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When we spoke with Country Calendar producer and director, Julian O’Brien, the Country Calendar team had just finished work on new opening titles but, keep calm, because that iconic theme tune isn’t going anywhere.

You’ve worked on the show for more than 30 years, what are the biggest changes you’ve seen in that time? The spirit of the show is exactly the same, really, which is to show the whole of New Zealand what it is like actually working and living in the rural sector, and the beautiful landscapes.

When I started it all used to be shot on film. Best fantasy football websites The programme was only 15 minutes long and it used to take two weeks to edit that, just to do the pictures let alone the sound. El pato harlingen Now it takes essentially four days and the show is twice as long.

We use camera drones, which we’ve had access to for the last couple of years. Pitch angle calculator They are wonderful to use and have made a definite difference to the look of the show, and we use lots of little cameras that you can get into spots that you can’t get a traditional large professional camera into. Spring training florida 2016 Country Calendar will now be shown at 7pm on Sundays.

In our first episode we did quite a long sequence inside a helicopter looking at earthquake damage on a farm and it really would have been impossible to do that with a large camera because there just wouldn’t have been room for it.

When I look at the old shows, they look by today’s standards pretty rough really but as I say, the spirit hasn’t changed, we’re still doing exactly the same thing.

Technology has not only impacted the way you make the show, but also farming itself Oh yes of course, absolutely. Pitched roof extension ideas What’s happening on farms is very different to what happened in the ’80s. Landscape design plans A much wider range of activities for a start, it was very much in those days the traditional sheep, beef and dairy stories and we still do a lot of those of course, because that’s to this day what most farmers do.

One of our early episodes coming up is about raising buffalo, milking them and making cheese. Yaw pitch roll That would have been unheard of 30 years ago and within the sheep, beef and dairy sector there have been enormous advances in genetics and in all sorts of things.

Today there’s a lot more machinery, more technology and a lot more time spent in front of a computer. Garden planner There’s a lot more thought and brain power goes into farming probably than was the case even thirty years ago and suddenly women are everywhere. Batting average And they’re not disadvantaged by the fact that most of them are not quite as strong, because physical strength doesn’t really come into it quite in the way that it used to. Yankee stadium tour ‘There’s a lot more thought and brainpower that goes into farming.’

We’re usually staying in quite small towns and people will find out. Small backyard landscaping ideas We get talking to people and they’ll say, ‘Oh you should do a story about my uncle.’ If it sounds even vaguely promising we’ll say, ‘Oh yeah what’s his name, number or how can we get in touch.’

Or they’ll say ‘You should do a story about me,’ which isn’t necessarily to mean that they’re an egomaniac who wants their moment of fame, often it’s just that they’re passionate about something that they do and they’d like to tell people about it. Minnesota landscape arboretum It’s that passion, that real enthusiasm, which I think is one of the key things that we’re always looking for in the talent, as we call them.

We have ten directors, five women, five men and so somebody will go and have a look and if they feel that it’s going to work then we get the crew involved and make arrangements to go back and shoot.

We’ve got a researcher, Vivienne Jeffs, who’s virtually full time, just constantly looking for story ideas, she’s got lots of contacts. Fastest softball pitch ever Obviously we do read other media or watch other media and occasionally we’ll pick something up. Football teams in london It’s quite possible for another television programme to do a story in a particular way and we can go and do our story quite differently, so finding the right stories is very important for us and we put a lot of effort into that. Home garden design pictures Episode one looks at North Canterbury after November’s Kaikoura earthquake.

What was your favourite story from this season? As well as producing the show I do direct a few episodes and I guess perhaps because I was out in the field for five or six days with these people, my own personal favourite at the moment is episode one, which goes to air on February 12. Stardock fences windows 10 It’s about what happened on a farm in North Canterbury during the quake in November.

We were down on that farm within a couple of days of the quake and spent some time with them, then went back a month later to see how they were recovering. Pinch hitter 2 unblocked It was very impressive seeing how those people recovered from that shock and so making that was quite a special programme and quite a special time for us.

We really wanted to get on a farm that had been affected so we could show the public what it was like and we pursued various leads, then somebody suggested this place, which is called Mendip Hills Station.

Vivienne rang the manager, Simon Lee, who was absolutely at his wits end, the biggest immediate problem was that the earthquake had broken a whole lot of water pipelines and his stock were getting no water and he was very worried about their welfare, he was also worried about the welfare of his own staff. Landscape photography lens He and his family were very lucky to survive it, really.

All these things are happening and yet he’s got time to stop and talk to Vivienne and half the cell phone towers in the area were down so he kept driving, he was moving around the farm as he was talking, and he kept dropping out of range.

Vivienne would lose the line and this guy would say ‘I’m frankly too busy,’ and then he’d call her back to say, ‘Now, where were we,’ so as well as all these concerns he had, immediate concerns, he’s also going, ‘Oh I want to talk to Country Calendar,’ and made the effort.

I think that’s one of the special things about Country Calendar, it would be very easy to say, ‘Look, you’re not paying me, you’re going to spend a week and take up all of my time, I don’t want to do this, I’m too busy, call me next year,’ but people are extraordinarily generous with their time. Ancestry sign in He just seized this moment and thought, ‘I’d love to tell the story abut this place.’

Country Calendar was once perceived as a show just for farmers but now the audience seems much more diverse Oh very much, I mean the first 8 years really, Country Calendar between 1966 and 74 was completely aimed at being a farmer’s educational programme.

Then a new producer came along, Tony Trotter, who actually died last year. Beautiful landscapes tumblr He died within a month I think of Frank Torley, our other great producer that passed. Fantasy baseball rankings Tony was the one who said, ‘Look, let’s tell people stories, let’s not just talk to scientists and experts and let’s not do stuff in the studio, let’s get the cameras out there and meet people and see what they’re doing and let them talk,’ and that was a big change for the show. Portfolio outdoor lighting transformer troubleshooting November’s quake ruptured parts of North Canterbury’s landscape.

We’re certainly conscious when we’re making a programme, we want people in Parnell to watch just as much as people in Pahiatua and so we try to pitch the show at the right kind of level where the people of Pahiatua won’t be going, ‘Oh well this is kind of boring, we know all this, they’re telling us stuff that we do every day,’ but not so complicated that the people in Parnell are just lost and can’t understand it. Rock garden images We want to make it accessible and interesting for all, which is a bit of a balancing act.

The show is 51 this year, what makes it so enduring? I think we’ve got the formula pretty right and I think the other thing is that a lot of New Zealanders have this strong identification with the land in some way.

But the reality is most of us live in cities and a generation ago when I was being brought up I had uncles who were farmers, I used to go on the farm during the holidays and help with haymaking.

That direct rural connection, that I think was the case for a very large number of New Zealanders, is less so and I think Country Calendar is kind of a way to allow those people to see rural life up close, to get a little window into what is actually going on out there.

I heard that if someone isn’t very nice to deal with you just don’t do the story? That’s totally the case; I mean really, its not current affairs. Garden state parkway I’ve worked as a news and current affairs journalist a lot as well and obviously in those cases you’re often dealing with people who are not necessarily very pleasant or maybe they’re personally in a bad space.

We want the audience to warm to the person that we’re doing the story about and so it’s a wonderful luxury that if people don’t seem particularly pleasant we just go ‘Oh well we won’t do that story, we’ll pick another one’ and I mean most rural people in my experience are warm and generous and hard working and passionate about what they do, so it’s not like we’re short by applying that kind of filter, that still gives us a very large number of people we can talk to.

A beloved part of the show’s tradition is its spoof episodes. Watch mlb online free streaming live Will we see more? Well of course we did do a spoof, I guess I can now admit. Hardscaping I think most people figured it was a spoof in the last part of our 50th anniversary show that went to air last year.

It was about the idea of being able to communicate with working dogs. Major league baseball scores from last night We had an A&P show ring us up and say, ‘Oh look we’d love to have an exhibit at our show, could you put us in touch with those people?’ so certainly some of the audience believed it, which I think you always want with a spoof.

The difficulty with spoofs is that the days in which the programme did spoofs was when it was 15 minutes long and there was no ad break in the middle, it was just 15 minutes of television so the audience didn’t really quite have time to turn to each other and go ‘Mabel, do you believe this?’ It just kept going.