BROADCAST DOCUMENTARY FILMS and DVDs
In the mid 90ies I decided to get into moving pictures. Took a summer school course in video at the NS Art College. Set up SeBright Productions, producing any video work I could get in the area – tourism, industrial what ever. Quickly realising there wasn’t enough video work so I started making my own documentaries on what I liked best about eastern NS and Cape Breton – traditional music, landscaper and the people. It stared with a documentary on “the Master of the Cape Breton Fuddle, Buddy MacMaster”, which ended on broadcast nationally on CBC, Bravo and the Knowledge Network. I continued making films on local and international traditional Celtic culture and music, and managed to maintained my independence by deriving income from sales of programs to broadcasters and DVDs, that is till recently when the bottom fell out of both markets.
Some DVD titles are still available, contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Short Docs & Videos
Growing up in Antigonish area I bumbled around at school. Travelled the country not having a clue of what to do. One summer when I came home a friend offered me a job on his local weekly newspaper…he handed me an army surplus camera…I suddenly had found what I wanted to do. Finding out later in life I had a touch of dyslexia or whatever, which may have accounted for my love of the visual world. I spent hour photographing. learned to develop film and print photos. I had numerous exhibitions a Canada Council Grant to film rural life in Nova Scotia.
Black & White
I eventually got very interested in historical photographic processes which led me to the Mecca of photography, Rochester NY, home of Kodak and the Visual Studies Workshop where I spent time learning about the various early methods of photography. I feel in love with the photogravure process and started producing images in one of the earliest printing method which is closely related to the classic method of etching.
Along with my photographer friend Archie MacLellan we created an authentic 1860’s Tintype Studio. We were the only in Canada- and only the second in North America using the original wet plate collodion process. The studio is still running in the historic recreated village of Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia.