Starting From Scratch
My name is John Barrow and I am very lucky to have had 20 good years as a television cameraman in New Zealand, I didn't take it very seriously but I did have a bit of natural ability which got me through. I was always an intuitive shooter and I didn't know much about the technical side of things. I would pick up a camera, set up the viewfinder, colour balance and shoot!
|Hard at work!|
|Production Meeting in Queenstown. |
Sound Op Barry, Presenter Peta and me
I was well suited for quick turnaround documentary work and as a freelancer I had a good client base of magazine style shows. Shows like Taste New Zealand with Peta Mathias were an absolute blast. Great people, great food, great locations, what more could you ask for!
We would travel around sampling the best food and wine this country had to offer. Another client was a garden show and we did the same thing, travel around shooting some of the best gardens in the country.
These two photos are from a book Peta Mathias wrote called Don't get Saucy with me, Bearnaise
I walked away from television about 12 years ago and became a stonemason. About four years ago I seized an opportunity to archive some archaeology that was being done on a large development I was doing some stonework on. I purchased a Sony HDV camera, an imac and editing software and away I went!
I have no ambition to get back into mainstream television but would still like to make use of the skills I've learnt over the years. I thought it would be fun to make music videos for start up artists that don't have the funds to make videos with the major production houses, it's a bit slow getting going but I'm not in any real hurry. I also want to find people that are doing extraordinary things with their lives and showcase them in some way, from experience I have learnt that these people can be living next door and you may never know!
I needed a website but didn't have the money to get one so my 12 year old son and I have been busy making a website that would do what we wanted which included a shopping cart to sell video clips online. It has been a bit of a mission so far and we've only just begun, there is so much to learn and do!
I will be detailing our journey in this blog so I really hope you will follow along, offer advice and maybe learn something. Having your support and encouragement will make all the difference to us!
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