Here at Start Up, we don’t often get to hear from Content Editor Breanna Meyer, since she is usually at her computer with her headphones on, sifting through hours of unedited footage. Breanna is an aspiring filmmaker, and demonstrates her skills time and time again as she tackles the enormous task of turning raw interviews into a cohesive story. Luckily, we were able to catch Breanna during a break and get to know her a little better.
Tell us all a little about yourself – maybe something people may not know:
“I actually didn’t decide to get into filmmaking until a couple years ago. I started at the University of Michigan as a mechanical engineer. I had done robotics in high school and fell in love with it, and I thought that was what I was going to do. As I got started in college I thought I might make and design film sets as well, things like the Inception hallway, but the more I got into it, the less I cared about engineering and the more I cared about filmmaking. In the beginning of my junior year I just jumped ship and I switched.”
How would you describe your role on the show?
“I’m the content editor this season. That means I go through all the interviews and cut them down into a story. Basically, I am in charge of getting the interviews of a business to fit into the ten-minute segments that you see on TV and trying to create some sort of coherent episode. Then I send it off to David who will do the graphics and the color. I’m the first person in the chain of production who actually creates the content - I get the base set and then they make it look pretty.”
What is your favorite episode of Start-Up?
"The one I enjoy the most is the second episode of Season Three, where we featured Tonewood and Fowling. Those were my first two content edits, and they were featured together in that episode, so it holds a special place in my heart. I also like any episode where Gary has to do things that make him uncomfortable! There should be a lot of fun episodes like that coming up in Season Four, and I’m looking forward to editing them.”
If you were to start a new business right now, what type would it be? Why?
"I would probably start a film production company. We always joke in my family that we’ll start a family production company one day. My mom would do the crowd service, my dad would do the finances, my brothers are convinced that they can write a script (I keep telling them to try, but they just never do because they have realized it’s a lot harder than it looks), and I would produce and edit. Filmmaking is my passion, and if there’s any way for me to produce and then edit my own movies, that would be my dream.”
If someone were to take your phone out of your hand and listen to your music, what is the first song that would play?
“I’ve been listening to a lot of really bad 90s music recently. I made a playlist and I jam out on my way to work. It started couple weeks ago, when my friends and I went on a road trip to Las Vegas and one of my friends started downloading music on her iPod from all of those “Now That’s What I Call Music” CDs. I had completely forgotten about so many of those songs, and I knew I had to put them into a playlist of my own.”