Neil McArtney Visits Set of Saving Dinah (No Relation to Paul)
Last week, we had a visitor on the set of Saving Dinah. Neil McArtney is the host and producer of Roger’s TV Durham’s community magazine, My Community Is Durham. Since Saving Dinah Productions is shooting in Durham Region, I asked Neil to visit our set and see what all the buzz on Saving Dinah is about.
I think Neil might have been a little sceptical at first. After all, Durham Region is not usually considered Hollywood North. But after promising him vegan tacos for lunch, I won Neil over and he stopped in for a visit.
Of course, once he met Sally, Neil was a gonner. He took about 2 hours of footage and interviews with both our Director, Stephen Best, and our beautiful and talented star, Amanda Langille. And he got some great shots of Sally being rescued from a burning barn and playing catch with her human companion, Andrea. (Damn! That dog is good. She never misses a catch!)
With so much great digital footage to choose from, I gave permission for Neil to use it all. Unfortunately, he only had room for about two and a half minutes. (Hey, Neil, couldn’t you skip the commercials?)
To see what Neil came up with, watch My Community is Durham tonight at 5 p.m. on Channels 10 and 63. All I can say is I’m glad I wasn’t the one stuck with the editing. (If you miss it tonight, you can also catch it every night this week until Friday. Same time, same channels.)
And for all you TV producers who want to see who your competition is, check out Neil’s bio (below).
Neil McArtney is Host and Producer of My Community is Durham.
Neil began his career in 1983 as an apprentice in a small production company in Trinidad, producing TV commercials and local soap operas. He then immigrated to the UK in search of a career in broadcasting. He soon found his first gig as a Playback Operator/Videotape Editor, at one of England’s very first cable systems, Croydon Cable. Rising through the ranks Neil became Chief Production Editor and then Producer of the top-of-the-hour, 5-minute newscast, Croydon Today.
Upon moving to Canada Neil joined the CBC as an Editor on the National News with Peter Mansbridge. Neil then moved to Global Television to get back in touch with his editorial roots. He started off as an Editorial Assistant and moved through the ranks to Assignment Editor, Field Producer and finaly Special Events Producer featuring everything from live breaking news to investigative reports to profiles of the ‘mom and pop’ store owners.
Today Neil’s passion for telling stories continues with Rogers TV, Durham.