As of end September this year, two of our video editors would have worked more than 20,000 hours to edit 350 episodes of the weekly entertainment show Indian Beat! This is one of the longest running series on Vasantham, and Video Editors Sujith Kumar and Murugan Selvarasu, have been working on this series since the first episode aired in January 2011. The show is currently into its 7th year of production!
THE PULSE OF THE INDIAN COMMUNITY
Indian Beat is a weekly series that highlights stories and events that revolves around the Indian community. The turnaround time is extremely short for some stories and the editors have to quickly edit the clips, record the narrator’s voice and package the stories within a short few hours in order to meet transmission timeline. Both Sujith and Murugan play a key role in conceptualizing the flow of Indian Beat and work independently to improve the packaging of the show each season. Due to the current nature of some of the stories, the production team has to email the script to the editors so that they can start editing right away.
As regular editors of the show, Sujith and Murugan are able to edit some of stories even before the script is finalised! They will then fine-tune the edited material to fit the finalized script. Their ability to understand six different Indian languages also helped shape the stories effectively for different communities. In fact, Indian Beat achieved record ratings on several occasions.
BEHIND THE SCENE
While he dedicates so much of his time and effort to the show, Murugan had to leave his family and two children behind in Chennai, India to join our department. It was not easy for Murugan as his wife was expecting his second child when he first arrived here. But he quickly adjusted to life in Singapore and adapted to the new workflow at Mediacorp. Murugan was fortunate to have an experienced editor in Sujith to help him assimilate into the company quickly. Sujith is a veteran in the business, having been a trailer producer in Vasantham and Channel NewsAsia before joining Central Post in November 2009.