Live, learn, enjoy, create, educate, create, enjoy, learn and be alive.
I have successfully worked in theatre and the film industry progressing through, Electrician, Lighting Designer and Gaffer to Director of Photography.
I am also an enthusiastic businessman, developing property and a private facility for quality education.
After completing an apprenticeship as an electrician I joined The Performing Arts Council in Pretoria in 1978 with the desire to become a lighting designer. Fate placed me in the maintenance department at the State Theatre in Pretoria, walking the road through the commissioning of the lighting system and stage equipment. I learned the basics of lighting by being hands on during the set up for the grand opening of the State Theatre in 1981 working on all the major productions staged there including “Aida” until I ventured into TV in 1983.
I started in the film industry working as a freelance production assistant on SABC TV productions with Burmeister and Guerry and also landed a few acting rolls in Falkner’s Law, Die Swart Kat, Senior Smith and a number of television commercials.
After completing an in-house training course at On The Spot Lighting, I started as electrician with Elmo de Witt, moving swiftly into the freelance sector with local companies such as Heyns Films, Canon /New Metro Productions, Brigadiers and Philo Pieterse where I progressed to Best Boy. The highlight of my career at this point was working with Arthur Lavis on the Breton Film Productions, “Ten Little Indians” in 1989.
In 1990, I started working as a Gaffer on SABC 3 productions with companies such as Elmo de Witt, Meyer Productions and Heyn’s Films. During this time I also worked on features – among others, Invincible with Salon Films (Hong Kong) and the Return of the Family Man.
When my daughter was born in 1992 I decided cut down on the extended that trips that long form requires and started to specialize in television commercials. The success I enjoyed as a Gaffer in the commercials enabled me to invest in and helps develop a private school, The Montessori Academy and College, which started in 1996 with a grand total of eight pre-schoolers.
With the support of Mervyn Rabkin in 1998/9, I pioneered the first Gaffer-owned lighting truck in South Africa. After ten years of long, hard days, being the Gaffer on more that 1500 TVC’s, a change was needed as I felt that my career had over taken my life. At the end of 2003 I said farewell to my crew, Best Boy, Simon Cave and Spark, Saskia Stewart- Clark and the truck full of gear, and with the hope of becoming a cameraman one day, stepped bravely into the unknown.
Having acquired property in the east of in Pretoria, 2003 was spent doing all the things needed to develop the premises that are now home to our school, The Montessori Academy and College. It was during 2001 that has my first experiences behind the camera as second camera operator on a Mazda Drifter commercial but thanks to directors Michael Middleton, David Cornell and Lesley Dektor, my carrier as a Director of Photography started with baby steps and progressed to having filmed many documentaries such as ‘Ramadan’ for the SABC, ‘Freedom is a Personal Journey’ with Akieda Mohammed and TV mini-series ‘Homecoming’ with director Norman Maake, TV series ‘Hillside’ seasons 2 and 3, ‘Homecoming’ the feature film and many local and international television commercials.
During 2011 I started to implement my exit strategy from my the school as I believe it is better to hand over under guidance and step I believe will be good for the longevity of the school. This somehow gave me the opportunity to explore SE Asia and at present I am residing in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.