At my internship, I am currently doing work in the form of visual effects for TV shows, feature films and promotional content. I have gained so many valuable skills not just from being around technically proficient professionals, but simply from “being in the room where it happens.” From being able to go into the screening room to watch other artists’ visual effects work, to watching my co-workers create a 3-D rigged camera connected to computer editing software, it is evident that my internship experience is not just preparing me for life after school, but the future of technology as well. Learning to edit, rotoscope, track and composite from industry professionals provides me with the skills to enter a field that is rapidly improving and changing, something that I wanted out of my internship experience. Furthermore, the ability to get in-person, face-to-face instruction and help from my company’s best artists that I can consider my “peers” is an asset to my education. I greatly appreciate the opportunities my internship has given me not just to learn and gain technical experience, but to thrive in Hollywood post-graduation by being surrounded by professionals minds and masters of the craft. All in all, my internship has made me feel more comfortable in the professional world, allowed me to network with individuals in my interests, and has made me more aware of the ever-changing landscape of Hollywood and the media industry in general, and has been a very rewarding experience for me to have alongside amazing classes and professors.
Nate McClymonds is a senior in the television, radio and film program at the Newhouse School and english program in the College of Arts and Sciences.