Underwriting provided by:
The Laura Moore Cunningham
Foundation

Producer Notes

Joan, looking like a
Joan, looking like a "giant blue blob"

I look like a giant blue blob. Only a small part of me really cares because we who work on Outdoor Idaho know it is better to be warm and comfortable than cold and fashionable. I was very excited to produce this Outdoor Idaho on the McCall Winter Carnival. I've enjoyed the parade and looking at the snow sculptures before, but this was a chance to spend some time and see what else the carnival has to offer. So I took my dad's arctic, down coat and headed to McCall.

Hank carries the camera and tripod in the snow.
Hank carries the camera and tripod in the snow.

The coat came in handy. Over the week of shooting we had bitter cold, ice-melting rain, driving snow and bright sunshine. As the producer, I really have the easier job on an Outdoor Idaho shoot. Jay Krajic, the show's director and principal videographer, had to deal with all the weather and shoot video too. Dave Butler, the videographer on our snowshoe golfing piece had to get waist deep in snow to get the right shot. Hank Nystrom, videographer, dodged snowbike racers to get his video. I am grateful to all of these fine professionals for their amazing work and thankful that they resisted the urge to make fun of my blue coat.

Dave stands waist-deep in the snow while shooting video of snowshoe golfers.
Dave stands waist-deep in the snow while shooting video of snowshoe golfers.

I'm also grateful to all the wonderful people who helped us with this program. The folks at the McCall Chamber of Commerce answered every question with speed and ease. The snowbikers embraced the opportunity to tell us about their Idaho-grown sport (and helped with lots of material as we edited). J.J., Robyn and Jason were delightful subjects for our snowshoe golfing piece. The Points and all our fellow passengers on our elk sleigh ride were great sports. All of them made the process of videotaping fun.

Derrick snowbiking
Derrick snowbiking

Two other sets of folks really made an extra special effort. It was a joy to work with all of the artists and organizers of the Idaho State Snowsculpting Championship. The artists let us follow their process and film them over the four days of the competition. They were generous with their time and made me feel like one of the gang. I truly thank each and every one of them.

2013 Snow Sculpting Championship Participants
2013 Snow Sculpting Championship participants

The others were Lisa and the crew of the Blue Moon Yurt. They set up a special dinner just for our filming. No doubt having a film crew around, sticking a camera into everything, made the process a whole lot more difficult, but they were all gracious and friendly. It was an amazing experience and I would encourage anyone to try it.

Jay shoots video on an elk sleigh ride.
Jay shoots video on an elk sleigh ride.

The work doesn't end when we finishing shooting. Jay Krajic has done an incredible job editing my script and the video into an engaging half hour of television. He is an artist. Bruce always brings his talents to the table. I appreciated his support as I pulled the pieces of this program together just as I valued his thoughts and opinions as we crafted the show.

Mary prepares dinner at the Blue Moon Yurt.
Mary prepares dinner at the Blue Moon Yurt.

There are many joys about working on Outdoor Idaho. We who work on the show get to share the best of what Idaho has to offer: places as far off as the remotest wilderness or as close as our own backyard, along with all the interesting people we discover along the way. The McCall Winter Carnival is easy to get to and there are lots of things to do there and the surrounding areas. So go grab your version of a big blue coat, head out and enjoy!

Joan and Jay at the Blue Moon Yurt after a long day.
Joan and Jay at the Blue Moon Yurt after a long day.