Welcome to SunSpin Mondays, a blog series where we showcase what makes SunSpin Media unique – our people and our personality, every Monday. This week, I sat down with our Associate Creative Director of Film & Video, Dain Kim. Dain specializes in all forms of video production, and can regularly be seen hopping from video shoot to video shoot. She is a fundamental part of what keeps SunSpin in orbit. I wanted to find out more about who she is and how she became a part of the SunSpin team.
My name is Dain Kim and I was born and raised in South Korea. I do mainly video production, from event coverage to commercials and anything in-between.
How did you get into film production?
My interest in film started a long time ago, when I first began watching music videos. They are often composed of a bunch of one-second frames, each of which I think is meaningful, so I like how all the small clips work to create one idea. The music then works together to give more meaning to the video, and I’ve always found that fascinating.
What do you love about film production?
I choose this field because it’s basically every form of art combined into one finished product and I love that. I also love that I get to do a thorough analysis of the subject of my films. I think film is about having a complete knowledge about your subject and using that to build layers of meaning, and that’s what makes a film great. My favorite part about film-making is the actual production aspect, when you’re running around getting the actual shots and working with the actors/actresses and camera crew.
How did you make your way to Sunspin?
I was an intern to start off. After I graduated, I kept in contact with my boss, and he ended up recommending me for the position.
What is your favorite thing about working at SunSpin?
My favorite thing is that I am given full control and freedom to develop my own ideas, and that everyone else around me is so open-minded and willing to help make them a reality. I think that is unique at SunSpin.
What motivates you?
New things. New ideas, new goals, etc. I can’t handle too much routine every day. I get so excited whenever beginning something new, whether it’s a project, a relationship, or something else. Sometimes if a project is going really slowly, I break it down into sections so that when we start a new part of the project, it seems like something brand new, and that helps me get focused.
What does creativity mean to you?
To me it’s observation. Creativity comes from thorough observation. Especially when it comes to film, you have to observe and understand your subject matter; and once you do, you can create something around it.
What is your ultimate goal in life?
My boss actually asked me that question in my interview for this job. My ultimate goal in life is to get to know myself fully. Every day I question who I am – and I’m not sure if I will ever be able to entirely answer that question, but I think it’s an important one to always be asking yourself who you are and what you represent. In order to fulfill this I always try and get out of my comfort zone by trying new things and activities like running 5K races, going to music concerts, and pushing myself in whatever I’m doing. I also have plans to go skydiving this summer, and I’m going to make a reservation so I can’t get out of it!