Victor Betteridge

Victor Betteridge

Camera Operator, Director, Editor, Field Recordist, Location Scout, Photographer (Still), Post-Production Coordinator, Post-Production Supervisor, Producer, Production Assistant, Production Manager, Screenwriter and Sound Designer

Krugersdorp, South Africa

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About Victor

Victor Charles betteridge

Contact No’s: 07804789890 / 832981943
Postal Address: Physical Address:
P.O.Box 1921 Plot 67, Glory Road
Honeydew Nooitgedacht
2040 Gauteng
South Africa South Africa

Cell: +(27) 78 047 8989


Full Name: Victor Charles Betteridge
Marital Status: Single
Date of Birth: 10th April 1957
Nationality: South African
Health: Good
Languages: English, Afrikaans (Dutch Dialect)

Script Writer
Video Producer/Director
Preproduction Management
Lighting Video Cameraman
Postproduction Manager/Supervisor
Research and script writing
Good Communication skills
Can give and receive direction
Hard Working
Good eye for shots
Adaptable to situations
Team Player

Educational Overview

1974: Matriculate Selborne College with University Exemption.
Sports: All regular sports, surfing and Equitation (representing Eastern Cape at SA Champs)
Played violin for 7 years and played for Selborne and East London Orchestras.
!975: Army training Walvis Bay.
1975 – Feb 1976: Border and Angolan war in Operation Savannah.
Feb 1976 - 1978: Law Studies (Bproc) at Pietermaritzburg University with articles.
1978: Hotel Management in East London.
1979: Photographic studies Natal Technikon.
First client Southern Suns PR photography while studying
1980 -1983: Joined South African Broadcasting Corporation



1980 - 1983
Some good PR clients employed me as a photographer when I joined the South African Broadcasting Corporation in 1980.
I started in studios as a cameraman and studied all forms of the industry, as our industry was then in its formative years. Became a senior cameraman within a year. Here I learnt all aspects of the control room and VT
In 1981, I joined the film section as an assistant cameraman and soundman, using a Nagra and a variety of mics as well as sitting in on all editing.
In 1982, I transferred to the news department, where I could finally shoot film on my own. Quite often I would be sent out and produce by myself. We later began using video cameras. During this time, I had learnt both film and video editing.
I had permission to do freelance work on my off days and because of my photographic and film lighting experience I was the first lighting video cameraman and had work just about whenever I required it. As a qualified Stills Photographer, I also did a lot of photographic work and later entered into photojournalism for a variety of magazines. Myself and a few other journalists were given awards for the promotion of ‘North and South’, the first ever-video series, and released first in South Africa.

1983 Founded African News Syndications and Productions (Pty) Limited
When I first started the company I did Corporate, Promotional, Educational, Sports, Broadcast and News productions. In the 80’s, I was a stringer for some overseas news companies as our country was a world focus point.

My very first productions were on film, the first two for the South African Advertising Research Foundation, which went down very well in the advertising industry. The one on AMPS and the Media Planner, which I researched, wrote a script and produced, garnered me an offer from a top Advertising Agency as a Senior Media Planner as they could not believe the grasp of the subject I had after researching my script.

I initiated Direct Response advertising with my client Verimark in 1983 in this country where I was responsible for all aspects of production. I produced over 170 commercials and altered about three times this amount for them over the years until 1997. Besides friends as actors, it was only the CEO and myself on set for production. He became my biggest client. I also researched the market for him and out of my own pocket bought items to show if a product was not feasible. This cost me a production fee, but gained me respect.
Alone from this, I had a lot of Corporate and training clients. Some of the top 200 companies.
I had now bought my third linear edit suite. All paid for within a year or so, as I found out the hard way, editing can ruin your budget.
As soon as it was available, I began editing some productions on the first D-Vision when it arrived in Johannesburg.
Later I moved to mac’s

Assignments for Verimark and most clients involved the following:

Selling Services
Researching products
Research and Scrip writing
Executive Producer
Management of budget
Lighting Cameraman
Video Editor
Supervision of all postproduction work
Some aerial shooting
When I used crews of any kind, all arrangements were produced by me.

I was sole South African photographer for the Camel World Wind surfing championship in Mauritius. These photographs were distributed worldwide. During this period, I also did a lot of Photo Journalism and photography for a variety of magazines.

A lot record companies also employed my photographic services as well as Corporate and Fashion companies.
I included photography for some of my video clients who required both services. This saved them time and a lot of money. They included the Namibian Tourist Board and another Local Government. Quite often, I was required to do aerial shots for clients.
Iopened my own magazine, Blush, for teenage girls. This went extremely well.

In 1990 along with all the previously mentioned work, I was co-initiator and publisher of Blush Magazine, a teenage girl's magazine. By doing a lot of research and polling of readers as well as some intensive marketing and public relations we raised sales from 17500, for the first issue, to around 64000, making it one of the fastest growing magazines in that period. I wrote almost half the articles the articles and did all the photography.

In 1990, I dissolved my company and opened Vic Betteridge Productions c.c.
I stopped doing news and photo journalism but continued with Video production and photography. I still continued with Verimark and a string of corporate clients. Including broadcast inserts. I produced, did lighting, directed and mixed a four camera OB Unit for a debate with about 15 participants, later also shooting video footage for overlay of discussions.
1994 I was the first SA Cameraman in Algeria, for the World Karate Championships, with the SA Karate Team, I also discovered myself to be the only foreign media representative there and I was also interviewed by their local Television Crew.

I was also involved with a lot of editing for other companies, these included advertisements, short productions, including some for Carte Blanche, South Africa’s leading investigative television program some of this on the First Final Cut Pro.

My highlight of editing for other companies was a feature film for an American Company. The film, ‘Ubejani’, won awards as best family adventure and educational media at International Film Festivals as well as being invited to other international festivals.
As well as editing, I oversaw all postproduction work, which included some difficult effects on animals, needed in the film as well as all the colour grading and audio post production.
All this editing was computer based.
2002 I worked as a freelance studio cameraman for Supersport and Mnet until 2005.
Here intermittently, I had to act as a floor manager or when an assistant soundman didn’t arrive, do audio setup of the presenters. My Job also included studio setup.

2005 Dreamweaver Visuals was incorporated.
In all I am capable of doing every aspects of video production, researching, writing, lighting camerawork, location sound recording, video editing, photography and photo journalism as well as producing and directing. When I use crews, they are compact and efficient. I prefer doing my own camera work as I shoot for an edit, this is important if an event is not staged and one has to shoot on the run.
I recently did a three camera unsynched video shoot of a seminar with 400 people, the synching was time consuming but went well, as there was 28 total hours of footage involved as the entire 7 hour seminar needed to be covered.
One of my shoots, for the SA Pinzgauer Society was recently highlighted at the international convention of breeders in the US.
I own my own Apple edit suite with Final Cut studio 3 and Adobe Premium Suite 3 an AJAio box screens and printers as well as a Pro Scanner. I have a Sony HD DVcam, Lights and mics as well as a Cannon photographic camera kit with three lenses.

Charities and Memberships.
I did quite a lot of charity films and photography, especially for the Children’s Tower Project, Animal Societies and Churches.
I was a member of the Executive Board of Animal Anti Cruelty and was Chairman of their PR Committee.
Was also a Director of Blue Marlin Holdings, a listed company.
Any further queries, please call me. (+27) 78 o47 8989

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