Today we’d like to introduce you to Misty Wilson.
Misty, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a Video Editor and Motion Graphics Artist, I grew up in a small town near Durango, CO. I was initially interested in video early in high school. I started editing the ‘end of year highlights’ for the sports teams I was involved in, but it was mostly just an interest – never had I thought to myself, “you could definitely make a career out of this.” In my junior year, a Video Production class was offered, and I jumped on the opportunity instantly. While digital editing most definitely existed, we had an old AB roll system in a small closet, and we shot all our videos on VHS. We even had a room lined with green Kraft paper so we could host a “weather show” on the morning announcements. I later found an art school in Phoenix, moved from my tiny home town after graduating, and here I am today – living my passion as a career.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
There are three phases of Production – Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production. A video editor is part of the Post-Production phase. Essentially my art is to take all the elements created through the blood, sweat, and tears of Pre-Production and Production crews, and to then tell the story in the most authentic form possible – that not only aligns itself with the original vision but also makes sense and hopefully creates a lasting impression with an audience.
This process can come with a lot of pressure because there are an infinite amount of ways to cut a story, A lot of my edit decisions are based on my gut…. my emotional connection to the story and all the pieces captured. I must watch everything, hours and hours, take after take, to find the best fit. It is a very methodic, yet unpredictable process. One scene might come together perfectly, and others take more work, more massaging, more problem-solving – and sometimes taking a step away to come back the next day with fresh eyes can reveal a solution that wasn’t visible the day before.
My art is also incredibly dependent on communication. I need to understand the goal or vision of the film/video to know how to edit or create motion graphics/visual effects. Working and creating with some of the most talented people in the industry is the type of collaboration I live for. I enjoy being challenged, it is how I grow in my craft, and the deep discussions of what is working, what isn’t, and what we’re going to do to fix or finesse is so incredibly rewarding.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
With the availability of technology and software being much more affordable, it can be much easier to live as an artist in my industry; however, affordability is a double-edged sword since now almost anyone can edit a video.
If utilized properly, video is an amazing form of communication, and I am incredibly supportive of anyone striving to become a video editor. The industry is constantly changing and growing. I do feel that the ebb and flow of work at times can be a challenge. But for me, I’m living and working my passion, so while sometimes the financial stability might not be ideal, I wouldn’t change a thing.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My current/favorite pieces are showcased on my website.
Broken Leg, The Joe Show, and Trials: Finding the Medal are available to rent on Amazon.
- Website: mistyedits.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mistyeditsaz/
- Other: https://vimeo.com/mistyedits