Lights! Camera! Cue the songbirds! Cue the Squash! Aaaaand ACTION!
Yes, it is true. Two months ago, we filmed for FIVE straight days in my backyard for our Public Television series Growing A Greener World. As the Associate Producer of the show, it was my job to coordinate the 5 day shoot, including finding the guests, pre-interview them, acquiring permits, permissions and lining up all the locations.
But what made this particular shoot a bit more stressful was the fact that my garden was being featured (on 3 of the episodes we were filming). So I had to do my AP job while also getting myself AND the garden ready for filming.
Whew! I still get tired thinking about it.
The filming itself went well. The crew was supposed to arrive Monday afternoon and stop by to get an overview of my garden. Imagine my surprise when I opened the door at 11 AM only to find our Director and Lighting Director on my front porch with all of their equipment!
Apparently Joe Lamp’l (our Ex. Producer) had emailed them in mid-flight and told them to start shooting when they arrived! Funny thing about that…HE FORGOT TO TELL ME! It was a miracle I was even home!
So, I was a bit thrown off as I was running out the door to get food and wine (a very important element in a 5 day shoot). But I let the guys in to start filming 24 hours early. Oh MY!
Lucky for me, I have some very talented and reliable friends who not only picked up my kids from school, but also got the crew some much needed coffee while I escaped to run errands.
Meanwhile, I started texting Joe on the airplane (his flight was not set to land until 2:30 PM) and most of those texts and emails began with the words “I am going to kill you…and it will be a slow, painful death“. When Joe landed, he texted me that he was afraid to get off the plane. (As well he should be!)
But in the end, it was wonderful to have the guys here a day early as that gave them almost an entire day to film B-roll of my garden that we can use in many of our episodes.
The episode about me and my garden is called “Living Homegrown Fresh” (sound familiar?) and will be airing THIS weekend on Public Television. It is all about growing your own food, eating locally, and how I do urban homesteading in the middle of the city.
I was listening to the play back of what we just shot.
The team doing the “close” in front of my garden writer shed.
(Yes, this is where I write for the show)
Our host/producer Joe Lamp’l filming in my front yard.
You need to check your local listings to see when it is airing in your neck of the woods. OR WATCH IT ON THE SHOW’S WEBSITE! We will be airing the episode (in its entirety and in high definition) on the Growing A Greener World website starting this Sunday morning, August 22.