I shot about 4.5 hours of raw footage a day. A 64 gig card held 4.5 hours and I swapped out the card most days, and that's just the main camera. There is just no way they can show the full picture of what we did out there. Another way to look at it is that I ONLY shot 4.5 hours of footage a day out of a 12 hour work day. I didn't record the full story.
From all that raw video they construct a story arc that works for them in conjunction with the other nine stories they are trying to tell. They accentuate the drama in places, but they can't show things we didn't shoot. There were things they could have shown that were clear indicators that I was doing well. My last week and a half especially I was eating really well, fish and crabs every night. At the same time Larry was really starting to struggle and they kept the suspense up as to who was going to tap out right up to the last half of the final episode. At that point I was filming my catch of the day and was really blown away that I was eating so well that late in the experience. I really felt like I had turned a corner into a self-sustaining lifestyle. In short, I wasn't going anywhere and that was very clear to them. They couldn't really show all that from the mid-fifties on or it would have been clear to the audience.
In the episode where I catch my first fish, I had caught a very large Striped Sea Perch and a much smaller Kelp Greenling. They only showed the Greenling but used the audio from the larger fish. I then went back to that location and caught multiple fish for the next two days and they didn't show that at all. They made it seem like I was only struggling with my nets and not resolving the food issue with active fishing. The way its edited it seems like I abruptly transitioned away from passive fishing to active fishing but I had been using them in conjunction for quite a while.
They also selectively edited my comments about how difficult it was but cut out positive statements about how much I was enjoying my time there. I wanted to describe accurately how hard it was but also that it was an amazing time for me and I was in good spirits.
Things not shown...
Raised bed, eighteen inches off the ground, thick Hemlock mattress, 4 feet wide, 8 feet long that was central to my energy conservation strategy.
Converted a plastic basket to a seafood box trap. That was really good bushcraft and it doesn't even appear once.