Matt Johnson '09 wins Aggie video contest

Matt Johnson '09 receives an autographed basketball from Jason Cook, vice president for marketing and communications at Texas A&M. Credit: Texas A&M, Marketing & Communications
Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: February 24, 2009

Matt Johnson knows why he's an Aggie, and now the world does too. A senior technology management major in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, Matt was the grand prize winner of the Why I'm An Aggie video contest sponsored by Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications and Flip Video. He also was selected as the College of Education and Human Development contest winner.

"I have more of a passion for filming than I thought I ever did," Matt says after filming and editing his video entry for the contest. "And, my technology management degree is a good complement to my passion for filming, especially since it teaches me the management side of things."

Matt found out about the contest and had only two weeks to brainstorm, film and edit his creation. He filmed at least two shots a day and enlisted the help of friends, friends of friends and even his father to capture the shots he envisioned for his story.

"I wanted to grab the audience's attention from the very start, so I thought, ‘Why not capture aerial footage of campus and College Station?'" he says. "My dad just happens to be a pilot for AT&T, so he flew into town one morning and let me tag along to get the footage I needed. I only had about 30 minutes to shoot, but I got just what I needed."

Matt, who began to develop his passion for filming as a sophomore at Texas A&M, says that the contest pushed him to do his best.

"It made me work really hard. I had to coordinate people and locations-all in a short time," he says. "I got to see places on campus that I had never been, like the football locker rooms."

Matt's friends say it is the best work he's done so far, and he has already been asked to develop videos for friends running for yell leader and student body president.

Matt, who will graduate this December, already has a few possibilities lined up for his required internship this fall, including a video internship with Texas A&M Marketing and Communications. After graduation he says the possibilities are endless.

"I might go to film school," he says with a smile.