Raymond J Hall

Emeritus Professor, Film Production

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In 1956 the CBC Vancouver Television Station had only been open for two years. Many people went there straight out of high school and into a new career – I was one of the fortunate ones. Qualified in fact as a carpenter, I was hired as an assistant editor, and thus begun a lifelong love affair with film.

I was tempted away from the CBC in 1969 to go the Middle East, appointed as a Professional Officer with the UN Relief and Welfare Agency (set up in 1949 as a temporary agency to look after the Palestinian refugees until they could go back to their homes), and I worked as head of the film unit in Beirut, Lebanon, for three years. Our small unit made documentaries for UNESCO, WHO and other UN agencies in several Middle Eastern countries: Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Qatar and Egypt.

Back in Vancouver in 1973, I and a partner started a small post production company called Petra, which helped to launch the careers of many friends and students. In 1979 a documentary I was working on with Phil Borsos – Nails – was nominated for an Oscar, and it was while working on Borsos’ drama The Grey Foxthat I was approached by Joan Rynartson, then head of the film department at UBC, and asked to come and teach film production out on the Point. I became a permanent faculty member in 1980 and spent 17 most enjoyable years with UBC film students until my retirement in 1997.


Raymond J Hall

Emeritus Professor, Film Production
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In 1956 the CBC Vancouver Television Station had only been open for two years. Many people went there straight out of high school and into a new career – I was one of the fortunate ones. Qualified in fact as a carpenter, I was hired as an assistant editor, and thus begun a lifelong love affair with film.

I was tempted away from the CBC in 1969 to go the Middle East, appointed as a Professional Officer with the UN Relief and Welfare Agency (set up in 1949 as a temporary agency to look after the Palestinian refugees until they could go back to their homes), and I worked as head of the film unit in Beirut, Lebanon, for three years. Our small unit made documentaries for UNESCO, WHO and other UN agencies in several Middle Eastern countries: Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Qatar and Egypt.

Back in Vancouver in 1973, I and a partner started a small post production company called Petra, which helped to launch the careers of many friends and students. In 1979 a documentary I was working on with Phil Borsos – Nails – was nominated for an Oscar, and it was while working on Borsos’ drama The Grey Foxthat I was approached by Joan Rynartson, then head of the film department at UBC, and asked to come and teach film production out on the Point. I became a permanent faculty member in 1980 and spent 17 most enjoyable years with UBC film students until my retirement in 1997.

Raymond J Hall

Emeritus Professor, Film Production
email

In 1956 the CBC Vancouver Television Station had only been open for two years. Many people went there straight out of high school and into a new career – I was one of the fortunate ones. Qualified in fact as a carpenter, I was hired as an assistant editor, and thus begun a lifelong love affair with film.

I was tempted away from the CBC in 1969 to go the Middle East, appointed as a Professional Officer with the UN Relief and Welfare Agency (set up in 1949 as a temporary agency to look after the Palestinian refugees until they could go back to their homes), and I worked as head of the film unit in Beirut, Lebanon, for three years. Our small unit made documentaries for UNESCO, WHO and other UN agencies in several Middle Eastern countries: Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Qatar and Egypt.

Back in Vancouver in 1973, I and a partner started a small post production company called Petra, which helped to launch the careers of many friends and students. In 1979 a documentary I was working on with Phil Borsos – Nails – was nominated for an Oscar, and it was while working on Borsos’ drama The Grey Foxthat I was approached by Joan Rynartson, then head of the film department at UBC, and asked to come and teach film production out on the Point. I became a permanent faculty member in 1980 and spent 17 most enjoyable years with UBC film students until my retirement in 1997.