Meet Spotlight’s New Videographer, Patrick Thompson

New Hire

Spotlight Media is constantly growing and changing. As we’re sad to see team members leave, we’re always excited to announce our newest hires. Since all our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds, each member offers unique skills that help the Spotlight Media team become even stronger and more well-rounded.

Meet our new videographer and learn what makes him a perfect fit for our company.

Photo by Hillary Ehlen

I’ve been in the video production field for almost 10 years now and I couldn’t be more thankful for all that I’ve learned and everyone I’ve met.  Video is such an amazing collaborative medium, and I keep getting lucky enough to work with people who have helped better myself in my career and as a person.

What drew you to Spotlight Media?
For years now I’ve been picking up Fargo Monthly, and I have always been impressed with the quality of the overall look and content they put forth.  With the additional magazines Spotlight has added to their line up over time, that quality has only increased.  So, when the opportunity to join the team opened up, I knew I had to jump at the chance to lend my expertise to the company in hopes of taking us even higher.

What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
It may or may not come as a surprise that one of my biggest hobbies/interests is the world of film.  Whether it be making or just watching them, movies have always captured my attention since I was little.  I’m a bit of a dreamer, and that personality trait seems to be right at home within the film industry.  It’s also a great way to spend time with friends and family; everyone pitching in to create something we can all be proud of, there’s nothing better.

What’s your favorite book and/or movie?
For my favorite movie, it’s probably easiest to just go with the one I’ve seen the most, which is George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.  The genre of zombie films owes a huge debt to Mr. Romero, as he is essentially the progenitor of everything zombies are today. From subtle social commentary to evoking fear without unnecessary gore, nobody did zombie films better than him at that time.  Which perfectly segues into my recent favorite book, World War Z.  Light years better than it’s film adaptation, the book presented in the form of oral histories from those who went through the major events of that world.  Even if you’re not into the genre, it’s quite a compelling read. (Pick up the audiobook version to hear grizzled Mark Hamill talk about battling the undead with rebar!)

Share something about yourself that would surprise us.
I’ve acted in dozens of projects over the years.  From short sketches with my friends to commercials, to silent films traveling the festival circuit, I feel like I’ve had a chance to do a little bit of everything.  Getting up on stage/set to act is tough for me because of my general feeling of shyness, but playing a character allows me to step away from myself and fully become someone else.  In the process, I’ve been able to ignore my shyness in everyday life and become more outgoing overall.

What’s the most useless talent you have?
I do a pretty good recitation of Chef’s parents speech about the Loch Ness monster from season 3 of South Park.  “I said, “What do you want from us, monster?” And the monster bent down, and said, “I need about tree-fitty.”