The Early Years
One doesn't often see a detailed resume on a business web site, but I think it's a good idea. If you hire me, instead of some young newbie who is still "finding" himself, you will have the advantage of having someone with many years of professional experience help you with your presentation.
John Primm started making 8mm movies in the Chicago suburb of Villa Park when he was 12 years old. After making a dozen monster movies and such, at age 19 he made a very serious film called "The Marble." The film is about a miracle. It won 1st Place out of the 167 films entered into the 1965 National Kodak Teenage Movie Contest - beating the 2nd and 3rd place 16mm films! This was the "miracle event" in John's life that led him to pursue film making as a career. Some trivia: George Lucas won this same award in another year. For one year after high school and during the summers while attending Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point, John worked for Pilot Productions in Evanston, Illinois, as their gofer. That experience was invaluable, and was partly the reason for The Marble's success. You can view a 4 minute video about "The Marble" below. You can view the entire 19 minute film here: THE MARBLE
John at 19 years old with the script for "The Marble" and his Eumig regular 8mm wind up camera.
In 1968 John began his professional career with a company called JP Productions in Hollywood, California. He spent 5 years shooting and editing 16mm corporate films for JP and a few other film production companies. John worked with stars Bob Cummings, John Forsythe, and Michael Landon on voice-overs, and with Henry Gibson of "Laugh-In" fame on-camera. John received his first feature film screen credit for sound effects editing on "The Legend of Amaluk" (1972) It was narrated by Lorne Greene, and produced by two-time Academy Award winner, Jerry Fairbanks. (Click on the movie poster to enlarge it and see part of the film)
Lutheran Bible Translators
In 1973 John was invited to work for the Lutheran Bible Translators in Orange, CA. He moved to Orange County and spent 11 wonderful years working there, traveling to Africa and Papua New Guinea to produce 16mm documentary films about missionary work.
It was an amazing experience visiting cultures that hadn't changed for thousands of years, and documenting how their spoken language was analyzed. In addition to the 16mm films, John also produced filmstrips and slide shows, was the still photographer for their magazine, did passport photos, and helped missionaries produce their own slide shows that they used on speaking tours. John also went on speaking tours with the films he produced. The organization relocated to Aurora, Illinois in 1985. During these years John also produced several films for the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home of the West (for the mentally handicapped) and produced a promotional film for the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) - some clips from those films are in the "Experience Counts" video below.
"And it was Good Soup!" was the best film I produced for the Lutheran Bible Translators. Click on the picture above to watch it.
Ford Aerospace / Loral / Lockheed Martin
Starting in June of 1985, John spent 12 very prolific years at the Aeronutronic Division of Ford Aerospace in Newport Beach, CA where he produced over 900 videos for marketing, training, engineering, and documentation. The division eventually became part of the Lockheed Martin corporation. John worked with hundreds of internal customers, including most of the top brass. He spent all 12 years using a 3/4" A & B roll editing system. A training video about the Navy's F/A-18 FLIR Pod was hailed as the best training video which that Navy department had ever seen. The Aeronutronic facility relocated to Orlando, Florida in 1997.
Long Beach Fire Department
In November of 1997 John began working part-time at the Long Beach, CA Fire Department, using the Media 100 nonlinear system to edit training videos. He was also in charge of programming The Fire Channel, 63B, and provided many of the voice-overs. At the Long Beach Fire Department's February 2001 Meritorious Awards Luncheon, TV's Chuck Henry was the guest announcer, and gave John special recognition for the video clips that were being shown. He said they were some of the best video stories he ever saw. The clips for that show were all edited at DV Post.
John started DV Post in June of 1999, using the newly introduced Final Cut Pro editing software. By November of 2001, DV Post had developed enough business so that John was able to leave the part-time position with the fire department. DV Post is John's full-time business and the end result of his life long love of the film/video production process. John feels that being in business for yourself is much more interesting and a lot more challenging than working for an in-house department. He says, "Being an outside service means that your relationship with each client is on the line all of the time. You are now in competition with a lot of other good vendors, which makes you work harder and more creatively. It's better for everyone." He eagerly looks forward to servicing the video needs of a wide range of clients.
Speaking of a wide range of clients, check out DV Post's Customer List page.
Here is a video John made for his web site in 2005 or so, called "Experience Counts." It may be over 13 years old now, but it still captures John's early film and video making history in a short time. It's sort of a video resume for those who don't like to read.