Keith Hoffman Prepares for Big Bugs, Catfish and Bucking Broncos from Hillbilly Handfishin' Shoot Location
I arrived in Lawton, Oklahoma, today.
It was a hot, sunny day — a far cry from the very rainy New York City morning I left.
I’m here for the kick off-episode of the first Hillbilly Handfishin’ of the season. Although you only see Skipper and Jackson and their families guiding each week’s assortment of guest on television, there are a lot more people (around 20 at least) who make the show happen ... — camera operators, directors of photography, field directors (if the Skipper, Jackson and company want to go to a new fishing hole — someone has to help coordinate the move), people who pay the bills, organize the lunches, record the sound (hopefully without you seeing a microphone dangling above someone’s head during a crucial catch ). And just to make it harder, this large crew has to learn to be so stealthily quiet that the Handfishers forget they are even there.
And that doesn’t even include all the people who cut the show down to an hour (actually about 42 minutes without commercials) once it is sent to the editors.