This week, I studied up on keying and green screen tactics. I have little knowledge with After Effects, so having to use it to complete a working draft of the practice proved quite difficult. Yet, when I reached the end and had to use my own problem solving ideas to correct the issue. This brought a sense of joy as I had to use my own skills to learn a new set of them for use with After Effects. In the end, I was so glad to have been brought in to work at Studio Center and now my skills with the editing suites have tripled.
Jesse, Video Intern.
At the very end of last week, I got to make another graphic for the burger restaurant in Virginia Beach, which was fun. Since then, no new client projects have come in that I can work on, so I've been continuing the website templates for Reed. The nice things about making templates in between projects is that, since there's no assignment beyond just making a template for practice and for possible future use, I'm able to really experiment with the designs and focus on what I want to improve on on as a designer.
My last week at Studio Center was split between two fun projects: a social media graphic for a burger restaurant in Virginia Beach, and a poster and digital ad for Studio Center's annual Halloween costume contest. It was great because they both had very different tones, and left a lot of room for me to be creative and play around with my designs. It's also time I mention one bonus of working at the Richmond office: the dogs! Since I have been here, three separate employees have brought in three separate dogs I got to meet, including a tiny puppy (that's not design or career related, but it has been a major bonus for me, haha).
Ellie, Digital Intern
This week was entirely focused on making a website mockup for a company that manufactures construction equipment. It was intimidating at first, just because I initially had no idea of visual aesthetics that are associated with that industry at all, but I think I figured it out, and I'm really happy with what I made. Multiple designers made mock-ups so the client would have options, and they were due at noon. I didn't have any trouble making the deadline, so that was also a plus.
Ellie, Digital Intern
I have had a fantastic experience with Studio Center this summer. I got to witness each step the studio's projects go through, from the idea stage to the final product. I have been able to see how clients, talent, and Studio Center staff communicate and work together to achieve great results. It has been a pleasure to participate in this process.
One of my favorite things to do has been to put together slideshows of talent options for clients. These slideshows are a client's first opportunity to meet the people who could become key players in their videos and photo shoots. I like seeing Studio Center's diverse talent pool, matching people to projects where they can succeed, and wondering who will be chosen to star in clients' projects. I have also enjoyed looking for potential clients who could benefit from Studio Center's services. Hearing that one of the businesses from our potential client list is interested in working with Studio Center is always exciting!
The people I have met at Studio Center are welcoming and fun. Every day there is an interesting game going on between the staff or an amusing conversation to hear. I am very thankful for all of the knowledge these people have helped me gain.
Abby, Video Intern
This week was primarily focused on digital ads, advertising Studio Center's wide array of voice actors and fast audition process. I made almost a dozen small ads in illustrator, and the creative director, Jaydee, ended up picking one to be made in different sizes and actually used for the campaign. That was very cool, since getting edits on the ads was the first time I really got to talk to Jaydee, and knowing that I made a large portion of something that will definitely be used makes me feel like I really am a part of Studio Center. This coming week, I'll be working on another website design, which I'm looking forward to, since I've started to really enjoy doing those.
This week, Studio Center was preparing for multiple commercial shoots. I got to put together slideshows containing all of the talent options the clients could choose from. I also communicated with the talent so that they knew their emails had been received and they were being included in our talent lists. It feels good to know that both the talent and the clients are being looked after, and it's interesting to see how projects grow as the right talent are discovered!
Abby, Video Intern
I spent most of my first week here working on a mockup of a homepage of a website. I'd never done any sort of web design before, but I enjoyed it a lot of more than I thought I would. Since it was a mockup and didn't have to be functional, I got to make it in illustrator. I hadn't known before that there were real-world projects in which a designer could design the look of a website without having to actually do any coding at all, so that was definitely pleasant news. I also spent a few hours learning how to format pitch sheets, and am going to spend next week making some digital ads for the studio.
Tyler put us with Cesar today so we could watch the audio for one of our projects get mixed. I thought the audio sounded good already, but I was blown away at how good it sounded after mixing. After that, Tyler showed us how to sync the audio in FinalCut. That was really helpful since I use that software to edit at school.
Sarah, Social Media Intern
I got the chance to go out on a food shoot this week. We went to Zoës Restaurant to take photos of some of their new menu items. I assisted in lighting and styling. It was awesome to see how much really goes into just one picture. We walked around the plate to find the best angle, set up the tripod, found the right frame, and started shooting! There are a lot of small details that made big differences. I’m looking forward to the next one!
Erika, Social Media Intern
This week we checked out the liquify tool a bit further in Photoshop. Rusty showed us how to make smiles look even more natural, and how to enhance eyes for headshots. There were a lot, so we got to practice on a few of them and that was pretty fun! After that, Tyler taught us how to key out a green screen in FCPX. We learned how to add layers to make some interesting effects and how to make it look like we were anywhere in the world (or on the moon!)
Summer, Social Media Intern
Working at Studio Center has been a very cool experience. While I was working in the Talent division this week, I got to experience the behind-the-scenes of how actors are chosen, organized, and managed by the Studio team. I also got to look around each of the different fields, and it was very interesting to see how they all work together. The people here are all great, and the atmosphere seems to bring out the best in all of the workers. Hopefully I can continue to meet people and learn more about media production, as this seems like the type of place I could see myself working.
Joe H. Talent Intern
Today we did a cool mixture of things. We started the day off with Cesar in audio to assist in mixing a video project we’ve been working on. Afterward, we did a good amount of research for a golf apparel brand that we’re hoping becomes a new social media client. Then Rusty taught me how to use the liquify tool in Photoshop when editing portraits. That was awesome! I never knew that you could totally reshape someones face that easily!
Sarah, Social Media Intern
This week, I engaged with the casting process for multiple video shoots. I built lists of talent who matched the descriptions our clients were looking for, organized slideshows where the talent and their auditions were listed, and even sat in on the recording of a video audition! It has been fascinating to view every step of the casting process, from the initial talent search to the final casting decision. My understanding of the casting process has become more intimate and detailed, and I appreciate being able to witness how the departments of Studio Center work together to create high-quality media items.
Abby, Talent Management Intern
This week was a really interesting one, as I got to leave the office and observe a video shoot out in the field. I really appreciate the opportunity to see other sides of the company, despite it not being a normal part of the job I signed up for.
The video shoot I got to observe was a music video for a local rapper. It was pretty low budget, but the studio and hired freelancers managed to get it done fairly well, clearly putting in a lot of effort into the project regardless. The music video took place in a dark, creepy basement, where we put up red lighting, hung chains from the ceiling, and set up a smoke machine. It definitely created a very dark, but cool atmosphere for the talent. I'm excited to see how the music video turns out.
Joe H., Video Intern
Overall experience at Studio Center:
I started my internship here at Studio in January and it was the best decision I made to intern at this incredible company. The people here are so nice and it’s like we are all family. Everyone is here to help everyone. I am an intern for Edwin who is in the Web Design Department. He taught me how to use Concrete and make mock ups for websites. I also got to sit in and watch how videos are made, like the behind the scenes. I’ve learned so much more about Illustrator then I knew when I started. I loved that I got to work with a bunch of different companies every day. I enjoyed that I got to bring my own creativity to everything that I created. From Captain George’s to Mermaid Winery. I love the idea of creating mockups for a website then going into Concrete to see it come to life. I never realized how much goes into making a website before this internship. I enjoyed every second of it. This was a great 3 months at Studio Center. I am so blessed that I got to broad my horizons in web design and got to meet amazing people through it.
This week I worked with Edwin on adding photographs to the new Captain George’s website that we were creating for them on Concrete. I learned that it’s a long process to find the right picture to use. This process could take hours.
This week I was working making mockup pages for MEB’s new website. I first started out with the home page mock up. Once that was completed, I did three interior pages. Their about page, their work, and their services. I really enjoyed being creative and creating a bunch of different types of pages for the same website.
This week I got to work on a company’s website that is just getting started. This was new challenge for me to work on something that doesn’t exist yet. I got to be creative and think outside the box a little. I had a lot of fun working on this project because it was something I never done before. Usually I am redoing websites that already exist and have a reference on what the company is but in this case I got to be creative.
Alexis, Design Intern
This summer, I have enjoyed observing how Studio Center, talent, and clients work together. I've helped build Studio Center's roster of talent by researching potential talent and adding new talent to the database. I have also researched and and sent letters to potential and new clients. The Studio Center environment is a great place to learn; the people I interact with are very kind and have lots of experience and advice to share.
Abby, Talent Division Intern
This week at Studio Center I got the privilege of doing an extremely fun task, I was able to go on a video shoot. Being able to get out of the office and see an extended part of Studio Center is a real treat and I learned to appreciate the process behind filming. This experience as a whole was unique as I would like to engage in the art of film making one day. Another fun part of my week was dealing with talent, this experience made me feel like a true Studio Center employee as I was able to sit in on a audition call with my supervisor, Hayley.
Jonathan, Talent Division Intern
Over the course of these last couple of weeks, I got to learn a lot about both audio engineering, and marketing to customers. I even got a chance to record my own voice-over in one of the audio booths, seeing what it is like to be a voice talent for Studio Center. In fact, I'm considering voice acting as a future career path. Being able to experience all of the different departments in the company has allowed me to see it from all different sides, and the workers here have been very supportive throughout my entire internship!
Joe, Audio Intern
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."
Mark Ramirez, Video Intern
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.
Andrew, Audio Intern
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.
Hector, Audio Intern
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.
Morgan, Video Intern
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.
Karl, Audio Intern
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.
Kyle, Video Intern
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.
Andrew, Audio Intern
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.Umoja, Video Intern
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.
Harden, Digital Division Intern
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.
Renee, Audio Intern
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.Cory, Marketing and Sales Intern
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.
Brian, Audio Intern
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.
Jobelle, Audio Intern