Doctor of Awesomeness
Clinton Wright is the man to go to for video production assistance at Longwood University
“I know what the buttons do,” says Clinton Wright. The broadcast studio at Longwood has buttons, cameras, and levers, oh my. It is vital that Wright knows all what the studio can offer to the digital media students as well as give them advice and assistance but to give them direction for their professional development.
“This job has been the most fun I’ve had since leaving college,” says Wright. Wright has worked at Longwood for seven years working in live production. “The thing that this job has that my past one’s didn’t is the mentorship of students, I really enjoy working with students.”
Wright is the managing engineer for the broadcast studio at Longwood University. Out of positions Wright as held at the university, he says he appreciates his current position as Doctor Awesomeness in the department of Communication Studies. His job is essentially to manage the studio as well as train students to learn the space and camera equipment. He also hold edit training sessions for the editing software on the mac computers in the editing suites.
Wright was a theatre major in college and originally desired to be an actor. When he realized this dream was unattainable for him, he then became interested in technical design and scenic design. This is the transition that led him to video production.
Wright is now finishing online classes to get a bachelor’s degree to be able to lecture classes at Longwood. The ultimate goal for going back to school is getting that MFA to expand our program to include basic cinema/film studies.
Along with his online classes and duties at the studio he has a family of four. Wright and his wife, Pam, have been married for eight years. He has an 18-month-old baby girl named Evie and a 7-year-old boy named Gavin. “He is crazy town, he’s a lot like me, a carbon copy of me,” says Wright.
The relationship Wright has with faculty, Ryan Stouffer and Jeff Halliday is unique to any other co-workers Wright has had in the past. “It’s kind of like a frat house when we’re all in the office,” says Wright.
“I will always give them huge amounts of credit for always making me feel a part of the team…. And we’re all huge nerds so that helps too,” says Wright.
“My favorite moments in the job is when we have students who are not sure what they want to do, and they come in the studio and through working with me they get a handle of how the studio works,” says Wright.
“I went in with only meager knowledge of how all the cameras and equipment worked in the studio. Clint taught me how everything worked, and he explained it in ways that I could easily pick up on. Im very grateful, I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor,” says last year’s chief inventory officer, Kyle Bourassa.
“Clinton Wright is a great broad studio managing editor for the communication studies department. He cares for the students who wish to understand and enhance their technological skills around cameras. No matter what concentration you are a part of, he is willing to help those in both PR and Mass Media.” says Carson Smith, a PR concentration student in the communications department.
The studio is open for reservations on:
Monday 11–1:30 p.m.
Tuesday 2–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11–1:30 p.m.
Thursday 2–4:30 p.m.
Friday 10–4:30 p.m.
If in need of help with video production or assistance with the studio, contact Clint Wright at email@example.com.