July 20, 2018
By: Jenna Kovalsky
Before I went to college and decided what career path I was going to take, I would watch television and movies and not think too much, well at all, about what goes into making it. I would just watch for the happy ending, or the comedy that we all love to enjoy....that is the main reason why we watch, isn't it? But then I pursued a major in telecommunications and my whole thought process changed.
I first realized how much behind the scenes work went into putting on a live broadcast when I sidelined my first live Bloomsburg University football game..Go Huskies! For me, it took weeks of preparing. I wanted to be sure I knew the in's and out's of the team so it required multiples pre-interviews with the coaches and players. Might sound crazy, but I never knew how much work it took, but trust me, it's all worth it in the end. So that's just the reporters side... the production crew is a whole different story. They spend hours on end making sure the truck is up to date. All the graphics need to be made and they need to be ready for any fails they might run into, and as we know it technology isn't always perfect. Working in the media just opened my eyes completely on what it takes to bring a live broadcast to fruition.
One of my favorite classes at Bloomsburg was Advanced Video Editing. It wasn't just my favorite because we got to learn how to edit with after effects, which I'll get to shortly, but it was also taught by one of my favorite Professors at Bloom. Just to make a cartoon go across the screen once took about two hours... To get every little move perfect and make sure you are encoding it properly. I'm talking about the simplest movements ever with the most basic and generic cartoon character that their is. Just imagine how long it takes editor to create a movie like Batman, or Jurassic Park together. Taking these classes really opened up my eyes and made me watch movies and television with so much appreciation. I'm not saying everyone needs to take a editing class to realize this, but next time you're watching ESPN, or your favorite horror movie, just think about all the hard work that goes into it. Trust me, you'll find a whole new appreciation of it.