Few people would disagree that learning video production requires a great deal of hands-on experience and time spent learning the craft from more experienced producers. It may not be the only thing a person needs to know to make video, but there’s a reason why internships and PA work have long been a part of video production curricula. With technology changing rapidly, it is unlikely that students today will be able to learn everything they need to about video production while in a classroom anyway. What is more important is cultivating their ability to learn from and work with peers and co-workers as they work on a range of productions, in a range of roles.
The Media Show was born at what was once known as AfterEd TV (now the Gottesman Video Collective) at Teachers College, Columbia University — an environment that thrives on a culture of peer learning. The show has been one of a rotating smorgasbord of short video series, produced by graduate assistants, undergraduate interns, and part-time staff. These producers all come together at a weekly meeting to critique each others’ work, share tips on how to improve production quality, solve problems with equipment, experiment with new techniques, and plan for future series.