Media Production Team
The Media Production team is based in the Owheo Building at the corner of Union Street East and Forth Street. Media Production provides a wide range of services from the regular interlinking/podcasting/streaming of lectures to the recording of special lectures such as:
- inaugural lectures
The Unit is equipped with a three-camera high definition studio complete with microphone boom and capability for seating up to about 50 people. This can be used to record HD interviews, demonstrations, teaching resources and can also stream live as well as record podcast files.
The Media Production Unit is also equipped to handle simple or complex field production with a wide range of cameras, microphones and ancillary equipment. They can also provide format conversion, duplication and copying services.
Tel 64 3 479 3768
Fax 64 3 479 8813
Russell Garbutt, Media Production Coordinator
Russell started his broadcasting career in 1963 in Dunedin and worked for ATV in the United Kingdom, before returning to positions at TVNZ in Christchurch and Dunedin where he was their last Dunedin manager. After working with Natural History as their first External Business Manager he joined the Dunedin College of Education (which merged with the University of Otago in 2007) to head the newly-established Audio Visual Services and Development Unit within ITS.
Russell has wide experience in nearly every facet of video and audio production and leads a team of people dedicated to providing services to support innovative and effective teaching and learning using all types of media.
Media Production Coordinator
Tel 64 3 479 3779
Mob 021 459 113C
Don Knewstubb, AV Support Specialist
Don worked in television broadcasting for 15 years and retrained in database systems as part of a qualification in business computing before joining the Dunedin College of Education (now University of Otago College of Education). His roles in the unit include the video-recording of lectures and other events, making copies of tapes and discs, and transferring video and audio material to different media.
Don has also had extensive experience in studio floor management as well as lecture recording in both theatres equipped with recording equipment as well as using Media Production’s mobile recording devices. Don handles the bulk of the Unit’s format conversion and all of the copying, duplication and printing of DVDs and CDs.
AV Support Specialist
Tel 64 3 479 4238
Mob 021 044 1417
Jon Wolken, Media Producer
Jon has over ten years of professional experience in the field of video production. He began his career working in regional television developing a number of skills including camera operation and non-linear editing. Later he joined TVNZ as a news and current affairs editor. He also co-founded Mango Productions where he produced corporate and promotional videos, web media and TV commercials for a wide range of clients, both in the private and public sector.
He brings enthusiasm, skills and wide-ranging interests including technology, media studies and education to the University of Otago environment. The main focus of his role is to actively develop and promote the use of audio and video media working collaboratively with key divisional Marketing and Communications staff within the University, as well as the provision of high quality teaching support material.
Tel 64 3 479 7228
Pete Gorman, Media Producer (part-time)
Pete is involved in recording both special and one-off lectures as well as the interlinking and streaming services. He also archives most of Media Production’s output as well as post-production, format conversion and assisting in the studio.
Pete is a documentary maker and experimental artist who uses audio and video to create gallery installations and performances. He also has a strong interest in video history recordings, and the subject material covered by the lectures he records.
Tel 64 3 479 3763
Wayne Johnson, Media Producer (casual)
Wayne started in video production after a long career in the adventure tourism industry. His production apprenticeship began on the Shotover River creating rafting videos, before joining Taylormade Productions as a camera operator and researcher. He thrives on problem-solving and thoroughly enjoys working with the diverse range of people within the University of Otago.
Wayne has a great deal of experience in providing production services to the University with much of his time spent on providing marketing videos for a wide range of departmental, divisional or central initiatives or programmes.
Tel 64 3 479 3803
Mob 021 244 6197
John Letts, Camera Operator (casual)
John works mainly in interlinking, podcast recording and streaming for lectures. He also records the regular teaching sessions at Dunedin Hospital and a number of special one-off lectures.
John has spent most of his life teaching in Dunedin and South Otago, and had retired as the principal at Logan Park High School before joining the Media Production Unit. His passion for teaching and learning and his keen interest in a wide range of disciplines has made him a legend in the team.
Risatisone Ete, Camera Operator (casual)
Tel 64 3 479 3768
Stuart MacKenzie, Camera Operator (casual)
Tel 64 3 479 3768