Agricultural Storyline Advice

Agricultural consultancy that brings farming scenes to life, with precision and accuracy throughout a production.

Accuracy is important

At Agro Mavens, we’re more than communications consultants who help brands to reach farmers and their advisers. Our agricultural knowledge is valued in other ways. For example, we work with producers and writers in film, TV, radio and stage productions, to provide agricultural storyline advice and consultancy.

If you are…

…producing a film with agricultural scenes, settings or locations,

…writing a script – period or contemporary – with agricultural content,

or seeking accuracy in any other screen or stage depiction of agriculture, farming and rural life…

Agro Mavens provides full service, in-depth consultancy to ensure that your production is accurate in all respects.

Today’s audiences are knowledgeable, and discerning. Whether it’s film, TV or radio, they expect an accurate depiction. So, much like historical advisers in period productions, our role is to help you be confident in your portrayal of agricultural events, procedures, props, jargon and audience understanding.

By working with you from the pre-production stage, we can help ensure that when your characters talk about farming, they sound like they know what they’re talking about and use correct, appropriate agricultural terminology.

We can also help prevent on-screen anachronisms; your audience will notice if the protagonist is driving an FE35 tractor in 1952, harvesting Skyfall wheat in 1918, or milking Holstein cattle in 1876.

We offer a ‘script doctor’ service for plots or storylines that need agricultural knowledge, jargon or context, and can visit sets to coach cast and extras, and advise crews, accordingly.

After more information about our agricultural storyline advice services? View the mini-site, where you’ll find a full list of the services we can provide.

Recent advisories

Cider with Rosie

Agricultural storyline accuracy from Agro Mavens

‘Cider With Rosie’ producers consulted Agro Mavens for agricultural storyline accuracy

Produced in 2014 and screened in 2015, the BBC remake of the classic Laurie Lee novel, ‘Cider with Rosie’ was extremely well received by critics and audiences alike.

Filmed on location in Gloucestershire, close to Laurie Lee’s birthplace and former home of Slad, the haymaking scenes were shot with advice and guidance from Adrian.

 


Close to the Enemy

agricultural storyline accuracy

From writer Stephen Poliakoff, this post-war drama had one crucial scene – in a field of maize – requiring agricultural storyline accuracy.

Little Island Productions approached Adrian Bell during 2015, for accuracy within a crucial scene in this thriller. Set in London in the aftermath of the Second World War, the plot centres on the friendship between a British intelligence officer and a captured German scientist.

Agro Mavens’ agricultural storyline advice was sought for a scene, featuring a crop of maize, in which the characters needed to hide.

As subsequent correspondence (below) in The Spectator showed, audiences are observant and critical – but Agro Mavens’ advice was watertight!



For accurate agricultural storyline advice

Planning a production that includes agricultural or rural content? Want us to look over a script? Need some advice on historical crops or machinery?

Check out our services or contact Adrian Bell with a brief outline of your project. We’ll be delighted to help.