The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped Kris Jenner and the rest of the Kardashian family from delivering us the content we need and deserve.
When the lockdown initially threatened to close the world, Jenner and Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer Farnaz Farjam got together to brainstorm ways to outwit, outlast and outplay corona. They also were concerned for the health and safety of the family and the filming crew, of course.
Speaking to Elle US, Farjam and Jenner arrived at the idea of Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner filming themselves, in lieu of a film crew. The producer did say though this has been quite challenging.
“If Kris gets annoyed and walks out of the camera angle, it’s not like we can follow her and continue shooting. She has to come back onto the screen and explain [why she walked away],” Farjam explains. “It’s less fly-on-the-wall, because we have to give them direction and they have to be more informative with us… But because this is the Kardashians and they’re entertaining regardless, it will be a fun watch for people.”
Initially, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe would record their own footage and upload it to a shared album but Farjam said it was becoming very apparent that viewers would get sick of watching such low-quality footage. It was time for Plan B.
“[Farjam] hired a director of photography and a technician, who put on a precautionary hazmat suit and configured brightly-lit rooms in Kim’s self-described ‘minimalist monastery’ mansion and in Khloé’s Calabasas home. There they set up phone-friendly tripods, which were carefully cleaned with sanitary wipes to combat the transfer of any germs. The family waited 24 hours before entering the rooms to further avoid any potential COVID-19 contamination,” reports Elle‘s writer Rose Minutaglio.
Each cast member also reportedly receives a new iPhone to record on every week.
Kourtney, however, is the one who records the least because, according to Farjam, “she’s trying to take a detox a little bit from her phone.”
The producer notes one of the most interesting storylines in the new season is Kim trying to home-school her children, North, 6, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2 and Psalm, 1. “Watching Kim juggle four kids will be really relatable,” says Farjam. “No matter how big her house is, four kids is four kids. It’s a lot.”
Yes, even in a pandemic, tomorrow is a new day and money is to be made. (This is what I would imagine Jenner saying every time Kourtney Kardashian throws her the “A B C D E F G – G, Goodbye” phrase.)
Keeping Up With The Kardashians will return in September.