My first meeting with Dr. Pras was very insightful in regards to what it was that I would be doing this semester. We discussed the best options for how to accomplish certain tasks and also decided on set days for me to go down to the studio to clean up and organize misplaced items. It was decided that I would go down to the studio at least 3 times a week to perform my basic duties as an intern. I decided that Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday would be the best given my work schedule. During these weekly sessions, it was my responsibility to make sure that no equipment had been accidentally misplaced or stolen, to gather any lose microphones and cables and put them in the right place, and to make sure the desktop of the studio computer stayed clean. The way I was told to clean the computer was to create a separate folder on the desktop and name it with the date I was cleaning, and to move any of the unorganized files on the desktop to that folder. After a week, if those files were still present in that folder I was to delete the files as they were taking up disk space. I was also assigned the duty of finding a better placement for the speakers. Amandine and I discussed several different options for going about doing this, and it was decided that I should do some outside research to find out the best way for the speakers to be set up. We also scheduled to meet every Wednesday at noon.
I finished the pillars that are located by the 4th graders classrooms. Since school has started, it was really nice to have some interaction with the children when they had to change classrooms. With the pillars, I noticed I was getting a lot of positive feedback from the teachers and even the kids. The pillars took a lot longer than I thought it would. I have to believe it has something to do with the brick and how much it takes in the paint. When I finished painting all the words with different colors, I noticed that it didn’t stand out as much as I thought it would. So I went back and outlined the lettering in white which really helped it pop. What I really enjoyed about doing this was the words I was able to put on the pillars. I used inspirational words such as: hope, dream, believe, imagine, succeed. These type of words will be great daily reminders for the children and even the faculty and staff. I hope when they walk down that outside hall they are able to take it in and reflect. The only negative I would have to say about the pillars is the fact I was outside. The heat was incredibly brutal but I did make sure to keep myself hydrated. I will post images of the pillars on my next post.
My last week at ITProTV was a special one! Since I was not a permanent editor and switcher they needed to hire someone to replace me in my absence. For my final test, so to speak, I had to train the new switcher and teach him everything I knew. I had never had to train someone before and it was a learning experience for me as well as for the new guy. I tried my best to articulate everyday tasks that had become second nature to me and I no longer thought about. On his first day in the office, I was so used to flipping the switches on the breaker connected to the studio lights that while my supervisor was showing him how switching worked I had actually turned them off. I was so used to being there first and turning everything on myself, I just flipped a switch and didn’t even think about which way I was flipping it. That was the only time I made a silly mistake like that but I found it humorous and a true example of how robotic my movements had become. On Tuesday of my last week we had some new t-shirts delivered and we immediately shot a commercial to advertise them. My supervisor asked me to be in it along with another switcher/editor and it was a lot of fun; it was a completely different experience to be in front of the camera instead of behind it, behind a wall, behind a switchboard. Since Pokémon Go is the craze of the summer, the creative director (my supervisor) created a t-shirt design in homage to that and here is the link to the commercial in order for you to see. As for the continuation of training my replacement, he was quiet but inquisitive so I could tell he was truly paying attention and eager to learn. I told him everything I could think of from the technical side of things, such as when and how to mute the audio at the intro and outro of a show, to telling him it is fun to sit on the hosts’ side of the office during a break in order to hear or get in on a fun, intellectual conversation. Since I was training him to do everything I would do I only got to do my job for the first two days of my last week because after training him and showing him how it was done he was ready to take my spot in the switcher’s seat. I did need to sit with him for a while in order to make sure everything went swimmingly and answer any of his questions. On my last day he did not need me to watch or standby anymore and I really had nothing to do but soak in the people and play games. This was nice because I could reflect on my last two months with them, and ask any last minute questions. It was an amazing experience to work with ITProTV this summer, I learned much about video production I did not know before and made some lifelong memories. Below I have attached a photo I took of myself, my supervisor, and my two mentors; I worked closest with them and they were the ones who taught me so much this summer.
Reading previous posts of mine about interning at ITProTV you would know that it is always a fun place to be. That is why I wanted to take the time to write an entire post about the work environment.
The physical aspect of the work environment is simple. It is a quant couple of offices in the back of a warehouse where everyone works together. Pictured to the right and above is an example of how close everyone works together in the main office. In the picture there are cubicles for each host and the desk at the end is for someone in marketing. A prime example of how close-knit the company is with it’s small building. I think the most important part of a workplace environment though is how positive the ambience is and ITProTV has positive ambience galore. The founders are always caring, understanding and patient when something does not go exactly as planned. My supervisor always makes me feel comfortable when learning something new and is always willing to help me out if I need it or if I am confused. As for everyone else I get to interact with, we all can have a fun time whilst making a video on something like “Computing Fundamentals”. Overall, ITProTV has a work environment everyone dreams of, a fun, dynamic, friendly and patient one!
ITProTV is a fairly new company, they were founded in 2013 and have been working out of a warehouse since their humble beginnings. During my time with them I have seen how well they use their small space in the back of a warehouse to create great video content. They took these plain, boring rooms and hired a set designer to come in and create an amazing set for their largest studio which is what makes Studio 1 look so great and visually appealing (pictured above). As for the the smaller studio, Studio 2, they set up a blue backdrop and TV that is always displaying the ITProTV logo behind the first host (pictured below, without logo because the TV is off). The rest of the office is behind the walls of each studio, you always need to be quiet no matter where you are in the office while recording because it can be heard. Everything and everyone is in close vicinity to one another which makes it easy to be familiar with all aspects of the company. I enjoyed how small and close together everything was, it was nice to be able to just walk over to the next room and ask about how marketing was going or to the other room to find out what the hosts wanted to do next. However, ITProTV will be moving to a brand new bigger and better building that is not in a warehouse. The building is under construction now and they will move at the end of September, when I will already be gone but I have gotten to see the new building in the making many times. I wonder how that close-knit feeling will change when they move over because the studios will be in the back of the building while the editors will be in a hallway, and the hosts, marketing team, and founders will be in a large room with separate offices in the front. Of course, I do believe this change will make for greater efficiency but I am a little concerned that the homey feel will go away slightly. People will have a space of their own without distractions to get their work done, and all things video, switching and editing will be done on the other side making for less possible interruptions from others. The studios will be very different from the way they are now. There will be five instead of two and all are bigger than at least the smaller one, each will have sound proofed roofs for when it rains and have glass garage doors for getting big equipment in and out but also so any show going can be seen while recording without anyone accidentally interrupting. As for the other side of the building, each office will have glass sliding doors so that everyone can see in and out of their offices making it easy to discern whether or not someone is available to talk to. There are two other spaces in the building belonging to ITProTV which would be the kitchen/lounge where hosts and other workers can relax and have lunch. The other room, of course, is the gaming room. As you know at ITProTV we have a PacMan machine in the office and in the new building they will keep the PacMan machine but are adding an XBOX, Play Station, and possibly a couple more systems; all for relaxing purposes. I am sad that I will be missing out on the new building but they are having a grand opening in October. They kindly invited me to go up for a day so I could be there for the opening; I promptly accepted the invitation.
My second to last week at ITProTV has been the most exciting yet! I got to work closely with my supervisor with an on location project. The project involved interviewing three of the men in charge of setting up all the networking, routers and switches in the new building they will be moving into in September. Along with them we still need to interview the the man in charge of construction to discuss how they are setting everything up to help with that. Besides leaving the office we also had a guest in from Kenya who came to ITProTV to record a course on Computing Fundamentals. This particular guest is an advisor to the president of Kenya for the betterment of those who do not easily have access to technology; his sponsoring organization is called I Choose Life.
On the second day of the week I had just finished a show in the smaller studio and I was sitting in a chair, my supervisor walked up to me and asked “do you want to go over to the new building and work some audio?” I promptly jumped up out of the chair and said “yes!” I might have startled him a bit with my enthusiasm. However, I truly was excited because it was something different than what I had been doing the past two months and audio is one of my main tracks for my major in Digital Arts, along with video. I grabbed a pair of headphones, a lapel mic, cabling, and a Rolls MX34c which is a small portable two channel live mix box. We arrived at the construction site of the new building and began to set up in an area not too noisy but also had something interesting in the background such as network cables, or glass door offices. Since it was a short interview that did not involve much moving around, we only brought a short mic cable that connected to the live mix box, that was attached to me, and so I needed to stand just out of the frame close to the interviewee. However, when we interviewed the co-founder, Don Pezet, he brought a long cable with him because he knew he needed to walk around to demonstrate some activities and this extra long cable was very helpful for that. Interviewing people on location is not something I had ever done before and this was one of the many aspects of the internship I am grateful for that has given me work experiences I desire.
Half way through the week our guest from Kenya arrived after a series of flight connections from Nairobi to Orlando. He was quite tired on the first day were meant to start recording so we just showed him around the building and were willing to let him relax the rest of the day but he insisted on getting started that day. He was going full speed ahead until he hit a wall at around 3pm, this was due to the 7 hour time difference and his body was telling him it was bed time. We shut down early that day and came back early the next morning to make up for lost time. The rest of the week went well and we worked into the weekend where we got the most of the shows done. Our guest, Dr. Tonny Omwansa, was interviewed during his time with us multiple times and one interview was featured in our local newspaper, The Gainesville Sun. There was a lot of excitement having him in town and as for the physical recording side his time with us, everything went swimmingly because he was quite comfortable in front of the camera giving us little to do while we were live or in post.
My second to last week at ITProTV was definitely one of, if not the best week I have had with them. I am sure that my last week will be great as well but so far this has been a great week. From working audio at a construction site to sitting inside and recording as usual, it was all fun in every way but that is to be expected with ITProTV.
This summer, I did an internship at ImageWorks working and learning about the real world of graphic design. I learned a lot of the course of the time working there. i learned about the workplace and what happens behind the scenes. I think it was good for me to experience working for. I got the benefits of working with customers, learning how to install things and learning about a business. When I started working at ImageWorks. I was right in the middle of the action. I learned how to install something onto a car and learned about all the different types of paper. This was definitely important because when a customer would ask for a certain product you would have to know what type you need it to be on. for example, Banner paper is good for inside and outside signs that can be used to advertise for events or just advertising a business. You can also you banner to make picket signs that are used for selling homes and such. Vinyl can be used like stickers. We use a program like Illustrator to create the letters for the vinyl and we actually did the installs. I learned how that whole process went and now if I want to make something from scratch I know how to,
One of the big things I learned during my internship was how to make a book. Previously, I had knowledge to make flyers and pamphlets but I had never understood how to make books or the format. This was important because I had to learn a new program to make the book. I had to learn to have patience working with customers and make sure everything is up to the standards of the business. Of course there is artistic creativity but still you have to represent the business and keep their standards. When I was working there and I would make products, I had to make sure to follow the customers orders in a timely fashion. Also working with customers became a thing I have never really done before on a one on one basis. This helped me more on my communication with other people that I do not know well.
Another important thing I learned during my internship is about business itself. During the time I was there i learned that businesses isn’t always booming. Sometimes there are quiet times where no one comes in and orders things. We still have projects to work on but it is just quiet in the shop with not alot going on in the sales department, we would still be printing and assembling stuff. I learned that there are other parts of a business outside of what it is selling. Filing and sorting was some of the things I did as I was there. It helped me see deeper into the business and got to see the clients that would come back and ask for more business from ImageWorks. This shows persistence and good connections with the customers. When a business acquires a new customer they need to try and keep connections so that they can work with them again. I think that a business with customers that come back is good since they can trust ImageWorks with a job well done. When I was doing filing with ImageWorks. I got to know more about the company itself and learn who they are.
Another thing I learned while working with ImageWorks is working with the company to get jobs done. What I mean is that sometimes not everything is made inside of the store. For example when someone wants a large order of shirts, we sell it to them but the actual product is made out of the state and shipped to ImageWorks. We collect the money and the dividend from buying from a third party site. This is also important to some businesses because not all of their business has to come from the building itself. they can make and do things with partners and still gain a profit off of it. When ImageWorks has to buy from a third party website, they search for what the customer wants and then what they do is send them a list of products for the cheapest prices. This is important because the customers need different options when trying to buy a product from someone. Companies needs to show varieties for products which gives the customer more options.
Finally, I learned how to not lose my creativity when I am working for someone else. When you work for a company they have certain standards for their products and services. They need you to keep up their standards and make sure that they you properly represent them in whatever you are creating. When I am making a product for someone I am also allowed to have some creative freedom in the the item I am making. I started to remember in the job that I am doing I do have to follow protocol but I also have the rights to be able to express myself to make an artistic piece. I should not forget that I have the rights to make my own creative decisions. During my internship when I did have the opportunity to make products, I did have the chance to show my artistic creativity and also make it look professional. I was glad that I didn’t have to give up my ability to create when I was making products for customers. I did enjoy my time at ImageWorks and I took away a few principles that Included making sure I stay professional and up to standards when making a product, I need to make sure that I keep the interests of the customers in the product I am making and also I need to remember to show all the options when I sell a product to someone else. ImageWorks helped me understand more about small businesses and how they are connected with their customers. This is helpful since businesses need strong bonds. I enjoyed my time at ImageWorks and I hope to be able to work with them again.
Initially, I was under the impression I would be doing a lot of editing when I first arrived at ITProTV but then I was told that I would only be doing switching (switching camera angles during live shows, setting titles, and taking notes) but now in my second month I have been able to edit multiple videos. In the beginning I was supervised but now they let me edit freely and review it afterwards. I like that they review it afterwards because the process in which they edit is different from any that I ever done before; there is more of a structure and a rhythm.
In my first year at Stetson I learned Final Cut and Premiere Pro learning the basics and then got more advanced in my second year. This has proved helpful when I do get to edit for ITProTV. To start, we take the file name for an episode and we set the scratch disks to the corresponding folder. Once everything is set to the correct folder we import the clean feed and program feed of the shows into the project. The clean feed is the recording that only has the camera shots of the hosts. The program feed has the ITProTV logo in the bottom left corner and includes all effects created before shooting. Depending on whether the episode had any mistakes during shooting or not, we place the program feed into the sequence and if there is a problem we can use the clean feed to fix any mistakes that involve effects. For a show that has no mistakes in it, we simply cut the front of the clip off right before the intro starts and cut off the end after the outro. At the end of the outro we set the default transitions on it to black out. After we fix the beginning and ending, we need to take two screenshots, one of both hosts smiling at the end of the show looking at the camera and another one of the host who is teaching the lesson in an action motion. When it comes to shows with multiple edits it is a case by case basis on what we need to do and that is where our editing skills come in.
I was not used to such structure to editing videos, I usually do whatever I can to get the desired effect and look but now I understand why it is necessary. If we did not have a set way to edit for ITProTV videos there would be no possibility of a good, healthy work flow where we can get everything done in a timely manner.
After two and half months of working at CCL, I officially finished my internship today. It’s been an amazing experience that will literally mark me for the rest of my professional career. I didn’t only learn how the corporate world works, but I also have a clearer idea of where I want to go in life.
My last week at the Carnival HQ was not as hectic as the other ones. However, I learned some other key lessons that I’ll never forget. This week I had to do four more projects for my supervisor. Those included presenting the program update to the Director of E-Commerce, doing a QA for a campaign, making a tagging report, and a final report of the projects that the team has to keep updating after I left. From all of these projects there is two worth talking about: the tagging report and the presentation.
The tagging report taught me that is better to do extra work that ‘just enough’. Let me explain. I always had the mentality of ‘Work smarter, not harder’. I still believe in this idea, however, in the corporate world is better to add a lot of extra information than ‘just the necessary information’. This way, after making the presentation or report, you will only have to edit and delete the unnecessary content. In the case of this report it helped me because originally I had done it incorrectly. But since I had included so much information in it, the report was still useful. So at the end, I just had to edit.
The other big project was the presentation. I didn’t present to the VP of E-Commerce but only to the Director of E-Commerce, which is still a huge deal. However, it was way more informal that I had thought. It was in the director’s office and it was me, my supervisor and him. He asked only a few questions and at the end he just said: well done, good job. Then I left the office and that was it. All the countless number of hours editing the presentation came down to 20 minutes in that office. However, I still believe it was a success. I learned that in a program update like that, information has to be so clear and complete that there shouldn’t be the need to ask questions. So all those hours editing it were worth it!
At the end, this internship marked me not because of the projects I did, but what I learned in the process of making them. It was an incredible experience that changed my career path and made me realize how the real world works. I am incredibly grateful to my supervisor for have given me this amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to repeat it.
One thing i have learned here at ImageWorks is how to sell myself as an artist. I have done a few assignments for actual customers while i am here and I have learned not only am I selling a product to a company. I am selling myself. I am showing other people what I can do. This is important because if I am ever required to do a job I can show what I have done and able to replicate or make it better. Selling myself as an artist is good especially in an internship because you have a lot of time to practice and make things perfect and get better if there are any mistakes. I have seen myself improve and seen myself become more professional more than cartoon like. it is good that I can do both because when the time is needed I can create what I need to do and improve on what might be my downfalls. What I saw sort of coming in here was that I had more sketchy type of art but now I have finite lines and more of a clean appearance when presenting my work to others. ImageWorks has taught me that I should try and challenge myself to do better things and always be open to new ideas. As a student still in school its good I got professional practice and still got to do the sketch type of art that I do enjoy. To get better at something you need to take the time to learn new things.