A “Great” Start

An Intern’s view of his first day on the job

While the encompassing glass structure of the Foundation office is a cool place to work in (and look out), nothing beats the first day of an internship than going out on your very first commercial shoot.  It may have been a struggle to wake up at 5 in the morning, but to see all of the expensive, impressive equipment and watch director James Lipetzky and his crew in action really gave me a taste of how a professional production operates.

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The commercial, a piece shot for Carle, a non-profit company in health services, was filmed in three different locations throughout Los Angeles.  Each location (a suburban neighborhood, medical building, and local park) delivered a different message while capturing the powerful aesthetic that Foundation is known for.  Using dollies to capture a morning walk, a car mount to follow an urgent pregnancy, and part of the crew to stop pedestrians, dogs, and a golfer from getting in the final shot, everyone seemed to have a blast on the shoot, keeping the positive vibes up throughout the long day.

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Whether I was grabbing equipment, setting up craft services, or getting lost for 40 minutes looking for balloons and cinder blocks, I really felt that I was a part of this project, namely because of all the great people who were working on it and how they welcomed me in.  It was so exciting to see the final product, and I’m looking forward to more experiences on shoots with the Foundation team, whether for commercials, music videos, or anything else that comes our way.

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