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Tom Williamson

Tom Williamson

Tom began working in industrial documentaries over 40 years ago, directing his first film just two years after starting as a tea boy in the sound department of a small studio just outside London.  Film subjects have included the Building Research Station, weighing scales, recruiting engineers for the army, designing postage stamps, a new type of industrial fastening, beer kegging machinery  -  and for one glorious film, pubs, the length and breadth of Britain. He has also made two films for the Ministry of Information about Bahrain and how to do business there.
Following visits to New Zealand to make a film for Caltex, Tom brought his young family over and joined the National Film Unit (NFU) in Wellington as Head of Production.  Five years of battling with bureaucrats sent Tom back to actually making films, which he has been doing ever since. During the last ten years of NFU before it was sold, subjects have ranged from a record of the construction of the synthetic petrol plant at Motonui,  to a five-part series on the science of Antarctica, “The Big Ice”.

Since NFU closed in 1990, Tom has been an independent filmmaker, making both client and self-initiated videos.   Subjects have ranged from the deep-sea fishing industry to a six-part series on scientific research projects for CRIs and universities, in association with the late lamented eTV.
The digital video revolution has allowed Tom to indulge in his long-held interest in industrial and engineering history.  Several videos have been produced about heritage sites around New Zealand in association with the Department of Conservation.  Others have been made with grants from trusts (“New Zealand Flax – A Fortunate Fibre”, the case study for the conference, “Bottled Lightning”, about the Reefton hydro station, “The Lyttelton Timeball Station” for NZHPT).

A series of productions about traction engines has been totally self-financed .  In the pipeline are new productions about sawmills, the grain industry, early ways of harnessing and using power .

Paper: Telling Engineering Heritage Stories (Paul Mahoney)

Abstract: Supporting audio visual presentation

Keynotes
Sir Neil Cossons
Paul Davies
David Dolan
Wayne Johnson
Euan McQueen
Robert McWilliam
Duncan Waterson
Authors
David Beauchamp
Trevor Butler
Matthew Churchward
Andrew Cleland
Rachael Egerton
John Fitzmaurice
Don Fraser
John Gibson
Owen Graham
David Hamilton
Bill Harvey
Peter Holmes
Kevin Jones
Paul Mahoney
Tom Williamson
Peter Lowe
Peter Marquis-Kyle
Gavin McLean
Rob Merrifield
Owen Peake
Miles Pierce
John Porter
Nigel Ridgway
Tony Silke
Jim Staton
Richard Venus
Ian Walsh
Daniel Woo
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