I had always wanted to be a television cameraman. Even when I was in short trousers, I used to make TV cameras out of cardboard boxes.
My parents took to me to see a live lunchtime show at STV when I was about 10 and I was hooked. Watching those cameras move silently around the studio floor from one scene to the next, I wanted that job. So after leaving school, I went to work in a photographic outlet in Glasgow selling cameras. This place also had a Film Hire Library(this is long before video, remember) and has I had an aversion to selling things, I quickly moved away from the shop front into running the Film Library. This was a good move, because a few years later at the tender age of 20, I secured a job in Scottish Television working in….….the Film Library.
It did not happen overnight, but in 1979 two things happened. I finally was made a trainee camera operator…. and the whole ITV Network went on strike the same week. So I had to wait a few extra months before finally moving into my dream job in the camera department at STV.
I knew this was the only job I had ever wanted to do and I loved those years at Scottish. Drama, L.E., Live OBs, Soap. I worked on every type of programme. It was a good grounding.
Over the years, since leaving STV in 1987, I have always challenged myself and moved into other areas like Lighting Cameraman and Directing. These jobs bring their own rewards, but I always enjoy the feeling of getting behind a camera and creating images seen by millions. It is an exciting and challenging industry to work in and I enjoy every minute of it.
River City BBC Scotland
T In The Park 1998 -2008 BBC Scotland
World Cup football 2002 2006 HBS
Champions League Sky ITV
Bon Voyage Stray Cat Motion Pictures
Bank of Scotland Corporates
Sky Sports football 1994 to present day
Live 8 BBC
Question Time BBC