What's It Like To Work at Studio Center?


So today I started working on my first "mock up". Time for me to start applying all that I've learned about Concrete 5. I have an idea about what I want to design and I am hoping it looks great when I finish. The client is a Bread and Breakfast/Cattle Farm near Charlottesville. Looks like a beautiful place. Hope I do it justice.

Tyson, Digital Division Intern

Today I worked with Edwin (one of the senior designers) to learn more about the preferred CMS, Concrete 5. Easier than WordPress once you get the hang of it. Edwin is also teaching me more about typography, selection of typefaces, point size, line length, leading, tracking, kerning, color and any element that can affect a design. I'm learning a lot.

Tyson, Digital Division Intern

"There was a coffee commercial shoot this week that I got to work on with Studio Center. It was great to see how simple the shoot was. There was only a table in front of a white background, an actor, and coffee and kitchen props. This all put together combined with the way that it was filmed simulated a kitchen. It made me realize how simple filmmaking can be if you think creatively and plan ahead. The director and producer worked together to make sure that the client was pleased with the progress. It’s always nice to see this kind of collaboration in person because I know that I will have to work with clients in the same manner in the future."

Thank you,
Mark Ramirez

This week at Studio Center, Kevin and I spent some time going though my check list. He showed me how to properly read office tracker and what each color represents. Kevin also showed me how to properly navigate through Fistcom. We pulled up youtube video and found a Subaru commercial. I picked it apart, wrote down my own Specs and searched through Fistcom to find a piece that fit that spot. It was a fun activity and it really helped me understand how to write Specs and find compositions that will work best.


This week at Studio Center I got to experience real-world situations that impact how a day can go if not fixed. I sat in on a session with Alan where Source Connect kept cutting out on both ends and how he got around this hinderance. I also got to experience the importance of making sure that every piece of equipment and software works before a session, even hours ahead of time before one starts. This had to do with video playback with Pro Tools and how jittery and unreliable it can be at times.

Besides the situations where things went wrong, I had a blast this week as always. I was able to do 7 auditions with no supervision and I felt determined and confident enough in my abilities to do so. I am also grateful and lucky to be here when things starting going awry because it is something that is inevitable and that happens in any field, regardless of how old, hi-tech, or reliable a setup might be. This experience was a great learning tool in how to keep a cool and collected head while the importance and knowledge of signal flow is put into practice full force.


This week I finally finished the pre-editing knowledge videos of the tutorial for Final Cut Pro, so far the tutorial has pushed me away from Final Cut even more than I was since I have been using Premier Pro for a while. I hope that the editing videos help out the program because now I do not see myself using Final Cut in the future. Alongside the shoot scheduled in early November I will be at the front desk welcoming guests and answering phones while the regular employee takes a short break i am looking forward to how my previous experience at VCU will help me here at Studio Center.


First Week

New York (Audio)

This week I learned the ins and outs of Pro tools, the basics of how talent and producer record and how ISDN works. my days spent in Studio Center this week were typically aiding with Job Jackets and learning more intermediate things in Pro tools Chris and Kevin Showed me the differences in channels and how we record and edit voiceovers.


I spent the first half of the week running a search on a stock music website for a rock song. I pulled a number of selections for David to pick from and put in his video.

The second half of the week focused on finishing the scripted exercise for the moving company. It took a while to make sure that the cuts were in the right place and the movement of the actors looked natural while also following the storyboard as close as I could.


I have been assisting Jim on some his longer client sessions, involving tens of pages of dialogue and speech to be recorded. Specifically, I have labeling repeat lines of dialogue for Jim so that he can streamline the process and avoid duplicates. I have also been continuing auditions by embedding a tone, name plate and the signature Studio Center tag underneath the audition and then uploading it to the server for future consideration. In addition, I am learning more about how to coach auditions to get the right tone, inflection, and speed for the client's project. Expect photos of the studio for next week's post.


This week was the last week of my internship. I had some issues with electricity because of the hurricane so I hope you all don’t mind the late submission. I should have written this right after I left. I relabeled a ton of B roll and I reorganized the grip truck. There wasn’t much going on that day. I also learned more about the F3 and False color. Guess who went home and studied false color that night. I listened in on Chris and Eric talking about a recent video they made. It was a corporate video and they were talking about each shot, cut, and voice over. What added value and what took away value etc. They were very detailed orientated which was pretty cool. Obviously I wasn’t examining the video like they were (partially because I couldn’t see it very well) but I was very intrigued by their thoughts. From what I could see of the video the only thoughts that came to mind were, “looks good. Looks professionally.” This entire internship process was insightful and it gave me something to aspire to. Hopefully I’ll see them again one day. I still have to go to lunch with Joe, I still haven’t even seen the fancy hidden restaurant he was talking about.


This week I made huge advancements!!!! I was able to add a lot of new content to my second website page. There were some more hiccups here and there but I still managed to do a lot of new things. My page now has pictures and some fancy new text. Day by day I learn new things at the studio center and I am excited to see what else I learn next week.This week had huge advancements!!!! I was able to add a lot of new content to my second website page. I did all of this by learning how to connect my css to the concrete web page.There were some more hiccups here and there but I still managed to do a lot of new things. My page now has pictures and some fancy new text. Day by day I learn new things at the studio center and I am excited to see what else I learn next week.


This is Renee, audio intern in NYC. Here is my summary of interning last week.

This past week three things stood out for me the most:

1.) Learning how to replace a p-pop! I really loved learning how you can cut and paste just the p sound if you like the rest of the take. I also learned how to edit so the waveform of two different takes perfectly aligns.

2.) I was shown how to set up a session in Pro-Tools when the talent is calling in via Source Connect but the client needs to be connected via ISDN.

3.) Lastly, I was able to set up a "send" session.


This week I had the amazing opportunity to work with Chris Karvellas, Director/DP. Myself and another intern worked with him to set up the studio for an interview the next day with a client. Chris first had us create the basic set up, which meant moving flooring and furniture into the studio. Then we set up the camera. In doing so Chris showed us the difference between lens mounts (EF and PL), let us practice mounting lenses, and taught us how to pass off lenses to other crew members in the most safe and efficient manner. We practiced ensuring the lenses were on snugly and securely.

I set up the ARRO lights in the studio and he continued to give us lessons on cinematic lighting, including how he planned to use the depth of the studio and glasses filled with water to get a nice bokeh in the shoot. We painted the back wall a light, almost coffee-colored brown. He explained that he liked the “earthy” look to it and that when all the elements combine together it will look as if we shot the interview in a living room, giving the final video a personal feel.

The next day during the shoot I came in and the crew was there. We took turns sitting in the interviewer and interviewee chairs to focus the cameras and to get the lighting just right, moved background items around to create the bokeh, and tested the sound equipment.

I saw an example of Chris’ dedication to making the client feel at ease throughout the entire process. The clients, a CEO and a COO of a water treatment equipment supplying company, were greeted by Chris when they arrived and spent time talking with him before coming into the studio. He explained to me that the reason for this is that actors are used to the camera but a lot of clients aren’t, so when you have a conversation with them and do research on their company you can then they are more relaxed, which translates to the camera as confident. The client is less nervous about being surrounded by crew members and having such much equipment around them. And during the interview I did feel like I was watching a conversation, so I can imagine that the final product will be of a high quality and be compelling to the target audience.

Not only did I learn more technical skills but I learned a lot about professionalism. Certainly the clients were excited to be talking about their product and the goals of their company but what I really took away from the experience was the power of video as a form of communication, and how working together harmoniously allows us to create something that will engage the viewer.

-Amy M., Video Production Intern, Virginia Beach, VA

Tuesday I began my very first internship with the Marketing & Sales Department here at Studio Center in Virginia Beach. I accepted the internship because I wanted a challenge, something that was out of my comfort zone. I was somewhat unsure what my role would be and the different tasks or responsibilities I would have. I came in with an open mind ready to do whatever the company needed me to do.

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit in on an audio session with Graham. I found so many different pieces of his work interesting. From editing the recorded audio clips, to engaging in conversations with the company he was putting the product together for, and even browsing for a song choice that would accompany audio clips, he delivered a magnificent piece the company could use to sell their product to another interested buyer. Graham was working on a pharmaceutical piece, which was very interesting to listen too and experience.

On Friday, I had the opportunity to help Zac Eckert, another employee at Studio Center with a list of leads. With over 200 leads, we needed to transfer these leads from paper to an electronic system. Using Google Sheets, I transferred all of the leads into an electronic sheet making the accessibility of the contacts convenient and efficient for Zac.

I’ve had a great first week here and I’m extremely excited to see what this internship has in store for me the rest of the semester.


Since the last submission I have started working 5 days a week instead of the original 3, and I have been quite busy (besides for a one-week vacation). Bob took a vacation last week, and Chris took his vacation this week. Because of this, Studio Center NYC was down one head producer, so for two weeks Kevin had more sessions to run, including a lot more with clients in the room. To fill the gap, I've been in charge of a lot of ISDN send sessions, sometimes running a session from our 11th floor studio C, while also running a session from our 20th floor studio D at the same time. Also, after every talent's session I'd check for the auditions page and cut any auditions they had at the time. If any talent came in just for an audition, I'd usually cut it myself since Kevin's been busier than normal these past few weeks. Last week I also helped Chris by finishing up the demos he recently recorded. That included finishing adding music to Augusta's demo, and also editing & adding music to Heaven, a new child voice talent who recorded her demos that week. Both of these demos are completed & posted online, while I'm also working on two more demo edits/music searches for Bob (child voices Ella & John). If I find myself with free time while one of our studios is open I always try to find any auditions to edit from Filezilla & post them online when finished. Currently any auditions on the server under the "NY Interns/Done" folder have been done by me.


This week we dove more into protools and recording. The major highlight of day 8 was recording my first audition! It was nerve wracking but I managed to do it with lots of help from my supervisor. He helped me by showing me his favorite keyboard shortcuts and those will hopefully help me become faster at editing the auditions. Day 8 was that but more intense, because I recorded my co-intern’s 60-second final project, with minimal outside help. My first couple of times doing recordings were a bit fumble-y, but I think I got into the hang of it! I also read a line for his project, and it was fun to see the actor’s side of the recording process. I also watched another co-intern work on a mix of a song.