This is my last blog post for the semester, and it has been an interesting one.
Over the course of nearly five months, I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful high school students from across the Roanoke Valley. To watch them grow and development has been a wonderful experience.
They have covered a vast amount of information in such a short time as well. It has been quite impressive to see them tackle the new information and quickly adapt to new technology and programs. Comparing their early videos to ones now is often amusing.
This program requires such a time commitment from the students. The students are in Film Lab almost eight hours a week and often have substantial homework assignments. When I look back at my high-school experience I know I would not have been able to commit. I love seeing their dedication to film.
Next semester the student will begin their short films. Two will be chosen and the class will be divided into teams to bring the winning stories of life. They will spend the entirety of semester filming and editing. At the end, the short films will be sent to festivals across the country.
Today (11/28), the students bid for positions on the film crews for the spring. Each student will fill the role of Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Technician, or Other (specified) for one of the two films. If a student’s script is chosen, they get first choice to decide if they want to Direct. Outside of this exception, the students bid and get divided by my supervisor.
The two scripts have not yet been chosen. My supervisor sent the scripts out to a number of readers and has not yet heard back from all of them. When he does, the winning two will set the motion for the spring.
I was originally suppose to intern the entire year. But as I take into account my academic and personal schedules I am not sure I can continue the time commitment. However, I have enjoyed my time interning at the Grandin Film Lab. I look forward to seeing the final productions from this group. If I do not continue then I will still attend the screening of their final products.
I would recommend this internship to a student who wants to explore avenues of film making.