Applying Our Skills

We first year students finally got to use our technical skills in a more real world situation at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.  At the beginning of the year, most of us didn’t even know how to use a DSLR or Adobe Premiere Pro.  It’s now the near end of the first year and we have learned much as Interactive Media Arts students.

I’m looking forward to getting more involved with covering more events like the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in second year…at least, I hope.  I’m the type of person who does not enjoy the sit-down classroom or academic setting of IMA.  I’m a former culinary graduate and I learned through doing and being on my feet most of the time.  Covering the RMWF reminded me of my time as a culinary student where I was working fifteen hour days at functions such as formal banquets and weddings.

It was a tad nerve-wracking but I got through my segments.  It felt as if everything we learned so far in IMA was building up to this moment and it was time to finally execute it.  We went out there and managed to make the deadline, which gave me my most favoured and despised feeling while working: pressure.  Pressure provides me with an unusual high that motivates me to pull through.

We got to work with NXCAMs, their tipods, and Adobe Premiere Pro.  The rest was up to us, and I’m surprised that we all managed to complete our given tasks within the time limit.

We also had to figure out how to work with the looming deadline on our own.  I remember exporting at 7:45pm (the deadline was 8pm) and I just couldn’t sit still; I was fidgeting in my seat and constantly looking at my phone’s clock.  It was actually kind of fun working like that.  That’s the work world I’ve been a part of and want to eagerly get back into.

Hopefully with the completion of the Interactive Media Arts program, I hope to return into that frantic work environment…and hopefully get paid a tad better for it.

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  1. Thanks for the intriguing article Tyler. I was absent from the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, but I understand your point. It takes a certain level of competence and composure to be in this field. Before I entered this program I never really became involved in working for clients and shooting and editing. Now, I’ve matured in the sense that I can work better under pressure and focus on deadlines more. In a small or big way, I can work in the field more and how to operate different programs and cameras. I am really enjoying what I learned thus far, and am even more ecstatic for the second year.

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