This week, we get advice from Jin Kim, 18, a recent graduate from Ardrey Kell High who will attend film school in the fall at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. Jin recently received the William R. Kenan Jr. Excellence Scholarship, which pays for tuition, fees, room and board for four years of undergraduate study. Scholars are chosen based on who judges think have the best potential as artist-scholars.
Q: What type of videography do you enjoy most?
At the moment, I enjoy working on short conceptual videos with no real goal or purpose in mind. I like to create for the sake of creating.
Q: What are some of the projects you have worked on?
I’ve worked on various (public service announcements) and short films over the past few years. Mainly just personal projects, but I have also done promo videos for school clubs and such. One of my favorite projects I have worked on was a series of videos for Bella Love Charlotte. Bella Love is an organization that brings together local artists, musicians and bands. Two years ago, I filmed a series of videos to promote and spread awareness, called “I Am Bella Love.” This was a collection of around five short commercials depicting an artist or musician engaging in their work. … I wanted the commercials to give the impression that Bella Love is more of a movement rather than strictly an organization.
Q: What would your ultimate film be about?
That’s a difficult question. If I were given the opportunity, I would love to work on a psychological thriller that dives deep into the complex nature of the human mind. Something that would leave viewers questioning reality.
Q: What is the most difficult part about shooting video?
Organization and planning. I could have a great idea or a concept, but without solid organization and planning, making it a reality is always a big challenge.
Q: What software do you use to edit?
I currently use Adobe Premiere Pro for all of my editing. (I am) mainly self-taught.
Q: Advice/tips to beginning videographers?
Definitely practice and grab ahold of any chance you get to use your talent.
Q: Favorite films?
“Kill the Irishman,” “Limitless,” “Let the Right One In” and “Gran Torino” are some of my favorites.
Q: Dream job?
Director of photography.
Q: When you’re tired and don’t want to work anymore, how do you get yourself to keep going?
Watching films is a great way to take a break from any stress. It’s very refreshing.
Q: What has been the greatest obstacle you have had to overcome?
Probably making it through high school. Ever since my junior year, I’ve always wanted to be able to study what I had a passion for and not spoon-fed academics. But hey, I finally made it through and I am really looking forward to college – it’s very exciting.
Q: What should you always carry with you?
A camera – it doesn’t matter how good or how bad it is, I think everyone should have one with them. Most people do, too, right in their mobile phones. It’s just a matter of using it whenever and wherever you get the chance! (And) a positive mindset. This is probably the most important, but also one I’m guilty of not bringing with me everywhere.
Q: Where can we find your work?
A Bella Love video by Jin Kim: http://bit.ly/xqGj7Q.
A video of his mother cooking: bit.ly/MCCT5x