Transcript: Behind The Lens: To Make A Farm | Feb 20, 2016

[Music playing]

The title of the show appears through a camera lens. It reads "TVO Behind the Lens. In-depth with the filmmakers."

A caption reads "Steve Suderman. Director, producer and cinematographer."

Steve is in his thirties, bald and with a stubble. He wears jeans and a black T-shirt under a black shirt.

He says MY NAME IS
STEVE SUDERMAN.
I'M THE DIRECTOR,
PRODUCER AND
CINEMATOGRAPHER
OF
TO MAKE A FARM.
[Music playing]

Steve says TO MAKE A
FARM
IS
A DOCUMENTARY
ABOUT YOUNG
PEOPLE WHO ARE
BECOMING
FARMERS.
THEY ARE
STARTING FROM SCRATCH,
THEY DON'T COME
TO IT FROM A
BACKGROUND
IN FARMING,
SO THE FILM FOLLOWS
THEM, BASICALLY,
FROM
EARLY SPRING,
ALL THE WAY THROUGH
THE GROWING SEASON
AND
INTO FALL,
AND BACK INTO
WINTER AGAIN,
SO WE GET
ALL OF THE SEASONS.

A man and a woman stand on a ploughed field.

The man says IT'S SO COOL HOW IT
PUSHES UP THE EARTH.

The woman says IT'S
REALLY COOL.

The man says HOW THERE'S THESE
LITTLE
EXPLOSIONS
HAPPENING,
ALL ALONG
THE ROAD.

The woman says BEANS
ARE AWESOME.

Steve says MY FAMILY
FARMED UP
UNTIL A
FEW YEARS AGO,
AND THEY HAD TO
GIVE THAT UP,
AND EVEN
THOUGH I WASN'T
DIRECTLY INVOLVED
WITH THE FARM
AT
THAT POINT,
IT WAS A BIG EVENT
IN MY LIFE,
TO LOSE THE
FAMILY FARM,
AND THEN, WHEN I
FOUND OUT THAT
THERE WERE
THESE YOUNG PEOPLE
WHO WERE BECOMING
FARMERS,
I WAS
INTERESTED IN THAT.

The man says I FEEL LIKE WE'RE
STILL ON A
HUGE
LEARNING CURVE.

Steve says I THINK WHAT
STRUCK ME
THE MOST WAS JUST
THE PEOPLE THAT I MET;
THE CHARACTERS THAT
ARE IN THE FILM,
AND THAT
HAPPENED
FAIRLY EARLY ON
BECAUSE WHEN
I
MET THEM,
I JUST WANTED TO
SPEND MORE TIME
WITH THEM.
WHEN I WAS
FIRST DRIVING OUT
TO LESLIE AND
JEFF'S FARM,
YOU KNOW, IT'S
AT THE END OF A
LONG DRIVEWAY,
COVERED IN
TREES AND IT FEELS
REALLY ISOLATING,
AND I STARTED
TO FEEL, LIKE,
ANXIOUS FOR THEM,
BEFORE I HAD
MET THEM,
AND THEN WE
SPENT THE AFTERNOON
JUST WALKING ACROSS
THEIR LAND,
AND HAD AN
AMAZING CONVERSATION
AND I JUST... I KNEW
AT THAT POINT,
I HAD TO
MAKE THIS FILM,
THAT I WANTED
TO SPEND
MORE
TIME WITH THEM,
AND IT WAS
LIKE THAT
WITH TERRA
AND NATHAN,
AND WES
AS WELL.
THEY WERE JUST
PEOPLE THAT
REALLY
INTERESTED ME.
I REALLY LIKED
SPENDING TIME
WITH THEM,
AND SO, I
GUESS THE SURPRISE
WAS JUST FINDING
THESE
VIBRANT
PERSONALITIES,
OUT IN THE MIDDLE
OF NOWHERE.

A man with long hair and a beard says WHAT I LEARNED
ABOUT IRRIGATION,
THIS PAST WEEK
IS PRESSURE;
POUNDS PER SQUARE
INCH, I GUESS; PSI.
TURNED ALL THE
WATER ON AND
THE WATER
JUST KIND OF WENT,
"PLOOP, PLOOP,
PLOOP."
[Chuckling]

Steve says THERE WERE A
LOT OF TIMES WHEN
I FELT LIKE I DID
WANT TO HELP OUT
BECAUSE I HAVE
SOME FARMING EXPERIENCE
AND EVEN WITHOUT
THAT, JUST,
YOU KNOW, WHEN
WES IS TRYING TO PUT
SOMETHING TOGETHER
AND HE REALLY
JUST NEEDS
SOMEBODY TO HOLD THE
OTHER END OF
THE STICK.
I FELT LIKE
AN IDIOT FOR JUST
HOLDING THE CAMERA,
RATHER THAN
BECOMING
INVOLVED.
[Music playing]
I WOULD SPEND,
SOMETIMES AN HOUR,
PUTTING SEEDS IN
THE GROUND OR
PULLING OUT
WEEDS OR, YOU KNOW,
JUST SPENDING TIME
OUT THERE
BECAUSE I WOULD
BE OUT THERE FOR
SEVERAL DAYS
AT A TIME,
SLEEPING IN A
TENT THERE, AS WELL,
SO...WE SPENT A LOT
OF TIME TOGETHER.

A woman with curly brown hair points at a baby sheep and says A MINUTE LATER,
PRAPTIES' LIKE,
"WHAT'S THAT
KIND OF THING,"
AND IT'S A FRIGGIN'
BABY AND IT'S
JUST SITTIN'
THERE ON THE GROUND.
NO, IT WAS, LIKE,
ALREADY ON
ITS FEET.

Steve says I REALLY DIDN'T
KNOW HOW IT WAS
ALL GOING TO
COME TOGETHER.
I DIDN'T KNOW IF
THERE WAS GOING
TO BE A STORY
ARC, REALLY UNTIL,
WE WERE IN THE
EDITING PROCESS
AND WE COULD
START TO SEE THAT,
YEAH, THERE WAS
A STORY ARC,
AND SO, IT WAS A
CONCERN ALL THE WAY
THROUGH, THOUGH,
THAT IT
WASN'T GOING
TO BE JUST IMAGES
OF PEOPLE FARMING,
WITHOUT A
JOURNEY
ALONG THE WAY.

A male voice says CASEOUS IS A
BACTERIAL
INFECTION
THAT HAS NO CURE.
IN MANY CASES,
FLOCKS
INFECTED
WITH CASEOUS,
HAVE TO BE
DESTROYED.

Steve says I THINK ONE OF
THE QUESTIONS
THAT I WAS
TRYING TO GET AT,
THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE
FILM IS, WHY?
WHY FARM?
[Rooster crowing]

Steve says I'VE MET SOME
OLD FARMERS,
OLDER FARMERS,
WHO'VE BEEN AT IT
FOR 30, 40 YEARS,
WHO SAY,
YEAH, I'M
STILL AT IT BECAUSE
I LOVE IT, AND
IT'S HARD BUT
IT'S JUST
WHAT I WANT TO DO,
AND I DON'T KNOW
WHAT DOES THAT,
LIKE, WHAT
TURNS THAT SWITCH ON
IN PEOPLE, BUT THAT'S
WHAT I FOUND.

A caption reads "To make a farm. TVO.org."

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