Howdy, stranger! As you might have guessed, I’m Cade Utterback. I’m 20 years old and I just recently graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. My degree is in Television Production with a minor in Graphic Communications. I’d like to take a moment to tell you a little about me.
I was always interested in TV and video work, even as a kid. I always watched far more TV than movies, and the concept of broadcasting itself has always fascinated me. I also loved drawing. I started out drawing characters such as Snoopy and Woodstock, and even had a Mario phase in 3rd grade. In 2011 I created a character that I still draw to this day and whose world I expand upon in my free time, John Mcfars. (You can read more about that series in the tab above if you’re interested.)
When I got my first device with a video camera, a Nintendo 3DS all the way back in 2011, I spent almost all of the next year just filming everything I could think of, and also experimented with the stop motion feature to make silly little animations. I got a laptop for Christmas in 2011, and I quickly began experimenting with all the different kinds of content I could make. I started a YouTube channel and after a while I began to call Windows Live Movie Maker my home! A few months after I first got that laptop, I discovered Audacity and began doing all sorts of silly edits, eventually becoming fairly proficient at cutting audio tracks and making remixes. Also in 2012, I began to teach myself how to animate using Macromedia Flash. That was one heck of a nostalgic summer for me!
As the years came and went, I grew stronger in my ability to make videos or all kinds. Soon I began to do more experimenting, and in 2016 I picked up a free version of “VideoPad”, which introduced me to the world of multitrack video editing. I began getting more and more experimental and creative, and I always tried to make something that would impress my friends, relatives, and teachers. I kept drawing and animating, too, although with how time-consuming that was (combined with my high school marching band career taking up a lot of my free time), my non-animated videos slowly took priority.
When I entered Murray State University in the Fall of 2019, I had my heart set on the TV Production tract. I had no idea what to expect, but one of the first great surprises was being introduced to Adobe Premiere! For almost 3 years now I’ve been using Premiere as my primary editing software, and I think I’ve been able to create some high-quality videos and productions using it. In the Spring of 2021, as part of one of my college courses, I was one of the cast members, writers, directors, editors and marketers of “MSU2Nite”, an almost-weekly TV show that was entirely put on by us college students. Along with my longtime friend, Dustin Wilcox, we overhauled the branding and aesthetic of the show entirely, and with a more loose and fun writing style, we were able to put on a highly entertaining show that surpassed everyone’s expectations.
I also recently finished my capstone project, an hour-long documentary and analysis of the music composed for Hanna-Barbera cartoons, featuring many pieces done by the legendary Hoyt Curtin and Ted Nichols. I spent a majority of my Spring 2022 semester working on it, and I’m very proud of how it turned out. And as I was going through and watching bits and pieces of it, I kept thinking about my roots in editing over 10 years ago. In 2012, I never imagined that I would have been able to make content of the quality that I do now. I’m very proud of what I’ve been making recently, and I’m ever-hopeful for the future!
Like I mentioned above, I recently graduated from Murray State with a degree in Television Production. I know the math doesn’t add up at first – a 20-year-old graduate who only went to college for three years – but I assure you, that was the result of the many credit hours I brought in from my high school academic efforts. Honestly, I’m extremely lucky to be in the place that I’m in right now, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me. A lot of my friends and family have wished me the best, and who would I be if I let them down? No matter what the future holds, I’m ready to make an impact on the world.