Barry Casson started playing drums at age 16 and has played with numerous local bands, Barry-at-drums both big and small. His range of styles includes Rock, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues as well as Latin and big band. For 13 months, Barry toured England and parts of Europe providing the solid beat behind such legendary rockers as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and The Drifters, along with other touring Motown artists. Well known Victoria raised musician, David Foster was part of this touring band and remains close friends with Barry today. As a result of his early contribution to the Victoria music scene, he has been inducted twice into Victoria’s Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. For the last 12 years, Barry has provided the solid beat behind well known 50’s and 60’ rock n roll group, Rukus and teaches modern drumming at Tempo-trend Music in Victoria.
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Barry Casson has been shooting and directing films and videos for over 25 years and has over 60 corporate videos, educational films, TV commercials and TV dramas to his credit. He and his business partner Donna Clausen started Vancouver Island’s first film school in Victoria, British Columbia in 1989. Through his company Casson Pictures, Barry has garnered numerous national and international awards for his films and videos.
Today Barry provides speaking seminars and hands-on workshops on various aspects of film and video production to high schools, colleges, Chambers of Commerce, and other business groups.
I have always been fascinated by how we as cinematographers create the illusion of reality on a motion picture screen. I used to tell my students in film school that if I hadn’t become a cinematographer, I would have become a magician and did have a magic set as a kid. Give me a location some lights and tell me what you want in the way of mood and I’m in Heaven.
With the many varied changes, the ups and downs of the failures and successes I have been fortunate to experience in this life, I felt it was time to write my biography.
Looking back on the many highlights of my life in music, photography, teaching, and film production I wanted to share some of the fascinating, and often unusual stories that I have been a part of. It’s not just the stories but also the most valuable learning points that life has taught me through my careers.