“When we're infused with either enthusiasm or awe or fondness…it changes what we see. It changes what we remember.” — Rob Legato, Visual Effects Supervisor
Video and motion graphics professionals spend their days creating unforgettable moments. And as the web becomes more of a venue for the sharing of entertainment and information, the demand for professionals with video and editing skills grows. We recently spoke with Genadi Radiul, who teaches a variety of classes for UC San Diego Extension, about his history and thoughts on how to in the video and motion graphics industry:
How did you get into video and motion graphics?
I was working as professional musician and in the early 1990’s computers became part of recording studio setup. I was interested in audio and video editing and eventually became involved in creation of motion graphics. As demands and expectations increased, I decided to further improve my skill set and graduated with M.S. degree in Multimedia Technology.
What is your all-time favorite project and why?
It is difficult to pinpoint one particular project, but motion graphics projects are my favorite. The reason for that is that they incorporate animated graphical elements, video editing and sound design. The “ultimate melting pot,” as I like to call it!
What are the key elements to include in a robust portfolio?
A portfolio is the business card of the digital artist. It has to showcase all of the diverse skill sets of an artist. You don’t have to include every project you have worked on— just the best ones! Another suggestion is to have different versions of the portfolio in terms of duration and presentation.
What are three key pieces of advice you’d give to aspiring video and editing students?
Follow your dreams.
Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life.
Genadi Radiul has two master's degrees: one in music and one in motion graphics. He has taught at the Art Institute in Pittsburgh and San Diego and has extensive experience in working with various audio/video equipment, both analog and digital hardware and software. He is currently teaching motion graphics, compositing and audio production classes in San Diego. He regularly teaches Adobe After Effects I: Introduction to Motion Graphics and ProTools I: Introduction to Audio Production as well as teaching for the Digital Arts Center's Video and Editing program.