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Meet the Labbers: Jimmy Day

MIT Media Lab/Margaret Evans

In our ongoing audio series, Meet the Labbers, we hear people from all roles across the Media Lab talk about what they do and why they do it.

Today, meet Jimmy Day. 

"My name is Jim Day and I’m the videographer at MIT Media Lab. From the outside, it almost has this feeling like it’s Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory of science; like it just seems so unreal in terms of the things that people do. I remember seeing the video with the one-trillion-frames-a-second with the Camera Culture group sending a particle of light through a bottle, and just thinking how impossible that is.

Doing stories about science was something that I was interested in to begin with, so the most important thing with me in the job is just feeling like I’m the biggest fan of my own work—that I’m going to be just as excited as what I'm hoping the person watching it would be also. And I think that gives you some kind of insight into the program you’re making if you’re that hyped about it.

It almost has this feeling like it’s Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory of science.

One of the stereotypes of people in academia is that they may be masters of the universe in their particular research area but that they’re not really aware of how that will come across. But what’s different about working here as opposed to other universities is that there is a huge part of making visual and artistic already that lends itself to video. I’ve found that when I start working with a group here that different researchers or students or the professor have a really fine-tuned awareness of storytelling about their research in visual ways. It feels like it’s more of a partnership in making the video and less of one person kind of translating for the other. They’re already in a way media producers. I mean it’s the Media Lab, so it’s tied in with what I’m doing, and that helps make the video better.” 

              Music: “Futuria” by Dreamer 

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