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
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
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
I have written 3 full-length feature films
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.