I’ve just passed along the current cut of Furever Home‘s first TV episode this morning. It’s time to take a half-step back and allow our creative collaborators to spin their crafts. As our picture editor Kerry takes a deeper look, we’ll prepare for Nick’s contribution in the form of a music score. Then it’ll be time to punch up the narrated dialogue, get that recorded, and put the magic together.
In the meantime, we have another adventure of the real-world kind about to start. Amy and Brent, founders and owners of Beaver Creek Farm Sanctuary will be traveling away from the Farm in February. I’ve agreed to take on the responsibility of keeping things running while they are away. It’s an exciting challenge, though I would be fibbing if I didn’t also admit its a little daunting.
If you are looking for a virtual armchair seat in the farm drama, here’s the recipe: take one citified gal new plus 25 animals of eight species, mix in crazy winter weather with a splash of quirky farm house facility and a soupcon of visiting wildlife – voila! A potentially potent blend to keep a producer on her toes!
And producing it is. The elements are just like making a film. For instance, you’ve got your gear: swap camera, lights and mics for tractors, shovels and water pumps (the latter of which ideally remains unfrozen during blizzards). You’ve got locations – barn, shed, compound, field, pump house. There’s the crew – we’re counting on the wonderful volunteers of BCFS to share this particular adventure. And of course you’ve got your cast of characters, albeit feathered furred and hooved. Our directors are of course Amy and Brent, who orchestrate the complex dance of operations, empathy and care that it takes to run a rescue outfit like this one.
Finally, there is the producer, me, looking to keeping the “talent” happy (read fed!), the crew motivated, the gear working and deliver an adventure of which the directors can be proud!
The Outside Animals Cast of Characters
- Gus - Kurvasc Hungarian Sheepdog; despite that seemingly gentle smile lies a working dog who his job scaring coyotes off the farm quite seriously
- Mr. Smith – A Muscovy duck that has decided to outlive all other creatures on this earth; he is currently 8 years old, and he was here first
- The Rest of The Ducks – our gaggle of mixed Muscovy includes 3 girls and 3 boys; we need names for them – got some suggestions?
- Nelly The Goat Who Thinks She’s A Clydesdale – another old timer who is defying the laws of goat lifespan at 16 years
- Autumn – the actual Clydesdale horse
- Turtle – a Thoroughbred so named because, ummm … hey Amy, why is Turtle the horse called Turtle exactly?
- Donkey – a Californian rabbit who doesn’t mind the snow, go figure
- Splash – the blind Appaloosa horse, and one of the few creatures around here whose name makes some sense
- Athos and Mushroom – super efficient barn cat mousing machines that often leave gut-treats for their favorite humans
- Truffles – since the big girls Charlotte and Ginger were sleeping it off in the big barn, Truffles is my photo stand in representing the potbellied pig population at BCFS
City Habits Flee Fast on the Farm
Follow along folks, as we begin the farm drama. Party starts with the Volunteer MeetUp on Saturday at Beaver Creek to sign up the crew, introduce them to the gear and our delightful cast of characters.
Will the ducks freeze to the ground? Will Nelly make Guinness Book of World Records for most years on earth? Will Donkey succeed in chewing ALL my fingers? Stay tuned for ongoing missives from the front lines of February’s BCFS Farm Drama!