by Nick Jones
Patrick Lynch is a junior at JPCatholic, studying TV Studio Production.
NJ: What got you into studying TV studio production in the first place?
PL: It’ll probably be easier if I told you how I got into film. Basically how I got to the idea of film, is when I was a kid, I had a really bad stutter. And all the doctors told me I [nothing could] be done, I’d have to deal with it. And then I watched the movie, The King’s Speech. It’s a story about the king of England in a time of World War II [who] had a tremendous speech impediment and he worked on it. I actually watched that movie about five times in the theater. I would go home later on try to recapture what they did. That kind of idea that film could be used to help people really just kind of opened my mind. When I got into high school I realized that people like seeing themselves on live TV, or live screens. They feel better; they feel good about themselves. I knew people who were struggling a lot with stuff and the minute they saw themselves on the jumbotron, they would go crazy. I continued the idea that film could help people, but in live form. And that’s what I wanted to pursue.
NJ: Could you tell us more about how you transitioned from pursing general film into focusing on TV Studio Production?
PL: The way I really found out I really wanted to do TV studio production was I got the opportunity to shadow the Dodgers [baseball team] Spectrum Broadcasting truck. I was brought on, and they put me in the audio room…and he basically walked me through the entire process. and in the truck they had thirty seven mics going in one game…the level of detail that went into it that no one knew, it blew me away. I knew I wanted to pursue it more so even since then, I’ve been trying to get myself better and work as hard as I can to be able to recreate anything like that.
NJ: Any key things that you have learned in the field you’re studying?
PL: The really funny thing was that I’ve been on multiple film sets–like normal film sets–where they’re all kind of like panicking…they’re all trying to figure out what the next shot is, they’re all trying to get it as fast as they can…and get home. When I got on the set of the Dodgers though, they were all so relaxed. In mid-game, they were talking about their kids, talking about their lives, that kind of thing. It was like “wow.” Maybe this doesn’t have to be so panicky; maybe we don’t have to be so “we gotta get this right now.” Maybe the key to being good is being competent in yourself well enough where you don’t need to worry about getting it done. And that’s what I’ve always thought about: Maybe it’s not so much of “I need to be better,” but I need to believe I can be better.
NJ: How were you able to eventually visit the live set of the Dodgers?
PL: During this past spring break, I got the opportunity when I was talking to my sister’s godmother. And she said, “what do you want to do?” And I go “well this is what we’re doing,” and just explain as broadly as possible. I actually used the Dodgers [as an example]. I go “you know the Dodger cam? I wanna do that.” And she goes “Oh, well, I know some who does that…my next door neighbor. He’s a director.” I say, “next time you see him, drop my name.” And sure enough she did. I got his email address, and I just shot back and forth to him and he said, “yeah, come by anytime”
I met Vin Scully. He’s been the announcer for fifty to forty years for the Dodgers. I pulled up in the lot [at the Dodgers stadium] and all of a sudden, this car pulls up next to me…this old guy with grayish hair comes out with his family and he turns to me and he goes, “you look a bit well-dressed to be working here. What are you doing here?” I was in the staff parking; all the staff were going with their blue shirts, I was more dressed up…And I just explained what I was doing, and he goes “well, that sounds really good. I wish you luck, son.” It was a fantastic experience.
NJ: Being a Catholic and learning how to impact culture for Christ, in live TV, what would that look like?
PL: Live TV has many spectrums. As far as impacting sports with religion, not much impacting can be done there, maybe just how people interact with one another. As far as impacting culture, I think that would be just being able to be in a group and work in a group without vulgarity, without needing that as a distraction. Just trying to find a medium, cause just talking to [the tech workers], they don’t have a lot of religious people in their industry, just by the fact when I told them I was Catholic. They felt obligated to change how they acted because they knew someone was religious in the room. You don’t have to change who you are to satisfy me. We’re on the same team, you don’t have to change how you act for me. That really stood out to me.
NJ: Any future projects?
PL: There’s a group of us [students] in TV Studio Production, that want to enhance our skills more. We’re looking for more live events that we make and be a part of. We went back and forth on JPCatholic games tournament…[or] debates we could broadcast live. We’re looking for very small things, just to be able to be casual, like the pros were in the [Dodgers] truck—not worrying about their abilites, but being able to trust themselves. That’s what we really want to achieve before we go to the next step, to be able to go somewhere else and make our own setup and broadcast. There’s not much to do right now. We have to make it.
NJ: Closing Statements?
PL: I’m pretty cool. Just come talk to me if you want to talk to me. *laughs*