OWC 12.4

Meet The Director of Engineering: John Stevens

NAME: John Stevens

COMPANY: Hollywood-based MTI Film, LLC (http://www.mtifilm.com, @MTIFilm)

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
The official line is: MTI Film is a full-service post facility providing dailies, editorial, visual effects, color correction and assembly for film, television and commercial projects. MTI also boasts a new DI theater that is fully calibrated and capable of 4K play back.

But I describe it as: A group of editors, colorists, engineers and developers who are obsessed with doing good work and maybe having a little fun along the way.

WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Director of Engineering.

WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Planning, installation, maintenance of all hardware and software for post, location services, restoration, programming and supporting development.

WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
Staging and building our booth at NAB!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Learning something new… in the last few years this has become very important. Solving problems in some unique way that makes the staffs’ life easier and the facility more productive. Figuring out something that gives us a competitive edge.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Repetition.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
Early in the morning… when there are only a few people around.

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Making Margaritas on a beach somewhere.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION? HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
In high school I was in the AV Club, then I interned at WCET, the PBS station in Cincinnati – I was hooked.

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
I don’t work on any shows directly, and I feel that if engineering does a good job nobody should know that we exist.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My iPhone, fast Internet, and Python.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Facebook and LinkedIn.


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