INTERN DIARY

What's It Like To Work at Studio Center?

IN WORDS:


I have had the best experience here at Studio Center over the past 3 months. Everyone here has been kind, supportive, and people oriented. I definitely recommend an internship here if you want experience in film, social media, business, etc. Today was great because I got to sit in on a shoot of a music video and experience all the behind-the-scenes movie magic. So often you can find bad vibes on film sets, but you won’t see any of that negativity here. The people are always encouraging and willing to adapt to whatever the client wants. Thank you to everyone who has been so kind over the past few months!

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern
 


In the past few weeks, I have been able to sit in on a voiceover audition for a commercial with an audio producer, upload people to the Studio Center website and roster, attend one of my supervisor’s weekly production meetings, and create a casting call for an upcoming project! I really enjoyed sitting in on that voiceover session–it is so fascinating to watch talented voice actors manipulate their voice for different genres of advertisements. I have finally gotten better at and more experienced with uploading talent info to the Studio Center website; at first, it was a tad overwhelming to follow numerous instructions and make sure that I am not making any mistakes that will be published to their site. Now, though, practice has proved to make perfect. My supervisor’s weekly meetings are really cool to listen in on, as I get to hear the progress of all the producers in their assigned projects. Finally, I was able to create/update some older casting decks on the drive, but my supervisor also showed me how to send out a casting call for upcoming projects!

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern


The fun part of my project has now begun, the postproduction process is now underway. First thing on the check list I did was make sure I got all of my footage files off of the cameras SD card and onto an external hard drive. My awesome supervisor Erik already was on it for me before I had even walked into the studio that day, so when I walked into his office all the footage was already being transferred onto the drive. While that was being taken care of, I went ahead and helped Chris clean up a little bit from my shoot and get it looking clean again for the next project he will work on. The rest of the week consisted of working with one of the team’s editors Tyler and getting all my footage loaded up onto Premier. Tyler was a huge help with some editing knowledge I needed a hand with. Overall, the editing process is going well and I’m excited for the final product!

Matthew Sabellico, Video Intern


This past Friday, Shyanne and I were able to assist another video intern with his project! When we arrived, we helped set up some of his lighting equipment and got to see what a difference the LEDs as key lights with flags and diffusers made compared to just using overhead lights. Shyanne got to work as first AD (assistant director), manning the camera on a dolly, and I got to slate (scene 1, take 4, etc.). At my college, I am in a film production class, so all of the terminology and equipment was very familiar; however, I have never actually worked on a set myself, so this was really exciting! Shyanne and I also doubled as casting/people-wranglers for this shoot, as we had to find people that day who were willing to be extras in this intern’s film. All in all, it was a fun experience, and I hope to work more on sets one day. :)

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern


My final week at Studio Center culminated as I helped with the shoots for the intern videos. Not only did I get to act as part of the casting team for these videos, but on these sets, I was able to try out so many other techniques and jobs on a shoot set. I learned so much from mentors and from my fellow interns about artistic visualization, imagery, and the skillsets necessary to execute these things at a professional level. In this last week, I felt like I had really become close to a lot of the talented and motivated people here, and it was hard to say goodbye. Not only did I learn a ton about the media industry, but I found out so much about what it means to be a good coworker and collaborator through the example of people at Studio Center. I hope to be able to work with this group again at some point in the future… if nothing else, just to say hello to old friends and snag a couple of cookies! 

Shyanne Hensley, Talent Intern


Week 7

Wow, what a crazy week it was for myself and my fellow interns. With shooting for the stars with my intern project, there was a lot to be done for the week. I pulled my first focus towards having my script looking in shape and ready for the week ahead, so I did not have to worry at all about being behind schedule wise. In the midst of getting my final copy of my script done, I was able to help out Shannon with her video project and give some of my thoughts and opinions with her shoot, which turned out really well! After chatting it up with Chris about what certain lighting scenarios I was looking for in my film, I found a solid example to use for the perspective of color and lighting. Before I left on Wednesday, Chris and I managed to build the foundation of the set for Friday and took a look at the frames and etc. so we just had to worry about lighting come Friday. The shoot ended up going so well with all the help I received which made everything go smoothly. Very fortunate to be able to direct my intern project and see that come to life on set! Special thanks again to Chris, Dwenda, and the other interns helping me with the day!

Matthew Sabellico, Video Intern


Week 6

This week, Shyanne and I were able to be on set for a shoot! It was so exciting. As soon as I showed up, I was able to start seeing the process of how they film their commercials and even help out with some things the crew needed. We got to meet the adorable little girl who was starring in the commercials and it was crazy to witness the beginning stages of her auditions to her getting the part and performing in front of a camera. We also were able to film behind-the-scenes footage for Studio Center’s social media, which was super fun. 

Shyanne and I were asked today to film intern testimonies with Rusty about our time here at Studio Center. Shyanne and I really enjoyed getting to discuss with him just how fun and educational this internship has been (and also how much we love the daily cookies!).

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern


Week 6

Fortunately for myself, on Wednesday Studio Center was shooting at another location that I was able to be a part of with any assistance that the crew needed. The shoot was for the company Blue Ridge Energy, the talent was super talented and honestly a natural at it. While on set we used a film slate to keep track of the clips for post-production needs, which was really cool to see and just observe. Rusty who was the director of the shoot, had me helping with gaffing for some shots, which is always helpful to have that knowledge. Aside from experiencing and helping on that ad shoot, I had the opportunity to sit down with the talent department and my fellow intern. We discussed the talent decks for both of our video projects, it was really neat to learn about an actual talent deck and what goes into that!

Matthew Sabellico, Video Intern
 


Week 6  

In some earlier journals I’ve made some observations about how well all the different departments here at Studio Center work together; however, this week I got to take part in a dramatic example of that. Finally, I got to attend a full shoot day for a commercial that I had assisted in building the casting deck for! Meeting the talented young girl who had submitted for the role was a great experience, as she was incredibly easy to work with as well as talented. She seemed to set the tone for the day, as everyone on the set used their expertise and worked together almost like a symphony to bring the shots together. It was a very productive and successful day, where I got to see the results of my work in the talent department as well as make more lasting relationships with mentors who work here.

Shyanne Hensley, Talent Intern


Week 5

Last week was filled with some important work on the computer having to do with wrapping up my final copy for my production schedule. Which went well, a great learning experience for having an organized schedule for the shoot so there is no confusion. Once the schedule looked ready for others to receive, I managed to actually send the schedule over to my main actor that will be in my shoot. He contacted me shortly after and was super pleased with the schedule and had no questions. Then I got another opportunity to sit down with one of the in-house editors, Gia. She was super welcoming and friendly as always and managed to give me some really great pointers for always being on par with organizing your editing tools and skills. 

Matthew Sabellico, Video Intern


Week Five

There is so much to be learned from watching and listening to the goings-on here. I had the opportunity this week to sit in on a rehearsal for a live award show shoot. I was hesitant to get involved as a result of my limited experience, but the folks on set were quick to ask me if there was any way in which I could be helpful. However, the most valuable thing about this experience was watching the process. I got an understanding for the work and expertise that is applied in preparation for these shoots, as well as the care that Studio Center takes to craft projects as perfectly to client specifications as possible. Even as inconveniences arose with missing equipment or people, the atmosphere always remained not only professional but productive and efficient. At all times we are dedicated to maintaining positive relationships with clients, and that’s a key to continuing business. 

Shyanne Hensley, Talent Intern


Week Five

Shyanne and I were able to find talent we know personally for the video interns’ projects coming up, and we got to present our casting deck to them on Friday! It was really intriguing to see the process of how directors choose which talent they want for their projects; making assessments of these people I know based off of their initial impressions and such. The directors chose who they wanted to see as their main character and Shyanne, and I were able to contact those people and let them know they got the role! It just felt super cool to be a part of a project in any form and to feel like the decisions you made really had a big impact. I am excited to be on set for these upcoming projects–I have never been on set for a shoot before, but I am very interested in learning more about the film world, and hands-on experience is the best way to master anything.

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern


Week Four

Projects are officially underway… I’m really excited about participating in upcoming shoot days, particularly for the video interns’ independent projects! I hope that this is an opportunity not only to put into action the processes and methods that I have been taught to organize the aspects of production and ensure preparedness for the filming day, but also to try out some new processes that may be specific to other departments such as film and audio production. It's rare that I hear about interns being given the freedom to develop, create, and share their own creative projects, but that is exactly the sort of endeavor that Studio Center supports and encourages so that we can get as much exposure and experience as possible throughout our time with the company. It’s clear they want everyone to do well whether it is here or beyond in their lifelong careers.

Shyanne Hensley, Talent Intern


Week Four

This past week, I have been able to watch audition tapes from some pretty adorable young talent, sit in on another voiceover session, and help cast the two video interns’ video projects. The voiceover session was really educational, and the audio producer was extremely kind as he walked me through his process of recording the talent for a radio commercial, editing through the computer mishaps on the talent’s end, and mixing music over top of the clip. 
The other on-camera intern and I are currently working on making a mock casting call for the video interns’ projects, as well as looking to accrue headshots of talent that we know personally, which I am excited for!

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern
 


Week Six

This week was so exciting because I was able to sit down with the talent department and select my top choices for the acting role in my project. They had a professional presentation and talk-through of all of the options and helped me come to a decision. Their hard work made this a very smooth process. Now, I am getting ready to prep the studio space for my shoot next week. I had to move offices recently, but it has given me the chance to connect with more staff, which has made me feel all the more comfortable and grateful to be part of the workspace here!

Shannon Boerner, Video Intern


Week Five

This week, I was able to start working with the talent department to find an actor for my video project. The process of working professionally with interns and staff from other areas of expertise has been such a highlight of this experience. My time talking to the head of the talent department was so invaluable; I learned about how casting works in the industry, from scouting to getting called on set. Through them, the same process has been extended to my project, allowing me to work as a professional with potential talent.

Shannon Boerner, Video Intern


Week Three

Today has been a pretty great day! Despite the cold weather (at the beach!!), we have all gotten a lot done while still being able to get to know each other more. The other intern and I were able to make casting decks with really adorable kids/talent and got to learn more about the process of uploading voiceover information into the Studio Center database. I just finished compiling a list of advertising agencies in the D.C. area which was pretty to do, as I like researching things on Google and rifling through websites to find people’s contact information, haha. And this past week altogether has been really educational–I was able to accompany my supervisor to one of her weekly project update meetings, sit in on a voiceover session for a commercial, and discover an “attic” that contains the casting files (and some interesting artifacts from past commercial shoots…)

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern


Week Three

In this, my third week as a casting intern at Studio Center, I’m starting to recognize familiar faces and form valuable relationships. I’ve had opportunities to speak with other departments and have gotten a better understanding of not just my own work here, but the way all of the different offices and professionals in this company work together to create quality products for clients and have an impact on the world all around them. I hope that throughout the remaining weeks of this internship and beyond that I have more opportunities to learn directly from the folks who do it best. There are many aspects of this industry that may be touched on in classes at our universities, but to be mentored by an active, working professional and to collaborate with them on real projects is something a classroom can never quite provide to the same level as this internship.  

Shyanne Hensley, Talent Intern
 


Week 2

I am really loving this internship at Studio Center! As an On-Camera intern, my duties have mostly revolved around casting talent for shoots and updating on-camera/voiceover talent information on the Studio Center database. It’s been crazy to see how many connections this agency has and to see how many submissions get sent in for every casting call announced. One of my favorite parts of working here is seeing artistic people that I recognize show up on casting calls; it is such a small world! I also really enjoy creating and organizing casting decks for clients. I am learning so much from my time here and will carry this information with me as I continue my education, but also as I look for jobs in this business in the future. If you are looking for an internship opportunity, choose Studio Center! Everyone here is super welcoming and sweet in addition to being knowledgeable in their jobs; it’s really easy to do quality work when surrounded by great people.

Bethanie Ritchers, Talent Intern


Week 2

The talented and supportive people at Studio Center create an environment which inspires confidence and self-motivation. This week, I have had opportunities to have a positive impact on the workflow in my department by creating materials that will standardize data entry processes now and for the future. I am also being given opportunities to use my own judgement and creativity to provide materials to clients from which they will choose the talent that will represent them. It is awesome to see the results of these choices, the selections that clients make, and the real-world impact it has through the projects that Studio Center creates and distributes.  

Shyanne Hensley, Talent Intern


Week 3:

Started week 3 off with checking in with Erik and Dwenda and seeing what they had on schedule for me through the week. I got a start on my video project that I am extremely excited for considering this is my first actual directing experience that I get to partake on! Began formulating my story board and my pitch for the upcoming week to my supervisors and fellow video intern. I soon finished up my storyboarding for my video idea and ended up getting with Shannon to chat about some photography and just ideas that were flowing. I also got the opportunity to meet Oz who is one of the editors and had a nice conversation with him and getting to hear his personal journey in the industry so far! Near the end of the week, I was able to celebrate Dave’s birthday with everyone in the office and help decorate for it, which was honestly inspiring to hear Woody’s speech and to know of someone who has made such a big contribution to a company in his life. Congratulations Dave!

I feel very fortunate to be able to be a part of a phenomenal team for the semester and to grow in ways that I have yet to experience!

Matthew Sabellico, Video Intern


Week 2: 

The second week was a little bit less hectic, and I began to start getting more organized with my daily tasks and shadowing time. Near the beginning of the week, I was able to get up with Chris to help him with the glossy floor mat he was wanting to lay out for the up-and-coming real estate live show that we are hosting. He and I also had a great conversation about the art of lighting, and we watched some of my past short video projects that I have done, there was some healthy critiquing from Chris that I was all ears for. The rest of the week I managed to complete my office set up and go through all of my folders and tabs assigned to my position. I was able to meet and really introduce myself to my fellow video intern, Shannon, then also had lunch with an audio intern Allen (who is also a great friend of mine). 

Matthew Sabellico, Video Intern


Week 1:

I was not sure what to expect for my first week of starting my internship here at the Studio Center located in Virginia Beach. Being that this is my first professional video production experience as being an intern for this company, I was very eager and excited for what was to come next and what this place had to offer to me. I can gladly say that with the entire companies extremely welcoming environment, I was blown away with what I walked into on my first day and even week. Starting the first week off with the best tour I have probably ever received by Helen, she walked me throughout the entire campus and introduced me to each and every person within the company. It was really great to get to proficiently meet all department employees. After Helen and I finished up the tour, she directed me to my new supervisors Erik and Dwenda. Which were both so nice in welcoming me onto the department team, we had a quick chat then they had me go into the studio right away! Then to top the day off, I got to be a part of the Target Practice product shoot with John the Navy Seal. I then had the opportunity to first meet Chris, the Director of Photography, and it’s safe to say that we clicked well and I’m very excited to be taught by such a great director. The rest of the week was led by some editing time with Gia, setting up my current office, and continuing to provide Chris with any help he needed.


Matthew Sabellico, Video Intern


After being an Audio Intern for a few weeks now, I can say wholeheartedly that I have felt so welcomed by all of the staff I have interacted with. It feels like a big family at Studio Center, and they made me feel right at home. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time working alongside Shippley, it has been incredible! He has a great knowledge of audio engineering and producing, but he also knows how to explain his knowledge to somebody who has little to no experience. In essence, he’s a great teacher and supervisor for interns like myself to learn from. While there is a lot of information to take in during the first couple of weeks, I have always felt like I could stop and ask questions to understand something, there was never a moment questions were discouraged. I expected to be taught how some of the software works and how various equipment is used, but never did I expect to be in control of audio engineering for some auditions or to work so closely on the great projects Studio Center does. Experience really is the best teacher and it’s evident that Studio Center believes that. I expect to continue to grow in my knowledge and understanding of the various tools at an audio engineer’s disposal as well as how to manage and direct talent to produce the best possible product. I also expect to learn more about production audio and how to get the best possible quality during production. In the future I intend to get a job somewhere in the audio field and be able to use my experience with Studio Center as a part of my foundation for professional audio work. I am certainly looking forward to the next weeks ahead!


Allen Sawyer, Audio Intern


Week 1

Today, Friday the 14th of January, marks my third day and first week here at Studio Center. I am really enjoying it here! My first day, I was able to meet most of the employees here and learn about Studio Center’s mission and inner workings. I never knew that so much goes into a business’ advertising like branding, casting, and shooting commercials. Everyone here is super sweet and the environment is very friendly and chill. I have been learning really cool things just this week like the behind-the-scenes work of casting and have been able to help organize casting decks, too! Right now, I am assessing how many auditions some of their talent submitted for in 2021 and compiling the number onto a spreadsheet. There is just a lot of steps to make commercials and films that I never thought about until now.


Bethanie Richters, Talent Intern


Week 1 

I had no idea what to expect going into my first week as an intern at Studio Center. After a warm welcome and some friendly introductions, I quickly felt comfortable in the environment that they have created here. So far, I have been introduced to the databases and programs that are used to organize talent, and I have already begun to assist in the process of creating talent decks for clients. I got to finish off my week by sitting in on a recording session for a commercial! Studio Center is dedicated to helping interns to learn and develop skills that will help them succeed in this industry. 


Shyanne Hensley, Talent Intern


Week 2

This week has been especially exciting because on Monday, I worked on a shoot for a demo video of a new, target practice product. The process and equipment we used were fascinating; one of the major takeaways I wanted from this internship was a reliable understanding of industry standard cameras, which I am now developing! I met my fellow video intern this week and we started to talk about our aspirations. For my own video project, I began script writing and storyboarding in preparation to pitch it to the staff next week. In addition to my main focus in camera work and writing, I connected with an animator on my hall, and I was able to ask about its field and process. Though I do not plan to go this direction myself, I have a huge appreciation for the art form, made even greater by learning about the behind the scenes work it requires.

 

Shannon Boerner, Video Intern


My first week at Studio Center has been beyond impressive- already I feel like a member of the team, and I am learning so much about the professionalism of this industry. The environment has been remarkably welcoming: after completing my initial paperwork, I was given a tour of the entire studio and was introduced to every staff member. Just today, I was asked to join my supervisors in their meetings with other staff to discuss new and ongoing client projects. As an intern, I have been given the task to run and oversee my own projects, from the start of the creative process to post-production, an opportunity I would rarely find elsewhere. Though it has only been one week, this experience has already proven to be professionally and personally rewarding.

Shannon Boerner, Video Intern
 


Over my time at Studio Center, I’ve had a chance to really observe and understand how a successful production company operates. I can’t say an hour has passed where I didn’t gain something from this experience. Coming in as a sales intern I thought it would be hard trying to make my way to the other departments around the facility, but my supervisors Zac, Helen and Adrian made sure I got a chance to engage in everything that interested me and more. I had an especially great time in the recording studio shadowing  Peter, Chris, and Shipley. Every personality at Studio Center is truly one of a kind. I’ve never seen people work this effectively but joke and have fun at the same time. Having a chance to spend time in this space has truly helped me hone in on the career and lifestyle I want to reach in the future. Everyone I have had the pleasure of speaking with has left me with some great advice or just an overall good feeling. I believe Studio Center has a long life ahead of them, so I won't be surprised when I hear about the great work they’re still doing in two or three decades. I can’t say thank you enough and I hope I have a chance to work with this team in the future!

Barrington Taylor,  Sales Intern


This past week at Studio center has been an eventful one to say the least. Even though I am a sales intern this week I got a chance to go on a video shoot for Old Dominion University. The experience from this shoot was priceless. Over the course of one day we were able to shoot three scenes across the entire campus. Being in that environment has shown me all the obstacles that may arise as well as the small and intricate details that make a good production. After working this close with Studio center it is easy to see why they have such satisfied clients. Being a part of that experience makes waiting for the final product even more exciting in my opinion. I hope I have more chances in the future to tag along on video shoots.

Barrington Taylor, Sales Intern


Hey there,
If you want to know what it’s like to be an intern at Studio Center, you’ve come
to the right place...Let me start by saying: the Social Media room is where it’s at! Gia and Rusty keep it real, and they have trained me well. If you have a question about anything (Adobe software, advertising strategies & processes, or camera-related things) they’ll help you figure it out. And they’re always super nice about it! I could talk about so many things that I was able to be a part of here...like going on photoshoots, conducting S.W.O.T. Analyses, monitoring social media pages, trying my hand at graphic design, or coming up with ideas for marketing programs. But, the best part of it all was just interacting with people. I love when employees from other departments, like Graham or Shippley, stop by for some conversation or to troubleshoot an audio problem. And it’s always fun when a voice actor, like Kwame, pops in to say hello. There’s a ton of work being done at Studio Center, but everyone is able to maintain a truly welcoming atmosphere in the midst of it—and that...that’s what makes Studio Center a special place to be an intern.

Noah E., Social Media Intern
 


This week here has felt more like school work than actual work. I've been studying a whole lot about Adobe Premiere and After Effects, making sure that when I begin to edit my intern project I won't be too much in the dark if that makes sense. My project seemed to have been pushed back because everyone else's schedules made it hard to get it started, which isn't a big deal, but I was really excited to get it started. We'll just have to see what happens next week and go from there I guess.

Gavin Decker, Video Intern


This week I had pleasure to talk to Chris, the Director of Photography, about the craft of cinematography. I found his take refreshing. He drove home the point that visual storytelling is an art and importance of approaching it from that perspective. We discussed how a  lot of budding  DPs and videographers get caught up in the race for the fanciest camera: 4k, 6k, 8k etc. However,  a skilled director of photography can tell a compelling story without the bells and whistles. Chris has been doing this stuff for a long time and he has a wealth of information to share. I look forward to working with him on set.

Kevin Cheek, Video Intern


This week has been a bit more on the relaxed side of things. I have been able to write a script, budget, and create a timesheet for both my 30 second long and 1:30 long projects this week. The toughest part was probably trying to come up with a good idea and finding people to help me work on it. In the end, I think I've been able to come up with some good ideas that people will enjoy watching and also creating. I'm really excited to get the thumbs up to start working on the projects. It's gonna be fun.

Gavin Decker, Video Intern


My first week here at Studio Center is really fun and an involving environment. I’m enjoying the work that is being provided and I really appreciate the people that help me through this process. It's my first time getting to be involved in meetings, working with professionals, and especially getting my own office. I swear when I was told that I got to have an office, I was ecstatic. I'm a very simple person and the fact that I get an office makes me feel more like an adult than I really am. Being part of an onsite shoot was also exciting. I got to work with wonderful people that allowed me to get involved and learn many things. Overall, my first week here at Studio Center has been a wonderful and enjoyable experience. I can't wait to see what they got next for me.

Gavin Decker, Video Intern


One week in and so far, so good. Everyone has been very warm and welcoming.  My first day began with the opportunity to observe an editing session. Watching Dwenda and Oz select the perfect lower thirds package reinforced the notion that every detail matters. Later on that day, I sat in on another editing session with Dwenda and Leah. They came up with creative ways to seamlessly execute changes based on client notes. I also had the pleasure of being part of a Zoom meeting with a client.  It was interesting to get an inside look at how the Studio Center team works with clients to create most effective way to convey the intended message. I look forward to what next week brings.

Kevin Cheek, Video Intern


Week 7

 

Today marks the end of my internship. What a journey it has been! For lack of a better adjective, I am sad my time has come to an end. It seemed like I was just getting into the hang of things and starting a routine. However, all things must come to an end. I am not good at saying goodbye, but I have a feeling Studio Center and I will cross paths again. I am so incredibly grateful for being able to partake in this once in a lifetime opportunity. I know countless students apply for intern positions at Studio Center and I am humbled to have been selected out of many. Coming into this, my fear was I was too old to be an intern; that was not the case in the slightest. Lesson learned: everyone is on their own quest, guiding themselves through their own timeline, at their own pace and can start something new at any age! I would also like to extend my gratitude to everyone for welcoming me with open arms and making me feel like I was part of the team. I have made connections I hope will transcend outside of this experience. For me, connecting with others to hopefully leave a positive impact will forever be what I strived for and I think I have achieved that.

Until next time Studio Center!

Lara Boden, Video Intern


Week 6

This week was the debut of my intern project! The process of creating it was exhilarating and I am grateful for all the help I received from the Studio Center team. I am thrilled with how the project turned out, and anxiously awaited to see what others thought of it. Well...it was a hit! I went in with the intention of making something so wacky and “out-there” viewers could not help but love it. It brought great joy to me knowing the Mind of an Intern was able to conjure deep belly chuckles from those who have not laughed so hard in years! However, I did not anticipate the song being such an ear worm! It has been stuck not only in my head, but the infectious rap also has been on replay by staff and interns alike.

Lara Bolden, Video Intern
 


Week 5

I had a blast this week! This week was all about producing my very own project; I would be creating a short video from start to finish. I went from being an active participant in other people’s work to being the one calling the shots. As with everything else, going into this project was intimidating at first and caused a little anxiety. Once I came up with my idea, the ball started rolling...and it was rolling at full speed! My nerves settled fast, and I was able to enjoy the creative process. I got to experience a difference aspect of Studio Center, the audio department. Shipley and Danielle were awesome to work with! I appreciate all they did for me in respects to the audio for my project. I went in with a vision and they helped bring it to life. Chris Karvellas, as always, is awesome and with his patience and expertise made me look like a rock star on camera. I am extremely grateful for his skill and willingness to work with interns. With all the pieces to my project coming together, I would now be tasked with editing...which I know very little about. However, Leah, took interest in my wacky project and wanted to help me. Leah is a wizard when it comes to editing and I am so appreciative she took time out of her busy schedule to help me. I cannot wait to show everyone the project and I hope people enjoy it as much as I did making it!
 

Lara Bolden, Video Intern


Week 4

This week I had the opportunity to be on set for a shoot! It was cool to experience Studio Center staff and talent at work. Witnessing Chris Karvellas in his element was extraordinary; he is very meticulous, and you can tell cinematography is his passion. Watching the talent perform was also enjoyable. The main actor was hilarious. Although it was a smaller shoot, a lot of time, care and hard work was put into the production.  I cannot wait to see the final product.  I am looking forward to next week because I start a video project of my own! Throughout the weeks I have been here, I have been a spectator and active participant, but this is my chance to take the wheel and show everyone what I’ve got!

Lara Bolden, Video Intern


Week 3

I had a very fulfilling week! My fellow intern wrapped the filming of his intern project; it was a blast watching the production come together during the last few weeks. The amount of time and effort put into it showed true skill on multiple levels by everyone involved. My supervisor informed me I will be producing my very own 1 minute 30 second video. I am extremely excited about the opportunity and cannot wait to showcase my talents. Production is slated to begin (and end) July 6th. I wrote the project myself and even plan on starring in and editing it. I was nervous about the initial pitch of my idea. I worried my vision would get lost in translation when explaining it. However, I knocked the pitch out of the park and everyone was super supportive of my ideas. Here's to another great week!

Lara Bolden, Video Intern


Week 2

This week was exceptional! I have settled into my role of being an intern after the first week of trying to find my footing. I am glad to be over the initial newbie hump so I can truly be fully immersed in this opportunity. I am starting to build relationships with fellow interns and several of the employees I hope will continue to blossom in the next coming weeks. For me, it is not only about getting the technical experience I crave, but I am also interested in making lifelong connections with people. I got to experience behind the scenes action of an official video shoot with other interns and the director of photography. Chris Karvellas really knows his stuff! It was exciting to witness my fellow interns commit their selves to various roles on set. I highly anticipate making a video of my own and can’t wait to see where the upcoming weeks take me!

Lara Bolden, Video Intern


Working with Studio Center has been wonderful so far. The work environment is very light-hearted and engaging. It is fast paced yet is not too overwhelming. The knowledge I have learned so far has made me realize I may want to pursue a career as an audio engineer in the future. I have been given practice mixes to design and enhance my knowledge of voiceover mixing which has been very helpful. The voiceover talent I have had the pleasure of meeting has been the sweetest people I have ever met. 
I expected to learn the in-depth knowledge on recording and mixing audio in a professional field. Studio Center has exceeded my expectations in the knowledge I have gained.
After I depart from Studio Center, I plan on applying my new knowledge to the various positions I currently hold and will hold in the future. The extensive knowledge I am learning will be applied to an international a cappella group I manage and my senior thesis in where I will mix all audio for a student-led short film.

Tom Kijauskas, Audio Intern
 


I am studying Commercial Music: Film Scoring at Liberty University. I have loved how friendly and welcoming the staff has been. I appreciate how accommodating my supervisor has been and how open to questions and hands-on experiences he and the other staff have been. I definitely feel that I am growing in my technological understanding of the audio engineering field technically, socialization, and entrepreneurially. My expectations are for my growth in a deeper understanding of pro tools, source connect, and physical audio equipment such as mics and mixing consoles. I plan to begin my career as a film composer, better equipped to record, mix, and master my own scores. I additionally will be able to record ADR and special effects for films as an added benefit to potential director/producer employers.

Danielle Neufville, Audio Intern
 


I have really enjoyed learning the intricacies of the operations manager, Dave Davis. Many on the main tasks of operations are behind the scenes and things most people would not notice. I will be finishing up the roof project and help Dave start on his upcoming projects. The skills I have learned will help me think critically and solve problems in efficient ways. Often in operations you must take a second and plan out the task so it can move smoothly and quickly.

Nitin Sakhamuri, Operations Intern
 


Starting something new will always be a little intimidating for me; I did not know what to expect on my first day of being an intern. However, everyone I met was very welcoming and that put my mind at ease making me feel like I was instantly part of the team. I talked with video editors, the creative director and the director of photography, all of whom are incredibly knowledgeable of their fields. The majority of the employees I talked with wanted to know what I sought to do after I graduate at ODU and where I saw myself in the future. However, I do not know what I intend to after I finish school...just yet. Through this opportunity, it is my hope to gain insight into not only how different moving parts come together to achieve a singular goal, but also to try on different hats and learn more about my professional interests. I look forward to the upcoming weeks I have at Studio Center.

Lara Bolden, Video Intern


Week 4 

Today I shot my Internship video. It was very fun setting up the equipment with Chris and hearing his insight on directing and managing a crew. It was a bit overwhelming, but I eventually got the hang of working with the crew and actors. We had a slight delay with the audio equipment, so we had to push our shoot to two days.

On Friday I edited the first part of the video and had a good time setting up the sound design. I really like the footage and I think it lines up with the vision I had in my head.  I also spent this time reworking the shoot schedule to accommodate the extra date, but the cast and crew are fine with the extra time.
 

Brendan Scolamiero, Video Intern


Week 3

Today I was assigned the behind the scenes video for the Samaritan House video. It gave me a good taste as to what is expected of bts videos. They often need to be snappy and fast paced, syncing music and snappy visuals to keep the audience engaged. I also pitched my script to Erik and Dwenda, and their reactions were very positive. I'm securing my actors today  and working on a shoot script tomorrow. 

 

Today I finished up the BTS video for Samaritan and helped with the dog shoot. I also started mapping out my shot list and storyboard with Chris. Finally at 4:30 i participated in a brainstorming session with other staff members of the office.

Brendan Scolamiero, Video Intern


Week 2 

I was introduced to Dwenda today and she showed me what I would do for the Intern video project. I spent a good portion of the first 2 hours researching effective ads for companies, and came up with my idea and script. Dwenda also assigned me some tasks such as reorganizing the internship drive and reformatting the intern packet. I'm quite pleased with how both turned out. My script idea is two interns fighting over the last slice of pizza for pizza day. 

 

On Friday I finished writing my script and finished my pitch presentation for Erik and Dwenda. I'm pleased with how streamlined the process is going. Executing my ideas in an organized way always makes the process easier. I also helped put the finishing touches on the Samaritan House video by reviewing the final video with other interns and peers. Everyone had constructive things to say and I found the process to be quite enjoyable.

 

Brendan Scolamiero, Video Intern


Week 1

On Thursday I got the chance to go with Chris and Eric to a location scout for the Norfolk Academy Graduation. Me and Chris discussed what would be best for the graduation, and we both decided that a 2 camera setup would be best to get all the shots we need. I also got the chance to meet Oz, where we talked about editing tips and the best way to organize your footage. I found this extremely helpful. 

 

On Friday I got my first editing project, working on the Norfolk Academy Pre Presentation Powerpoint. It was interesting seeing the collaboration between the client and filmmaker, it showed me just how important communication is when creating a product for a client. I also got the chance to work on the subtitling for the Samaritan House video. It was slightly tricky making out what some of the people said, but I helped out with a certain portion. 

 

Brendan Scolamiero, Video Intern


I just love the people. Every single person I've met at Studio Center is incredibly passionate, talented, and not to mention kind; everyone looks out for the interns' experience and makes sure we are learning as much as we possibly can. Even people in other departments want the interns to observe, help with, and gain experience with their projects. I love seeing how everyone has different roles, responsibilities, and skills, but come together to share ideas, fine tune, and produce the best product for Studio Center clients. The social media department has taught me so much in my few weeks here about working with clients, best practices of social media management, as well as photography and videography. I've loved working with various social media platforms and creating content for a variety of clients that are passionate about their businesses.

 

I expect to keep gaining valuable knowledge on how to work with social media clients, analyzing post insights, and how social media ties in to other projects that Studio Center is producing.

 

I plan on taking what I've learned in the Social Media department at Studio Center and applying it in my future marketing career. The hands-on experience I've gained here is priceless!
 

Olivia Hoye, Social Media Intern


This is my final week at Studio Center and I can’t believe it. It honestly feels like last week that I first walked in these doors and got started learning the ropes. Since then, I have worked on several projects, found new talent, casted new talent, and worked on a couple of sets. This internship has been such an amazing experience and I am so thankful that I got a chance to work here. If you’re thinking about applying - do it! I have met so many amazing people and the work here is so engaging and fulfilling. I couldn’t imagine a better place to spend my last semester before I graduate. As sad as I am that this internship is over, I still am so happy I got to be a part of Studio Center for the short time I was here.

Caroline Tucker, On-Camera Intern


Week 9 done! This week, admittedly was not as fasted paced as others, but a lot of prep work is being done! I’ve been helping to create casting decks for several commercials that are going to be filming in the future. It’s really fun to go through all of the talent and create a deck for clients to look through our talent. While I won’t be a part of the shoot, it’s been really great learning how to prep and create the casting decks. It’s crazy to think that I only have two weeks left here at Studio Center, it feels like I just walked in the door yesterday and started to figure out how things work. I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to see what my last two weeks hold.

Caroline Tucker, On-Camera Intern


Well, this was it: the final week of my internship at Studio Center. It's crazy to think that it has flown by this fast! It feels just like yesterday when I was in awe of pretty much everything here. As of writing this, I have just finished my final behind the scenes project and it is incredibly bittersweet. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sad that this was ending because, honestly, I couldn't get enough of this place. Being able to work with so many fantastic people as well as being able to work on activities I am passionate about, such as video editing, has been a remarkable experience. I really can't (and won't) stop singing praises about this place. If I could say one thing about my time here, it would probably be this: internships at Studio Center are the real deal! 

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern


Week 10 is my second to last week here at Studio Center and I find it to be an opportune time to reflect back on what I have done during my internship and how my experiences will serve me going forward. While my hands on experience has been incredibly valuable, I think what will be the most helpful in continuing my career is seeing the workflow here at Studio Center. I am sure that not every workplace has the same level of communication or the same amount of work put into delivering their product as Studio Center, but I have been able to pick up on the basics and that is what I find to be important. Knowing what to expect in the industry before I even graduate is going to put me ahead of the curve and a lot of people do not get to say that. So, I am certainly glad that I have been able to spend my internship here. Next week marks the end of my internship, so I hope to give it my all! 

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern


I’ve finished up week eight and it is crazy to think I only have three weeks left here at Studio Center. It honestly feels like I’ve just started her even though I’ve learned so much already. I got the chance to work on an internal video a couple of weeks back and it was so exciting to work through the filming, see it through the editing process, and then getting to experience the final video! What made it even better was that I got to be in the video as well! It’s a project that I’m proud to be a part of and I’ve already shown it off to my friends. This internship has been such a good experience so far and I’m excited to see what else I will learn in the few weeks I have left!

Caroline Tucker, On-Camera Intern


Week 8 was, hands down, the most exciting and eventful week so far. This is the week that the Intern Short Project was filmed! Everyone involved did an excellent job and the results are something to be proud of! The acting was really great, the directing and camera work was incredibly professional, and the audio was very clean. I was given the privilege of editing the short together and it was really fun getting to piece the vision together and come up with a first cut. Now, we wait for feedback, see how we can improve on our current cut, and apply what we learn to future projects!

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern


This week we finally had our shoot. This is something that I have been looking forward to since my first day at Studio Center. The whole day I kept thinking to myself "I made this happen". Of course, like on most shoots, everything didn't go exactly as planned, but it all went right. It was a really good learning experience and I'm happy with the way the day went. Im excited to see how it all turns out with the final edit. 

Jakala, Video Intern


It’s the end of week five and it’s probably my favorite so far! This week I had the amazing opportunity to work as a production assistant on a shoot! I was so excited coming into the job, and it exceeded my expectations. It was so interesting to see how all the behind the scenes aspects functioned with one another as well as how the talent worked into the project. I had a great time meeting all of the people working on the job and getting to know them better. I learn best by working hands on, so the experience was something I will always be grateful for. Hopefully, I get to work on another production soon!!

Caroline Tucker, On-Camera Intern


Week 7 is heading out the door and, I gotta say, time flies by fast! My internship will be coming to an end here soon and I can not say that I am looking forward to it. All of what I have experienced so far has been great and I certainly do not want that to end. That aside, I did have the opportunity to use some top notch editing equipment this week! Normally, video interns get to use the equipment that is provided to us by Studio Center. However, this week, I was able to use a workstation that the professional editors work on every day! Seeing all of the different equipment involved with the editing here at Studio Center is crazy! It was definitely eye opening and a bit overwhelming to see it all, but I am glad I did! Looking forward to the opportunity to work with it some more here in the future.

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern


Week 6 is coming to a close and the progress being made with our Intern Project seems to be running smoothly. I have already covered this in previous diary entries, so this week I would like to focus on something that happened this week that caught me by surprise. I was fortunate enough to help edit a video for a client of Studio Center! For starters, the type of project was something I have never personally worked on, so it was nice just to get some experience with that particular type of video. Beyond that, being able to be a part of the editing process for an actual client felt very rewarding. It seems like each week brings about something new and exciting and this week was no different!

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern


This week was my first time on a professional shoot. I oversaw filming the behind the scenes. I have always known how much work it takes to put a shoot together, but I feel like I got the best experience when it comes to learning firsthand. Chris was very accepting of answering all my questions even though he was busy. You can tell he has been doing this for a long time because he was so calm the entire time no matter what went wrong. I know that is something I must work on, and I'll be good to go for my shoot coming up soon. 

                                                                               Jakala, Video Intern


Week four done! My time here so far at Studio Center has flown by, but it has been a blast. Ever since starting I’ve learned so much about casting for clients and processing talent. This week I worked on creating a casting deck for clients for an upcoming project. Not only did I get to help create a deck, I am also going to be working as a Production Assistant on the shoot and I couldn’t be more excited!! I can’t wait to get involved in more projects here at Studio Center and learn as much as I can during my internship.

Caroline Tucker, On-Camera Intern


I have already learned so much in the three weeks that I have been interning here at Studio Center. I was allowed to sit in on several voice over auditions earlier this week and spend time with the audio technicians here. It was really cool to see how quickly and efficiently the auditions moved while the talent was in there. I also got to watch them record and edit the sound to playback for the talent while there were still in the booth. I even got the chance to go into the sound booth and practice my own voice over with a script. It was super informative to be in a professional sound booth and see how it sounds when the talent are working in there. Even though I’ve only been here for a short time, I feel like I’ve learned so much already.

Caroline Tucker, On-Camera Intern


As I'm approaching the end of Week 5 I'm left asking myself, "Where has the time gone?!" It seems just like yesterday that I was starting my internship and meeting all of the wonderful people here at Studio Center. Five weeks later and I, as well as the other interns, are finally starting our video project! We plan to shoot in two weeks and I can hardly wait! I have a feeling that this will certainly be one of the prime highlights of my time here. Great things are happening at Studio Center and I am sure that there is more to come!

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern

 


I love how friendly everyone in the office is, I feel as though I am a part of a small tight knit community. I have the great opportunity to learn from Ruslan, he is very patient and answers all my questions. I also love the cookies!

My expectations are to learn as much as I can about Digital marketing in general, and also to diversify myself by visiting the other departments in Studio Center.

With the experience learned from this internship, I want to help small startup businesses in Nigeria maximize their marketing potential. 

Boluwatife Adeoye, Digital Marketing Intern

 


What have you loved about the program so far? Seeing a professional setting in action and getting to know how it all works.

What are your expectations?  I expect to learn a lot about working with clients and honing my craft so that I can work faster and more efficiently.

What do you plan on doing in the future with the experience learned during the internship?  I plan on utilizing the skills and knowledge I obtain to become a better recording artist.

Kevin Koelzer, Audio Intern
 


I am approaching the end of my fourth week here at Studio Center and all of the pre-production work on the intern led video project is coming along well! It is certainly a new experience for me as I have never worked on this level of detail and planning on a video before. Learning how to create a budget and how to pitch to clients is all really valuable information, so I'm glad that I am able to learn it now instead of having to fumble around after graduating and entering the workforce. Hopefully, next week will be the conclusion of pre-production and all of the interns involved can finally get to work on making something fantastic!

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern


This week I spent some time with Chris, the DP, and we went out and did some field work. Tuesday was my first time learning about shooting a time lapse. It was different than I imagined. For example, I thought that when you do a 10 to 30 second time lapse you did not have to shoot for too long, 15 minutes max. But we were outside for about an hour. That is not too long, but I did not know what to expect. I also learned what settings need to be in place before you can start shooting. Along with learning what certain things on the camera are and what they do.

Lighting was very important. You must learn about light and how you want it to work in order to be a great cinematographer. It’s a good thing the sun stated to come out because we got a good shot with the clouds and the reflection that was bouncing off the windows of the building. It also started to warm up, so of course that was a plus!

Jakala, Video Intern


Here's my intern diary for this week!

I am finishing my first week here at Studio Center and it has already been filled with excitement. On my first day, I met the entire staff and got a tour of the buildings. I had no clue that the facilities would be so amazing and that Studio Center has one of the biggest cycs on the East Coast. I cannot wait until I get to work on a project here. Also on my first day, I was allowed to sit in on a meeting with a client that was about repackaging videos which really gave me an inside look into how all of the behind the scenes operations work.
Meeting the people who work here has been great as well, they are all so welcoming and fun to be around. They even helped me get my tire fixed when I had a flat! It’s little things like that that made me realize this internship would be like no other.

Caroline Tucker, On Camera Intern
 


Week three has been nothing but exceptional. This was a good week. My first day here I said I wanted to try voice over. This week I got one step closer to it. I sat in on a session and I honestly do not know why but it was not what I imagined. I do not mean this in a bad way. The session was great, and I feel like because the talent was thrown a curve ball it gave me a good opportunity to watch how she maneuvered through everything. If it were me, I probably would've have stressed myself out over thinking it. But watching how she was professional and how the engineer also handled this was great. It helped me see how a professional carry themselves when things do not go the way they  expected. 
                   
Jakala, Video Intern
 


Things have certainly started to ramp up this week! After completing my work on the Behind the Scenes video, I have been assigned the task of editing a Sizzle Reel for some of Studio Center's 2020 projects. I must say that it certainly seems like quite the undertaking compared to my previous assignment, but it is certainly something I am excited to work on. However, there is something even bigger coming up on the horizon: a video shoot handled entirely by the interns here at Studio Center! While the details are still being worked on, I know for certain that this is going to be an invaluable experience. The ability to have hands-on experience with production work is already rare for a film student, let alone being able to find that experience in 2021 given the current state of the world. So, it's exciting to know that Studio Center is giving us interns an opportunity to responsibly produce our own work and build our portfolio. I am certainly looking forward to new developments with this project as my internship continues!

Michael Rudisill, Video Intern
 


This is my second week here at Studio Center and I have already learned so much. Walking into this experience I did not know what to expect, but I feel as though they were meet. There are so many people here that don’t want you to just make it by. They want you to be excellent in your craft and I am working towards that excellence every day. 

So far, I’ve been learning more about how a production company works. Before I got here, I had no idea how much work was put into everything. Every single detail is thought out, and there are things the viewer never takes into consideration. For example, Chris explained to me how important sound was in any film. He gave me two examples of the same video with different audio. It really made me think deeper on how important it was.
 

Jakala, Video Intern


As I finish my first week at Studio Center, I am overwhelmed with excitement for what lies ahead. Any and all expectations I had going into this internship were blown out of the water from the moment I walked through the front door. Out of all of the wonderful things I have been able to experience in my time thus far, I would have to say the thing that sticks with me the most is how welcoming the staff is. Everyone is incredibly kind and the workplace atmosphere is unlike anything I have seen before. Beyond that, I have already started working on editing some Behind the Scenes footage for Studio Center. While I already do a lot of editing in my own time, the resources that are available here as well as the guidance I have received has changed how I look at the editing process. Finally, I was able to shadow during an audio recording session for one of Studio Center's clients. Audio engineering is a fascinating process and I would love to learn more about it during my time here. Overall, I am beyond excited to continue my internship and to see what I can learn from Studio Center.

Michael, Video Intern 


Between the Digital Marketing side and the Social Media side of my internship, I have learned so much more than I ever expected to. Ruslan expanded my knowledge of Google Analytics and taught me about Google Ads. He also taught me about how to optimize Facebook and LinkedIn ads. It was so interesting! On the Social Media side, I learned an impressive amount about photography and how it correlates to how customers view the company. I learned how to use Photoshop and bits about editing for social media posts. They even posted my work!

My internship at Studio Center exceeded my expectations. When I entered, I expected something similar to a recap of what I had learned in school and how it applied to real life but I learned much more than that. How it applies, how to optimize, how to communicate with clients, and where to go from there. 

Since my internship, I have begun taking classes for Adobe Creative Cloud to enhance my qualities in digital marketing and to continue to grow in the business realm. My passion for marketing has only grown and I am thankful for the time I got to spend learning and growing with Studio Center.

Elizabeth, Digital/Social Media Intern


These past couple weeks I've completed daily audition reports (which records the amount of people responding to auditions), researched other studios for an upcoming project, and created powerpoints for choices for potential On-Camera talent. I love to write, so Hayley sent me a script for another project to read over and learn about what scripts would look like. I've learned a lot about the process of being and managing a voice actor in a studio setting.

Jordan - Talent Management Intern


I have been at Studio Center for about 4 weeks now and have learned numerous things. Some of my favorite things about Studio has been the interactions with people, staff and talents alike but also the hands on experience in the audio department, like recording an audition for example. The staff has really made me feel welcome, and has made great care to make me feel like a part of Studio Center. Although I have learned so much already at Studio Center, I expect that there is much more to learn from a business like Studio Center. I expect there will be more hands-on experience tasks throughout this semester, as well as knowledge from the staff and my supervisor, Shippley. After I finish my internship, I plan to finish my degree at Old Dominion University and then pursue my dreams of music production, whether it is at a home studio, or a business studio.

Andrei Johnson - Audio Intern


 

This is my third week in the Talent Management Internship at Studio Center, and it's been amazing! My favorite part so far was when I shadowed an audio producer during an audition, and then went into the booth to practice my own voice acting. I love learning about how production works, from the talent and everyone behind the scenes, and contributing to casting myself. For the past few weeks, I've been adding new talent to the audition website, reviewing edits on a video project, finding Voice-Over Talent that fits specific demographics, and I attended a virtual meeting regarding a company's video project. I'm so grateful to have this creative experience!

Jordan, Talent Management Intern


This is all a new experience for me, yet it feels just like home. Those I have spoken with and gotten to know me, I have mentioned my experience with premiere and my own video editing history, though nothing on a scale quite like this. I hope this internship allows me to further my skills and possibly get to that point with my own videos in the future, especially with my lack of ability with After Effects. For now though, it has been an easy week. Erik, Helen and Dwenda have been very welcoming. The other interns and employees I met all seem excitable, intelligent and excel at their tasks. So far, I have only been given the task of a BTS Video for the Compare commercial. It was a bit different than what I expected from the other BTS and reels I was told to watch for a reference as to what I might be doing, despite the freedom and liberty to put it together how I might want to. As of now, I have completed my draft, music and logo included, and I look forward to the feedback. There is always that lingering fear, but the way that this place has welcomed me and the energy I feel from this place makes me believe that the fear is unwarranted. I look forward to presenting myself as best I can, and bringing my best work to the table.

Brendan, Video Intern


This week I was able to work on multiple projects and assignments. On Monday I worked on closeouts for a couple of different shoots, getting together all the paperwork to make sure everything was accounted for properly. On Wednesday and Friday, I was able to work on editing a piece for Krabbe Connect. I’m really excited about this piece as I believe it is such a touching topic and I hope it will be able to touch the hearts of others as it did mine. I’m looking forward to what my next week will hold.

Sami Haug, Video Intern


So far, I love how welcoming the staff at Studio Center has been. It made adjusting to this new environment so much easier. I also enjoyed the hands-on experience I get to have here, including listening to different voice actors and getting to give my opinions, and also getting to organize the roster of people who plan to attend certain casting calls. Overall, I like how Studio Center has an emphasis on doing amazing and hard work while also having an amazing workplace. 

My expectations are to learn more about the technical parts of being a talent director. I know a lot of the job is to keep clients happy and find new ones, but I want to learn more about the specifics. For example, I learned that there is such a thing as “non-union” and “union” actors and when hiring someone; it’s important to note if they are union or not. I think it would be very interesting to focus on the details because those are the things I need to know if I want to be successful in this career field. I also expect to gain more connections and experience in general throughout my time here! 

If my plans pan out the way I want them to, I will be working for an agency in a media-dominant city (Chicago, Atlanta, etc). I will be a talent manager myself, and working with music artists and the music industry. 
I would also love to be an A&R rep. Either one would be amazing. If possible, I would love to be the next Scooter Braun!!
 

Resi Daniels - Talent Division Intern


Thanks for everything, my internship has far exceeded my expectations!

- Caroline

I can't believe it is already the final week of my summer internship!

This week I finalized my creation of a Wikipedia page for Studio Center and got to sit in more political audio, which was again very fascinating. I've really enjoyed interning here and have learned so much, all while being surrounded by great people. Studio Center is a special place filled with unique work and people who are always eager to help.

I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity and would highly recommend it to others looking for a fun, challenging and engaging experience! 

Caroline, Marketing Intern
 


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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