From Hollywood to Our Office

Video Team members, Brittany Jones and Scott Anderson, work on a shoot.

Filmmaking takes creativity, cooperation, and technology — all of which contribute to the blockbuster movie culture we live in today. Each Summer brings new films with big thrills and even bigger budgets. . So, without further ado, the Digital Corps proudly presents: “From Hollywood to Our Office.”

Here at the Digital Corps, we take inspiration from the directors, writers, editors, producers, and cinematographers who enrich our lives with their hard work and dedication. Our Video Team members admire industry leaders, and work to improve their own skills in the film industry. Our focus on learning encourages students to earn certifications in filmmaking technologies, such as Adobe Premiere Pro. The Corps is all about teaching students how to expand their skills with real-world experiences.

In addition to certifications, Digital Corps students look for learning tools that fit a college student’s budget. Many successful filmmakers share their expertise through informational YouTube videos and blog posts. Video Team Apprentice, Nick Kampsen, uses these free resources to boost his knowledge of cinematography, and get inspiration for new editing techniques.

“There’s a level of technicality in everything that will help me grow,” said Nick. “You’re not going to learn if you don’t go out of your comfort zone.”

Competition for video production talent is rising, so learning the foundations of quality work gives young filmmakers an advantage. According to SelectUSA, a program run by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the American entertainment and media industry is at the top of the global food chain. The Digital Corps teaches students skills that are important for entering the growing film industry. As aspiring filmmakers, our students work on immersive projects to build strong résumés and portfolios. We collaborate and combine knowledge to learn from each other and industry professionals.

Digital Corps students have many opportunities to gain experience writing scripts, shooting video, working on set, and editing in post production. Though we take advantage of these learning opportunities, it’s important to remember that we have a long way to go. Video Team Specialist, Alana Guidry, utilizes her professors as a source of information.

“There’s still so much that I don’t know, so my next few years at Ball State will be focused on learning as much as I can,” said Alana. “Basically any chance I can get my hands wet, I’ll go for it.”

Students looking for experience in the video field need to maximize their resources and put in the hard work. Future-filmmakers can expand their knowledge through freelancing, passion projects, and lots of research (even if that means watching Lynda videos). The blockbuster success stories are intimidating for students who are just getting on their feet, but even Hollywood big-names had to start somewhere. Digital Corps students will keep looking for ways to hone our craft, and never stop learning from those who inspire us.

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