Thursday, October 3, 2013

Making the video!

Earlier this summer, before the National Tree Farm Convention, a videographer visited the Farm. He spent the day interviewing Joe, chatting with the grandkids, and watching Arik work in the field. The footage was edited and turned into this little ditty, which was used to announce Joe as the National Tree Farmer of the Year:

Here's the lowdown on what that day was like "behind the scenes!"

The videographer traveled to Wisconsin from southern Missouri and we had high hopes of a beautiful, sunny summer day on which to shoot the video. But sure enough,  Mother Nature didn't cooperate very well this time either and the day started off dark and very wet:

So we were forced to hang out and eat donuts until the rain let up (hate it when that happens!) . When the raindrops had become a steady drip instead of a downpour, we headed across the pond to set up.

Gary, the videographer, started off by asking Joe a few softball questions, including "tell me your name and where you're from." But, that one proved to be too much -- Joe got a little nervous and absolutely blanked. It's still an ongoing joke on the Tree Farm :)

After a few takes to work out the nerves, Joe did a great job of telling the Farm's story. Then Arik got his turn in front of the camera. He talked about the ways we use technology in the field and how it's helped us do our jobs better.

Next the grandkids showed up and had a great time telling Gary their favorite things about the Farm. Unfortunately none of their stories made the final cut but we're hoping to get a copy of the outtakes - their comments are classic!

Princess Aurora - she was made for the camera!

Oliver showing off a worm he found on the tree.

By early afternoon, the sun was shining and created a perfect opportunity for a family and crew picnic. All in all a fun day. Gary was great to work with and we love his final cut


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