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Faber helps shape his education

Senior Aaron Faber wants to start his own video production company—not entertainment films or movies, but training or product videos. He’s getting hands-on experience this year creating forty-five-second film clips for academic departments on the Dordt College website.

“As I talked to my friends I was surprised at how many of them were at Dordt College because they had found it on the web,” Faber says. “That puts a lot of pressure on a website,” he adds. He proposed including video footage so that prospective students would get a better picture of what programs offer. Faber wanted to get some production experience, so he proposed an internship that would benefit both him and the college. Faber is learning a great deal as a result of the project and the direction of new faculty member Mark Volkers.

Aaron Faber

Aaron Faber

“The videos are simply images and music,” Faber says. Most of the information prospective students need about the program is already available in printed form on the site, but the video helps give them a better feel for the program and for Dordt College. Volkers adds, “These video clips are gateways into departments, one more way for prospective students to enter Dordt’s website. The clips are emotive rather than cognitive, and they will help a young person interested in the department continue clicking deeper into the site.”

The rule of thumb for producers is to have an hour of film footage for each minute of finished video. Faber has forty-five minutes to an hour of film for each of the fifteen department videos currently in process. That’s a lot of film, and puts him behind the computer, editing, for many hours. He meets with Volkers each week for direction in the process.

Faber’s interest in video began in high school when his parents bought their first digital camcorder. “I had time, and I enjoyed playing with it, so I spent lots of time learning. My friends and I would go out in the desert on motorcycles or trucks and videotape ourselves, then come back and make videos of the footage.”

Faber worked for one summer during college at a television studio and another at a video production company. At Dordt he was introduced to broadcasting in his second year. In the year between when Ron Johnson left and Volkers came, Faber focused on his broader education. He wishes Volkers had come a year earlier, but he appreciates the breadth of his education.

“I’ve enjoyed the fact that Dordt educates the whole person,” he says. “I wouldn’t change my education even for a better video education somewhere else.”

Faber learned a great deal this year through the video project. “In a sense it feels like real job experience because I had to deal with the departments as if they were customers,” he says. He’s not only learned much technically, but he’s also learned a great deal about working with people. “You learn patience because so much depends on other people. When I do an assignment for class it only depends on me—I get at it and do it. Here I have to wait to hear back from people and fit into their schedules.”

Faber says his work this semester has confirmed video production as his career choice. “I now know that I do want to go into this area, but I think I’d like to focus on shooting film rather than editing it.”