Since taking my first Communications Technology course in high school, I've known that I wanted to pursue a career in videography. However at the time, I was also committed to pursuing my love of competitive speedskating. After moving from my hometown of Belleville, Ontario to Calgary to train at the Olympic Oval, I suffered an illness that swiftly ended my speedskating dreams.
Applying to the Radio Television Broadcast News (RTBN) program at SAIT Polytechnic in 2005, I graduated two years later with honours, specializing in videography. While still attending SAIT, I had completed a three-week internship at CKPG TV in Prince George and a few months after graduating, the news director called and offered me a position as a ENG/EFP cameraman. For two years, I honed my videography skills shooting daily news, editing footage, and pulling feeds from other networks.
Moving to Edmonton and working remotely for Zoom offered me a chance to showcase my sports coverage on national network working with The Score Television Network. As well, I was given creative liberties shooting local human interest pieces for another client, Telus TV. After two years, a position was offered to me working out of Zoom's head office in Calgary. Moving back I acquired more responsibilities as their new Director of Photography and became responsible for the maintenance, preparation, and inventory of camera kits and gear for the rotating freelancers.
When Telus TV's community programming was picked up by Spotlight Productions, I was offered a position to continue working for my long-term client. During my two years at Spotlight, I worked more on the documentary style of shooting and was also given the opportunity to learn editing on Avid.
As of September 2014, I began my freelance career as a DOP and editor, based out of Calgary, Canada for my business, Thomas Dudley Productions.