At Work With… Megin Boyles, Producer and Co-Owner of Lamp Media Productions
The ‘At Work With…’ Interview Series is our way of bringing you behind-the-scenes with the names and businesses included in our Texas Production Directory (TPD). We want to showcase the creatives that cover all levels of production experience, backgrounds, and geographies around the state.
This week’s spotlight is on Megin Boyles, Producer & Co-Owner of LAMP Media Productions based in San Antonio and a Texan for six years.
Your claim to fame: What special skill or fun fact differentiates you from others?
Female producer with twelve years of experience working in New York City (worked from PA to Producer) prior to Texas.
What’s the most memorable experience on a project or production that you’ve had and what made it so special?
- In New York: I worked for an actor for several years through production companies. After some time, Actor shot a TV series and the first Sex & the City movie at the same time. It was really fun to work with two great casts and crews at once.
- In Texas: I must say, I am still very proud of our first commercial series we shot for the National Amputee Boxing Association. We poured our heart and sweat into it, as did our Client and Star Boxer. The final videos are a great starting point as to what we can accomplish. It would not have been the same without all of us working together.
What are the skills required to succeed in your specific area of expertise?
Time has been one of my greatest assets. I have a span of 20 years working my way up the ladder on blockbuster films to my first producing gig on an indie horror film in 2012. I have worked as a producer with major brands such as Nike (live event), Frontier Airlines (social media video producer) and M&C Saatchi (producer). With each producing gig, I learn a little more and take away the good to implement and pass on to the next. Time and experience has increased my confidence in my ability to manage a project, client and crew at any level.
What advice have you been given that continues to be helpful in your work?
There are so many. I will narrow this down to two. The first was from my mother: always show up early and on time. That is helpful for any profession. The next best advice is the simple rule of thirds when framing an image. I learned this in film school and my husband and partner always shares this with new filmmakers and photographers.
In your industry, collaboration is the key to success. How do you best foster collaboration with your colleagues from project to project?
Yes, collaboration is key. I keep this in the forefront during all of our shoots. I run a set where everyone is valued and egos are checked at the door. I am proud to run a set where everyone is heard and supported.
How have Covid-19 safety protocols affected the way that you work?
Covid-19 safety protocols have simply added a welcomed compliance step to our shoot days and prep time. Adding testing, masks, hand sanitizer and additional communication is simple when you allow the extra time to prepare.
What’s the best part about working in Texas?
The crews here work hard but also seem to have a better balance with their personal life. I value hard workers who, like me, want to do a great job and then get back to their families at the end of the day.
What are some of the projects made in Texas that you feel reflect the diverse culture of the state?
The majority of my work has been in San Antonio. I love getting to know this city and the rich local culture and history. I have filmed on the beautiful San Antonio River Walk with locals and tourists, local schools, parks and small businesses. Each have a story and color of their own. This past fall we worked with 60 Second Docs (and their client Cadillac) on a Becky Hammon project where the first mural of a female WNBA and NBA Coach was erected (the city is known for street murals). This was a special project that connected the city, art, talent and client in a special piece which brought me to tears.
Interview has been edited for brevity.
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