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Dynamic duo survive major challenges
Advance Dynamics is one of two companies who were honoured for their long and outstanding work in building a local film industry.
The company founders—Barry McComie and Fred Thornhill—were presented with an Award of Appreciation for their pioneering work by the T&T Film Festival in collaboration with energy company BP Trinidad and Tobago.
In a demonstration of trust and confidence in their collective abilities and talents, McComie and Thornhill decided to merge the strength of a television engineering company with the creativeness of a television production company to launch Advance Dynamics in 1986.
With perseverance and belief in what they were doing, the team at Advance Dynamics survived long after other production companies departed the scene, and supported many others in their visionary dreams as they left their mark on the industry.
“It was bold move at the time. The local film and television production industry was in its infancy but we decided it was time to take it to another level. We felt that the combination of technical competence and artistic creativity would prove a winning formula.”
This was the explanation advanced for the formation of the company by MComie, shortly after the “dynamic duo” received their pioneer award from Danielle A Jones-Hunte, manager, Corporate Communications, bpTT, at the Films Pioneers Award function held at the Hyatt Regency recently.
Thornhill heaped praise on the TTFF and BP Trinidad and Tobago for their foresight in recognising individuals and organisations who contributed to bring local film and television production to the stage it is today.
“It has been a long and uphill road but you have to have abiding faith in what you do. We are proud to say that we are part of the group that was formed to launch the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. The whole concept has caught on and things have mushroomed in the industry since then,” Thornhill said in a release from bpTT.
“Advance Dynamics has left its imprint on the local film and television industry. They have created quality work over the years. They are true pioneers in the field and this award is richly deserving,” said bpTT’s Jones-Hunte.
The TTFF and BP Trinidad and Tobago honoured 14 individuals and organisations for their pioneering work at this year’s awards function, the third year that the initiative has been mounted.
The film festival, which began on September 17, comes to an end on October 1.
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