Welcome to the Video Creator Spotlight of the month!
This series of interviews highlights video creators and their work. I’ve personally learned most of what I know how to do by talking to other people and learning from them. The Video Creator Spotlight is my way of sharing other people’s stories with you in hopes that they inspire you to make better videos. If you or someone you know would like to be featured in the Video Creator Spotlight, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now on to the interview!
Who is Paul Morgan?
I’m an ambitious young film producer who loves music videos and business.
How did you get interested in video creation?
The first film set I ever worked on was so fun an collaborative, I thought it would be cool to try and do that as much as possible. I stuck with it, working on other people’s projects and on my own, doing a number of jobs, and have had a great time so far.
I grew up around Seattle, WA, and did a lot of theater and artistic sort of stuff up there, and then moved to Los Angeles to attend film school. From there I’ve moved on to a low level position at Comedy Central and I work on videos whenever I can.
What is your favorite part about video making?
My favorite part is the pre-production and conceptualization of a project. I think the better planned something is, the more fun and exciting the environment on set can be. I think video making is an important part of communication because it provides people with a forum for literally everything: Their grievances, both personal and corporate, their expression of self, be it through dance, comedy, music, or something else, and their views.
I chose to focus my energy in pre-production because I love looking at something and making sure that things are laid out in their most efficient way before going to do them. I also like the idea of the pre-execution collaboration, discussing where each department wants their inspiration to come from, and making sure that the inspiration is there, but that the originality is too.
Do you have a video that I can share on the blog?
This was the first video I ever really made myself in college. It was made as a pilot for LMU’s Roar TV network’s YouTube channel. The project never progressed after this, as I had a ton of trouble finding bands to do stuff like this with (and I found that, wanting to do everything myself, I had trouble keeping up with the schedule I set for myself. I directed and produced and edited the project and did most of the camera and sound-related work (I even mixed the track at the end, badly I might add). It was one of the most challenging things I have done, as I really disliked the idea of collaborating at the time and just wanted to shoot and edit together as much as possible, all by myself, maybe as a way of proving I could. I was proud of what happened in the end, but I would have loved to have collaborated and had an entire crew, so as to alleviate stress and to be able to delegate.
What has it been like navigating the professional video world?
It’s been difficult to participate in this world, as I have a full time job (60+ hrs a week), but what I have been able to do has been fun and rewarding, usually. I’ve taken the path that involves having a more-than-fulltime job and doing whatever I can on the weekends, be it writing, acting, pre-producing, being a hand on set, or whatever else I can whenever I have time.
Give our readers one tip for making better videos.
Two I can think of are: Try and be aware of the constantly changing industry (there are always better and cheaper ways of doing things) and be a part of the film-making community! Reach out to other film makers and find out what they are doing to make things easier, better, and more fun for themselves.
How can people find you and your work?
Literally, on facebook. Metaphysically, through my love of music videos and my interest in innovation
Let’s all give Paul a big round of applause. Thank you for taking the time to tell your story to the Video School Online audience. We appreciate your tips and wish you best of luck in your video making career.
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Until next time,