Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 13th 2016 Contents In the middle of talk with her team via headphones,
while she was in the OB (outside broadcast) truck, a
cameraman tried to interject, asking her what she was
looking for. The missing part that the team was in
desperate search for was in the cameraman s hand.
Despite the choice words that then followed, the
broadcast started on time, albeit with one camera,
which eventually had its full complement for the ten-
April 1 marked the company s three-decade mile-
stone and with it came many firsts. As a result the
company is known to be the leader and innovator in
the industry. On the list, they were first to bring beta
cameras. They also replaced broadcast cameras with
CCD Digital cameras.
"We were also the first to have a built camera crane
in T&T and the first digital effects in post-produc-
tion. We were pioneers in video animation, using 2D
and 3D silicon graphics costing more than US$ quar-
ter million," said Barry McComie, one of the founders
of ADL. Among their team were Olun Riley and Stu-
art Lashley who worked on visual effects and anima-
tion. They have since moved on, working on Frozen,
Ximena (Riley) and Mirror Mirror, Harry Potter (Lash-
When ADL began, McComie and his business part-
ner Fred Thornhill both left their respective jobs at
Pembroke Street and Woodford Street to meet at 6
French Street. The French Street location has been the
hub for commercial production---much to the relief of
the TV stations located in Port-of-Spain, when email-
ing a commercial was unheard of. ADL was also able
to bring rival ad agencies like CMB, Lonsdale,
McCann, Aleong and Agostini together in one place---
at its Christmas parties.
The building remains a landmark in
Woodbrook with the image of a tattoo (or
armadillo) on the front door. "It was a con-
versation starter," said Barry, trying to
explain the significance of the logo. "It had
After 30 years of video production,
Advanced Dynamics Ltd (ADL) has many
stories to tell. Like the time when they
were getting ready for live broadcast and
online stream of Panorama finals in 2014.
The same equipment used
at Soca Monarch finals at
the Hasely Crawford
National Stadium the
night before was sched-
uled for the Queen s Park Savannah venue. The soca competition
finished at 5 am and the new crew was supposed to set up the
"When we go there at 4 pm, not a set up. And we start broad-
cast at 7 pm, eh," recalled Camille Parsons, general manager at
ADL. "We got everything but one thing we couldn t find."
Deutsche Bank announced
Tuesday that it's halting plans
to add 250 jobs in North
Carolina because of a state law
limiting protections for
lesbians, gays and transgender
people --- the latest fallout
from the business community
over the law.
Several more groups have
also cancelled conventions or
gatherings, depriving the state
of hundreds of thousands of
dollars in visitor spending.
The German bank with a
large US presence adds
another loud voice to a chorus
of business leaders who have
urged the repeal of the law by
Republican leaders who
promote the state as
Previously, the bank had
planned to add the jobs
through next year in Cary. But
on Tuesday the bank said it
was freezing those plans.
Co-executive officer John
Cryan said in a news release
that "as a result of this
legislation we are unwilling to
include North Carolina in our
US expansion plans for now."
He said the bank may revisit
the plans later. The bank
currently employs 900 people.
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Bank won't add 250 jobs in North Carolina due to rights law
Advanced Dynamics celebrates
Barry McComie is one of the
founders of Advance
Fred Thornhill left his job to
form ADL with his business
partner Barry McComie.
camerawork nothing to do with a cause. We wanted something
that was local."
The two men came from different spectrums.
Thornhill had his own company, Visual Productions
Ltd, which catered to the non-print media need of
the education sector. McComie, who studied and
trained in New York, established IVAC Electronics
(Trinidad) Ltd, which focused on engineering and
maintaining equipment for TV stations and produc-
tions houses. Instead of spending money to ship
equipment abroad for servicing, he was most sought
after for doing the same job. It is through this
exchange that the men formed a friendship and
eventually became business partners.
But the company, they said, would not have been
possible without Parsons holding the fort as general
manager for the past 18 years. Before then, she
worked with McComie as a receptionist at IVAC
Electronics. Moving over to ADL she was office
manager and upon her return from studying abroad
became general manager.
During the partnership, Thornhill and McComie
have been able to use their professional strengths to
conceptualise how TV production could be done
better. Beyond producing commercials like Eco Freco
for Carib Glass or Solo s Tall Boy soft drink, they
were considering how to package T&T events for
diasporas and visitors to keep. With the introduction
of authored DVD, ADL has presented Carnival,
Panorama Semifinals for the world to see. The Car-
nival 2003 package was nominated in Hollywood for
Best Authored DVD, coming up against productions
submitted by Walt Disney and Buena Vista.
"During the event, they showed an animation of a
cactus. Another really boring thing," said McComie,
remembering the event. "But when ours showed,
the crowd went wild."
They continued the series until 2011. Then they
did Panorama, including clips of the conductors.
The ADL crew doing
some filming with
the "car cam."
We were also the first to have
a built camera crane in T&T and
the first digital effects in post-
production. We were pioneers
in video animation, using 2D
and 3D silicon graphics costing
more than US$ quarter-million
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