Film School Internship & First Job Success Log

Chris W

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I think it would be helpful to create a log of people's success getting internships and more importantly their first job during and after film school.

When I went to BU undergrad 23 years ago for film (class of 99) I interned at BU's TV station, at least 2 post houses in Boston, and Avid Technology.

My Internship at Avid led me to being hired as a tech support phone rep after graduation. (Which then led to my first assistant editor job after I moved to Los Angeles) Not directly... It just gave me the skills they were looking for.

One of my post production house internships was awesome because the editors were great and they helped me a lot in how to think about editing when there was time to talk to them. Alot of getting lunches for people and making sure snacks are available though. So prepare yourself for A LOT of menial tasks. You're an intern after all. But always DO GREAT WORK as an intern and then ask what else you can help with. People notice. (But just don't be annoying)

One funny thing that happened at the other post house was I fell asleep watching one of the editors work. 🤣🤣🤣 It was a dark room.... Comfy chairs.... Hey I was exhausted! Film school is hard work! 🤣🤣 Poor guy.

Please post your success (or even lack of success) in getting internships or jobs during our after your time at film school. Also let us know how those internships and first jobs went.

I think that would be very helpful to people.
 
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Mike_V

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I went to Chapman for my masters in editing.
I did 2 internships. 1 at Bravo Digital and 1 at a vfx house. It was an interesting to see how Bravo worked, atleast on their digital side.
it took me almost a full year of doing 1-2 week gigs (and months of no jobs) before I landed a 3 week gig that lead to a 9 month gig 4 months later, due to my performance.
I was hired as the "ae" which turned into Lead AE because I was soloing the job for the first few months with 5 editors (3 on site, 2 off site) and a room full of story producers. I eventually got myself a night ae who was able to help me handle the grouping and such (part of which i became "lead" ae).
It was exhausting but it was a great experience.
In my opinion, if you're in this industry, remember that you're freelancers and that the steps to getting that first gig that leads up to more constant work is hard, so when you lay awake at night thinking about whether or not you'll actually have constant work, you will. Keep a good attitude and learn as much as you can on your free time to keep up to date and once you get those jobs in.. you'll be fine and remember those days as a learning experience
 
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