Pacific video producer: Samoa’s lost ‘pyramid’ story for BBC Reel

Sometimes as a video producer there are fun jobs…and sometimes there are next level enjoyable productions, like trekking into rainforest in search of archaeological wonder, armed with drone and camera, accompanied by an archaeologist, in search of ‘the lost pyramid of Polynesia’. That type of thing. Pacific video producer Commissioned to travel to Samoa to produce a video for the entrepreneurial event Seedstars, BBC Reel asked if I could produce a piece on the Pulelmelei mound, renowned, yet shrouded in mystery for what it tells us, and what it leaves out, about the history of the Pacific. Speaking with archaeologist Greg Jackmond and colleagues at the Centre For Samoan studies about the practicality of producing such a video, it soon became apparent that the real ‘story’ was the uncovering of various other sites using LiDAR data across the country. Watch the video on the BBC site here. Without the Mavic Pro 2 drone’s range, GPS mapping – and its solid video capabilities too – this would have been a tough one to capture. But I think we got a special video production out of it. The local village is also uncovering one particular site to help get it on the map and onto the tourist trail. Hopefully the video production will go some way to aiding them! In a short visit to this part of the Pacific I was able to cover the original commission at the Seedstars event – video coming soon – as well as produce some enjoyable journalism which adds to the picture on the history of Polynesia (or more accurately shares some of the fantastic research...

Happiness in Vanuatu – BBC Pacific video

WATCH All video producer gigs are not equal –  sometimes those shot on a tropical island discussing happiness tend to be more memorable. C’est la vie. This was an enjoyable piece to shoot as video producer (camera, journalist, editor, travel-booker…) as a I look to become more of a Pacific video producer for hire (editorially and commercially), shot on Vanuatu’s main island of Efate. What makes us happy? Well, access to land and healthy soils, community, knowing where ‘home’ is and being connected to culture, if Vanuatu is anything to go by. Watch the full video here. Pacific video producer I was able to film and interview local artists, writers, chiefs, young people, shop holders – and basically ask everyone I met – what they thought the key’s were to Vanuatu’s consistently high ranking in the happy planet index. Working as a video journalist – a solo video producer with half a mind on editorial matters – can be a hard slog, not to mention in the tropics. But ni-Vanuatu people are amazingly friendly, welcoming, smart and chatty. And yes, I got a couple of Pacific island beach swims in at the end before returning to Sydney to get back to video production work. Over the last year I’ve strived to become recognised as a video producer for hire across the Pacific more generally – PNG, Vanuatu, Samoa and New Zealand have been on the list for both corporate and journalistic assignments. Get in touch if you’re a Pacific company or editor in need of video:...