UNM students start local version of hit reality show

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Survivor New Mexico looks like a Hollywood production, but behind the scenes, it’s far from it.

It all starts at Matthew Evans’ westside home. He’s the founder of Los Metates studios.

“It’s a film company that I started eight years ago. It started with making silly little videos with my family,” said Evans.

Later on, it turned into much more.

“It’s grown into making short films and competitions,” said Evans

He’s directed his own version of the hit show, Amazing Race. Now he’s working on his biggest project yet – Survivor New Mexico.

“I thought we could actually do this, and we did it for the first time last summer,” said Evans.

Evans took 12 of his friends to see who could survive a day of competition in the Bosque.

“Divided into two tribes, these contestants will have to work together and adapt to the complex games they’re facing or else be voted out by their teammates,” said Evans.

Those games include, solving puzzles, team work exercises and finding different items around the Bosque. Just like the real show, Evans interviews each contestant.

While these contestants just have one day to survive, just like the hit show, there’s scheming and alliances. At the end, only one person comes out on top.

There are eight episodes. All of them have been shot. The first one premieres Wednesday on YouTube.

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