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Farm Filming Fun

Posted 11/10/2011 7:24am by Jeanette Wilson.

Our seasonal adventure with the farming reality project, The FARMERS FILM has affected us all in unexpected ways.  Since the project is almost finished, there is quite a bit of publicity happening, and that makes one feel possibly more important than one really is.  I was reflecting on the images I used to have of “film stars” and decided there were some possible misconceptions.  So, here, with a good dose of sarcasm, are my lessons learned.


1)       For film stars, the day begins with makeup and wardrobe!

Not here.  Our days begin with the regular chores.  In the dark, cold, or precipitation.  From the footage, it looks like Wardrobe staff has not shown up in the last couple of decades.  The reality of our lives is that farming tends to wear away at ones good clothes, or our standards are different.  Call that personal style.

My style is reminiscent of those great fashion icons – Ma Kettle and Aunt Bee.  Since I come from a long line of dress-wearing, apron-covered women, I have embraced that style as well. (It was my childhood experience that behind a serious apron was a woman of substance.)  And as for makeup?  It just isn’t the style of our guys.


2)       Movie stars are surrounded by great gourmet food.  This is literally TRUE!  We are among the fortunate who are surrounded by gorgeous vegetables, the freshest of everything.  Steaks if we want ‘em!  We are missing those personal chefs, though.  Around here, if you want it, you have to cook it.  From scratch.  After you are done with work.  It’s still good – just a different reality.


3)      The camera adds ten pounds.  That’s a tricky one.  It could be the camera, the apron, or the great food.  Could be more than ten. Whatever.  Either way, some of us looked awesome and others just too “reality”.  I couldn’t tell if any extra poundage showed up on the pigs or cows.  The bull looked a little heavy.  One of us seemed to look way younger than our years.  (But he’s taken.)



4)      There is lots of DRAMA when you work in the film industry.  I think we were under-average on that part.  I know that it makes a show more interesting, so we considered having a real knock-down drag-out over some fictional produce tension.  But it really isn’t us.  No one gets overwrought here very often, and what we actually do is pretty repetitive.  Feed, pick, load, unload.  No marriages came apart, no insults were hurled, and no tempers flared.  The closest we came was when Frank was trying to ask me something with his earplugs still in from being on the tractor.  We weren’t filming, though, and only one surprised farm visitor witnessed our high-volume exchange. 


We won’t see the finished project for a couple more weeks yet.  And with the completion of filming comes some relief.  No longer will we hear each other say the phrase which was oft repeated this fall – “Oops, sorry, were you filming that?”