iU Employee Spotlight: Josh Winters

iU Employee Spotlight: Josh Winters

Jan. 27, 2020 | By: Josh Winters, Editor

Without using the words in your job title, describe what you do at Ideas United?

For the most part, I do one of two things: I piece together raw footage that I receive into a coherent story, solving what I consider to be a puzzle with infinite possibilities, or use motion graphics to animate text in creative and satisfying ways. There are times that I am part of the valiant effort to reorganize hard drive space or other file management tasks, but most of my expertise is focused on the former two.

How did you wind up here?

Back when I was a freelance videographer/filmmaker, I joined the Distinguished Filmmakers Network thanks to a connection I made through Ideas United. When DFN became WeMake, I did some brief freelance work shooting video for a project related to Google toward the end of 2017, and, in 2018, after seeing a job listing for a freelance editor, I applied. Based on my reel (and arguably the connections I had already made with the company), I was hired as a freelance editor in February of 2018, working my way to becoming a full-time editor in March of 2019.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy how casual and nonchalant the place I work is, coming in to do what I love each and every day while also having the freedom to just be myself. I also love how spontaneous it can be, wondering what project I’ll have the opportunity to work on each day. It’s what gets me out of bed every morning and what makes me look forward to coming in.

What’s your favorite iU related memory or story?

My favorite iU related memory is working on the 48-hour film project with Andy and my fellow editors Travis, Makaela, and Kayla. Having participated in the competition 3 years in a row prior to working with this team (and clumsily being in the director’s chair with inexperienced crews), it was refreshing working with a competent group of people and taking a step back with a role as the cinematographer. We had a blast filming in the Pratt-Pullman yard, trying to make a lowkey post-apocalyptic film, and it was one of the smoothest 48-hour experiences ever. Most importantly, it allowed me to bond with my fellow co-workers.

What is the most fulfilling part of your role here?

The most fulfilling part of my role here is constantly gaining more and more experience as an editor. I’m always learning new techniques and methods to improve my workflow, and I’m always given projects that constantly challenge me, whether it’s a television spot with a very tight timeline or an opportunity to flex my motion graphics muscle. I’m very grateful for the work I’ve been able to accomplish.

What are your hopes & dreams for the future of the industry we work in (content creation/ TV & Film production)?

I just want to see the industry continue to become more accessible for all of the content creators that have and will continue to emerge from independent scenes. With social media helping to put more undiscovered talent on the map, I hope we continue to see this embrace of more independent and diverse voices going forward. To add to that, I hope to see the continued expansion of media and film hubs across the country where it is possible to gain healthy employment in this industry without having to travel to New York or Los Angeles. 

Who is your professional mentor?

My professional mentor would have to be my college professor, Deon Kay, at the University of West Georgia. He was the reason I became so proficient in the Adobe suite and taught me all the basic skills I need to professionally edit video and film. He also introduced me to After Effects, which I’ve become quite fond of for simple motion graphics and title design. He never sugar-coated feedback when it came to his assignments, and would always be honest with his critiques, which helped me develop into the editor I am today. Without him, I wouldn’t be where I am in the present.

What’s one thing that no one in the iU family knows about you?

When I was younger, I used to love eating mustard by itself. Not to brag, but I could eat packets upon packets of mustard that you would find in restaurants like it was going out of style. In fact, for my 13th birthday, one of my friends at the time actually gave me one of those 6lb oversized containers of mustard as a joke gift. Although my esophagus doesn’t agree with eating straight up mustard like it used to, I still can’t resist the taste and still use it as a go-to condiment.