Tuesday Crew Day: Rich Granberry

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Tuesday Crew Day: Rich Granberry

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I was born in Oxnard, California, where my father was stationed in the Navy. I wasn’t a Californian for long though, as we moved to Texas when I was a mere 3 months old. For all intents and purposes, I’m a former Texan. My career has taken me all over the world, but the reason I moved to West Virginia was due to meeting the love of my life, who’s a native West Virginian. We currently live in Hurricane.

What was your first job in the industry and what was the experience like?

I worked in the production department at KAUZ-TV, a small market TV station in Wichita Falls, Texas. I ran camera for the newscasts, edited commercials, and was responsible for signing the station off the air each night. Yes, stations used to end their broadcasts each day! I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience while at KAUZ. I worked at the station for 10 years before moving to Dallas to work two years as a freelancer. The various shoots, producers, directors, and talented production people I worked with during this period increased my production skills tenfold. These skills were a key factor in my ability to land an amazing production job with Royal Caribbean Cruises. We shot and edited video on the cruise ships using top of the line production equipment. I was fortunate enough to eventually be assigned to the Legend of the Seas, which sailed the world. Eighteen countries and forty ports of call, all the while being paid. Not a bad way to make a living.  

When did you join the production team at MotionMasters?

I joined MotionMasters on June 19, 2013, after having done some freelance assignments with the company. 

What project has challenged you the most, or are you most proud of? What were you responsible for?

Every production will have its challenges, ranging from the easily managed to pulling out what little hair I have left. I would say that working on the nationally broadcast television show “Which Woof’s for Me?,” airing on FidoTV Channel, has been uniquely challenging but extremely rewarding. There’s an old saying in production, “Never work with animals or children.” Well, “Which Woof’s for Me?” has both. While this has created challenging situations, it has helped me flex my creative production muscles as a director and videographer. There’s no greater feeling than working through a tough situation and managing to capture beautiful, compelling footage that enhances the story you’re telling. Makes it all worthwhile.

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?

Be a part of as many projects as you possibly can, no matter what the position. Experience is the greatest teacher. During my time as a freelancer, I took any job that came my way. The knowledge and experience that I gained from being on varying styles of production, from music videos to television pilots, in roles ranging from grip to director, I’ve continued to use throughout my career. Do your job with intense enthusiasm, pay attention, and watch and learn from everyone around you.