Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
The Art Institute of Houston
Gain the professional skills to thrive in the workplace. Jason Spencer , Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston
M.A., Individualized Study, Television and New Media Production, New York University
Collaborative Degree Program (B.S./B.A.), Journalism/English, Boston University
Professional experience includes: Associate Webcast Producer, Stream57.com; Digital Video Encoding Engineer, MTV Networks; Post-Production Assistant, The Cathy Griffin Show; Assistant Editor, A Current Affair; Assistant Development Director, Eden II Schools; Associate Producer, Network News Service; Editor, Brooklyn Review; New Media Developer, M2 Communications; Web Producer, The Cable Television Advertising Bureau; Assistant Editor, Celebrate the Century; Assistant Editor, Family Name; Producer, Thomas Battle Story; Production Assistant, PBS; Producer, Neighborhood Network News, Boston; Publications Director, Boston University Families' Resource Center; Reporter for the Pennington Post, the Hopewell Valley News, and the Lawrenceville Ledger.
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
That moment was meeting documentary filmmaker Henry Hampton—and apprenticing under him.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I bring professionals from the real world into the classroom—from organizations like Ford, PBS, and even WWE—so students can gain a variety of perspectives on the craft.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I have my students create video ads for the web to promote high-end cars from Ford. I try to make the learning as real as possible.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Learn to work in teams and gain the professional skills to thrive in the workplace.