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Canberra is not exactly a remote tropical island, but that did not stop Daniel Moore from creating the capital’s own version of Survivor. The online series is the latest in several fan-made Survivor series to find their way to YouTube, such as Melbourne Survivor and Backyard Survivor in Perth. It was watching these series during the first part of the pandemic that inspired Moore to embark on creating one here. “It was a big hobby during COVID-19 when everyone stayed home because it was a distraction to organize it. Other people started baking bread and I started organizing a YouTube version of Survivor,” Moore says. “Originally I was supposed to host alone, but after talking to [friend] Olivia Dyriw and when I heard that she was excited 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 surviving fan. He’s seen the franchise since the first season of the American series aired in Australia. Although he admits he was a bit of a closeted fan when he was younger – “it was not cool to be a Survivor fan “- he eventually found a niche community of superfans. It was here that Moore began looking for participants in Survivor Canberra using social media and especially superfans Facebook groups to encourage people to search.” One of the things I love most about Survivor is that every player of the season has a story to tell; whether they are the winner or they are voted out first, “he says.” My goal with casting is to find 16 different people, all with 16 different stories to tell. We are not necessarily looking for the biggest Survivor fans to play, we are looking for engaging people who want a unique take on how to play the game. “I think it’s a great way to give the everyday Australian a taste of Survivor; because let’s face it, not all of us are former AFL players or Instagram influencers being thrown at the real thing.” READ MORE: The first type of Survivor-style challenge that comes to mind usually involves a beach. Since Canberra obviously lacks sandy beaches – and Lake Burley Griffin too cold for the participants – Moore looked for what the capital had to offer. The natural landscape. Moore chose to film at Murray’s Corner because of the river that runs by it and the hills you can see from it. “The show was completely self-funded, so for the most part the challenges were pretty low budget,” Moore says. “I think the most important thing when it comes to Survivor challenges is to vary them. You want to give everyone’s strengths a chance to shine, whether someone is good at puzzles or speed, or throws, balance, etc. “I think there just has to be something for everyone.” Survivor Canberra’s YouTube channel has already started dropping the introductory videos for each of the 16 contestants – some of whom traveled to Canberra specifically for the series, and others who have previously participated in a fan-made Survivor series. The main episodes will premiere on the channel on 4 February. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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