I am passionate about story-telling, especially through using visual media – photography, film-making, YouTube and other Internet-based, social media content outlets. I’m equipped to conduct interviews on location, in studio or online whether for video or audio only. Services I have provided for video and podcast programming include scripting, narration, editing and production. I also have experience in setting up complete Internet Radio stations.
My media career began in 1979 when I joined the staff of BBC Northern Ireland to train as a film editor. Later, I had the chance to produce and direct TV documentaries and after 12 years on staff, left the BBC to set up the independent TV production company, Callister Communications.
In this new role I continued to carry out work for the BBC as well as other broadcasters as an independent producer/director. My company also offered broadcast editing facilities to other independent TV producers. New opportunities and business ventures opened up including setting up a network of remotely-controlled adverting screens in public places across Ireland, north and south.
During my career, especially in the 1980’s, I helped package too many broadcasts about bombings and shootings which went around the world. I vowed then, that if God would heal our troubles, then I would spend as much time sending positive stories from Northern Ireland to the world, as I had spent sending negative ones.
These days, I love to focus on the beauty, relative peace, and potential for Northern Ireland to be a prosperous and attractive country; a magnet for visitors and a beacon of peace to the world. To that end I’ve created the website, peacenireland.com
as an international platform for visuals and stories from Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland. The website had a ‘soft launch’ on St Patrick’s day, 17 March 2020. Due to Covid-19, it’s very much a work in progress.
So that’s enough about my story! What about yours? Have you a story from the troubles? Or a story from anywhere that could simply inspire others? If you have a story that I could use for a blog or a broadcast, etc., then I’d love to hear from you. Please send even an outline at this stage to firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks!