INTERN DIARY

What's It Like To Work at Studio Center?

IN WORDS:


It has been another great week interning here at Studio Center! I've dove deeper into my work on creating a Wikipedia page for SC, observed another video shoot on site and best of all, sat in 2 audio sessions in the booth. 

I'm looking forward to presenting my draft of the Wikipedia page with an overview of what Studio Center does and descriptions of each division. Hopefully this will help grow the SC platform and generate new clients. 

The highlight of my week has been sitting in on spanish and political audio. I've always followed and been very interested in politics so this was a very unique experience for me. Not to mention, the way audio engineers multitask by mixing sound and communicating with clients/talent is very impressive. 

Over the course of my internship, I've learned a lot and have enhanced my writing, speaking and professional communication skills significantly. I'm excited to see what's in store next week! 
 

Caroline, Marketing Intern
 


What I’ve loved about my time at Studio Center is how open and diverse the culture is there. Everyone is different with their own unique skillset, and I’ve been able to learn from those people. I’m really into graphic design and imagery, so working in the social media department gave me the opportunity to not only show my skills but learn more about strengthening them and marketing them. Studio Center is such a pro-learning culture, in that the people there actually encourage you to learn and soak up as much as you can while you’re there. I was able to design for multiple businesses, learn the aspects of product photography, experienced the process of video production, even to the point of writing and starring in a video for Studio Center’s social media platforms.
Honestly, I plan on getting a job at Studio Center in the future. And if not, I’ll take the skills and the content in the portfolio I’ve continued to build during my time at Studio Center, and use them to leadmy own marketing team at another organization someday. 

Michael, Social Media Intern


Thank you for another great week! 

This week, I helped prep, setup, and takedown equipment for a film shoot. Several days before the shoot, I loaded the grip truck and organized items that would be used as set dressing. The day before the shoot, I helped pre-setup lights and set dressing for the following day. I also went to Lowe's with another intern to pick up supplies for a different shoot the following week. As I was helping setup, it was fascinating being able to see the Director of Photography’s process for lighting a scene from back-to-front – starting with the background and ending with the elements closest to the camera lens. On the day of the shoot, I assisted with all elements of the production, including moving and taking down the equipment and clapping the slate. It was a great week and I learned a lot about the filmmaking process. 

Joshua, Video Intern


This week I helped in various areas around the Studio Center office. At the beginning of the week, I was a production assistant on a client shoot that involved extensive green screen shooting in the studio. I had a lot of fun clapping the slate, running to grab waters, and setting up and taking down equipment. I learned a lot about how to light a green screen properly and film green screen footage correctly as well. Later on in the week, I helped reload and organize the grip truck and assisted with the completion of some budgetary paperwork regarding the shoot. 

Joshua, Video Intern


So far I feel very good about my decision to intern here. I definitely was caught off guard being added to the video production team right before a big shoot day, but overall I think it was a beneficial experience. I’ve never been on a set with so many people, usually it’s been just me and 2-3 other people. I’m a little rusty using Adobe Premiere and I think Final Cut Pro is more user friendly, but I know that I need to get better at using Adobe since it’s the most widely used editing software professionally. I’m getting the hang of it, and I think being in an environment with my peers who can help me will really positively affect me in my learning process. 

Megan, Video Intern


I'm enjoying my internship here at Studio Center more and more every day! 

Outside of sitting in both client and internal meetings, my main focus this week has been creating a company page on Wikipedia for Studio Center. Chris gave me a brief overview of what we're looking to get out of it, and with that I've been tasked with writing and structuring the page to best market Studio Center services. I also spent some time researching Government RFPs that might gravitate clients towards the marketing and production services offered here. I'm very thankful for the chance to enhance my research and writing skills through unique opportunities like this.

The highlight of my week, however, was the video shoot for "Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia" filmed here on site. Prior to this I'd never witnessed the behind the scenes of a major film. It was really cool listening to the steel drums band in the lobby, interviews in the cyc studio and most of all, seeing the Studio Center team collaborate to carry out a successful shoot. I even got to practice slate for the different interview takes! I learned so much during the shoot and have to say it was one of the best experiences I've had here so far. 

In the coming weeks, I'm looking forward to finalizing my work on Wikipedia, recording another "In The Green Room" and more audio and video sessions!

Thanks so much,
Caroline, Marketing Intern


Week 6

This week, I edited a beach-themed video that will be played in the background of an upcoming band performance shoot. I collaborated with the DP and another video intern to test the video on TV screens to see if the colors, transitions, and pictures in the video showed up as intended. I also assisted in preparing for a shoot next week by helping the DP rig lights from the ceiling of the studio, setting up additional lights on C-stands, cleaning the green screen, and prepping the green screen for a touch-up paint job. Lastly, I helped a producer catalog receipts from a recent shoot that will get sent to accounting.  

Joshua, Video Intern
 


Week 4

I can't believe it has already been a month since I started interning here. Time flies when you're having fun and learning a lot! This week I observed the initial graphics and website redesign meeting with a new client, Born 2B Great. This was interesting because prior to the discussion, I didn't know much about graphic design and all the specifics of the creation process. 

Chris and I worked together to create a Wikipedia account and make the 10 necessary additions to existing pages. It took a lot of patience and a long time to complete, but it was an important step to become a verified user. Next week, upon Wiki approval, we'll be creating a company page for Studio Center.

Throughout the week, I also had the unique opportunity to brainstorm questions, write and finalize the "In The Green Room" scripts for next week's filming. I'm looking forward to participating by interviewing Olivia and then being interviewed by her!

Caroline, Marketing Intern
 


I can't believe it's already my fifth week at Studio Center. First off I love interning here. It's been a great experience. I started off doing logos for Mind Body Connect 360 and have proceeded onto starting to make the website. Since then, I have worked on Systems of Technology of Virginia and Thomas Automation Management. Jaydee and Edwin have given me the opportunity to try to design these logos and websites to provide me with experience. It's been interesting to see how all these different types of fields, like photography, videography, audio recording, and graphic design, all work together for one client. A couple of weeks ago, I got to work with Graham over a voice-over session. It was really cool and so different to me. I enjoyed looking at the script and hearing the talent do its thing. It's crazy how some of these people talk and the words they can pronounce. Overall this internship has been a great experience, and I can't wait to see where it takes me the next couple weeks!
Thanks so much!

Jules, Graphic Design Intern


Week 5

This week, I helped shoot a comedic interrogation-style video with the social media interns for Studio Center’s social media channels. The video starred many members of the Studio Center staff and it was fun to film along with them. It was especially fun to collaborate with fellow interns when putting together the project. By helping with that video, I learned much more than I ever had doing hands-on work in school. The time that Chris took to show us what we could do to setup, why we would setup a certain way, and how we could approach shooting, was extremely valuable. I am excited to see the finished product.
 
Best,

Joshua, Video Intern


Week 3

It has been another awesome week interning here at Studio Center! Each day is unique to the last & filled with real-world tasks. This week I finished my research proposal of potential charities for Studio Center to become involved with. I'd been working on this project for quite some time, weighing the pros and cons of each organization, so it was really cool to see it all come together. 

I also observed and contributed to social media and paid search meetings. In these two meetings and especially the PR Newswire alternatives conference, I learned a lot of valuable information about networking. I'm eager to learn as much as I can about marketing, journalism and all things Studio Center. All of the staff here but especially Chris Wilson, have made my experience very fun, engaging and filled with strategic learning. In the coming weeks, I'm looking forward to getting a glimpse of more departments here at Studio Center and helping out with "In the Green Room" among other things! 
 

Caroline, Marketing Intern


Week 4
This week, I edited a blooper reel for Studio Center. While filming an ad spot that starred lots of the Studio Center Virginia Beach staff, there were lots of bloopers and the staff wanted a video made that highlighted the experience. I was able to apply skills I had learned from a previous editing project at Studio Center to this project. One of the coolest things I learned while editing the video was that footage shot at 60fps could be reduced back to 24 fps without much hassle (shout out to the Cesar for showing me this). This trick allowed me to use more footage in the blooper reel than I originally thought I could. I was proud of the finished product and I hope the staff really enjoys it!

Joshua, Video Intern


This week, I helped a producer with pre-production tasks for an upcoming out-of-town shoot. I helped with logistics by learning how to fill out various types of paperwork and I helped search for various props. Additionally, I attended an intern luncheon with Studio Center's CEO, listening to lots of helpful words of advice and eating lots of delicious catered food. I also sat in with an editor very often this week - he was editing two projects I had been a part of and it was really cool seeing his thought process as he put the projects together. Lastly, I worked with opacity masks and Lumetri Color in Premiere Pro, coloring a time lapse of the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach. I had never done such detailed color work before - I learned a lot by testing out different methods to effectively color the footage.

Joshua, Video Intern 


Week 2: 

This week has been filled with exciting new experiences! In addition to contributing to social media and LinkedIn meetings with Chris, I got a glimpse of what Hayley does as Talent Manager and Dwenda as a Producer. During my time with Hayley, she explained how unions work, how talent is recruited and gave me a general overview of what she does. I also learned about the ins & outs of Dwenda's job as Producer preparing for shoot days, which was really interesting and something totally new to me. I really enjoyed my time learning a little about these two careers and look forward to more opportunities in the coming weeks!

 

The highlight of this week, however, was my voiceover session with Graham. It was really fun reading scripts with different specs and it made me appreciate how talented top voiceover talent is. I've done a lot of public speaking but prior to today, I had never recorded in an audio booth which was an awesome experience. 

 

It's only been two weeks and I've already learned so many terms and tactics in marketing with Chris and other areas of production. I'm very grateful for this unique opportunity and can't wait to see what else is in store!

 

Sincerely,

Caroline, Marketing Intern

 


The first week of my internship here at Studio Center has far exceeded my expectations! I knew I'd be learning a lot about marketing, but I have also had the unique opportunity to observe and take part in other departments work. Among the real-world tasks I've been working on such as creating charity proposals, I've observed an audio session, "In the Green Room" filming and a conference to discuss the RFP for an upcoming video shoot. One of the audio sessions I observed with Peter was for a voiceover recorded in Spanish. This was really cool to witness since I'm studying Spanish & am fascinated with the language. Prior to the audio sessions, I had no idea how complex and fine-tuned voiceover is. 

 

To conclude my first week, I met with my Uncle Woody, CEO of Studio Center to recap the week and ask some questions. It was awesome to hear a glimpse of his day-to-day job as CEO and the qualities/non-negotiables he considers for hiring in marketing. The staff here is very friendly and eager to help, making it a great environment to learn and grow. It has only been a week and I've already learned a lot of interesting stuff! 

 

Thanks so much,

Caroline, Marketing Intern


This week, I finished editing a Behind the Scenes video I had started the previous week. I sat down with the in-house DP to walk through my edit. He helped me tighten up its pacing so as to tell the video's story better. I was learning about the little moments within the footage that could pull a piece together. Ultimately, by searching for little moments within the footage I was provided, the piece was much stronger than before. Additionally, I began familiarizing myself with Adobe's Lumetri color tools, practicing with a time lapse I assisted in shooting as well as on the Behind the Scenes video I finished editing. Lastly, I sat in on a client meeting to observe how commercials are produced and I watched an audio engineer begin mixing my Behind the Scenes video. I have begun learning how my experience producing student projects can be applied to video projects on a larger scale. Likewise, I have learned much more about how I can streamline the audio mixing process for audio engineers in the future with how I export and store film deliverables. 

Joshua, Video Intern


I have loved being able to learn about the production and entertainment industry so far. It is a new experience and I have had a great time getting hands-on experience in recruiting and maintaining clients and client relations. I have also enjoyed seeing how everyone gets along so well and the great team dynamic at play in the office.

My expectations were to learn more about Studio Center and see how they recruit clients and get new business. It has been interesting to see the amount of hard work and research they put into each and every client and potential client.

I hope to apply the research, customer service, and analytics skills I’ve learned during this internship to further my hands-on knowledge in my business analytics minor, and to apply these skills to my future career endeavors.

Blakeley, Business Intern


Interning here at Studio Center has been a great experience that I’m so happy to be a part of.  The staff here is very friendly, conversational, and happy to help me learn. So far, I’ve been able to shadow and experience the behind-the-scenes process of graphic design, videography, photography, and even audio recording in a studio.  It’s been fascinating to see how a lot of these incorporate into social media marketing, which is the focus of my area of study.  Getting to see the intricacies of these varying creative practices first-hand has been really exciting and I’m sure I’ll be able to use pieces of everything I’ve learned as I pursue a career in communications.

Emily, Graphic Design Intern


My first week has been both productive and exciting. On my first day, everyone I met was extremely friendly and welcoming. I felt at home within minutes of stepping through Studio Center’s doors. This week, I edited a Behind the Scenes video for a film shoot at ODU, helped organize the grip truck for future film shoots, and searched through stock footage for a client’s commercial. I have learned not only about editing techniques, but also how to properly handle certain types of film equipment. Additionally, I’ve already been asked to help on a film set in the coming weeks - I am incredibly excited to be a production assistant on the upcoming commercial shoot. 

Joshua, Video Intern


This internship had been nothing but amazing! When I first starting interning at the Studio Center the staff greeted me with warm smiles and knowledgeable information. My supervisor made sure that I put my skills and experiences into work that he felt I was ready for. Whenever I asked if anyone needed help no one pushed me away, instead I was able to create and help with projects. Everything about the program was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for anything better !
I hope to meet more of the staff and get to know what their jobs are here at the Studio Center. I also hope to help with bigger projects and gain more experience!
I plan on using my skills gained to my best ability for my future career in film. Another goal of mine is to give my knowledge to others who would love to work here or any other company.

Cedric, Video Intern


So far, I have loved how friendly and knowledgeable the staff are. Any time I have questions about something I’m working on or how certain things work, I am given answers with enthusiasm and in great detail. I am very grateful for how much I am learning in such a short period of time. Throughout the semester, Studio Center is giving me the opportunity to gain certifications such as Google Adwords and Google Analytics. Interning at Studio Center has allowed me to see a lot of the things I’ve learned throughout my academic career in a practical setting.
            I expect to continue to learn new things and gain new hard skills and certifications. I hope that this experience will cause me to stand out to future employers as well as give insight to what my day to day tasks would look like after graduation. I believe that my time here will allow me to enhance my networking skills by meeting like-minded individuals and business professionals.
            In the future, I hope to use the new skills I am gaining here at Studio Center in a professional environment within the film industry. I would also like to use my new knowledge of paid search to help in my own business endeavors. This experience will be extremely helpful as I strive to become a marketing consultant for small, local business in the Hampton Roads Area. I am very proud to be a digital marketing intern at Studio Center in Virginia Beach and am very excited to see what the remainder of the semester will bring!

Nyla, Paid Search Intern


This week was very fun, myself and other interns engaged in a luncheon with the owner 
of the company. We discussed future business here at Studio Center. He asked us questions 
about our time here and how would we rate the company from 1-10. I got to know some of the 
other interns, and now we share a group chat to help each other. We enjoyed a great lunch, 
shared our schools, and some background knowledge about ourselves. Everyone was so open and nice. It was a great time; I did not know we had so many interns here at Studio Center. Coming together with the other interns was a great way to network.

Bianca, Marketing Intern


 I have been at Studio Center for about three months now and I truthfully can say the atmosphere here is amazing and fresh. I learn something new each week, and working in the talent department I have been introduced to a completely different world. There are so many moving parts and crazy deadlines that Studio Center is expected to meet. I love how this internship has shown me the best way to solve a problem under pressure. I was sitting next to our Production Manager Mercedes. A client had been double booked for a voice over audition. Immediately Mercedes calls the talent is able to get them to get to our site within fifteen minutes for the audition and in the meantime gets on the phone with the client and with confidence is able to occupy the client and defuse the situation with lunch until the talent arrives. If I was in such a situation I would be so stressed I would've needed a moment to process how to fix the problem before even finding a solution. I just admire all the lovely ladies in this office because they are setting the bar high for me and reminding me that I can follow my dreams. I just need a little bit of that Mercedes confidence.

Shayna, Talent Intern


These past two weeks I’ve been organizing footage from a previous shoot, synching the audio and video content, and cataloged the interview footage for the next editor. Though this task is tedious, it showed me the importance of organizing one’s footage and how to label files clearly. Lastly, have been given a tutorial on how to use After Effect’s Mocha to replace greenscreen. I look forward to using the skills I’m learning in After Effects in future projects.

Evelyn, Video Intern


At Studio Center, I'm learning in depths technical techniques about audio engineering and mixing. I really enjoy the conversations with my supervisor as we geek out about the theories and concept of audio engineering. 
I would like to gain as much hands on experience as possible and then transition into working for a commercial studio. I want to ensure that when I do I'm ready! 
I want to continue to audio engineer, mix and master my own music as well as other artist and production entertainment companied music. Also I would like to work for a commercial studio like Studio Center. 

Antonio, Audio Intern


At Studio Center I’ve loved that I’ve been able to shadow so many different departments, as it’s given me real-world experience about all aspects of casting and production. I hope to learn more about networking, casting, and finding voice talent/clients by working with the websites necessary for business development, as well as supervisors in the company. My goal is to be a screenwriter and voice actor, so having experience in and learning about production companies such as Studio Center is not only valuable for the future, but very interesting as well. 

Jordan, Casting Intern


This is my third week here at Studio Center and everyone is extremely nice. I work under Chris Wilson in the marketing department. Chris is very smart and a strategic thinker. I have a list of projects I will be doing during my time here. My first task was to reach out to universities and colleges and gain knowledge about their alumni association. Another assignment I did was researching media outlets make a contact list and provide my manager with all the key people in that business such as general managers, market managers, assignment editors, reporters, news divisions, writer, and editors. Furthermore, I have been doing really well obtaining knowledge and getting my work done sufficiently. 

Bianca, Marketing Intern


Everyone at Studio Center is willing to help you learn. My expectations are to learn Adobe Premier Pro and to learn the daily duties of being a producer.
I plan on becoming a TV Producer for a sports company.

Tyler, Video Intern


Week one at Studio Center was really fun, everyone that works here welcomed me with open arms. I love how when you walk in you are immediately greeted by the lovely Crystal and a tray of sugar or chocolate cookies depending on the day. I currently work underneath Haley who is the Talent manager for studio center. I love how I am able to see first hand how talent is picked, the process for auditions and how Haley stays on track of which talent has been submitting auditions and who hasn’t. There is so much that goes into choosing the proper sound and look for the various clients that Studio Center are tasked. The highlight of my first week was sitting in on a meeting with the creative team for an upcoming shoot they were setting up with a potential client. Just sitting in on that gave me inspiration and it was just so cool to see how the behind the scenes set up for a shoot goes. Making sure talent is available, lighting, producers ect. I can’t wait for what my next week at Studio Center has to offer.

Shayna, Talent Intern


This week I finished editing a three-minute reality TV sizzle. I received notes for improvement the week before, and was able to finish the task Monday. This project was challenging, but I received plenty of helpful feedback. At the end of the week, I explored keying a subject in green screen, creating light wraps, and color correcting in After Affects. Overall, Ihad a productive week meeting deadlines and learning new skills.

Evelyn, Video Intern


My final week has been quite hectic. There have been numerous shoots that have been conducted this week. I recently, helped set up the lobby for a Holiday video and at the end of my last week, began to edit the video together for Studio Centers Favorite Holiday Movies among the staff. It was such an amazing journey. I've been taking on numerous edits and trying to get videos done as quickly as possible. I started on Monday with dealing with After Effects and trying to understand Mocha, while on Friday starting on the Holiday video to be my last project at Studio Center, well hopefully not last but well see. It is bittersweet to see an end here as I would love to stay, but that is out of my hands and I'm so glad for the time I've had. 

Jesse, Video Intern


I have reached the official 2 week left mark, and it is unbelievable.

The highlight of my week was sitting in on the conference call between the Studio Center team that will be undertaking this video/photography project and the globally renowned client that this is for.

It was especially nice to see the talent deck that I created full of casting options for the clients to look at being discussed in this meeting.

If nothing else, I gained insight into what occurs before the team gets the "ok" to proceed with planning for a shoot. Really cool!

Nowhere else have I learned and accomplished something new, even at the end! Never a boring moment.

- Tia, Video Intern


I can't believe it's already my second to last week at Studio Center. I started the week off doing a New Year's graphic for Bay Local. They're hosting a "roaring twenties" themed New Year's Eve party, so the graphic got to be stylized in a Gatsby-esque way, which was super fun. After that, I spent the rest of the week on another site design, for a landscaping company. I was looking back at some of my previous site designs for clients, and I think this came out better than most of the older ones!

Thanks

Ellie, Website Intern


My big project this week was a site design for Primero Staffing (a bilingual company that connects low-skill employees and employers). Potential designs from all the designers on the project were due Thursday at noon. Since I also come in on Fridays, I got to devote the very end of this week to doing more design work for my own career documents and website -- I went through my site and resume and made sure all the design elements were consistent, and designed a nice header I can use for cover letters. Reed also took the time to show me examples of his own designs for his cover letters and resume, which was helpful.

Have a good weekend!

Thanks

Ellie, Website Intern


Working on a training exercise with the help of Joe, one of the video editors and motion graphic specialists. It’s focused on green screen keying, light wrapping, and reducing green screen spill on the 2019 MEAC footage. It’s been challenging but a huge learning experience in After Effects and Premiere. On Monday, I collaborated with Chris, the inhouse DP, and Erik designing the lobby set for the company’s upcoming Christmas video.

— Evelyn E., Video Intern


What college student can say that they had the chance to personally interview the CEO of a company for their school project?! This student can!! In a project conducted to bring awareness to the major inconveniences that construction near Studio Center has caused, Mr. Prettyman, CEO of Studio Center shared insight not only on the nuisance that the construction brought about, but also on the triumphant history that led this company to be right where it is today.

That experience helped me remember that behind even the most successful companies are times of challenge and obstacles that nobody sees. Learning the history of Studio Center, beyond what I have read online and in newspapers shed a light on just how important every individual's role is at Studio Center is, even the interns!

Every day, every week I am growing professionally. I never thought I would be able to say that an unpaid opportunity proved to be the most valuable experience I have received so far.  

- Tia, Marketing Intern


Recently my work has consisted of transcribing interview footage from a previous Dollar Tree/Family Dollar shoot. The transcribed footage will be used to rehash an HR video. I’ve completed one green screen keying exercise. I will begin greenscreen keying some 2019 MEAC basketball video footage later this week. It’ll be challenging but I look forward to the practice and improving my skills with After Effects.

— Evelyn E., Video Intern


This week I was able to contribute to Studio Center's list of potential clients by scouting out different marketing brands and creative studios that we could possibly collaborate with.

I was also able to choose varying demo scripts that our voice over talent can choose from to best showcase their signature personality and voice. 

Being invited to sit in on casting and sales meetings lead by the CEO provide me an all-inclusive observation of how Studio Center exceeds their goals consistently. This also proves to me that although very creative and artistic, business acumen and networking know-how behind the scenes are what set them apart from the rest. 

— Tia, Marketing Intern


This was by far one of the more exciting weeks I've had at Studio Center so far.

After observing one of the commercial shoots and shadowing the lead video producer, Eric and the rest of the production team, I was given the opportunity to have a featured role in a MEAC Sports promotional video highlighting the approaching basketball season. 

This was a very rewarding opportunity for me because I usually help behind the scenes with talent and casting, so being the talent was really fun!

— Tia, Video Intern


I actually spent most of this week working in InDesign, which was different, since I use Illustrator for most of what I make at Studio Center. I love working in InDesign, though, so I didn't mind the change. After I finished up my Studio Center brochure, Jaycee and Reed assigned me another InDesign project: formatting a packet for a price proposal for Studio Center swag. I'm really glad I worked on that, because I think it pushed me as a designer -- not really in terms of visual aesthetics, but in terms of logistically figuring out how to fit a lot of different kinds of information on one page, haha. This afternoon, I got back to Illustrator with another quick social media graphic for Bay Local.

Thanks,

Ellie, Digital Intern


After dealing with the every day stress of college life, although sometimes hectic, Studio Center is the highlight of most of the intern's lives.

With the upcoming campaign season, I was able to research political media companies and add them to our Salesforce page. With this information, we can reach out to these companies and hopefully make them clients of ours, so that our amazingly talented voice over artists can do some political spots just in time for the season. Since the children on camera and voice talent are always growing, I get a chance to determine whether it is time to record new demos, or add new pictures to our website to reflect their maturation.

This semester is flying by, and it's making me sad!

— Tia, Marketing Intern


These past two weeks I’ve been organizing footage from a previous shoot, synching the audio and video content, and cataloged the interview footage for the next editor. Though this task is tedious, it showed me the importance of organizing one’s footage and how to label files clearly. Lastly, have been given a tutorial on how to use After Effect’s Mocha to replace greenscreen. I look forward to using the skills I’m learning in After Effects in future projects.

Evelyn E., Video Intern


I worked on a few different shorter projects at the beginning of this week. Bay Local in Virginia Beach needed another social media graphic for an event, so I spent Tuesday morning working on that. I was able to do some hand-lettering for it, so that was great. Thursday, I designed some more concepts for an older Studio Center project doing billboard designs for a client. After those, there weren't any more specific projects to work on, so I've been doing more long-term projects Reed suggested, based around my portfolio and interests. Specifically, since I'm interested in graphic design for print media, I started a brochure for Studio Center Entertainment, and worked a bit on reformatting the way I'm displaying some of my book design work on my website.

Thanks,

Ellie E., Digital Intern


I haven't been with Studio Center for a full month yet, and I already feel like part of the family! The environment is professional, but fun and creatively-motivational for everyone. As a talent management intern, I got hands on experience not only adding new voice over and on-camera talent to the rosters, but I also had the opportunity to sit in on recording sessions and interact with the talent in-person. My favorite part so far was being invited to a commercial shoot for 2 big name law firms, where I got to see casting and production plans turn into reality. This experience is simply unforgettable.

Tia, Video Intern


These past couple weeks, since I've gained mastery at adding new on camera and voice over talent to the rosters, Hayley walked me through the process of terminating talent and removing them from our rosters and website. I also had the chance to sit in on very important casting meetings and learn how Studio Center attracts new clientele, as well as positively maintain the existing relationships they have.

The highlight of my week was collaborating with an intern from a different department and putting my new knowledge to the test by showing her how to complete tasks I learned how to do.

I am ever grateful for this opportunity.

Tia


This week I made a couple different sets of digital ads: employment ads for one of Studio Center's clients, and ads for submissions to Studio Center's Halloween scream contest. It was an interesting week, since those are obviously two very different aesthetics; I really liked the variety.

Thanks,

Ellie E., Digital Intern


What I treasure about an intern experience here is that every week is different than the last, and the immersive projects we are given help us see that we are actually contributing to the company, and not just doing 'busy work.' This week I was tasked with accumulating all the talent options for a fortune 500 client's commercial. Managing communications with our usual way of contacting talent, as well as using 3rd party sites to garner more talent options proved to be a task, but it widened a variety of options.


Thank you,
Tia


Since my last intern diary, I've worked on a few different projects. I've made another web template, which I'm pretty happy with, and helped Reed out with making sure images are the correct sizes for a site mockup he's building in basecamp for a client. I also designed an interior page for a site based on a homepage that was already done. That was a new experience for me, since before that I've only made mockups for homepages, versus doing an interior or expanding on someone else's design, so I'm glad I got to do that. I also have a business card now -- Reed mentioned that Studio Center makes a point for its interns to come away with things they can use, so I got to use some of my time here to design a business card for myself, since I'd never made one before.

Thanks,

Ellie E., Digital Intern


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.


Week five means that I'm already officially a third of the way into the semester, and my time at Studio Center. This week, I took edits on my designs for the Halloween poster and digital ad. I made adjustments to a couple of my existing designs, and made one new one so there would be another really creepy-looking option. Since I finished that, I've been working on making more website design templates in Adobe Illustrator for Reed. He sent me a couple images of website designs to use for inspiration for my templates, which was really helpful. I like formatting larger amounts of text, and how many different sections you can incorporate into a website's design, so I'm glad I've been getting a chance to work on that. Also, looking back at my older templates, I can tell that I've started to improve as a designer.

Thanks,

Ellie E., Digital InNtern


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.

Thanks,

Ellie E.


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).

Thanks,

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.

Thanks,

Ellie


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.

Thanks,

Ellie


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.

Weekly:

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."

Thank you,
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


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.

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.

Best,

Jobelle, Audio Intern

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