To provide production support for the ESPN show America’s Caddie.
When we were approached by the team from the Atlanta-based production house Bark Bark to assist with shooting an episode of America’s Caddie for ESPN, we had little idea of just how much fun could be had in making a programme about of golf.
The show follows Michael Collins, stand-up comic and long-time PGA Tour caddie, as he travels the world’s finest golf courses and meets some of the sport’s top talents, as well as some its most interesting local characters.
The episode we helped film was a preview of the Genesis Scottish Open 2022, which was about to take place at the Renaissance Club at Archerfield in East Lothian. Over the course of three shoot days, we crammed in a lot, visiting golf courses including Musselburgh Old Course and the Renaissance course itself, where Michael played three holes with Scottish curling hero Eve Muirhead.
As well as being on the course, Michael took the opportunity to visit the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile, where he was introduced to whiskies from the five regions of Scotland by Master of the Quaich Julie Trevisan-Hunter, and took part in the famed Aberlady hostelry, the Ducks Inn’s very own putting game (off the top of the bar!) by landlord and local golfer Malcolm Duck. And there was also time for a wee skit at Gosford House near Longniddry.
It was a great experience for us to work with such a professional crew, with a very clear sense of what they were doing. However, we were able to help in a number of important ways, by being able to set things up on the ground before their arrival, and help with the logistical arrangements of the shoot, as well as providing camera operators who worked closely with the director to capture footage in line with the show's look and feel.
We had such a great time working with our American colleagues — now friends — and we’re certain that we’ll collaborate again in the future.