For anyone who’s made a go of it in production, the first step into the world of employment is usually an internship. Often, the experience is synonymous with being a catchall gopher, the low man on the totem pole who gets sent out to get the coffees. Maybe it’s because we’ve all been there, but for us, taking on interns from time to time is a way to pay it forward and give emerging video professionals a realistic glimpse into the day-to-day of a production office. Okay, we might still ask them to pick up some coffees occasionally, but we’ll also get them sorting footage, putting together initial assemblies and lending a hand with equipment on set.
Our latest intern, Terran, came to us from the BCIT Television and Broadcast Program. A technical whiz, he never batted an eye no matter what we threw his way. (Plus, he was awesome at helping us figure out any techie issues that came about, as they do.)
BCIT seems to be doing things right. Terran came in with a solid base understanding of skills across the spectrum, from camera operating and sound recording to editing and file encoding. We hope he gained some new skills and insights into the industry through his first-hand experiences with real video projects.
Best of luck, Terran. Good things are definitely in store for you.