Janette Heffernan/DIYTV

Janette Heffernan always wanted to be a TV producer ever since she saw 'Muffin the Mule' on BBC TV when she was four. It would take 40 years and the IT revolution to achieve her ambition.

After a theatrical career in opera, ballet and musicals in London in the 70's Heffernan emigrated to Auckland New Zealand where she ran a professional opera and ballet company for 10 years. Success came in her innovative, original narrated ballets for children, which filled large theaters every school holiday 'DanceTales Story Ballets' became her first TV Series for BBC and NZ TV and was a finalist for Best Edited Program in USA LA Monitor Awards for technical excellence alongside CBS 60 minutes.

The books on her shelves were falling to pieces. Horrified at the cost of repairs Heffernan decided to !Do It Yourself! and took up book binding as a hobby. After several frustrating years of trying to teach herself from books she had the good fortune to meet Master Bookbinder Peter Goodwin when she was recovering from a life threatening illness.

Peter Goodwin invited her to work in his small bindery on a daily basis and do the menial jobs. It was a revelation. Watching a true master craftsman at work was a privilege and so that others could share in his craft and knowledge she decided to experiment by filming 'Restoring the Family Bible' the first DVD of Book Binding with Peter Goodwin Series using an ordinary but good DV Camcorder and editing on a basic TV edit program that came bundled with her computer.

The series was so successful and comparatively easy to make that Janette Heffernan went on to make her own DVD showing how she did it! Watch 'DIYTV Learn TV production in 44 minutes' shows how to make an acceptable, watchable TV program at home using basic camera and edit equipment so you too can record your passion for posterity.

Filmed by TV producer Janette Heffernan, in the bindery.

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