A new, refreshingly true-to-life dating reality show called AuthenCity features an eclectic cast of single men and women who largely just sit around and do a lot of texting.
"It can be tough to get any really good action shots," said cameraman Wes Holland, who explained that he's become adept at taking close-up shots of facial expressions. "But, at one point, we did have a late-night sex scene, which was rewarding."
Unfortunately, said Holland, that sex scene has yet to be repeated, as, shortly thereafter, one of the parties involved was apprehended for drunk driving and remains in police custody. Holland noted, however,that the emoticons utilized in the text messages, and the visible reactions they invoke, are riveting in their own right.
"It's a more subtle form of engagement," said Holland. "But that's the modern dating scene for you. It's gone almost entirely virtual, and I think we do a great job of capturing that."
And cast members agree. AuthenCity participant Millie Freeman said that she's found it freeing to let go of any semblance of privacy and be filmed as she conducts her life on her phone. "When I first agreed to be on the show, I worried that it might feel invasive having someone watching me all the time. But then I realized basically everything I do is on my phone, and the NSA is already monitoring me twenty-four-seven there. So why not be a totally open book?"