An interview with Drew

Posted by dantey (245 posts) -

After watching Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video review, I wrote to Drew Scanlon, here on Giant Bomb, to congratulate him on his fine work. What started as a simple thanks, turned into a little conversation/interview about making the review and video production in Whiskey Media in general.

Me: Hey Drew. Just wanted to congratulate you on the awesome job you did while working on the Modern Warfare 3 video review. As someone who has to edit videos from time to time, I can imagine the amount of work that went into making that video. A very good job.

Drew: Thanks duder! Yeah, the montages took a bit of doing, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Me: I guess so, since the game is not that long to begin with, and you included a lot of explosions, you must of edited footage almost of the whole game. How long did it take for you to make that video review?

Drew: Yeah, most of the clips are from the middle of the game. Overall, the review took me around three days to edit. And now you know why video reviews are kind of rare!

Me: Well, I kind of figured it out myself. Considering, that not all the game come in time for you guys to review it and then make a video review of it. Plus, I can imagine there are more useful ways to use yours and Vinny's time, as a review looses its value after the game has been already out for some time. By the way, is there a clear difference in what you do, and what Vinny does, ore you both edit and film the same stuff?

Drew: Vinny oversees all of Whiskey Media's video production, so sometimes that means he's editing stuff that doesn't go up on Giant Bomb. I, on the other hand, edit for Giant Bomb almost exclusively. I do most of the Quick Looks, Video Reviews, and until recently I Love Mondays, which our intern Thomas has taken over. When we have an off-site appointment, I'm usually the one to take a camera to it and edit it afterward. During live shows, Vinny usually runs the control board and I run the audio mixer. This is the case for all live shows, regardless of what site it's for. Often, however, Vinny is busy during the live shows, so in that case it usually falls to me and occasionally another producer (Joey, Ana, or Thomas). Thomas generally helps out wherever he is needed, so he's done a bit of everything. Who edits what isn't really set in stone, though. Our schedule is changing constantly, so it really comes down to who has the time!

Me: So, before editing or shooting, when is the last moment that things can be changed and someone else does it? A day before or couple of hours?

Drew: Things change all the time. Sometimes I'll have to get Thomas to come over and monitor audio levels while we're recording a Quick Look while I go edit another one, then, if I'm still busy, Thomas will take over the editing for that Quick Look. Generally, though, once a larger project like a Video Review starts the editing process, it rarely changes hands. FYI, the "posted by" name on the video page refers to the person who edited the video, and generally they are the ones who write the deck (the video description) and choose the still (the video thumbnail image).

Me: Speaking of interns, is hard for a new video intern to get the hold of things, or is it a pretty straightforward and easy to understand process?

Drew: We take our video intern candidates through a pretty rigorous interview process. They kind of have to know their stuff before applying. Thomas has been editing video for years and knows Final Cut Pro. From there all he needed was to be brought up to speed on our workflow, which didn't take more than a few days.

Me: And how much do you expect for a potential intern? How much did Steve know, before he became a video intern?

Drew: They have to be pretty proficient in filming and editing software, so that we don't have to spend time training them. I had seen Steve's work in the Question of the Week segments, so I knew he could film and edit, but he still had to pass our interview process. The "video intern" job description has changed a bit since then, however. It's less a grunt work position and more an assistant producer position, which requires a lot more know-how and responsibility.

Me: Well, filming and editing is one, but how much does your and intern jobs require knowledge of audio and other hardware? How much equipment does Whiskey Media use?

Drew: We use a lot of weird capture stuff that people won't likely be familiar with unless they come from a video capture background. In addition, we have a lot of audio gear, but most of it is pretty standard (mixers, compressors, etc.), so that stuff should be pretty familiar to anyone who has audio production experience. I should stress here: we are currently not looking to hire any video interns! Last time we posted a job posting, we got literally hundreds of responses!

Me: What would you say is your typical workday, if there is one that can be called like that?

Drew: We usually have a meeting about what video features we're doing that day, then it's just a matter of dividing up the work and doing it! For me specifically, that can include, but is not limited to, setting up studio spaces for recording or filming, running the camera/capture equipment and monitoring audio levels, editing, going out for an off-site shoot, and running part of a live broadcast.

So here you have it! I hope this gave you an idea about the video production process here in Whiskey Media and you found it interesting. I would like to thank Drew once again for this.

#1 Posted by dantey (245 posts) -

After watching Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 video review, I wrote to Drew Scanlon, here on Giant Bomb, to congratulate him on his fine work. What started as a simple thanks, turned into a little conversation/interview about making the review and video production in Whiskey Media in general.

Me: Hey Drew. Just wanted to congratulate you on the awesome job you did while working on the Modern Warfare 3 video review. As someone who has to edit videos from time to time, I can imagine the amount of work that went into making that video. A very good job.

Drew: Thanks duder! Yeah, the montages took a bit of doing, but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Me: I guess so, since the game is not that long to begin with, and you included a lot of explosions, you must of edited footage almost of the whole game. How long did it take for you to make that video review?

Drew: Yeah, most of the clips are from the middle of the game. Overall, the review took me around three days to edit. And now you know why video reviews are kind of rare!

Me: Well, I kind of figured it out myself. Considering, that not all the game come in time for you guys to review it and then make a video review of it. Plus, I can imagine there are more useful ways to use yours and Vinny's time, as a review looses its value after the game has been already out for some time. By the way, is there a clear difference in what you do, and what Vinny does, ore you both edit and film the same stuff?

Drew: Vinny oversees all of Whiskey Media's video production, so sometimes that means he's editing stuff that doesn't go up on Giant Bomb. I, on the other hand, edit for Giant Bomb almost exclusively. I do most of the Quick Looks, Video Reviews, and until recently I Love Mondays, which our intern Thomas has taken over. When we have an off-site appointment, I'm usually the one to take a camera to it and edit it afterward. During live shows, Vinny usually runs the control board and I run the audio mixer. This is the case for all live shows, regardless of what site it's for. Often, however, Vinny is busy during the live shows, so in that case it usually falls to me and occasionally another producer (Joey, Ana, or Thomas). Thomas generally helps out wherever he is needed, so he's done a bit of everything. Who edits what isn't really set in stone, though. Our schedule is changing constantly, so it really comes down to who has the time!

Me: So, before editing or shooting, when is the last moment that things can be changed and someone else does it? A day before or couple of hours?

Drew: Things change all the time. Sometimes I'll have to get Thomas to come over and monitor audio levels while we're recording a Quick Look while I go edit another one, then, if I'm still busy, Thomas will take over the editing for that Quick Look. Generally, though, once a larger project like a Video Review starts the editing process, it rarely changes hands. FYI, the "posted by" name on the video page refers to the person who edited the video, and generally they are the ones who write the deck (the video description) and choose the still (the video thumbnail image).

Me: Speaking of interns, is hard for a new video intern to get the hold of things, or is it a pretty straightforward and easy to understand process?

Drew: We take our video intern candidates through a pretty rigorous interview process. They kind of have to know their stuff before applying. Thomas has been editing video for years and knows Final Cut Pro. From there all he needed was to be brought up to speed on our workflow, which didn't take more than a few days.

Me: And how much do you expect for a potential intern? How much did Steve know, before he became a video intern?

Drew: They have to be pretty proficient in filming and editing software, so that we don't have to spend time training them. I had seen Steve's work in the Question of the Week segments, so I knew he could film and edit, but he still had to pass our interview process. The "video intern" job description has changed a bit since then, however. It's less a grunt work position and more an assistant producer position, which requires a lot more know-how and responsibility.

Me: Well, filming and editing is one, but how much does your and intern jobs require knowledge of audio and other hardware? How much equipment does Whiskey Media use?

Drew: We use a lot of weird capture stuff that people won't likely be familiar with unless they come from a video capture background. In addition, we have a lot of audio gear, but most of it is pretty standard (mixers, compressors, etc.), so that stuff should be pretty familiar to anyone who has audio production experience. I should stress here: we are currently not looking to hire any video interns! Last time we posted a job posting, we got literally hundreds of responses!

Me: What would you say is your typical workday, if there is one that can be called like that?

Drew: We usually have a meeting about what video features we're doing that day, then it's just a matter of dividing up the work and doing it! For me specifically, that can include, but is not limited to, setting up studio spaces for recording or filming, running the camera/capture equipment and monitoring audio levels, editing, going out for an off-site shoot, and running part of a live broadcast.

So here you have it! I hope this gave you an idea about the video production process here in Whiskey Media and you found it interesting. I would like to thank Drew once again for this.

#2 Edited by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -

Drew is awesome. We need more Drew.

#3 Posted by Kung_Fu_Viking (702 posts) -

Yay Drew!

#4 Posted by hairyjello (8 posts) -

Good read. Always fun read these kinds of behind the scenes stories.

#5 Edited by Animasta (14669 posts) -

drew is rad

#6 Posted by dantey (245 posts) -

@hairyjello: Thanks, glad you liked it.

#7 Posted by deadly_polo (471 posts) -

Great insight, I love that Whiskey Employees are such nice people willing to have conversations with users like this.

#8 Posted by dantey (245 posts) -

@kingchris28: Yeah, it was great, that he answered me. At one point, I started to fell, that I am pushing my luck, but no. He continued to answer.

#9 Posted by Subjugation (4719 posts) -

Mmmm ... daily dose of Drew.

#10 Posted by Nentisys (888 posts) -

<insert dexter joke>

#11 Posted by TheHT (11128 posts) -

lol you're a sneaky interviewer. good read!

#12 Posted by AlmostSwedish (551 posts) -

Good work. An enjoyable read.

#13 Posted by benjaebe (2783 posts) -

Cool little insight into the video editing aspects of Whiskey Media and all that. Thanks for posting it, duder.

#14 Posted by Fobwashed (1975 posts) -

Good stuff. Love to get behind the scenes info on anything I'm interested in.

Totally not trolling or trying to be a dick but I felt that the quality of the interview was such that the spattering of spelling/grammar mistakes stood out way more than in other random forum posts. Like with most things, the higher the quality, the more little things stick out -_-;;

#15 Posted by SirPsychoSexy (1328 posts) -

Good interview, awesome to see stuff like this!

#16 Posted by imsh_pl (3295 posts) -

Awesome Drew keeps being awesome I see.

#17 Posted by dantey (245 posts) -

@Fobwashed: Yeah, I noticed it too after posting. I will try to work on it and be more careful in the future.

#18 Posted by Daniel (1523 posts) -

Drew = the man.

#19 Posted by Claude (16255 posts) -

Why does Drew put a ! after he makes a statement? Is he yelling? Just kidding, cool interview!

#20 Posted by Sparklykiss (1955 posts) -

@Daniel said:

Drew = the man.

More like...

Drew. The Man. The Hair. The Legend.*

*But mostly The Hair.

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#21 Posted by MattyFTM (14367 posts) -

How can you do an entire interview with Drew and not bring up his coke chugging exploits?

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#22 Posted by Boboblaw (284 posts) -

That was pretty interesting, nice interview man.

#23 Posted by dantey (245 posts) -

@MattyFTM:Gotta leave something for next time.

#24 Posted by eccentrix (1542 posts) -

@Claude said:

Why does Drew put a ! after he makes a statement? Is he yelling? Just kidding, cool interview!

Drew is always yelling.

#25 Posted by byrjun (154 posts) -

Thank you so much, this was good insight! It kinda makes me want to get more insider stuff on Whiskey. Someone do a Whiskey Documentary, STAT!

#26 Edited by dantey (245 posts) -

@byrjun: I would definitely watch that.

#27 Posted by Aegon (5484 posts) -
@eccentrix said:

@Claude said:

Why does Drew put a ! after he makes a statement? Is he yelling? Just kidding, cool interview!

Drew is always yelling.

He's just really intense. Like, if Dexter was talking to you then you would feel the gravity of every single statement he's making. 
#28 Posted by Aas (603 posts) -

Well done, sir.

#29 Posted by Fattony12000 (7282 posts) -

Drew!

#30 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

You should have named this 'Interview with a Drewpire'

Just because.

#31 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -
@Tim_the_Corsair
You should have named this 'Interview with a Drewpire'

Just because.
Or 'Deftly Discussing Dexter'
#32 Posted by Masha2932 (1241 posts) -

Great interview. The Giant Bomb feature writers Patrick and Alex should do a feature like this for all the background staff. I'd love to hear the thoughts of the Behind the scenes crew and what their jobs entail.

#33 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Drewbert! :)

#34 Posted by ZombiePie (5636 posts) -

Drew has actually designed video games. If you haven't seen it already he's the Half Life 2 mod he work on with another UCLA alum back in the day:

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#35 Posted by NicksCorner (415 posts) -

Thanks, this was a nice read.

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