Choosing a career path is a scary thing. A lot of students go to college, spend thousands of dollars, and graduate without a clue of what career they want to pursue. Fortunately for me, I didn’t spend my time (or money) in college “finding myself.” I knew what I wanted to pursue by the time I entered high school and that plan hasn’t changed yet!
I’ve planned on being in video production for over 10 years now.
Of course over time the aspect of what I wanted to do in video production has changed. First I wanted to be a producer, until I interned at a tv station in Boston and didn’t really care for the tasks the producers had. Then I became more interested in becoming a video editor, and stayed up to date with popular editing platforms. After that I went through a phase of wanting to direct. This was about the time when I was taking production courses in college and I seemed to naturally assume the position of director/DP (director of photography) on group projects.
Rather than picking out a fancy title to call myself, more recently I’ve taken time to think about the aspects of each of these positions I enjoy most. For instance, one of the reasons I enjoy video editing is because the job is computer-based. I naturally yearn for knowledge and with video editing platforms there’s always a bell or whistle that I don’t know and need to perfect. Continued education as video editing technology is updated is another aspect I look forward to.
I also enjoy the fact that you need to perfect and balance technical and creative skills you need to master in order to become a great video editor. Not only do you need to stay up to date with the technology in the industry, you must also build your creative capacity of knowledge. It’s not enough knowing all the bells and whistles of Avid Media Composer or Final Cut Pro; you have to be able to take raw footage, and compose an emotional/thoughtful experience for the audience.
Finding the best shots is only one concern the video editor has; s/he must also worry about mixing the best audio, adding effects/transitions and countless other components to really move the audience. A video editor tells the story; s/he has the power of influence over the viewer *insert evil laugh here*.
Directing and producing have always been on my radar not only because I like to maintain a certain level of cntrol over a project (for quality assurance) but also because I’m a big fan of “shooting for the edit.” Essentially meaning when I’m setting up a shot, I’m always picturing exactly how I’m going to cut the footage to reach the end goal.
Bearing all this in mind, it was a no brainer that, even if it’s not my full time job, I’ll always have my hand in editing/producing video projects. Above all else, the biggest factor into this decision is the fact that video production is my passion. I can visualize myself working through storyboards with clients, on set making sure every shot is set up for a good edit, in the editing studio analyzing the footage, and creating a moving and influential masterpiece.