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We love riding on the Fendt to the different filming locations.

The 200-series is now ready for streaming: On set for Bibi & Tina

We love riding on the Fendt to the different filming locations.

The 200-series is ready for streaming

In a small village in Brandenburg at the end of July 2019: there are about 20 houses, over 50 cars, some caravans and containers plus 6 trucks full of camera gear. A film shoot brings with it a bustle of logistics, people and chaos, and in the middle of it all is a Fendt 200 Vario – welcome to the set of Bibi & Tina.

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A microphone sticks out from a cornfield with about 25 people around it. Everything is still, except for a quiet rustling. “Cut! It’s a wrap,” a shout breaks the silence from the field, and producer Detlev Buck and actress Harriet Herbig-Matten, followed by the sound and camera crew, emerge out of the corn plants. They have just finished filming a scene with a field mouse for the new Bibi & Tina series. This popular German children's series with the witch Bibi Blocksberg and her friend Tina Martin is all about friendship, family and life on the horse farm, with some witchcraft mixed in. Young witch Bibi Blocksberg always triggers her own bit of chaos and that's what makes the series so charming. After four successful big-screen movies, Detlev Buck and Kirstin Wille are now producing a new series with Katharina Hirschberger starring as Bibi and Harriet Herbig-Matten as Tina.

A nose for the environment

Scene change – after a long drought, wild boars devastate the cornfield on Mühlenhof farm. Count Falko von Falkenstein calls for a hunt for the wild boars. Bibi wants to stop the hunt and put a spell on it, but it doesn't quite work and she gives herself pig's snout instead for a while. The farmer drives a Fendt (what else?) and so our little one gets its first onscreen appearance. This episode continues the series' topic of drought and famine, which drives the animals from the forest into the cornfield. For the creators, it was especially important in the new series that the characters should be role models for the young fans. That's why, unlike in the animated series, the riders always wear a riding helmet and the script deals with topics like environmental protection, drought, mineral resources and even climate change.

Throughout the series, both actresses have been touched even more by the importance of nature and agriculture. “I always try to buy local products, especially organic products,” says Harriet. Like Harriet, for Katharina, who prefers Ina, nature protection is close to her heart: “During filming, I was reminded how important and beautiful nature can be,” says Ina with a passion. Most of the filming took place in remote areas in Brandenburg, so they both spent a lot of time outdoors and on the farm, which forms the backdrop for Martinshof farm.

To capture the cab scenes, the cameraman sat on a special seat outside the tractor, with a seatbelt of course for safety.
“It’s great fun to drive. I don't often get the chance to drive a tractor,” laughs Dirk Schmidt, who plays the Mühlenhof farmer

Swapping village life for a film set

The rural environment is nothing new for either actor, as they both grew up in the countryside. “I come from a very small village where we lived right next to a farm. I played there and helped out a lot. And as a child, I often went on holiday camps at riding stables,” says Ina. That's why, unlike Harriet, she already had riding experience. But both were given riding lessons before the start of the series. “I love riding now and I really want to keep it up in my own time,” says Harriet. Both grew up with the stories of Bibi & Tina and are clearly thrilled to be able to play the two leading roles. It's Ina's first film role. Before Bibi & Tina, Harriet starred in the movie "Das Pubertier".

Roaring across the field

No sooner is one scene wrapped, then they start with the next. This time, the farmer is driving the tractor across his field. A thunderstorm is looming, so his radio is going crazy. To get the shots of the farmer in his cab, the Fendt 200 Vario was fitted with a boom for the cameraman to ride on a specially installed seat on the side. Another camera sits on the bonnet of the tractor. Setting up the boom alone takes more than an hour. There is also a seatbelt. Because safety on set is vital, of course. They don't want the cameraman falling off as the Fendt roars across the field. The thunderstorm came naturally anyway, but before the heavens opened, the scene was wrapped up.

Incidentally, the little one is also well loved as a taxi: “We love riding on the Fendt to the different filming locations,” laughs Detlev Buck. It's a door-to-door off-roader and the suspension seat and easy controls gave it an instant fan base on set. It can also move or lift heavy things – very handy, having a tractor on set.

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