Producer Joe Zee believes the appeal of “7 Days Out” comes from “that universal feeling of loving and being so passionate about something that we put everything into what we do.” The Netflix documentary series takes viewers behind the scenes of some of the world’s largest events, detailing the blood, sweat and tears that go into mounting them. Watch our exclusive video interview with Zee above.
The first season details the hard work that goes into the Westminster Dog Show, the Kentucky Derby, the Chanel Haute Couture Fashion Show, the League of Legends, NASA’s Cassini Mission, and the re-opening of Eleven Madison Park. Although we ourselves may never have to plan one of those occasions, “we all know what it’s like to have to gear up for one of our biggest events,” and how awful it would be for it to fall apart.
In crafting the episodes, Zee explains, “we really had to tell the story through the filter and the eyes of the real humans who are passionately invested in the final outcome.” And when it came to those people on camera, “everybody was committed … It wouldn’t have worked if somebody was straddling the line between wanting to participate or not participate.”
For some, this kind of behind-the-scenes access was brand new. Karl Lagerfeld, the late creative director of Chanel, “has never allowed cameras to come backstage and trail him for seven days, and really be in the design studios for one of his biggest shows ever in his entire career,” Zee reveals. “That was a big leap of faith for him.”
Zee himself got started in the world of fashion, working as creative director for Elle magazine for seven years and as editor-in-chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo! Style for three years. He was a producer and host of the series “All on the Line,” acting as a business consultant to struggling designers. Additionally, he served as the fashion consultant on Ben Stiller‘s male-model spoof “Zoolander” (2001).
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