Timely Perfectionism

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I awoke on Monday excited for another week as the promotions intern for WAVY. A plethora of questions sparked my energy. What new things would I learn? What projects would I get to work on? As I prepared for the day, I never could have predicted the tasks that would stretch and challenge me in the coming week.

I shut the door to the vehicle. In one hand, I grasped a camera bag-in the other hand, a tripod. Symone Davis and I travelled to Suffolk to grab footage for a promotional piece highlighting the Suffolk Academy Art and Sale Show, an event, which Symone would discuss on her segment, “What’s Happening” airing on the Hampton Roads Show. Beautiful paintings and photographs brimming with the vibrancy of life’s simple moments lined the sun-soaked halls of the school. Symone grabbed the camera and handed it to me. My first time, I thought I would observe her shooting an interview. However, she allowed me to operate the camera, providing helpful pointers and insights. She even relayed the importance of achieving a proper floating hand shot- a floating hand refers to the mic that you often see off-screen floating on the edge of the frame. (If you would like to check out the segment, below, I have posted a link ).http://wavy.com/2018/01/24/whats-happening-art-and-sale-show-winter-wildlife-festival-and-bluegrass-brew-festival/

On Wednesday, Symone and I shot another interview featuring the touring Broadway Show, Les Misérables. In addition to filming an interview, Symone allowed me to edit. We sat in a quiet environment and she demonstrated how to “listen for the story” using the interview footage. With pre-edited B-Roll, sound clips, a laptop, and a WAVY mug filled with thick coffee, I edited my first promotional piece. However, as soon as I began, an obstacle appeared.

The clock read 3:20 and my day ended at 4:00-a mere 40 minutes to complete my edit. Although I love editing, I never imagined editing at such a pace. Quick editing forced me to make creative decisions motivated by thoughtfully concise edits.

As the clock chimed four, I delivered the piece to Symone who, after viewing it, provided honest feedback. Despite Symone making final adjustments to the sound, somehow, in a very short amount of time, I edited a promotional piece.


Both experiences taught me an important lesson. In the television industry, you must be a timely perfectionist. Such an idea appears to create a unique juxtaposition. yet, when grabbing footage for the art and sales show, quality shots were essential; however, time did not allow for a massive production equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and multiple cameras. When editing the promotional video, the objective was clear: fashion a quality piece, but do it quickly.

A person might think that quality and time could not coexist. Yes, every so often, time gets the best of quality. However, after this week, I do not see a cacophony of uncreative, meagre material form my work; rather, I see every minute, every second used to its fullest capacity with intention as its driving anthem.

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