A E T N Logo
Support The Programs You Love DONATE NOW

Behind the Scenes of "Champion Trees" With Kyle Waldrup

Posted on 14 Jun 2013

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.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


AETN Night at Dickey-Stephens Park - Win Tickets!
Celebrate AETN’s 50th Anniversary with our staff members and friends from “Super Why” on Friday, Aug. 5, with the Arkansas Travelers in North Little Rock! “Exploring Arkansas” host Chuck Dovish will throw out the first pitch as the Travs take on the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park. But the fun doesn’t end there! You can win tickets to join us for the game and following fireworks show by entering our Facebook contest through Wednesday, Aug. 3.


Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state.


Win Tickets to See “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” in Fort Smith
Looking for a grr-ific family treat? We’re giving away four tickets to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live” on Sunday, Oct. 2! Enter to win four seats to the show by telling us about your family’s favorite Daniel Tiger lesson by midnight on Sunday, July 31.


FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call July 25
Members of the will meet via conference call Monday, July 25, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. This is an open meeting, and the public may request teleconference information.