A Bittersweet End

Today is my last day as an intern at CROP Creative Media…  I’m happy because it means I am one step closer to that cap and gown but quite sad because one of the best experiences of my life is over.
When I started here I didn’t expect to love it this much, I didn’t expect to fall in love with the staff and I really didn’t expect for it to have such a significant impact in my life.  Every day that I was supposed to intern I looked forward to.  I’ve grown a lot not only as a student but also as a person.  The field of production has forced me even more out of my shell and that is mostly thanks to this internship… even though the people were incredibly kind and welcoming I still had to make the effort to socialize and really put myself out there and I believe that in doing so I not only bettered myself but the internship experience.
It doesn’t take much to sit in a cubicle and do computer work all day and ignore the world, what can be challenging is forcing yourself out of your own bubble and trying to meet people on the “outside.”
I wouldn’t trade all that I have experienced and learned for the world, it has truly been nothing short of fantastic!

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What a Wonderful Life

Interning at CROP Creative Media has been one of the most influential experiences that I have ever got to be a part of.  I think that I have grown exponentially throughout this experience and learned more than I could have ever imagined.

I only have four weeks left and I am looking forward to seeing what the future has in store but I’m also sad to see this come to an end.

What am I looking forward to?

I am most looking forward to learning more about this company as well as the other jobs and concentrations in production. I have so enjoyed, everything thus far and have only positive feelings about moving forward.

I am also looking forward to ruling out other career paths and being able to really hone in on what I want to do in my career. One of things that I do love about interning is being able to test the different waters and really see what it is that you want to do. Being in classes helps you learn but class doesn’t hold a candle to real world experience and really getting out there and being in the field you have been studying for 3.5 years.
I am excited to continue learning and growing here and can’t wait to see what God has in store.

A big misunderstanding about production.

I believe that a lot of people think that in the production industry it is very fast-paced and that you are shooting everyday and you have a crazy amount of clients you are working with and you are just always very busy.

In reality, there aren’t shoots everyday, there maybe a couple a month but that’s about it. There is always post-production work to be done and planning but it’s not as fast paced as a lot of people think.
Before I got to CROP I used to think that production companies consisted of big teams of people. I couldn’t have been more wrong! At CROP you have;
Bill who is a partner and senior editor, Jennifer who is a partner and executive producer, Megan who is the senior producer, Andy the sound producer and composer, Andrew the 3D motion graphics artist, Hans who is the 2D motion graphics artist, and Michael who is an editor and motion graphics artist. That’s basically the whole team.
Having a smaller team is a wonderful thing, after being here and seeing how everyone interacts I think that if they were much bigger they wouldn’t be as tightly knit. Everyone stays busy and the workload isn’t to heavy and if one person is struggling they help each other keep up.
CROP is a fantastic place and everyone that works here is very knowledgeable and insanely talented, and because of that they don’t need a huge team of people, which is a beautiful thing.

 

After 5 weeks as an intern, I was able to rule out several career paths.

In 5 weeks I have worked on the pre-production side of things making bids, helping do research and going to meetings with clients and learning what they expect.

In 5 weeks I have learned how to create my own logo in Adobe Illustrator and I have learned how to animate that logo in, Adobe After Effects.
In 5 weeks I have sat in on editing sessions and learned about color correction as well as importing text, selecting shots and learning how to tell a story in 30 seconds.
In these past 5 weeks I have learned about more than I thought I would throughout my entire internship. With that being said, I have definitely made some decisions about where I want my life to go in term of production and I have been able to rule some career paths out. As of right now I know for sure that I do not want to animate logos or things similar, I don’t have a talent for it and I know in my heart that if I did learn all the software I would never have a passion for it. I also know that I have no desire to be a 3-D designer, once again I have no knowledge of it and I definitely do not have the talent for it… as for everything else, I am still learning and experiencing different aspects of production that I can’t rule out yet… I love editing, I am really enjoying the side of pre-production and the planning aspects and even though I haven’t got to work with sound yet it seems that that’s something that would be very interesting.
It’s a good thing that I still have 5 weeks left in my internship because I’ve still got a lot of work to do.

 

Life as a Production Intern

Thanks to Hollywood, I assumed that being a production intern consisted of running errands, getting coffee and doing the work that the actual professionals didn’t have time to or didn’t want to do. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Being a production intern has been one of the most transformative and informative processes that I have ever gone through. Everyone that I have worked with has been incredibly helpful and just focused on me learning something from every encounter.
As an intern, I think that you are in a very valuable position; you’re at a place where it’s normal to ask for help and seek others expertise without being looked down upon because you are still in school and they don’t expect for you to be exceptional or to know everything. I have loved interning because it’s proven to be a fantastic stepping-stone between school and a career. Also, I have yet to get coffee or run errands!

 

Are internships hard?

Internships can be rather difficult because you are put into a whole new world. Before my internship all I had ever known was school and my job, which has no relation to production or communication. However, I think that internships are a necessary challenge. Internships give students the opportunity to go into a place where they see themselves potentially working or in an industry that they think they want to be in for the rest of their lives and internships give the opportunity to see just what all of that entails.

For me, I knew about editing and shooting before coming to CROP. Being at almost the halfway point I’ve learned so much about the pre-production side of things, graphic design and animation. I’ve also learned a lot about how the industry actually works and how work comes in and things like that, that never even crossed my mind until I got here.
Even though your put into a new world and it’s a challenge, internships aren’t hard. They are a learning opportunity that affords students real world experience before actually being in the real world.