Kylee Peña's Blog Focusing on post-production, from editing and motion graphics to personal experiences and the psychology of being an editor. en-us Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:00:00 GMT PHP Script An Oral History of My Illegal Internships Whether by necessity or the evolution of a specific kind of culture, internships have emerged as a dominant “foot-in-the-door” for the post production industry. Among those internships, the unpaid variety tend to dominate in a way that is not seen in many other fields such as business and medici Fri, 28 Jul 2017 02:02:55 GMT A Letter to Incoming Female Freshmen in Media Programs Sun, 09 Jul 2017 23:20:08 GMT Bridging the Gap to Opportunity: A Conversation with 3 First-Time NAB Show Attendees Imagine this: you’re in your early twenties, at the start of your career in post production. You come from a working class family with no connections in the media industry, and you’ve had many challenges to overcome along the way. You’ve been working hard to maintain momentum by keeping your b Mon, 03 Jul 2017 18:53:13 GMT Blind Resume Evaluations Don’t Make Your Company More Inclusive Whenever I’m involved in a discussion on inclusive hiring practices, whether it’s a panel or a forum discussion or a one-on-one conversation, there is always someone who urges me (or the audience) to simply take the names off resumes for initial screening to prevent any conscious or subconscious Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:17:21 GMT NAB For Free: How BCPC is Eliminating Financial Barriers for Trade Shows My first time attending the NAB Show (the National Association of Broadcasters, the largest trade show our industry has all year) I stayed in Las Vegas for a week and came away feeling connected. All the people I’d met through the internet ended up being real people with interesting stories and us Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:54:40 GMT A Brief Summary of the State of Women in Film Whenever I discuss gender in the film industry, someone usually pops up and says "yeah but it's waaaay better than it used to be!" And every year, San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film publishes their annual Celluloid Ceiling Report on womens' employment " Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:26:14 GMT Why Representation Matters: Thoughts on the Creative Arts Emmys The first time I had tea with Meaghan, it was a bright summer day in New York. She told me I would have to work harder than almost anyone I knew if I wanted to succeed. It was my first trip to the city after a lifetime of aspirations. We sat in Moby’s vegan cafe on the lower east side and she told Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:28:25 GMT Addressing Professional Fears and Growing Up Last week, a young woman on Twitter told me she had read an old blog post I wrote and immediately related to it and needed more information. The post, titled “Professional Fears”, was published on February 5, 2010. As a recent graduate, she told me she was being held up with exactly what I wrot Sat, 06 Aug 2016 18:05:19 GMT The Women in Post PR List: No More #AllMalePanels Did you know the #allmalepanel is such a common phenomenon that a UN organization is urging its employees (and 8,500 member organizations like Coca-Cola and Cisco) to stop participating in them? “There is no shortage of qualified women," says executive director Lise Kingo. The post production indu Sat, 09 Apr 2016 23:23:18 GMT The Sisterhood of the X-Files Fandom I could safely fit three episodes of The X-Files on one VHS tape in Long Play mode. And I did. In the late 90s and early aughts, I collected and categorized episodes in much the same way one would arrange a mixtape. Some episodes go together chronologically, others go together thematically, but mayb Sun, 24 Jan 2016 12:29:49 GMT The Easy Way to Solve Gender Imbalance in Film and Television Each year, San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film releases a “Celluloid Ceiling” report which shows female employment on the top 250 films of the previous year. This year’s numbers (released last week) are more of the same, with female employment ho Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:14:05 GMT And then I moved to Los Angeles... So, uh, I moved to LA, you guys. Let’s back up a couple decades. When I was a kid, I read a lot of books that dealt with shy homebodies that took adventures out of their comfort zones for heroic or accidental reasons, or sometimes both. It’s a pretty standard trope a lot of people enjoy. The fir Fri, 01 May 2015 22:38:53 GMT NAB Diary: Dust Storm Today was an uncharacteristically windy day in Vegas. The wind created a dusty, almost foggy late afternoon that sent everyone running to the nearest cab or shuttle as they left the convention center for the day. Which is an oddly appropriate metaphor for the way product development seems to be happ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:51:12 GMT NAB Diary: Be Nice Yesterday was the first day of the 2015 NAB Show, and appropriately enough I got too busy to write a blog. In fact, I fell asleep in front of my laptop. That pretty much sums up NAB for most people. Especially if they're me. (To my credit, it was well after midnight, and I'm from the east coast. I'm Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:41:38 GMT NAB Diary: Pre-show Observations I spent half of my day at the convention center and the other half aggressively socializing with the entirety of the online post production community. Because of this, I have some observations to make on this NAB Eve. 1. Blackmagic Design has some interesting stuff to announce, and we know this beca Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:58:41 GMT NAB Diary: Away to Vegas Fresh off a week of some of the craziest night shift hours I've ever worked, I'm desperately trying to gather myself together (with Bloody Marys applied liberally and responsibly) for an even crazier week ahead in Vegas where I'll again be covering the NAB Show with lots of blogs and articles. (Woo. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:50:18 GMT Open Letter to Companies Exhibiting at the NAB Show (Or any trade show, for that matter.) Trade shows in all industries are notorious for being a spectacle with every vendor competing with the other to be the loudest, shiniest and sexiest. I'm writing to you -- any of you involved in the design, staffing or operation of a booth at the upcoming NAB Sh Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:18:13 GMT Come to my Gender Equality Panel at NAB 2015! I just realized I haven't formally invited the entire internet to a panel I'm helping to put together at this year's NAB Show. After reading my Sexism in Post article, Adobe reached out to see how they could help the visibility of women in the industry. Long story short, I've been working on this fo Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:45:36 GMT Why the Academy Awards Matter for Gender Equality in Hollywood "I hadn't even heard of that movie until the nominations." "Oh, it's Oscar nominated? I'll have to see it." "I need to see all the best picture nominees before the Oscars are on!" How many times do you hear these things during awards season? All the time? And then also through the rest of the year? Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:13:52 GMT Editing for Social Impact: How I Saved the San Gabriel Mountains (Okay, maybe the headline is a LITTLE strong, but I HELPED.) In the world of corporate video, the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world didn’t come around often for me. I know that’s not true for many people in the “corporate video” world, which is a general term I could use to Sun, 11 Jan 2015 13:36:12 GMT