‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’: The Camera Operator’s Point of View – ‘It’s Nearly Impossible To Work’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol of

NatGeo WILD’s The Incredible Dr. Pol is among the community’s hottest packages, with its up-close and private protection of how calves are birthed, bulls are castrated, and horses’ hooves are cleared of pus and an infection.

Veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol of 'The Incredible Dr. Pol'
Veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol of ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’ | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

One group of those that makes capturing these moments look really easy are the digicam operators on this system. They are available in for close-ups at simply the suitable moments and hustle away from a raging bull within the nick of time.

Take a sneak peek at life behind the digicam on The Incredible Dr. Pol.

A revealing look behind the scenes from a former present producer

One of the present’s former producers, Colin Shea, revealed, in a weblog post on Dr. Pol’s web site, that the day-to-day manufacturing on the fact present was no stroll within the park. It was extra of a stroll within the cow manure. Producers and employees have been readily available to assist out Dr. Pol and his employees throughout filming. Shea made it clear, maintaining with the 77-year-old veterinarian was no simple job.

“This [show’s] crew isn’t on a sound stage in L.A. or a city block in New York; they’re knee-deep in mud and cow manure in the farms of central Michigan. . . Not only are we there to film a television series but we are also there to not ruin any cases that Dr. Pol may have.”

The Incredible Dr. Pol is rather more than a daily tv gig. Lunches are eaten in bumpy automobiles chasing Dr. Pol down a highway or in an Amish farm surrounded by cattle . . . Life is one other day on the farm, and on the farm, everybody’s acquired to do some heavy lifting to earn his or her preserve.”

Sometimes Dr. Pol has to ask cameras to again off

As a lot as The Incredible Dr. Pol is an entertaining and informative actuality present, it’s something however staged. The animals being filmed are actual, unpredictable, and doubtlessly harmful, being handled in, at occasions, dire medical conditions. Once shortly, Dr. Pol has to ask the cameras to offer him house.

As the veterinarian defined to RealityBlurred in 2018, this occurs when “people are not taking care of the animal, and we see that way too much. . . We don’t want anybody to look bad, to be honest with you. . . But we don’t dwell on it; we don’t make it so obvious that it makes the owner feel bad or anything.”

“Many people have no idea that their pet got sick. And this is what we see now with cancer, especially,” he stated, “because it happens so gradually, they have no idea. And then they come to the clinic, and that’s it.”

Behind the cameras on ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’

It’s one factor to assist Dr. Pol on the set and one other solely to comply with him with heavy cameras round typically skittish animals on farms slippery with muck. Depending on the climate, the digicam operator is both coated in layers to guard themselves from the chilly, or coated in sweat from the acute warmth. Either manner, it’s not for the faint of coronary heart.

Brian Stevens, a former digicam operator on the collection, opened up about his expertise filming Dr. Brenda on an end-of-day tough calf birthing.

“It’s practically not possible to work. My fingers are slippery moist and there’s a fixed stream of sunscreen-filled sweat operating into my eyes. I can see sweat pouring from the faces of Dr. Brenda and the farmer . . . “

“One of the most incredible things about Dr. Brenda and Dr. Pol is their tenacity to perform veterinary medicine in any condition imaginable. They are relentless in their efforts, be it 105 degrees in the shade or -10 degrees in the snow. . . Their passion for animals and medicine is evident in every case they see. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with these doctors on a daily basis.”

Read extra: ‘The Incredible Dr. Pol’: The Beloved Veterinarian’s Heartbreaking Recent Loss

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