‘Gold Rush’ Producer Opens Up About Lengthy Filming Process

by Taylor Cunningham
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It takes around six months to film a single season of Gold Rush. And the process isn’t as easy as the editing wizards make it appear.

The Discovery Channel docuseries Gold Rush follows the work of real-life mining crews. And producers try to stay true to the industry as often as possible because that’s the only way to do justice to the stars.

“We don’t just turn the cameras on and shoot randomly,” producer Ed Gorsuch told Reality Blurred. We do focus on a story or character, and we do try to have a plan each day or at least each week on what we want to emphasize.”

The Gold Rush cast members don’t read from scripts. And the producers aren’t in their ears feeding them ideas while they work for the cameras. So in that respect, the reality series is “real.”

“The miners do what they’re going to do, and we give shape to it,” Gorsuch admitted. “And that is the ideal thing.”

However, the series does put a Hollywood touch on the footage. According to TV Overmind, Jimmy Dorsey claims that the Gold Rush crew uses editing tricks to “create heroes and villains.”

And some people have even accused Gold Rush of misusing mining equipment to create dramatic footage. Folks love danger and drama. And Discovery doesn’t think gold mining packs enough action on its own. So supposedly, creating some is the only option.

Let’s hope that tactic doesn’t cause more damage than it’s worth in the future.

‘Gold Rush’ Producer Says it Can be a Challange to Make The Series Intresting

Gold Rush has enjoyed a strong decade-long run on Discovery Channel. And the show isn’t losing steam. Fan’s continue to tune in each week to watch their favorite miners get rich or have fun trying.

But according to series producer Ed Gorsuch, it’s not always easy to make the episodes exciting.

“That is the challenge: How do we make what we do interesting?” he admitted to Reality Blurred.“How do we make the stories of guys who dig in the ground and wash rocks and look for little bits of metal—how do we make that interesting year after year and come up with a story that people want to see?”

Apparently, it all comes down to the stars of the show. It’s up to them to keep fans coming back for more. Gorsuch said people have to be emotionally invested in each mine boss, or the series would fall flat.

“Why do I care if this character wants to get X amount of gold?” he added. “What’s the personal investment for this?”

Catch new episodes of Gold Rush every Friday at 8 p.m. EST on the Discovery Channel.