Surviving superfan recreates reality TV show in Canberra for YouTube series | Canberra time

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Canberra isn’t exactly an isolated tropical island, but that didn’t stop Daniel Moore from creating Survivor’s own version of the capital. The online series is the latest of several fan-made Survivor-style series to end up on YouTube, such as Melbourne Survivor and Perth’s Backyard Survivor. It was watching these series during the early part of the pandemic that inspired Moore to set out to create one here. “It was a great hobby during COVID-19 when everyone was staying home because organizing it was a distraction. Other people got into baking bread and I started organizing a version Survivor’s YouTube,” Moore says. “Initially, I was going to host myself, but after talking to [friend] Olivia Dyriw and hearing that she was thrilled to be involved, I knew she would be a great co-host – she has a great presence and a nice, clear voice.” It should come as no surprise that Moore is a big Survivor fan. He’s been watching the franchise since the first season of the American series that aired in Australia. Although he admits he was a bit of a closed fan when he was younger – “it wasn’t cool to be a Survivor fan” – he eventually found a niche community of superfans. It was here that Moore began seeking participants for Survivor Canberra, using social media and in particular Facebook superfan groups, to encourage people to apply. “One of the things I love most about Survivor is that every player of the season has a story to tell; whether they’re the winner or whether they’re the first choice,” he says. “My goal with the cast is to find 16 different people, all with 16 different stories to tell. We’re not necessarily looking for the biggest Survivor fans to play, we’re looking for engaging people who will have a unique view of how to play the game. “I think it’s a great way to give the Aussie of all a taste of Survivor every day; because let’s face it, not all of us are ex-AFL players or Instagram influencers getting into the real thing.” READ MORE: The first type of Survivor-style challenge that comes to mind usually involves a beach. With Canberra conspicuously lacking sandy beaches – and Lake Burley Griffin too cold for competitors – Moore looked at what the capital had to offer. The natural landscape. Moore chose to film at Murray’s Corner because of the river that runs beside it and the hills that can be seen from it. “The show was completely self-funded, so for the most part the challenges were low-budget,” says Moore. “I think the most important thing when creating Survivor challenges is to vary them. You want to give everyone’s strengths a chance to shine, whether someone is good at puzzles, speed, throwing, balance etc. I think there should just be something for everyone.” Survivor Canberra’s YouTube channel has already started dropping intro videos for each of the 16 contestants – some of whom have traveled to Canberra specifically for the series, and others who have previously taken part in a fan-made Survivor series . The main episodes will premiere on the channel on February 4. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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