Podcast #6 – Joe Chan (Boston University)

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by on November 18, 2015 Podcast

If you’re not from New England, you may not know that Boston University is Northeastern’s rival school. Throughout hockey and other sportsball matches, disparaging chants volley across opposing student sections. As an undergrad, Joe Chan once cheered from Agganis Arena’s Dog House. Now that he’s a full-time BU staffer, there’s no questioning his pedigree. Joe Chan is a purebred Boston Terrier. Frank, Carly, and I all proudly identify as Huskies. Episode #6 had all the makings of a dogfight.


Despite what I say at the end of the episode, my takeaway from the conversation is a follows – if we can connect across Comm Ave, there’s hope for an intercollegiate community of video producers. Don’t hesitate to start forging those relationships with your peers at neighboring institutions. On your next business trip, pay a visit to the campus nearest your hotel. I doubt anyone in our field would mind a pop-in. Frank and I will be in Philly today for a Northeastern event. Perhaps we’ll put this theory to the test and reach out to the UPenn producers. Hide your light stands.

Before I conclude, here’s a little more on Joe Chan and his work:

BU_JoeChanJoe studied film and television as a BU undergrad before joining the production team five years ago to do something called Flash. Flash died. Joe survived. His job title changed to Multimedia Web Producer and, as of this post, he has exactly 100 videos that feature his name at the top of the credits.

In this episode of the podcast, we focused on Joe’s six most recent contributions to the BUniverse. I co-sign with Frank Hegyi’s assessment of videos 95-99, a series of athlete profiles that illustrate sports techniques in slow motion. “This is the best way this could possibly be done. A spotlight on a student athlete doesn’t get any better than this video.” Triple Jump is my favorite.

Video number 100 is a motion graphic heavy feature on small, “cube” satellites that study space weather at a significantly lower cost than larger satellites. Without Joe’s artistry, video might not have been the right medium for this topic. How else would you illustrate the following soundbite?

“Our world that we live in is surrounded by this shroud of plasma that interacts with the buffeting solar wind.”

If there’s no room in the budget for a space mission and motion graphics are too time and talent intensive, perhaps the message needs a vessel other than video.



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