I recently attended an event for Paranormal Activity 3, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD January 24. Producer Oren Peli was in attendance, and he spoke briefly about his upcoming ABC series The River, which premieres Tuesday, February 7.
Here's what he had to say about his new show below, when asked how it compares to the Paranormal Activity franchise.
"The River is different in many ways from the Paranormal franchise, because it is geared towards a different audience. We did try to capture a lot of the scares and the realism that happens in found-footage movies, but it's not exactly the same. It's a little bit different, but we did have to learn a lot of things. For example, when you have the cameraman and they're following the dialogue, they cannot know in advance who's going to be the next character who's going to say something. They should not be privy to the information. So they have to discover the action rather than anticipate. For a lot of this kind of stuff, we had to train ourselves while we were shooting the series."