Excitement leads to career path in videography

October 29, 2015
Contributed Mourice Robinson

Little did videographer Mourice 'Mali' Robinson know that playing around with a particular device when he was a youngster would lead to his career path today.

This device, a camera, was first used by him in 1996 after a hurricane, and he ventured outside to capture images and scenes of the aftermath.

Robinson said: "You know when you just get a camera and want to try out something? I went out to video the place and mi just did feel excited."

In his early days, he told THE STAR he got guidance from Hopeton 'Stumpy' Walker, a well-known videographer at the time.

These teachings, he said, has helped him to stand his ground in the industry and remain


Robinson told THE STAR he works at weddings, funerals, corporate functions (award shows) and dabbles in music video production, over the 15 years he has been seriously pursuing videography.

He said: "At times, videos appear to be on the downside, you find that everybody doing pictures, so therefore I have launched my Mali TV brand. from yuh have your smartphone or device, you can access the 'channel' on social media."

Robinson told THE STAR that videography has made him venture into unknown territories.

He said: "Video make me go everywhere, all 14 parishes ... some places weh mi don't even know before."

He told THE STAR of one of his most memorable moments on the job.

"One time in Clarendon, I had to say wow ... We were way up inna di bush ... things were properly set out ... it appears as if the people were enjoying themselves more than they would elsewhere ... the place just never come in like country."

Robinson told THE STAR of limitations he faces

during time in the field.

He said, "You see inna di country areas a man will pay $20,000 for a proper video. A town, the man dem nuh really want pay ... a lot of video personnel you find a town are not paid, dem just show up a events for themselves," he said.

He listed Clarifest, Sunsplash, Up to the Line (contracted for the past eight years), Spectrum and The Star Awards among a host of other events, large or small scale that he has carried out his trade.

He told THE STAR he basically grew with the industry, having successfully transitioned from wire to


Robinson was asked if he would motivate anyone to become a videographer.

He said, "Yes ... because it's a good field ... It makes you meet people. The equipment may be expensive to start up, but you can start small or find someone you can learn from and build with ... I have been blessed with the assistance of others namely, Shot Video, Scrappy, Fire Stone and Jack Sowah."

Robinson can be contacted via email malidaaba@gmail.com or telephone 876-366-3428

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