Meet Jesika, one of our youngest postproduction closed captioning editors.
CC: Tell us about your background.
Jesika: I was born in Washington. I made my way to Germany in college, reinforcing my love of gray, cloudy skies. I graduated from Columbia College, a private liberal arts women’s college in Columbia, S. C., with a B. A. in English with a minor in art.
CC: How did college prepare you for postproduction closed captioning?
Jesika: At Columbia College, I received instruction on the craft of writing and editing. I also worked as a writing tutor. Between grammar classes and hands-on journalism experience, I learned how to form sentences properly, which makes it easier to break them down for transcription. Punctuation is important in quality closed captioning. A poorly punctuated sentence can cause confusion for the viewer.
CC: What do you like best about postproduction closed captioning?
Jesika: I like having the opportunity to play around with words. Some of the programs we caption at CompuScripts Captioning are especially entertaining; I never thought I’d become a fan of old Westerns!
CC: CompuScripts is a YouTube Ready Qualified Vendor. Do you have any favorite YouTube videos?
Jesika: Some YouTube videos I’ve enjoyed in the past include Evolution of Dance, Maru, and wacky music videos. MysteryGuitarMan’s videos are also fun. The stop-motion animation of an Excelspreadsheet is amazing!
CC: Do you have any hobbies?
Jesika: My current interests are writing, studying languages, and designing t-shirts. I enjoy urban fantasy books and television, and “Star Wars” has always been one of my top movies. Lately, I’ve been listening to music by The Starlight Mints and Culcha Candela. I’m also a foodie. A Whole Foods just opened nearby, and it’s hazardous to the wallet!
CC: If you ever join the circus, for what act will postproduction closed captioning prepare you?
Jesika: Juggling. In postproduction closed captioning, you’re always multitasking. Between transcribing video, editing scripts, and putting time code to captions, there is a lot involved in producing quality closed captions.
Jesika: I prefer pop-on captions. I like how pop-on allows for speaker identification. I also like how the on-screen placement of the pop-on caption can affect the meaning of the caption. Because of the editing involved and the attention to time cuts, the pop-on caption becomes a part of the video.
CC: CompuScripts produced a YouTube sample video about the South Carolina Lizard Man. If you were charged with our next YouTube video, what would it be?
Jesika: There was talk in the office about a YouTube video featuring grammar zombies. While I don’t know if zombification is the way to go, I think some sort of lexical battle is in order.
CC: If CompuScripts Captioning ever becomes a musical workplace, a la television’s “Glee,” what song will you sing?
Jesika: “Interjections!” from “Schoolhouse Rock.” As it explains, interjections are great for when you’re happy, sad, frightened, mad, or glad. That pretty much covers any sort of day.
CC: Describe your dream postproduction closed captioning job.
Jesika: A hyperkinetic cartoon or sci-fi action series. There would never be a dull moment!