Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
Production Supervisor, Tribune Media/FOX40 News
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
I learned that sometimes you need to break things down into smaller pieces before the big picture will be able to happen. Lindsay Pfeffer , Production Supervisor, Tribune Media/FOX40 News Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, 2013 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Oversees Production Work and Directs Noon and Evening Newscasts
Lindsay Pfeffer is the production supervisor at FOX40, overseeing all production work for directors and production assistants. “I make decisions on how we make our product look the best that it can, and I hold all my staff to a high level of standards. I also direct and technical direct our shows and am the main director for our lifestyle show Studio40 Live.” Additionally, she builds and creates any effects needed for the shows.
Lindsay began working at FOX40 seven years ago as a production assistant. She was promoted to news photographer and director/technical director. Today her work involves meetings with the producer and her own production staff. “With my staff, I go over what’s happening, how we are going to shoot, where people are going to be, how many mics we need, and if we need to pre-tape any tease videos.” She then directs the show that begins at noon.
“After that, we have a post show meeting to discuss how things went and what we can improve upon next time. I go back to my desk and work on [everything from] installing new studio lights and building new effects on the switcher to helping produce segments for Studio40 Live. As it gets closer to 5:00 pm, I then start coding our 6:00 pm news.”
Lindsay’s team has another post show meeting after the evening news. “I make sure that every conversation I have with my team regarding our shows—and how we can be better and more creative—is an open conversation where everyone can express what they [believe] will work and help.”
She encourages current students to overcome obstacles to achieve goals—she does the same in her current position. “[Recently I had to] figure out how to build a very intricate effect in our switcher. It was something I had not done before so I really had no place to start.” After a few hours of research and more hours of building the effect, she tested it to be sure it worked. “I learned that sometimes you need to break things down into smaller pieces before the big picture will be able to happen.”
Lindsay, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that her education provided the tools necessary to be successful. “Having classes that went over or even touched on some of the things I do [now each day] aided me in being able to grasp what needed to be done quickly. Having classes that had strict deadlines also instilled in me the need to get things done ASAP, because every day is a strict deadline.”
While her job is demanding, it’s also rewarding. In March 2017, Lindsay shot, tracked, and edited a segment for Studio40 Live. “It was entertaining and I received a huge amount of thanks from the people that allowed me to do a story with/on them. It was the greatest feeling to have those who [I did the story on] be extremely pleased with my work.”
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