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Behind the Scenes of "Champion Trees" With Kyle Waldrup

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Arkansas's Champion Tree Magnolia in Texarkana, Ark. 

Hello, I'm Kyle Waldrup, AETN Production Assistant, and I'm glad to give you a behind the scenes look at our upcoming original documentary, "Champion Trees."

Producer Mark Wilcken captures a birds eye view of Jeffery and me at work. 

We're currently in the final stages of the filming process, and I'm becoming acquainted with the work that producer Mark Wilcken introduced you to earlier. One of the first things I've found is that you’re filming one of the biggest trees in Arkansas, you get to play with some of the biggest toys.

Our awesome cameraman, Jeffery James, breaks out the big guns (aka a jib crane) for the shoot. 

My time at AETN has been short so far, but undoubtedly sweet, as I get to work with some talented people, like producer Mark Wilcken and videographer Jeffrey James.  In the pictures below you can see Jeffrey James expertly manning our jib crane in order to grab a few sweeping shots of the reigning champ Magnolia, found in Texarkana, Ark. You’ll also see Hans Stiritz, our talented DP getting a few beauty shots with his DSLR.

Our DP, Hans, chats with a filmmaker in the making! 

And here's the jib crane in action:


We were originally slated for Fort Smith that day, but once Mark heard this tree was starting to bloom, our plans changed so we could shoot this amazing tree.  I think you’ll be pleased with the results when "Champion Trees" airs later this summer.

A closer look at those beautiful blooms we trekked out to see.