After university and being thrust into the real world Greg found a home
volunteering at PPI, a small camera rental house in Vancouver. This was a great
place to learn about cameras, be involved in film production and meet various
professionals in the film industry.
Through PPI, Greg was able to make contacts,
work as a production assistant on commercials, assist and operate on various low
budget and independent films and also develop his own small production company
shooting commercials and rock videos. While working as a production assistant on
commercials, Greg would gravitate towards the camera department helping out
assistants when needed. As they took notice it was a quick step into the camera
trainee program with IATSE local 669 and then on to being a second assistant.
After a couple of busy years of seconding Greg was working on a Movie that took
him to Spence Bay, now known as Taloyoak. A lack of accommodations for the cast
and crew forced Greg into the positions of loader AND “B” camera focus. Quickly
after that Greg found himself in Toronto pulling “A” camera focus on a feature film.
After this there was no going back and Greg worked as first assistant for five years
on many features, television shows and commercials.
In 1998 a call came in from Director of Photography Tobias Schliessler to do “B”
camera on an upcoming pilot. Feeling “benched” as Greg was normally Tobias’s “A”
guy he was informed that he was not to pull focus but to operate the camera. The
new challenge and opportunity was gladly accepted and Greg’s career as a camera
operator was officially under way.
Mastering the craft of operating is no easy task. The balance of composition, camera
movement and set politics is and art unto its self. After seven years working solely
as a camera operator Greg was ready for a new challenge. Steadicam was that
After purchasing a Steadicam, Greg spent the next two years practicing.
At the same time, Greg was embedded in the television series Stargate - SG1. More
like a family, the Stargate franchise afforded Greg the opportunity to put his
Steadicam to work starting with second units and then on to main unit. Since then
Greg has been working exclusively as a Steadicam operator on feature films, shorts
and television shows. For Greg, Steadicam is the ultimate freedom of camera