Geo Holmes was a treasure in Memphis video and film community
Here’s an excerpt from John Beifuss’ obituary of Geo Holmes in The Commercial Appeal:
To family and friends, George Holmes IV was known as Geo, pronounced “Joe.”
The folksy nickname with the distinctive spelling was appropriate. Mr. Holmes — killed Sunday when he was struck by a train near his Germantown home — was unpretentious and friendly yet hardly an average Joe. His unusual talents made him one of the most honored and in-demand film-and-video producers in the region, with a client roster that included FedEx, King Cotton, International Paper and CBS Sports.
“He had an amazing eye, and was a very gifted shooter,” said freelance Memphis producer-director Joe Mulherin. “He was just unafraid. I would argue he was one of the best handheld camera operators in Memphis.”
As a studio owner for 30 years, Mr. Holmes, 59, was a beloved mentor to succeeding generations of photographers, editors, sound designers and other artists and technicians.
He became a full-time professional videographer and editor in the early 1980s when he was hired for “PM Magazine,” a WHBQ-TV news-and-entertainment program, on the recommendation of co-host Linn Sitler. “He immediately started winning awards, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made,” said Sitler, now Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commissioner.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Germantown Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow.