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Mar252011

Anderson Company Films TV Pilot

For some of the first responders in Greenville, the next call they hear could be one to be on television.
Anderson film company, Dead Horse Productions, will be filming several local fire departments, as part of a televisions series pilot for “Firedogs,” a reality show based on the lives and adventures of firefighters.
The series, created by local entrepreneur James Hayes, will chronicle the personal and professional lives of firefighters from Boiling Springs Fire Station, and other fire departments in the Upstate.
Hayes said his deep respect and admiration for fire fighters led to his belief that the public should know what they do.
“It’s been 10 years since Sept. 11, and our first responders are facing huge budget cuts because of the economic downturn,” Hayes said. “I have tremendous respect for these guys and want to show the public what they face on a day-to-day basis.”
Using state of the art technology, the film crews will travel with the fire departments to videotape the action as it happens. The series will follow firefighters, much like reality series “Deadliest Catch” follows Alaskan crab fishermen.
Vic Aviles, creative director for Dead Horse Productions, said his crew would be embedded with firefighters for the rest of the month.
“Our goal is to give viewers a taste of what it’s really like to be a firefighter,” Aviles said. “By using special helmet mounted high def cameras, viewers will see what firefighters see. We’ll take the audience into the fire, not only of the buildings and situations the firefighters find themselves in at any call, but in their personal relationships and daily lives.”
Production will wrap up toward the end of the month, Aviles said.
“It is our goal to have the pilot ready for cable television stations by the end of April,” Aviles said. “The stories of these men and women, what they go through on a daily basis, what they do for a living, what they deal with at home, is as compelling television as you’ll ever see.”

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