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Three things you didn’t know about…

If you've ever worked in Natural History, then no doubt you know Natural History New Zealand's Neil Harraway, who was recently given the new title EVP Marketing, Development. Here, Harraway fills realscreen in on where he learned to multitask and tells us about a special talent of his.
August 10, 2009

If you’ve ever worked in Natural History, then no doubt you know Natural History New Zealand’s Neil Harraway, who was recently given the new title EVP Marketing, Development. Here, Harraway fills realscreen in on where he learned to multitask and tells us about a special talent of his.

1. I once worked selling brushes door-to-door, way back when I was saving for my first house. I moonlighted from my newspaper journo job not only as a purveyor of fine brush-ware but also as a cleaner and a function photographer. I learned a lot of life lessons in a short time.

2. I started in TV news when film was still shot on black and white negative, processed in the basement, edited using a hand-winder and a tape splicer (being extra careful if cutting for sound which was striped on the film a quarter of a second ahead of picture) then rushed to the studio, loaded onto Telecine projectors and played to air live. I hasten to add this was well after hand-cranked cameras were phased out and after the motor-car had been invented.

3. I am playing basketball in the World Masters Games in Sydney in October. Not representing New Zealand sadly, just in the most social of all the divisions.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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