•Before Pete Smith and I started Smith Atwood  in 1983 I had worked in television news at WCSH TV 6 in Portland since 1970.  During my time there the technology moved us from shooting and editing black & white film (which I also processed daily) into the days of color mag stripe film and those wonderfully light and compact Cinema Products (CP-16A) 16 mm cameras. The first video cameras that the station bought (RCA TK 76C's) were powered by cumbersome battery belts and cabled to Sony 3/4" "portable" recorders.  Nobody that I know was sorry to see those rigs replaced by the Sony camcorders that eventually captured the broadcast market although to this day I appreciate the "look" of the Plumbicon tubes of that era now, of course, essentially extinct.

•My work at WCSH provided the basis for the productions I am now involved in here at Smith Atwood.  I was fortunate to be chosen by my supervisors to work on a variety of features and special projects. I would shoot and edit and frequently oversee all aspects of a project.  When you must work in environments of limited resources, which television stations in most markets frequently are, success depends on resourcefulness and the ability to meet deadlines. In short, without the experience I had in news, I know that I would not be as capable of fulfilling my duties as a lighting cameraman, editor and production manager as I am today. Deadlines are still deadlines and I still respond to the challenge of meeting them.  We are very careful here at Smith Atwood to devise schedules that are realistic and meet our clients' needs.  I always pay particular attention to Pre-production in a project because I know how it impacts the outcome.  I have also learned how to encourage input on shoots and during editing.  I love to work collaboratively with clients and have seen the final product improve over and over again because I recognize that there are very few "bad ideas" and an endless variety of different approaches.

•I was born in 1946 and grew up in Maine attending school in Augusta and Cape Elizabeth.  I obtained my BA from Colby College in Waterville in 1969.  I have attended The International Film and Television workshops at Rockport over the years and have taught field production at area schools.  I am married and live in Gorham with my wife and two daughters.  I am currently a member of the Gorham School Committee and Trustee of the United Church of Christ at North Gorham.  I am on the board of directors at Camp Kieve in Nobleboro which provides a variety of programs that promote leadership in youth.  I am co-chair of the Safe and Drug-Free School committee in Gorham and a member of Gorham's Communities for Children committee.  I am very interested in the issues that face young people today and have particularly enjoyed  producing camp and school videos.

•I can be reached at (207) 773-5119 ext. 11 or e-mail me.....barry@smithatwood.com