1. Nick Perez Update

    After working in the office the past couple weeks everything is a lot more familiar and I am able to navigate myself around a lot quicker in the city. I will admit that one of the best parts of being in NYC is the food. Every day I go to a new place for lunch and I already have favorite spots I go to on the weekends. I am staying busy at Udirect and last week we shot a commercial for Microsoft.

    We got to see some of the new phones they are planning to reveal in 2015 and I got to watch the finished commercial at the end of the week. Prior to shooting we had all been working on compiling footage for the commercial so it was really cool seeing all the footage we had found in the final commercial. 

    The other thing I love about the city is the access to anything you could want. Me and my cousin went to the IFC movie theater and watched the new movie Boyhood. It was an awesome movie and I highly recommend it to anyone 

    I hope everyone is enjoying their internships as they wrap up

    -Nick Perez 

     
  2. Jessica Oyler final blog post

    First off let me just say that I am really glad that I decided to stay beyond the semester date especially since I wasn’t able to get here till the 2nd half of the semester. Four weeks wouldn’t have been enough time that is for sure. I still feel as if I have much to learn so luckily I have about 3 weeks left. This past week I have done some more sight seeing and exploring everything which has been great of course. At Toybox unfortunately I have been unable to finish the spot I was working on due to the fact that I have gotten busy in my duties as a runner. I enjoy being a runner because I get to see different studios and go places I may not have went otherwise. The coolest thing I experienced this week was going on a run out to the middle of no where to deliver something to a set. Overall this experience has been absolutely wonderful and as I said I am really glad I still have 3 weeks left I still have much to do! Work wise and as far as having fun. I think this weekend I will check out magic mountain and this week I plan to stay later after my scheduled time to work on and finish my spot. I really want to take advantage of the opportunity to show what I can do to the producers that work here. If anyone ever asks if they should do san internship in LA I would say definitely! Thank you for the experience! 

     
  3. Mallory Brayman Final Blog Post

    I cannot believe this summer is coming to a close! I still have three more weeks interning at Netttwerk and I plan to make the most of it. One of the cool things I forgot to mention is the Nettwerk office is located in the Hollywood Athletic Club with is a pretty famous historic building in Hollywood.

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    Every week at my internship to make the most of my time here I go out to lunch with a different person at the office. This allows me to learn more about what they do, how they got to where they are today, and if they have any advice for me. Next week I am going out to lunch with people from the sales department, and I am really excited to get to know them better and learn more about what they do for the label.

    Last week I went out with some of the other interns to the Twilight Concert series in Santa Monica. It was so much fun and I recommend it to everyone! Every Thursday night on the Santa Monica Pier there is a free concert. Last week it was Yuna. I definitely plan on going again before the summer is over. Here is a picture from it.

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    Another fun thing I did this past weekend was I took a day trip to Santa Barbara with Savvas. It was absolutely beautiful! I would love to live there one day. It was a good break from the LA city life. The only down side to the trip is we were in stopped traffic for two hours due to a car crash. I definitely will not miss LA traffic when I go home!

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  4. Rebecca blog 4

    Hello! I am sad to have to leave this internship, but I’m going to stick around for a couple days more if I can, since the new interns don’t start again until August. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Screen Gems and the people I have met. I didn’t get a chance to meet with the stunt coordinator for Under the Dome, but I hope to some other time in the future. I will be interviewing with a set decorator tomorrow, which I am also highly interested in pursuing. For now, I’ve just been enjoying the rest of my time at Screen Gems, continuing work on purchase orders and equipment. Under the Dome just wrapped so we’re putting together all the quotes for Secrets and Lies which is just starting production. Here is some of us riding the bikes around the lot.

    I might not be leaving so soon though, so just keep your fingers crossed for me during my interview tomorrow for a part time position in the accounting office! To be continued… 

     
  5. Taylor Abrams Blog 4

    Hey everyone! I can’t believe my summer and my summer internship is almost over. Southern California has been pretty nice as usual. Thought, it would be a lie if I said I wasn’t homesick. For this blog, I want to talk about my trip to Little Tokyo in Downtown LA.

    You’d be surprised by how many nationalities have created lively communities in Los Angeles. Last year, I got a chance to wander around Chinatown with Anna (another UNCW student). 

    This time I went to Little Tokyo by myself for a couple of hours. It’s always cool walking around, seeing buildings and signs in different languages without leaving the US. Churches, banks, restaurants were all written in Japanese. 

     

    For those who don’t know, I’m such a big manga fan so I had to run through the bookstore and look at the collection. I went into random grocery stores just to look at all the different foods and candies being sold.   

    It was such a beautiful day. I recommend anyone visiting LA to hit up Little Tokyo before they leave. They have a lot of different events going on through out the summer. I found out about most of them once they were over. But it absolutely helps to have a car, I’m a metro rider so I refuse to stay any where once the sun sets for my own personal safety. 

     
  6. Beau Mumford Final Blog

    Hey guys,

    It’s hard to believe that everything is coming to an end. I’ve had a lot of fun working in LA this summer and I hope that I’ll be back again shortly. One thing that I haven’t mentioned in my posts is how laid back it is at the IFT office. Of course, everyone works hard and sometimes it can seem like there are billions of things going on but for the most part everyone is pretty calm. This was a nice surprise because I’ve always heard horror stories about people treating interns harshly, never from one specific person mind you. I guess it’s just a trope that get’s plaid out in movies and television a lot although I know it still happens in the real world from time to time.

    In other news, I recently heard that they are trying to reach a deal on a script that I read and recommended a while back. Who knows if anything will stick or if the movie will be successfully produced, however, it is cool to think that something I read this summer might end up on the big screen sometime in the future. And while I’m sure my coverage was probably only a small factor, it’s nice to know that my input is valued on some level. They were actually really good at making me feel like my opinions were appreciated and that can make a big difference. They are also always willing to talk to you. I recently interviewed a development executive at Benaroya Pictures (although he’s told me he really doesn’t like labels). He offered a lot of cool insights into the industry as well as some solid advice. 

    Finally, I usually end on some of the fun stuff I’m doing in LA. Because of where I live and work, the easiest main stretch to access is Wilshire Blvd. Lucky for me there was a lot of fun things to do on Wilshire so I thought I’d share. Firstly there are a whole bunch of cool museums to go to. Two of which  are LACMA (The LA County Museum of Art) and the Page museum at the La Brea tar pits. Both of those museums are really fun if you enjoy art and/ or mammoth and dire wolf skulls. 

    The heart breaking scene as a mammoth child and mother watch as daddy mammoth sinks into the tar. 

    A very cool sculpture call Metropolis 2 at LACMA. Basically the world’s coolest Hot Wheels Track.

    There are also many concert venues off of Wilshire one of the coolest of which was the El Rey. I got to see a concert there and it was an absolute blast.

    Just look at those chandeliers. Now that’s classy. 

    Those are just a few of the many cool activities you can do and that’s just one road out of hundreds. Needless to say, you can’t really be bored in LA. I had a fun time both working and hanging out here and hopefully, I’ll be back soon. 

     
  7. Blog #4 Curry Morris

    Hello!

    This past week was relatively quiet at the L&G shop and we spent a good portion of the week fixing equipment and taking inventory. We pulled some orders in preparation for next week, which will be CRAZY because Under the Dome wraps but Secrets & Lies starts. It’s going to be insanely busy! 

    I also got to interview the VFX supervisor for Under the Dome, Adam Avitabile. He is a really cool, down to earth guy with a TON of experience. He has done some awesome work. I recorded the interview and cannot wait to share it! 

    I can’t believe next week is the last week. This summer has gone by insanely fast! 

     
  8. Christina Lamia Blog Post #4 

    Hello everyone,

    I can’t believe next week is the last week of my internship! It went by so fast. But anyway this past week I have barely been in the office much and instead I have just been helping out in the shop. I pretty much spent the week helping the guys fix lights and other equipment. I also helped them pull some orders as well. Nothing really new and exciting has happened.

    I finally got in touch with the head special effects makeup guy for Sleepy Hollow but unfortunately no matter how many times I try to call him and text him he can’t seem to give me a straight answer on when we can meet. I  understand he is extremely busy but I am so bummed that I might have to find another person to interview since I can’t get a hold of him. (and now I am panicking since I have less than a week >.<)  But I am still hoping that I will hear from him Monday (fingers crossed).

     I look forward to my last week at my internship and hopefully I won’t stress too much about this interview =/ and I hope it will all work out in the end!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

    Bye bye!

     
  9. Caleb Stewart Blog Post #4

    To echo Becca, this past week has certainly been interesting, on the other side of the country as well.

    This past Tuesday, ABC took over our parking lot and the street in front of us to film a scene for “Revenge.”  I took some time while walking a package to FedEx to watch the crew work and nearly blend into the extras for a scene.  The efficiency of the shoot was impressive, especially for taking over a street through a community in LA in the middle of the morning- despite the large number of people on set, they moved quickly and were out in time to grab lunch.

    (No pictures since they had security and local police everywhere)

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    But that’s not really what made this past week interesting.  In this past week, a mock PSA that I edited at my internship for publicity is now being considered for the DVD release of one of our most prominent movies of the summer.  And, as each passing month brings Gravitas bigger and better titles, I’ve been assigned to edit several behind-the-scenes compilations for what has been our biggest July release.  Assuming all goes well, I’ll be able to reveal more details on that once those have been released to the public.

    In addition to all of that, I’ve also secured my interview that we’re expected to get for FST 398 credit.  Utilizing my contacts, I’ll be interviewing Alex Bakke, the writer/director of the upcoming movie ‘Believe Me,’ which you can expect to be making some pretty large splashes later this fall-

    http://believemefilm.com/

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    He’s only been out of college a few years, and alongside his producer Alex Carroll, managed to raise millions of dollars to create three relatively successful nationally released movies.  He wrote and developed a comedy series for MTV while still in college.  If anyone can provide relevant advice, it will be him.  I just hope I can be a good interviewer; if I find success in that, you can look forward to it being shared in spaces where everyone can see it.

    So, in the course of this week, I’ve managed to somehow become an editor respected by industry professionals (at least at Gravitas), gain serious marketing work for the near future (becoming my major priority at work), and set up an interview with an up-and-coming but already fairly famous filmmaker, who was actually excited about it.

    In addition to all of that, I’ve helped prepare some materials for the upcoming months at Gravitas, and I think a lot more people are about to know of Gravitas Ventures by the end of 2014.  I still have two weeks left here, but my final day will be on that of the theatrical release for 4 Minute Mile, which I’ve worked a lot on and finally watched in its entirety recently.  And I honestly loved it.  Both as someone who ran cross country for seven years and as a filmmaker.  Even though I’ll be leaving the company to return to UNCW, I will certainly be keeping an eye on their films.

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    If you click here, you can see some of those quote images that I mentioned working on in my last post.  One of those images got reposted to Reddit and got a couple thousand upvotes, I’ve been told.

    Almost made me get on Reddit.  Almost.

     
  10. Becca Ederer Post #4

    This past week was interesting because Screen Gems went through some internal transitions and one of our accountants from up front moved to the lighting and grip department. While this was a great opportunity for him, it left our other accountant with more responsibilities than could be handled by one person, so she called in me for help! What I’ve discovered through handling check requests, excel spreadsheets, and invoice tracking is that the entertainment industry is HUGE in economic terms. So much money changes hands between this company and smaller local companies, other studios, etc. We employ so many services that are outside the normal realm of filmmaking that it’s still a wonder to me that the NC Film Tax Incentive is receiving the hot debate that it has been. But perhaps that’s a post for another time. Anyways, it was interesting working with accounting and learning about their team. I’m always up for a new experience!

    I also conducted my interview this week with Chris Bromley, who is a Unit Production Manager for upcoming Nicholas Sparks film, “The Choice.” While I actually haven’t seen many of Sparks’ films, it was Bromley’s work history that piqued my interest, including UPM or PM of movies like The Bourne Supremacy, The Conjuring, Hidalgo, TV series Surface, and many more. We were moved at the last second, but here’s what our setup would’ve looked like:

    Although we were a little rushed for time during our interview, I still got some good stories and good advice from him. I’m very happy this was part of the internship requirement, because otherwise I never would have gotten the opportunity to make such a connection!

    Also p.s., I walked right past the Governor on his way to visit Screen Gems on Thursday….crazy stuff!

    Anyways, I’m super sad it’s my last week next week, but also excited to move into the fall semester. Hopefully I go out with a bang!