

Don said...

As a guy that Really is a man tracker or anything tracker,i can tell you NO Doubt this show is bogus,right on par with pro wrestling..lol..this guy could`nt track me on a sand dune

Anonymous said...

If you knew anything about TV and how they shoot scenes you wouldn't think its fake. The reason Mantraker doesn't push his horse is because he doesn't want to risk injuring him and then having to put the horse down.

Anonymous said...

It's real all of you r just haters.

Anonymous said...

thanks for spoiling it, deep down I kinda thought c,mon how did they get to all the places before the prey but said to myself maybe they have crews positioned hiding at various points as they also know the direction the prey will be likely to be going. But surely Mantracker would spot all the crew's. so in order to do the show right one cameraman would have to follow the prey as a threeman team so as not to confuse mantracker aswell. also on some episodes their has been ariel shots wich must be a huge giveaway to position. So yes it is fake and I feel the same way I feel when I was told Santa wasn't real and wrestlers are really acrobats and stuntmen, gutted

Anonymous said...

Just watching the new guy chasing the two equestrian women. saw the end of the show. First the old guy Terry had more class and less foul language. When he captured people he did not assault them like I saw the new guy did. Secondly the side kick jumping into at the moving truck was just stupid and dangerous. The new lot have no credibility or class and are acting illegally.

Anonymous said...

U are obviously lying u dumb fuck. U hav to be able to speak english before theyd let u on the show. Or atleast put a fucking sentence together

Anonymous said...

Having never even heard of this program until today when I happened to view an episode, it took me considerably less than 5 minutes to realize beyond any shadow of any doubt whatsoever that this is bullshit, and none of what I considered in making that assessment even had anything to do with the filming/cameraman/crew or other extremely obvious matters. I mean, jeeez, that goes without saying, and its impossible to suspend the degree of relief required to even start to believe that crap. Simply stated, short of having a tracking dog, what is supposedly taking place here simply cant be done. I would wager a guess that in the conditions shown herein, these people would have difficulty crossing paths even once if they were all looking for one another, yelling, hollering, etc.
When someone gets lost in the field, often times very large numbers of searchers can successfully locate a lost person....nevermind when someone flees a search unit with intent to escape and evade!
I cant imagine that anyone who has spent any time in the woods at all would believe this. It was OK, I guess, as entertaining....I wouldn't puke if I had to watch it again, but I simply couldn't bring myself to even remotely, in the teeniest, tiniest way actually think any of it was "real". I can also understand that this may well be easier to believe by those never leaving the city limits, especially bolstered by dramas, etc., that display one person chasing another blindly through the woods at night all the while staying right in proximity with one another.
Finally, for what it's worth, under like conditions, I cannot imagine any similar situation that I could participate in as the "prey" and that I would fail to elude the "Mantracker" in quite literally much less than one half of one percent of the time ... and that's being extremely favorable to the pursuer. If "Mantracker" had a decent hound, we'd surely be more equally matched, as it were, and then, a conservative estimate of success would almost surely be about 80 - 20 in my favor. Without a decent hound and under the conditions portrayed in this program, I would be extremely surprised if I was "caught" literally one time out of 1000 attempts.
I honestly wish that I were able to position myself as the "prey" in these episodes, and under a very substantial, actual wager - one that would pay off one way or another, and not simply serve as mere rhetoric for dramatic flair. I would even gladly give the "tracker" quite a few other advantageous items, rules, and the like - along with 20 to 1 odds in his/their advantage.
Again, I am not saying that the show even purports to be a real and actual, non-staged rendition during each, or any, episode, or even that the program is not entertaining - in fact, I would even go so far as to state that it was a bit entertaining, though I have no idea how long ... or in how many episodes ... that my as-now somewhat favorable reception would last.
Conversely, I can and do now say that the preceding is not at all offered by me as simple, unfounded, and biased rhetoric, and most surely not as ad hom bullshit. Simply stated, I offer it for what it is - the inarguable and unvarnished truth.

Justin Kapr said...

All prey are tracked via GPS. Camera crew are dispersed throughout the area and film their assigned areas. They are aware of the prey's whereabouts. Cameramen do not give up the prey's position cuz they're all over the place. Some scenes are recreated for dramtic effect using GPS coordinates to fulfill key points of interest.

Anonymous said...

Are you dumb? Mantracker doesnt know were the finish line is!!!

Anonymous said...

You buddy have no clue what you are talking about..... at first i also thought i would travel at night but do you know how unbeleivably dark it is? You wouldnt know were to go .... even if you had hand held lights. And do you think you could out run a horse? No i dont think so....

Scott Douglas Johnson said...

Says right in the credits that some scenes are shot for dramatic effect or something like that. I have no doubt that the chase is really done off camera and bits are reshot for the camera with the actual result kept.

Anonymous said...

the show is NOT fake and some aspects are re-created AFTER the chase is OVER, the cameramen were camo and the rule is the chase ends at sundown (for the sake of filming)

Anonymous said...

I will not claim to be prey or in the crew. But I have done my share of hiking both forest
and mountain. I have also done some amature filmmaking.

Some thoughts about the show:

There's is no problem hiking at night, after only 8-12 hours, so why camp at all?
If your realy chased, getting moving at night is your friend. You would be able to put some
serious distanse between you and Mantracker, totaly hidden, while he probably need to wait
for some "workinglight". With a litle star- and moonlight, your eyes will adjust and you
that can see enough to find your way. It is harder than during daylight, but totaly possible.

However, it wouldn't be posible to get it on camera! You would need some serious lighting,
whitch would destroy your nightvision and reveal your posision to Mantracker for miles!
Plus the fact that the cameras and their lights would need alot more power if ther was
nightshots. It would require some serious muscle from the camera guys and probably make
a need for some sherpas... So, make a litle rule about staying put at night, as this is
a TV show, and getting the action on camera is kinda important...

And all of the comments about camera crews...
Why can't it be one guy following the prey and one following MT, with a small handheld cam,
as stated on there website. This two guys in camo is probably a lot less visible than most
of the pray, thats been seen wearing bright and unnatural colors that stick out like a sore
thumb. It's not need to bring out big crews or cams, in the hunt. They can stay back and get
the far of shots or stay by "the lodge" and come out when it's finished to get the retakes
of what the followcams, probably quite a bit, would miss. Without making a different chase.
Again, getting the action on camera is key!

Keeping in mind the prey aren't actors, it'll probably be looking a bit fake. Espesialy
trying to reenact a spontanious something, they did a day or to before, on a fear or
adrenaline high.

When it comes to all this talk about them needing to be supported and not having enough
food or shelter... Why? Pack light!!! You'r suppose to be on the run, remember...
A small tarp, some string makes a tube tent,SHARE an insulated bivouac sack and a light
insulaing sleeping pad. It goes a long way, even for norwegian winters.
Its only one night, no point in carrying luxury.

And for food. You might be hungry, but again its only 36 hours...
Food is not the most essential, WATER IS!!! That's the priority in your pack.
Some sanwiches, a bag of nuts, some chocolates/ energy/ protinbars or
other non-cook foods will do just fine. It might not fill your belly, but a steady
supply will keep you going for the duration of the hunt.

In conclution why can't it be "real", as real as you can get and
still tell a good story on camera?

Anonymous said...

I have talked to Terry Grant personally and inquired the same thing about the show. The only camera crew during the chase is with Mantracker himself. After the chase is over they go back the following day and "recreate" the scenes from the contestants point of view. This is done because even if the camera crew is in camouflage they would still leave a trail which Mantracker could follow.

As for the travel at night and not worry about sleeping. Did you ever consider that they have rules in this contest. I believe that one of the rules stipulates that rest is required for a minimum amount of time for safety of everyone involved.

Anonymous said...

I'm a good friend of one of the contestants and he said everything is legit. Good briefing beforehand about safety etc but basic rule is you know where final point is. Get there safely. It's totally real.

Anonymous said...

In past interviews, Grant has indicated that the camera crew has him stop to prove where he sees tracks, and also has at times sent out false Prey and production staff to prevent him from just looking for the actual camera crew. Additionally, the Prey's camera crew often change footwear, and are expert woodsmen who often mask their presence in various ways.

You chose to believe this is fake, I chose to believe it's real.

Do u guys even lift said...

If you cunts are so obsessed with it being real or fake, then go sign up for the show and find out.

Anonymous said...

Real as in real life? No. If it were the tracker would put a bullet in someones ass before they made it into cover.
bobfrog says:
By the same token traveling at night would ruin the show because who wants to watch 2 people hiking through the woods for 2 hours without any issues? No one. Contestants go on to be seen on TV and be part of fun contest. Only a total jerk would ruin it by being a bad sport and boring.

I looked about on the net and the likely hood that the show accurately reflect real events with possible a slight embellishment here or there is very plausible.

For me it is a fun show to watch every now and then.

Anonymous said...

Bunch of idiots that don't understand filming lol

Riverbc said...

The actual competition is not fake. The prey cam is not fake. The prey are not actors. However to create an hour long show, much of it is "refilmed on the third day."
The prey and Mantracker will go over their paths, and camera crews will set up and shoot more footage. This is after the prey or Mantracker has already won the competition.
We were fortunate to meet Terry Grant at a charity dinner, in Cumberland, BC. He answered a lot of questions. Great person...volunteers his time to help others.

Brianna said...

First before you say this is fake please be a prey or know someone who was a prey and then comment what really happens on this show. the show has the prey do the chase then they re-act SOME scenes for better shots and stuff and they send out fake prey and fake camera people so mantracker can't just look for them

Anonymous said...

Who the hell cares if the show is fake, not fake or even partially fake - it's still a very entertaining show & worth watching either way _ thoroughly enjoyed watching all the seasons so far. But I suppose some sad individuals looking for attention just can't help themselves & have to try & spoil it for the rest.
P.S. for the idiot who claims that the tracker could have taken his horse through "saplings" & down "not so steep hills" remember that what you see on camera is different to real life situations - even the toughest horse or buffalo can injure themselves by going trough or down terrain like this especially when there could be sharp objects or mud - can causes serious injuries for a horse & not worth the risk - unless you're an idiot who thinks you're actually one tough, bad ass cowboy.

Bigfoot said...

What on earth was the actual point of this post??? Was the author trying to impress someone by going - "haha - I caught them - they're a bunch of frauds" - newsflash dude - this is TV & requires editing & retakes - at least if you want it to be entertaining. And entertaining it is - I recommend this show to anyone who likes watching this type of thing - awesome. Go to mantracker.ca & see the "behind the scenes" page - it shows a few of the cameramen etc & theyre clearly not trying to hide the fact that it is in fact a "reality show" & not "reality" that just happened to get captured on camera - get real & right some real blog posts you silly dildo.

Anonymous said...

I want all you people that say oh its staged and its fake and that Mantracker is a pussy on his horse, I want you to take 5 minutes and think about it as a producer of the show. In order for the show to make money they need channels to buy the rights to the show in order to show it. In order for this to happen you need to have a show that is both entertaining and has good cinematography. Also the show is a 36 time period condensed into 42 mins of runtime, i'm sure there is plenty of time for the trail filmers to run ahead of the prey and get a nice shot of them running past them or jumping over a fence. But they also need to fill the 42 mins with thrilling excitement and drama so why would Bonterra Productions spend the money to fly their film crew, and mantracker as well as pay money for the hotel just for mantracker to catch his prey within 6hours and not be able to air an episode which would ultimately make the company loose even more money because it would reduce the chance of a channel buying the rights to air the program. Simple stuff that people forget to think about is sometimes the most important stuff that can be brought up when trying to win an argument. Remember everybody it is a TV show

John said...

Listen, guys. I don't know what warrants anyone to watch a show for 20 seconds and then go: FAKE!


Some scenes are fake, I must admit, but all of the scenes where the camera is BEHIND the prey are the real deal.

Anonymous said...

No one else should be allowed to comment after this. You said it all!!!!

Anonymous said...

I know Vlad and he would never appear in a "fake" survival tv show, he's a true nature lover too tell you.

Bandit said...

Actually yes... and it's real, the producers do new shots after the chase to pull the show together. Also my father and a friend once applied and my father was accepted but not his friend, so he decided not to go either.

Bandit said...

The prey can go all night if they would like but the cameramen won't go with them, so the prey have to take out their "prey cams" and film it themselves