Okay, I've watched it yet again, and aside from the presenters, I reckon I've worked out the major problem.
They have absolutely no budget and they're trying to fake it otherwise. (despite what they report.)
They are short of location cameras (two from the credits) which leaves them with not enough footage for the editors to work with (two again). And they have not enough people to do a proper job in the time.
They certainly haven't left the editors enough time to do a proper job. If you look at the segments that were crap it was all the track stuff, which would've been edited last (at least if I was prioritising workflow.) So the footage looked thrown together because it was, probably VERY last minute. Listen to the audio in Collosimo's lap, they haven't even built a proper audio track, the revs change with every edit. 4AM on RedBull stuff.
These production issues won't simply be fixed with time and experience like some suggest, they will get worse as the team gets tired. And as for claims the production team needs to find their feet. I'm sure they haven't got work-experience kids working on it. These are hopefully seasoned professionals who should be able to cut anything perfectly straight off the bat.
And another thing, can anyone tell if it was shot/broadcast in High Definition? Because it certainly doesn't look like it to me.
The whole thing smacks of shoestring, and there's only one way to fix that.
It comes down to the Golden Rule of Production
Speed - Quality - Cost.
Pick any two...
SBS has much riding on the success of the eight episodes of Top Gear Australia. While media reports that the network is investing $11million in the franchise appear overblown (television head Matt Campbell says it is "a ridiculous claim ... that's more than our annual drama budget"), a more realistic figure puts the cost at between $200,000 and $300,000 an episode.
But even at that price, SBS will struggle to cover its budget. It is understood that it sold the full inventory of advertising spots on Top Gear Australia at a commercially realistic rate of $30,000 a spot. With a cap of five minutes of advertising per hour, SBS can expect to recoup $300,000 per episode.
I reckon Steve would probably be a lot better if he wasn't trying to overcompensate for Charlie's complete lack of vibe. He comes across like a tryhard blowhard on mogadon. At least Steve has enthusiasm, even if it is a bit "gale force" in its delivery.I didn't mind Charlie. I liked Warren .. but I f**king *HATED* Steve. He needs to calm down, he was like the energizer bunny on Red Bull after snorting a kilo of speed, grinning like a mad man and generally pissing me off.
I agree, and I hadn't read that article. It's all starting to make sense.At the rate of $30,000 per ad slot, they can hope to recoup only $300,000.
I'd rather see cars that are unlikely to ever appear on normal Top Gear than just see the same cars that they get on normal Top Gear 12 months later. You might not like locally built cars but i'm sure some of the demographic doesBut I think the ingredients are there. Glad they are doing the Ford V Holden thing now. Get that stupid, who cares, bit out of the way so they can get on with doing a proper car show.