Degree: Bachelors of Science in Digital Media and Animation
School: Alfred State College
Most Memorable Quote: “Prioritize work!”
Jessica was another person who I was excited about because I work with her as well back the Forge had first started. Jessica works for Fisher-Price as a digital visualization specialist. She primarily does things like demo videos and TV commercials. Jessica told us that she works for Fisher-Price for only 9 months out of the year because that is how long she gets contracted in. If you do good work the will renew your contract when the next work period starts. She also told us that Fisher Price really doesn’t have any full-time positions. Jessica works in a cubical with three other people. When I asked her if she like that she said she liked it a lot because the other people are typically working on the same projects as her so if she gets an email and has a question she can turn and ask one of them and get an immediate response.
At Fisher-Price, Jessica makes a lot of videos of children playing with new toys so parents looking to buy them for their kids can see how the toys and a kid interact. To do this she needs to create a storyboard, play around with the toys to see how they work, get a shot list, have pre-production meetings, create a schedule, shoot footage, and edit the footage. The use a 1:1 or Square Ration format for all their video work now. This is because people are honestly too lazy to turn their phone screen to watch a video and with a square you don’t need to. You can see this trend being followed a lot of apps like Instagram or Boomerang. Facebook is starting to sail the 1:1 ration ship but YouTube hasn’t even started.
A key point from Jessica is to prioritize your work. This means that you need to look at all your projects and find the ones with the most focus or that have the shortest deadlines and get them done first. Even if you got a different project before that one. Also, always do and save your work in a way that is easily editable because last minute changes or requests are extremely common.
Jessica also stressed how important communication is. You need to be able to quickly and efficiently communicate with, not only your team but, your clients, producers, marketers, videographers, and designers. So successful communication is key.