My interest in moving pictures began as a child with my family's super-8 home movies. We were still using film when I was at high school and I loved editing with a splicing machine (that's how old I am—I was around when the term "cut" was literal).
During my years as a nurse I was involved in a few video projects. The first serious video I ever made was called Burnout: Awareness and Intervention from 1986, produced in my hospital's ground-breaking Betamax production studio.
When I left nursing I worked for some time as a musician and sound engineer. At the same time I learnt more about camera work and video editing, eventually deciding to make video production my main career focus.
With my brother Richard (AKA Scratch), we set up our own S-VHS studio and spent a few years doing corporate videos, weddings, music & event coverage.
In the mid-nineties Scratch went overseas and I took up contracts with TV1 and TV3 as a freelance camera operator (stringer). For a couple of years I covered news stories from around the Manawatu, including the Motua Gardens protests of 1995.
Working in news was a fantastic experience but it was very demanding. Once the novelty of watching my work on primetime TV had worn off, I started getting sick of the difficult hours and being constantly on-call. In the end I gave it up, which is a decision that still causes me the odd pang of regret but it was the right move.
Largely for practical reasons I went to work for the TAB's Trackside Channel in Palmerston North. Initially I didn't see this as much of a career move but in fact it turned out to be perfect. I trained in all areas of outside broadcast production, culminating in my promotion to OB director in about 1997 (pictured right—me directing and Scratch on CCU).
These days I continue to produce videos for my own websites, as well as oversee our TATV community media project.