CoJo Productions was created in 1992 to service the needs of a range of national and international clients. Whether it's current affairs, an astute documentary or business communications, CoJo knows the story sells the message. We harness our energy and skills to provide excellent solutions tailored to often demanding budgets. As a nimble team of two, CoJo can manage the entire production process from concept to completion in-house.
director of photography
Jon, a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society, has more than 25 years of experience as a Director of Photography, working on news, current affairs, TV commercials, music videos, reality shows, magazine-style shows, drama, and both corporate and long-form documentaries. Jon received the distinction of being highly commended by the Australian Cinematographers Society for his work on the CoJo production The Dream and the Dreaming, which aired on the ABC. He is familiar with all major formats and cameras and is adept at segment producing and directing in addition to his work behind the lens.
writer, producer, editor
Pru has more than 25 years of experience in film and video production from researching to producing, writing to editing. Pru was nominated for an AWGIE for Best Serial Drama script for Seven's Home and Away, Australia's most popular and longest running TV series. She has also been nominated by the Australian Writer's Guild for Best Documentary Script for the CoJo production The Dream and the Dreaming, which aired on the ABC. Pru has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Macquarie University.
Jon Matthews, DOP, and Pru Colville, scripting and editing
DOCUMENTARY — Born For the Fight: The Art of Muay Thai: The authoritative look at the history of Muay Thai fighting; The Dream and the Dreaming: the relationship between the Arrernte people of Western Australia and the Europeans who settled there; India's Maoist Revolution: A report for SBS Dateline on insurgency in India; Lionhearts, a documentary on the 10th anniversary of the global peace movement against the war in Iraq, produced in conjunction with Nuts and Balts Media.
BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS — Campaigns on behalf of Samsung, The College of Law, Hilton, Novotel, Seven Network, Tourism Authority of Thailand and many others.
CURRENT AFFAIRS — Reports for SBS Dateline, Al Jazeera, Reuters, and CNN.
ACCLAIM — Born For the Fight: The Art of Muay Thai, released in Australia on SBS and worldwide by Discovery and National Geographic channels, was screened at the Bangkok Film Festival and a finalist in the Banff World Media Festival. The Dream and the Dreaming, released in Australia on ABC Television, opened the Palermo Film Festival in Italy and was screened as part of the Budapest Australian Film Festival.
director of photography, field producer, director, and cameraman
DOCUMENTARY — Survivors of the Shoah, interviews for Steven Spielberg's USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education, which has recorded more than 52,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors; Betrayed, the story of the Polish Underground in WWII; Chinese Around the World, produced by the BBC; Immigranti, the Australian segments in a one-hour piece for RAI International; Bligh's Voyages, a five-part series for Rolf Harris Productions shot in the UK, Jamaica, New Zealand, Canada, Hawaii, Norfolk Island and the Canary Islands.
TELEVISION — Survivor Preview, the TV Guide Network's on-location look for the Vanuatu, Palau, Guatemala, Panama Exile Island, Cook Islands, Fiji, China, and Fans V Favorites seasons of the CBS show Survivor; Better Homes and Gardens, a Seven Network magazine show; Honey, We're Killing the Kids, an observational lifestyle program for Ten Network; It Takes Two, a reality singing/dancing contest for Seven Network; Pirate Ship, a look at life on the HMAS Toowoomba, produced by Prospero Productions for the National Geographic Channel.
producer, video editor, script executive, script editor and writer
EDITING and PRODUCING — No War, a piece reflecting on the 1994 painting of the No War sign on the Sydney Opera House by David Burgess, produced by Nuts and Balts Media; Tasmanian Devils 2012, a report on the plight of Tasmanian devils for "Earthrise" on Al Jazeera; cutting programs that have aired on SBS Dateline, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg Television News, and CNN i-Report.
SCRIPT EDITING and WRITING — Home and Away: 7 years of script editing and writing for Australia's most popular and longest running TV serial at Seven Network; Breakers: script executive and writer for edgy Ten Network serial drama; Crash Palace: senior editor and writer for Foxtel serial drama.
COLLABORATIONS — Film Australia: production manager and researcher; NSW Film and Television Office: government documentary producer; The Production Team: Co-Founder and Company Director specialising in commercials, business communications and educational and training programs.
RECENT WORK — Below are two videos produced and edited by Pru Colville in association with Waterview Productions. The first is a fundraiser for the Grace Centre Neonatal ICU at The Children's Hospital at Westmead while the second is a safety video for environmental solutions company Veolia. The Veolia New Zealand clip won the company's best safety video for 2015 across all of its global divisions.