Bernard de Vaal

Vancouver, B.C., V6H 1J3

236-777-7868  •


Experienced television director with writing, videography, and editing expertise. Energetic and passionate videographer and multi-media producer. Creative, self-motivated multi-tasker with 10+ years’ experience in film, documentaries and YouTube segments. Independent, story-driven visual thinker who thrives in synthesizing complex narrative structures into accessible consumables.


Highlights of Qualifications


  • Eight+ years’ experience as a Video Producer, Director of Photography and, Producer for National Lifestyle Television shows

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honors), Graduate Certificate in Journalism

  • 10+ years with DSLR and ENG cameras, audio, and lighting equipment, Adobe Premiere CS, Word and Excel, Mac and Windows OS.

  • Award winning journalistic researcher and interviewer with strong social media acumen

  • CP style proficient; decisive understanding of news and feature writing with ambitious story pitching

  • Inquisitive and detail-oriented trendsetter with outstanding creative and conceptual skills

  • Tried and tested leadership experience in diverse working environments focused on establishing strong collaborative relationships


Relevant Experience


Convergence Journalist                                                                       August 2017 – April 2018

St.Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Windsor, Ont.

· Compiled PAK reports for television, radio, print and online publication

· Performed duties of Assignment Producer, Web Producer, Television Producer, Radio Producer, TV anchor and Radio News Reader

· Control room experience as Switcher, Prompter and VTR Operator

· Produced converged feature stories on Opioid addiction in Windsor, Ont., and the emergence of Cryptocurrency as a new economic trend


Insert Segment Director                                                                        January 2012 – June 2016

Expresso Show (Cardova Trading) Cape Town, South Africa

  • Planned, organized and controlled the pre-production, production, and post production stages; scheduling involved in the creation of television inserts. Content included cooking, technology, editorials,  DIYs, marketing & promotional, music videos, sports, comedy sketches and news.

  • Interpreted scripts and directed the mise-en-scene; selected and directed the actors, presenters and technical crew; advised the cast and crew on the interpretation and delivery of the performance; directed rehearsals, recordings, broadcasts and performances; and conferred with crew and specialists throughout production and post-production to achieve desired presentation

  • Operated ENG, DSLR and studio cameras, determined technical aspects of lighting, sound and background elements to achieve desired effect.

  • Worked closely with clients, account managers and broadcast team to ensure products meet quality standards and marketing objectives


Video Producer/Copywriter/Editor                                                          January 2008 – May 2012

Firestorm Production, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Conceptualized and conceived creative proposals in line with project objectives. Included writing scripts and proposals, generating graphic design mock-ups and planned executable objectives

  • Determined production size, content, and budget, establishing details such as production schedules and management

  • Coordinated the activities of agency writers, directors and managers throughout the production process and distributed costumes, props, music, and studio equipment needed to complete productions

  • Reviewed film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards

  • Monitored post production processes to ensure accurate completion of deliverables

  • Ensured video assets are correctly encoded and distributed to clients and uploaded with sufficient copy to their social media channels and website


Additional Employment History


Drama Lecturer                                                                                       January 2003 – December 2007

University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Taught practical and theoretical subjects to undergraduate and graduate drama students

  • Prepared and delivered lectures to students and conducted laboratory sessions or discussion groups

  • Prepared administered and graded examinations, laboratory assignments and reports

  • Wrote, directed, and produced original devised theatre and multi-media works

  • Served on faculty committees dealing with matters such as curriculum planning, degree requirements, and performed a variety of administrative duties

  • Research partner in compiling (COMSAT) South African Theatre Encyclopedia for 6 months.


Actor/Theatre Producer                                                                          January 2001 – December 2011

Artist One Management, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Portrayed and interpreted roles, using speech, gestures, and body movements, to entertain, inform, or instruct, radio, film, television, or live audiences

  • Wrote original or adapted material for dramas, comedies, narration, or other performances

  • Managed theatre company in creation of adapted and original creative works


Education & Training


Graduate Certificate in Journalism - St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario                        June 2018

Advanced Certificate in Film & Lighting - City Varsity - Cape Town, South Africa              April 2014

Business Acumen for Artist - UCT Business School, Cape Town, South Africa                   June 2008

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honors) - Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa           January 2001


Volunteer Work


Media Director - Hangberg Educational Trust, Hout Bay, South Africa                                          2013-2016

Theatre Director — Helderberg Men’s Residence, Stellenbosch University, South Africa                   2003-2007

Committee Member — Performance Arts Network of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa           2001


Awards & Publications


Best Video Journalist - St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario                                            2018

Faculty Academic Award - St. Clair College, Windsor, Ontario                                     2018

Best Theatre Arts Student, University of Stellenbosch, Stell., South Africa                           2000


Something interesting

I have written 3 full-length feature films

I have appeared in 32 national and international television adverts.

I have written and recorded a full length album called “Saggies Naggies”

I belonged to a Poetry Happening group called Porselynnkas of which there is a documentary

I have written 7 of my own poetry books published under “Porselynnkas Uitgewers”

I obtained provincial colours in swimming, water polo and life-saving whilst at school

I was awarded every award at the end of my third year drama course (1999) at the University of Stellenbosch, both theoretical and practical

I was a DJ at Radio Houtstok for 4 months until we realised the owner was actually really a crook and Carte Blanché (investigative journal show) did an exposé on him.

I did the 6 month “Acumen for Artist” course at UCT Post Grad Business School and scored top marks

I wrote/edited/acted in a commercial I created for a South African Brandy called Brannas- “Thicker than Water”.

I met Trent Reznor at a house party whilst I busked in Seattle in 1996. He taught me how to play “Where is my mind” from the Pixies on guitar.