The interviews, the close-ups of the contract signing, the outdoor aerial shots – as was their duty as videographers, Steve Mathie and Jake Miller, students at The University of Findlay, made it all look so easy.
Producing the promotional piece was actually anything but simple.
Yet the two jumped at the chance to visit the Browns headquarters in Berea, Ohio, cameras and equipment in hand. Their job was to showcase a new educational alliance between the University and the organization that will give students in various majors a better shot at landing business careers in the professional sports industry.
Their most exciting video project to date began with an offer: come to Berea on March 17 to document the day. University representatives and students travelled to the Cleveland suburb to witness the contract signing and to celebrate the formation of the Browns Edge Partnership. But the opportunity came with a caveat – they had to pitch the video idea to the Browns communication specialists first.
Miller, a senior public relations major, and Mathie a sophomore journalism/digital media major, had less than 24 hours to outline what they wanted to capture on camera, without ever having been to the Browns headquarters, and sell the idea to the organization’s representatives in a conference call. Their four-page proposal was then outlined during the half hour call.
To get the footage they wanted, they also drove separately from others in the UF entourage to give themselves more time. They took two Canon 7D DSLR cameras borrowed from the University’s media technology department, and a Sony NX5U owned by the UF Productions Club.
The work was fast-paced and challenging, Miller and Mathie said. Resulting is a three-minute, 41-second video layered with music, still photos and shots from various angles. Interspersed are interviews with administrators from UF and the Browns, and with other students.
Leading up to this have been many other video projects for both of them. Each produce videos for communication classes. For UFTV, Mathie is working on a piece about the UF men’s track team’s second place national championship run, and Miller on a segment that will highlight some of UF’s housekeeping employees.
Mathie, a Canton native, said he had initially wanted to be a meteorologist, but fell in love with videography during a high school class that taught the basics. He was the top student, and still returns to help out his former teacher both in the classroom and with freelance work.
Miller, who is from Ontario, Ohio, and his brother Nick have their own online production company, Otown Outdoors, which features their family on hunting trips and other outdoor excursions. A separate story about Miller’s endeavors was recently published.
The Browns video project “was very, very fun,” said Miller. “It was a great opportunity that we both got to take advantage of,” said Mathie. Aside from its marketable uses, it’s a polished product for their portfolios, and a tangible example of the innovative learning and teaching that the Browns Edge Partnership will enable.