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AETN Production: Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders

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If you’re reading this, you must have an interest in the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at AETN. My hope is that, through this blog series, I can show you what the life of an intern looks like, while also giving you a glimpse of how everything is produced before you see it on your screen.

Surprisingly, I’m already a third of the way done with my internship here, only a few weeks in. Working in the production department, my main job is, of course, the production of videos. What I do is different from a live broadcast: it’s what happens before the package goes on air. I assist in editing clips together to form a narrative, putting video and sound over those, and sending it off for the viewers at home to watch. The specific program I work on is focused on agriculture, so those are mainly the type of videos I edit.

It’s been an eye-opening first few weeks, as I’ve already learned many things I didn’t learn in classes at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). In previous classes, I learned how to edit and do things a certain way on Adobe Premiere, a video-editing software. At AETN, and so I’ve learned many professionals do as well, we use Final Cut Pro, a more technically proficient software. I’ve learned how to do things on there I never considered in the past.

Hunter Sanders Agri Arkansas LRUF Editing

Some of the pieces I’ve worked with so far have been very informal for me, including packages about rotational grazing, a local honey farm in Conway, and a community based food enterprise in Little Rock (Little Rock Urban Farming) for “Agri Arkansas”. I actually got to create a package almost from scratch, showing how LRUF grows and harvests their garlic, and giving tips to viewers on how they can do it, too. It’s fun for me, because I’m learning new things as I edit them, and I get to play a part in educating the audience in these areas.

Hunter Sanders AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans Editing

My favorite part so far was getting to work on a piece about a Marine veteran for the AETN Salutes Vietnam Veterans initiative. While editing, I got to learn about this man’s life, and I was captivated by it. It’s great story, filled with triumph, as well as heartbreak. Sadly, I have to create a four minute long package out of all his content, which was over an hour in length. I am excited, however, to try my best to honor this man as best I can by telling his story, and selecting the most important parts.

I have really enjoyed my first few weeks at AETN, and I’m sanguine about what else is in store for me. That’s all I have for now, but I’ll be back next week.


Interning at AETN