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Meet the team - Ke Nguyen

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What do you do?

I’m Digital’s video designer, which means I create videos for various DLG apps, websites and social media.

For about a year and a half, I’ve been managing all video content from start to finish, so I get involved in the scriptwriting, and then completely look after shooting, editing, production and post-production – and all the bits in between.

Occasionally someone will ask me to create something a bit different, like a recruitment video, which is always good fun to do.

How did you get into video design?

I’ve always been interested in video, but it was more of a hobby at first. Camera technology has progressed massively in the last 10 years, making it more affordable to get high quality video.

I watched a lot of videos and felt that I could probably do something similar or better. So I saved up for an HD camera, which was quite expensive at the time. I went out and started shooting stuff. Then I began playing about with a few programmes and watching online tutorials, so I’m pretty much self-taught.

A couple of years ago a friend suggested I should apply for the video designer position at DLG. So here I am!

What is your favourite aspect of your role?

I love learning new things. In other jobs it can get a bit repetitive, but with video there’s always so much to learn. There’s always something new going on.

It’s so broad, too. From learning how to shoot better, to lighting, audio, animation, colour grading, how to edit properly... it’s so varied. If I was working on a film set or in a TV studio, these would all be separate jobs, so I could get stuck editing all day and not see the process all the way through.

Here, I get to do a bit of everything. It feels good to know that I did it all from start to finish.

What’s the biggest challenge you face?

I’d say my biggest challenge is managing people’s expectations. People assume that I am capable all handling all aspects of video at the same level. Some areas I know pretty well but others, not so much. Animation, for example. It’s a really specialist role that an animator would do – sometimes I need to remind people of what’s possible within my role.

Do you think there are a lot of opportunities to grow and develop your skills at DLG?

I do, yes. I’m always being pushed to book an animation course. I’m struggling to find one that’s not full-time at the moment, though. But once I find something suitable, I know that DLG is happy to pay for me to improve my skills.

Video is a growing market. It’s everywhere these days. Everyone needs video as part of their content and social media strategy, so I think it’s a great time to be part of all that. It’s good to know that DLG will support me and help me improve my skills along the way.

How do you feel about working in Bromley?

It’s very convenient for me; I live four miles away so it’s just a 20-minute cycle in. It’s a nice ride, too. I used to cycle into the city and always got caught up in the traffic, which can get stressful. But cycling to Bromley is a bit more chilled out.

What advice would you give someone thinking about becoming a video designer?

My advice would be to just go out and do it. Don’t sit there saying you want to do this or do that – get out there and have a go. You’ll learn much more by fiddling about and getting a feel for it, so don’t be shy, just go for it.

 

If you'd like to see some of Ke's recent work, take a look at his videos in our articles about the Digital Expo and also The big move.