Gender Studies Major Interns with TV Production Company

Author: Linnie Caye

Video: Arts and Letters Student Interns with TV Production Company

May 15, 2014 • Todd Boruff

“There’s so much that goes into preparing a show that you never see,” said senior Blake Avery, a gender studies and film, television, and theatre major.

During the summer of 2013, Avery worked as a development intern at 44 Blue Productions, a documentary television production company in Los Angeles. His duties included working with another intern to research show ideas and develop possible show titles. He also edited video interviews and preliminary show footage into “sizzle” reels to help pitch new shows. Through this experience, Avery gained insight into the pre-production process.

“One of the most important things that I’ve learned this summer is being prepared before you even press record on the camera, knowing every single aspect of every single shot,” Avery said.

Avery’s internship was funded through the Arts and Letters Summer Internship program, which supports sophomores and juniors who take internships in the U.S. and abroad. Avery notes the program is “the sole reason” that he was able to take the internship. “I’m very thankful for this amazing opportunity that will probably change my life,” he said.

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