Welcome to a look behind the scenes of the American Rancher at Felton Angus Ranch. This is our 4th year of filming here at the ranch. We spent a full day shooting hours of video to be edited into the 20 minute show. Jim had already flown to Iowa the week before to film the feedlot segments of the show at Schnepf Farms.
We use Spotlight Productions out of Billings for all our filming in Montana. They do an incredible job for us year after year. Allen Peters (videographer/writer/producer) is back again and brought Jim the Camera Guy with him.
Weather is always a factor filming in Montana. Today the wind is howling. Allen is wiring Jim for sound and making him promise not to loose the cottontail (little white ball that goes on microphone to cancel out the wind). Good luck keeping track of that on the ranch Allen!
On a side note, you can see our Longhorn lead steer, Spike, in the background. To get to our river pasture the bulls have to go through a highway tunnel. Spike leads them through the tunnel and back and forth to the ranch. He is worth his weight in gold!
We don’t rehearse anything you see on the show. The producers of the American Rancher in Fort Worth send the production/camera crew a list of questions to ask and ideas for filming. Jim & Rich both like to shoot from the hip and don’t look at the questions in advance. What you see and hear on the show is how they are in person. This also means that each segment is shot again and again until they get it right.
This spontaneity drives me nuts LOL! I like to be prepared and practice. In other words……I want to see the questions in advance!
Filming in the pen of Springdale raised two-year-olds. I like to call this pen of bulls stroller broke. We walked through them in an open field every morning all fall with “Bob”, the big yellow jog stroller, and yappy “Pepper” puppy in tow. Nothing much fazes them!
All the video is sent to Superior Productions in Fort Worth to be edited into the episode of The American Rancher that was aired on RFD-TV.
Thanks for watching!