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Feature Friday: Senior Matt Short grows through cinematography

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For most people, entertainment in elementary through middle school was limited to Club Penguin, Disney Channel, and watching YouTube. For senior Matt Short, however, he was making the videos we relied on for boredoms sake.

“The video camera has always been a part of my life. I learned to use a video camera and edit footage when I was still in elementary school and through middle school and high school I was always drawn to making videos,” Short said.

When it comes to HTV, everyone see’s it, but many don’t put in the thought of all of those kids who are behind the camera, like Short, but for him, recognition isn’t why he’s pursued his passion for film. It’s the people he works with that make his work with HTV so rewarding.

“The best part about being on HTV is being around friend who also want to work on videos and are there to help with whatever you might need help with. If I ever need help with a project or pitch an idea for HTV monthly, there’s always friends who are willing to help,” Short said.

The class has taught him more than how to do a journalistic styled film, or which transitions are the ‘Comic Sans’ of broadcast journalism (star wipe or 3D box rotation in case you we’re wondering), Short firmly believes it has taught him better filmography, and a few life skills.

“One important skill in HTV is learning from your mistakes. Maybe an interview got framed wrong, maybe the interview audio you just recorded is unusable; it doesn’t really matter in the long run as long as you can learn from that experience and not make that mistake again. It’s amazing the videos someone can produce after just a little bit,” Short said.

Even more so, Short says he has learned more about being a leader, and working with others. “I’ve learned a lot about working together with other people. You can’t make all the decisions about a project there’s always gonna be disagreements and compromises but that’s all part of the creative process,” Short said.

In the future, you can expect to see Short walking through the Loop, camera in hand, as he continues on to study Film. “I’ve committed to DePaul University in Chicago and I plan on studying Film & TV there to further my skills in filmmaking. I’d also really like to start creating videos on YouTube, but we’ll see how successfully that goes,” Short said.

As for anything he would do different? It’s simple, “I started taking the Media Tech class (HTV) my Junior year and my interest peaked and my skill has steadily developed. My biggest regret is not taking the class sooner,” Short said.

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