November 15, 2018
You might say she’s a jack-of-all-trades, but it’d be hard to find a single word or phrase to describe Shannon Hall’s role at BigStar. Though her official title is Producer, she also plays the occasional role of an editor, a DP, and even a writer (but she’s not writing this blurb right now, don’t worry).
Her driving force attitude and creative eye have allowed her to push the envelope from producer to artist, most specifically in cases like her work shooting the in-camera graphics for The Menendez Murders or editing the title sequence for The Murder of Laci Peterson (or almost any other murder project, really). Whether it’s editing our main company reel, producing the graphics for documentaries like Free Solo, or pumping up the excitement for the American Music Awards, Shannon has it covered.
Fun fact: she is also half of the team that coordinates and builds our BigStar newsletters! We’re very excited to spotlight her as an essential part of our team and to share her insights with the world.
I love getting a new project and learning the ins-and-outs of a story. I’m passionate about continuing to grow... and coming up with different ways of visualizing moments.
When did you first realize you wanted to be in the industry/work as a producer?
I’ve always wanted to write and tell stories, and I had a love of managing and working with a team in all of my previous jobs. As a journalism major with a concentration in communications, I studied a wide-range of subjects. It wasn’t until my very last semester that I took a film class and realized I absolutely loved shooting and editing. That’s how I knew I needed to pursue production and work my way into the biz.
What makes you love what you do?
So many things. Being in New York is a big one. The constant experiences and chances to meet new people is fascinating to me. And then, coming to work every day to be surrounded by incredibly talented, smart, funny and forward-thinking people is major! It’s amazing to work with different visions, combine ideas and unfold stories together--all to ultimately put together a neat little package.
What perspective do you bring to the graphics world as a producer and what sets you apart?
I think my readiness to be hands-on by shooting or editing keeps things fresh. BigStar is the perfect place for me to explore all the possibilities of that approach too.
How long have you been doing what you do?
3 years at BigStar! A lifetime of figuring it out?
What were you working on before coming to BigStar?
I was finishing up my degree at UNT. Since I was only recently introduced to the film world at the time, I had been mainly focusing on ceramics & writing, and dabbling in sculpture and drawing.
What/who has influenced you the most?
The people around me have always been my main source of inspiration. Family, friends coworkers and clients all help me to grow and continue to grow and steer my interests. After that, traveling and seeing more of the world is always a big treat.
What are you most passionate about professionally?
I love getting a new project and learning the ins-and-outs of a story. I’m passionate about continuing to grow in my editing skills and coming up with different ways of visualizing moments. Also, being the 24/7 office DJ--I do take occasional requests.
How do you determine the success of a relationship with a client?
I consider the biggest successes to be when we can deliver a project that everyone is stoked about from beginning to end. If I do my job well, I’ll know our clients feel confident they are in the best hands and the creative can flow freely without a worry about the day-to-day. Collaboration and ease are two key aspects I think end up as the building blocks for lasting relationships and work.