Good News and Bad News

April 26, 2013

This week was good news, bad news. Good news: it's almost summer! Bad news: Finals are here. Good news? Football is almost here! Bad news? I had six video projects going all at the same time.

With six different exams and the spring game on its way, there was a lot to be done in a short period of time. I had to shoot and edit five different Owl Scholarship Fund (OSF) videos and an Alfred Morris tribute video within a two week time frame. But if there's anything I've learned in being part of my video internship at FAU Athletics, it's to take advantage of every opportunity to showcase what you're capable of. With that in mind, I happily accepted the challenge of making all six videos.

The OSF videos weren't just the typical "film and edit" format I go through, I actually got to get to know all of the athletes. Every FAU athlete has worked hard to get where they are and hearing each individual's story was intriguing. Most of the time, we just talk about sports during interviews, but with the Owl Scholarship Fund videos, I learned about how much representing FAU meant to them. It was nice to see the 'student' side of the student-athletes, a side many people don't get to see.

While those videos were great to work on, the video I was most excited to work on was the Alfred Morris tribute video that was shown at halftime during the FAU Spring Game. When I was first given the project, I was pretty nervous, but extremely honored that the FAU Athletics Department trusted me with such an important project. It took hours but getting to relive the impact Alfred Morris had on FAU was incredible. Many people know what he did on the field at FAU, but few recognize that he did even more off the field. I had a chance to speak to his mentor/pastor, former coach, academic department head, and university president, all of whom had nothing but positive things to say about Alfred. One even called him "Owl-Fred," which I thought was adorable.

The pressure was on to make a 2-3 minute video that properly translated the effect he had on the FAU community. Through many cups of coffee and several edits, the final product was displayed in last Saturday's game. I was extremely happy with the results and am able to say it's probably the best piece I've ever done. In a meeting I had with Athletic Director Pat Chun, he said "your work was the best work we've put on the stadium jumbotron," a compliment I was completely flattered by; I'm glad that the Athletics department was so pleased with my work.

I really love what I do here at FAU Athletics and am extremely grateful for all the opportunities they have given me. I look forward to having more opportunities in the future.

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