Chic Spotlight: Cincinnati State’s Paul Grundy

Chic Spotlight: Cincinnati State’s Paul Grundy

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Cincy Chic
Why did you decide to get your degree in electronic media and work with video production?
Paul Grundy, video production manager at Cincinnati State:
I decided to go into video production because I love technology and photography. I guess it just made sense to put the two together and make a career out of it. I also like the fact that every project is different and a new challenge. And finally, I like good storytelling.


Cincy Chic: What is your favorite project you’ve ever done?
This is a hard question to answer because I have enjoyed many projects in different ways. Recently I shot a music video for a band called Jackass. That was a lot of fun. I really like shooting music videos because they are so energetic.


Cincy Chic: Why did you decide to take on Queen City? Why do you think Cincinnati is a good backdrop for such a project?
I decided to take on Queen City to try something new and out of my normal comfort zone and along the way, I learned a lot. I also thought this would be a great project for me and the students at Cincinnati State to get our work out to broadcast television and show the city what we are capable of. This project gave us a lot of exposure and has helped students get jobs. It also has opened the door for future broadcast projects. As far as Cincinnati being a great backdrop, I am not sure if it is. Cincinnati is a great looking town, very photogenic during certain times of day with great architecture.


Cincy Chic: If you had unlimited resources and could shoot anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you film?
If I could go anywhere and shoot anything, I would fall back to my ongoing favorite things: Top Gear and music videos. I think Top Gear is the best looking show on television, and I would love to shoot and edit for the BBC on some of the more exotic locations. Additionally, I would love to travel the world to epic locations for music video shoots for huge bands, like maybe Muse in London, U2 or some other huge band with an enormous budget.


Cincy Chic: What advice do you have for students looking to start careers in electronic media?
Well, I teach videography and editing, so I guess I have lot of advice for students looking to start careers in electronic media, but currently the most useful thing I can say is, "Stay relevant." Don’t be a one trick pony. By this, I mean learn lots of things and accept this industry as an industry of change.