Games Capture Director & FIDM Digital Media Alumnus Shares Industry Advice

It’s been an incredible year for Justin “Jay” Trumbull, a Games Capture Director at leading entertainment/advertising agency, The Ant Farm. After making the decision to abandon his previous career in the hotel industry, Trumbull earned his Digital Media degree from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising just 12 months ago, and now works in entertainment advertising– a career better suited for his creative skills and passion.

Justin "Jay" Trumbull– FIDM Digital Media Grad, The Ant Farm's Games Capture Director“I was blown away at the culture change when I started working with individuals who are passionate and dedicated to their field,” he says.

Since many FIDM Digital Media and FIDM Graphic Design Grads are currently applying and interviewing for graphic design and digital media jobs, was curious about what advice Trumbull has to share for new grads seeking creative employment, and what he’s learned one year since graduation.

“Be yourself,” he says. “I have found that companies will train you how to do your job, but personality is what earns you that job.”

Read our full Q&A with Trumbull and watch video game trailers by The Ant Farm, below:

Assassin’s Creed 3 Gameplay Reveal Trailer

“The Ant Farm created a campaign designed around a ‘ballet of action’ for television and Internet featuring our own signature game play cinematography and stylized editorial.” –

Q&A with The Ant Farm’s Games Capture Director, Jay Trumbull

Assassin’s Creed 3 Gameplay Reveal Trailer by The Ant Farm

( What does your job entail on a daily basis as a Games Capture Director?

(Trumbull) “I tell people who don’t understand what I do, that I play video games for a living. More technically, I am a Director and Director of Photography for Video Game gameplay trailers. I work closely with the industry’s biggest companies to translate their visions into cinematic trailers, which capture the story and emotion that their project has. I do this by using in game cameras to capture cinematic moments that exist within the video game, adding my own style and characteristics to the piece.”

After being in the industry for a year, what are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned since graduating?

“I thought the accelerated work pace from FIDM was a bit extreme, but I learned it only gets faster from there.”

What advice do you have for graduating students who interviewing?

“Be yourself. I have found that companies will train you how to do your job, but personality is what earns you that job.”

What advice do you have for an entry-level creative? What does it take to be successful in their first year?

“If you want to survive, you have to act like you’ve been there the whole time. I’ve seen talented people succumb to the pressures of intimidation.”

Is there anything that surprised you about working in the industry?

“[After] leaving a prosperous 15-year career in hotels and working with individuals who are not committed to their work, I was blown away at the culture change when I started working with individuals who are passionate and dedicated to this field. There is a higher level of quality dedicated to the workload.”

How did FIDM’s Digital Media program prepare you for the environment that you are working in?

“The fast paced work environment, and the challenging tasks prepared me the most. You can have an extremely impressive project, top of the line even, but the instructors [at FIDM] push you to be better. They would create scenarios [that you encounter] working with clients in the industry, where there will always be changes to improve a piece. They recognized, with me at least, that I had a weakness with critiques. They worked closely with me to help improve this to where I now invite criticism. [I recognize] that as a team, we can create an amazing piece of work.”

What is the best part about your job?

“I enjoy my day and projects, from start to finish. But mostly, seeing my work out in the public.”

Thank you for all of the great advice, Jay!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Reveal Trailer by The Ant Farm

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Reveal Trailer

Watch more trailers for Call of Duty by The Ant Farm here.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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