A B O U T U S / B T S
Here is a look behind the scenes of our New Mexico based production world. We are a small production team based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the heart of Ground Work Productions is the partnership of Stuart Penny and Andrew Brown. The two freelancers with loads of experience and desires for bigger and better jobs and creative opportunities joined forces in 2015. Outside of Stuart and Andrew, GWP relies upon a deep roster of local professionals grown out of years of working together all over the state. Here is a sneak peak into some of those jobs, adventures, and stories.
I put my hands on my first 35mm photography camera at age 18 when my philosophy professor in college gave me one. Through the years my work and role behind the lens evolved, eventually moving into the role of Director of Photography. Working in the many areas of freelance through the years has expanded my skill sets in production work to include directing, editing, writing, creating, video assist, and most every other role on set at one time or another. I also have a strong passion for my work as a Steadicam operator. This specialty has allowed me to work with many other DPs and Directors through my career. Expanding my experiences much more than I could ever do without that opportunity for observing and collaborating. My work has taken me on many great adventures in my life both national and internationally. This allows me to grow both as a person and as a cinematographer. I am grateful.
As a kid, I first found my love for TV and film on home made VHS copies of “Star Wars” and “Tron”. That love brought me to Northern Kentucky University, where I received awards in editing and documentary production. My first job in the industry was in a photo studio owned by Amazon.com, where I learned to focus on every detail when sculpting an image with light and composition. I have since created motion content with NFL Films, HBO, and Discovery to name a few. Growing up in the industry as a "jack-of-all-trades" gives me a deep understanding of how creating beautiful images and telling powerful stories is a team sport. I deeply enjoy working with others and the team aspect of what I do. Being an extroverted person is at the heart of my ability to connect with people, listen to our clients to deliver the best product. It also helps me live a pretty good life, one day at a time.