Thursday, December 5, 2013

Strip Club Queens Atlanta (NSFW)

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Finally got some free time to check out the web reality series "Strip Club Queens Atlanta" created by Delmond Newton. The show follows six strippers - Bebe, Boy Toy, Kat, Farrai, Sinna, and Ginger as they give us a glimpse into their lavish lifestyles afforded to them by exotic dancing.

As a reality show connoisseur junkie my interest was peaked when I saw the trailer, and not  because of the big ol' booties everywhere; but because right off the bat I noticed the production looked polished which made it stand out from other web based reality shows.


After checking out the trailer I grabbed a cold pop (Sweet Brown style) and watched all  four episodes. When the first episode started I was impressed by the aesthetics... cinematography, shot in HD, the music had my head bobbin', etc. I was enjoying the vibe. Suddenly, a woman who goes by the alias "Boy Toy" graces the screen -- she's attractive, articulate, and definitely about her paper.

The way she talked about how exotic dancing helped her take care of her family and allowed her to travel, almost had me convinced to make a career change... unfortunately no one wants to pay to see me dance. Moving right along... I noticed some scenes like the confessional shots  were well put together while others were so-so at best. For the most part most of the shots had me thinking I was watching a big budget reality show on the Bravo network or something. So far so good everything was coming together nicely, with the exception of a few things.

Strip Club Queens Atlanta broke some of my B.J.B.R.R -- Big Jye's Basic Reality Rules, but have no fear I come bearing gifts in the form of solutions to solve the problems caused by breaking the B.J.B.R.R:

Rule #1, Mix down the sound. The sound in some scenes was either too low so you couldn't hear what people were saying or it was way too loud so you didn't want to hear what they were saying. In one scene Farrari was talking to a group of women, and you could hardly hear what she was saying because of voices coming from somewhere off camera.

Solution: Use a boom mic and have all the ladies mic'd up.

Rule #2, Don't reveal the boogie man. The dinner party at Boy Toy's place is where I was shocked to see a camera man ...ahem... on camera. Definitely a big no-no. Reality buffs know that showing any people from the production crew on camera is just wrong. In the BJBRR handbook, it clearly states that camera people and other members of the production crew are like the boogie man -- never seen.

Solution: Edit that out. Leave the footage of the camera man on the editing floor.

Rule #3, Introduce the players before they start the game. I found myself a bit confused as Boy Toy and some of her friends went in on other castmates who hadn't even been introduced yet. Had me pressing rewind a few too many times.

Solution: Introduce all the ladies at key points and then dive deep into the drama.

Rule #4, Tell a story dammit. I watched all four episodes, but was only really drawn into the 4th episode because it began to tell a story which was about Boy Toy's child support issue.

Solution:  Start with each woman's back story before just diving into the drama. 

Rule #5, Develop the characters. The ladies seem one dimensional, yes we know they're strippers but I'm willing to bet there's more to them then just dancing. Each woman is basically a character on the show so develop that character into something the audience can identify with.

Solution: Allow the ladies to show more than one side of themselves, maybe sharing how they got into stripping, if it's their permanent career or merely a stepping stone helping them venture into other business opportunities. This is a chance for strippers to shoot down stereotypes, and give the audience a better understanding of their world. 

Overall Strip Club Queens Atlanta is entertaining and has a lot of potential. The people who put it together are without a doubt talented and will go on to do more big things. With the right tweaks here and there it can be quite a successful reality show. You can check out the Strip Club Queens Atlanta show over at UrbanClout.com

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