Vicram Chatterjee

Vicram Chatterjee

Vicram Chatterjee

Director and Vice President of an entertainment company
Radio-Television-Film, Department of Radio-Television-Film
Class of 2020

Can you talk about your career path? 

I always wanted to be a filmmaker. Creating stories captivated me like nothing else. I started making home movies as a young kid and never looked back. However, I came into my freshman year thinking there was a big issue in not honing in on a specific role within filmmaking. I was torn in multiple directions between directing, cinematography, and editing. However, by not putting myself in a box, I exposed myself to all of those paths as best I could, letting me be a jack of all trades now. That worked out for the best and if I had to do college over, I’d do the same exact thing.

I started working with Joshua Weissman in January of 2020. Josh had seen my reel on my website and knew my passion for storytelling was exactly what his channel needed to take it up a level. When I came in, we started building the brand from scratch. My experience in motion design helped me create intros for our series. My editing skills helped each video unlock its true potential. My cinematography skills took the visuals up a notch. And my business background helped build the brand. 

We both clicked with our creative and business-driven mindsets to elevate the brand to 15 million followers across social media. Ever since then I’ve been living out my dream of directing content for some of the biggest projects on the internet. To see my content viewed and enjoyed by millions of people each day is truly a blessing. 

Did you think you'll be making TikTok and YouTube content? 

I always enjoyed YouTube content growing up. I was very big into the video game scene when I was in early high school. I’d spend a lot (maybe even too much) time making YouTube videos and that’s really where I learned how to edit. I spent hours learning after effects and premiere every day, trying to make the coolest videos possible for my friends and family. I was a one-man band, doing all aspects of production on the videos which gave me tons of creative breath. I’d say YouTube is really where my love for content creation started, so looking back - I suppose it’s no surprise I’d end up back there!

How are you using the skills that you learned at Moody in your director role? 

More than anything I got lots of reps in collaboration, team building, and brand building through my time at Moody. A lot of the classes required group work and more often times than not I found myself in a leadership position within those groups. Many projects also fit the mold of building and scaling a brand identity which has been the main focus of what I do today. 

Don’t lock yourself into one path and stay open to all opportunities. You never know where a simple job can take you.

Vicram Chatterjee, Radio-Television-Film 2020

What advice do you have for #TEXASMoody students? 

There are a MASSIVE amount of digital media jobs out there. Traditional TV and film are not the only paths you can go into! The digital space is BOOMING with creative jobs, and I wish I was told that earlier. 

I recommend emailing your favorite creators and just inquiring if they need an editor, assistant, or camera operator. Your chances are higher than you think. Most of the big names I’ve worked with in the space are always searching and adding to their team. I’d also like to add that I’m always available for an email chat and we are always looking to add creatives to our team. 

Digital content creation requires everyone to be adaptable to all sorts of creative roles. Not only does experience in multiple areas of content creation help when searching for a job, but it’s also what most companies are searching for. Don’t lock yourself into one path and stay open to all opportunities! You never know where a simple job can take you.

Also, when you apply for jobs as an editor, include your reel. Show them what you can do! I take many applications every week and the biggest thing that we are looking for is to SEE what applicants can create, rather than read about it on a resume.

What classes/professors helped the most? 

Ben Bays and Micah Barber.

Micah Barber’s class focused on building a show from scratch and the concepts learned in that class directly aided in developing our many series and the overall business process. He broke the mold of the traditional classroom while teaching these concepts and it was a very conducive learning environment.

Ben Bays taught me something a classroom usually can’t: confidence in creativity. He really broke me out of a shell of thinking my work wasn’t ready for the public. I cared a lot about what each individual viewer thought and let the negativity often get to me. He taught us to release what we’re proud of and to always keep learning and improving our craft. He fostered a creative environment through all of his projects and could not have encouraged free thinking and the creative process more. I follow many of his principles today and as a result, I am confident in everything I make and release on these huge scales. 

What do you miss most about Moody College? 

I miss sharing most of my days with my close friends! Moody was a very collaborative environment every day to create fun projects, bounce ideas off one another, and just hang out with great people.

IG/Twitter handle/LinkedIn: @vicramfilms / @vicramfilms /