Point Loma Nazarene University
Contact: Nicholle Jaramillo
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Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Date: December 16, 2010
Written by: Nicholle Jaramillo
Media Communication Students Wrap Up Semester at LAFSC
Every year, PLNU’s Communication and Theatre Department sends media communication-film study majors to the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. The center is a comprehensive, one-semester film program which is sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) based in Washington, D.C.
While in Los Angeles, students are given an opportunity to gain insight into the industry by interning with development companies, agencies, personal management companies, production offices and many more. This past fall, 2010 semester included the largest number of media communication students that have ever attended the LAFSC in a single semester. They included Jordan Olberg, Andrew Price, Ashley Gulden, Erika Scopelli, Lucy Peterson, Jackie Hile and Samantha Melhaff are currently attending the film center.
Some of the companies that this semester’s students interned at included: The Dr. Phil Show, Langley Park Pictures and Carousel Productions and Gordonstreet Pictures.
Senior media communications major Lucy Peterson worked as a talent supervisor for The Dr. Phil show.
“I supervised the guests that came on the show and made sure they got through hair, makeup and wardrobe,” said Peterson. “It was sort of like a glorified babysitting job but it was tons of fun!”
Not only did Peterson intern during her time at LAFSC, but she also worked on a film as a part of the curriculum. She learned about what goes into the production of a film, and how to develop a character for a script. Her biggest challenge was dealing with professor critiques and working on a horror film.
“We would have to make changes according to their critiques and hope it was what they wanted,” said Peterson.
Senior media communication major Andrew Price interned with Langley Park Pictures and Carousel Productions. Price worked with script coverage, wrote synopses of films and script change comments. In addition this, he often did little tasks and errands such as getting coffee for executives, arranging scripts on a shelf, or putting together a Google map with L.A. Weekly's “99 Places To Eat”.
“I learned a lot about what scripts are chosen for projects and the importance of making connections,” said Price. “Also I got experience on short films, heard from some influential people in Hollywood such as Doug Jones, Tony Hale, Ralph Winter and a couple others.”
While Peterson struggled with professor feedback, Price ran into an issue of time management. Procrastination seemed to slowly creep up the list of this semester’s challenges.
“There was about four weeks at the beginning of the semester where we were doing almost nothing, so I got used to that, and then they sprung everything on us at once.”
Price felt that he took a lot away from the experience as a whole.
“If you want a semester entirely devoted to film, then I would recommend it because you get a lot of hands on experience,” said Price. “Getting an internship in Hollywood is also a very good experience.”
Junior media communications major Jackie Hile interned with Gordonstreet Pictures, an independent film production company. She read scripts, helped with a side business of transferring tapes to DVDs, captured footage and made DVD labels. Although interning with the company was one of the highlights of her semester, Hile also enjoy components of the LAFSC program.
“My favorite part about the program was having guest speakers,” Hile. “We got to meet lots of people in the industry who are successful and it was helpful to hear their stories and advice.”
Hile learned more than just production design, she also learned a lot about herself.
“My biggest challenge was not getting discouraged when my internship wasn't going how I expected,” said Hile. “I didn't start until October so I felt like I was missing out.”
Similar to other students in the program, and despite frustrations with her internship, Hile also gained a lot of valuable experience during her time in L.A.
“I would recommend going to LAFSC not for the academic part, but more for just the experience of being in Hollywood and working in the industry.”
Students recently concluded their fall semester at PLNU and most will be returning to PLNU for the spring, 2011, semester.
Students interested in attending the Los Angeles Film School Center can contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu for more information.