Time for a change of voice! This is my first guest blog. Please welcome PJ Bruno, a producer at Grovo Learning Inc. It’s an internet company which provides a field guide in the form of two-minute videos for learning everything from how to use Twitter to netiquette training.
A Passion for Video
by PJ Bruno
I’ve had a love for video editing as long as I can remember.
Thanks to my parents, I had a well-documented childhood from birth all the way through high school. Before they could afford a video camera they would rent one for a week at a time and capture as much footage as possible.
I grew up watching VHS tapes of my brother, my sister, and myself; by the time I was 14, I was shooting on my own. By age 16, I was editing video.
It was the complete control of narrative that inspired me; any small variation of timing or shot sequence would put forth a different motive, attributing to the filmmaker’s vision. But although I started early and worked often, I didn’t get an editing job until I was 25 (almost 2 years ago).
I was half way through my master’s degree in Media Studies at The New School in New York when I came across an editing job on Craigslist. The description read, “Unpaid Video Editing Internship with possibility for full-time employment.”
I told myself that all I had to do was get the internship and the full-time position would be in the bag.
The job was editing short video tutorials for an online education startup called Grovo. I won’t tell you how long I had to intern before I was made a full-time employee, but I will tell you that I learned more in 6 months editing at an Internet startup than I did throughout grad school. There really is nothing like working 50-60 hour weeks for a start-up with 20 other people working just as hard. The Internet’s permeation into pretty much all occupations has opened the doors of possibility wide. Not only do I get to edit video, but I get to be innovative with the format of our education. I toy with live action, animation, Camtasia video grabs, and more.
And on top of that, my co-workers have become my best friends. I’ve never loved the art of editing more, and this is likely to be the most satisfying work experience of my life.
Here’s a sample video PJ created: