“I honestly did not know what to expect. I have had internships in the film industry before that were a good experience, but I can’t say that I enjoyed them all that much. Those internships consisted of doing mundane tasks, such as filling out crew paperwork and making coffee. I am very happy to say that this internship is the best job I could have hoped for. My boss treats me with respect, and truly values my opinion. I am working on the creative side of filmmaking, and am truly able to see how the development process works…[My work] perfectly aligns with my professional goals, as I am learning about all aspects of the production of a feature length film…I have been able to build self-confidence in both a social and professional setting. I had to meet a lot of new people, and be creative in developing these film projects…and start to feel comfortable speaking what was on my mind. I have learned a lot about producing films. I held multiple informal informational interviews with my boss, and he explained to me a lot of what producing is and how the whole process works. He taught be about budgeting, scheduling, script coverage, finding actors, and other more trivial aspects of the job.”
-Justin Roach, University of Washington
“…I have learned that worry is best abandoned for accountability and proactivity and asserting yourself may often be uncomfortable but rewarding…I’ve learned that flexibility does not mean you have failed…The greatest reward for me has been the relationships I have found here, hands down. Second to that is the reward of complete immersion into an alternating lifestyle. The sights, the smells, the textures, the landscapes, the tastes, the places, every part of this experience, positive and negative, has been absolutely necessary.”
-Angelina Hess, University of Oregon
“I couldn’t have asked for better support from my supervisors. My main professional goal of this internship was to gain hands on experience in filming and editing at a professional media production company, and that is exactly they allowed me to achieve. They threw me head first into some big projects that were unlike anything I had done before but were always there to help if I needed guidance. They made me feel comfortable in a foreign workplace in a foreign country. This helped me gain more confidence in my work, which allowed me to advance my skills and play an essential role in completing our television series by the deadline. During my internship, I helped set up and film several shoots, edited one 30 minute talk show pilot, five 12 minute documentaries, three 30 second promotional videos, and the introduction sequence to a television series which is aired at the beginning of each episode. I greatly expanded my portfolio and gained valuable technical and workplace skills.
I gained a great deal of meaningful professional experience, but the most important thing that I took away from my trip was the relationships that I formed while I was there. I loved the food, the mountains, the beaches, the animals, and the forests, but the people are what I loved the most. It is great to know that I can go half way across the world to a country where I don’t know anyone and end up making so many great friendships.”
-Ross Druckrey, University of Oregon
“In the film industry experience is what gets you a job. Yet that experience can be hard to get. Why would anyone give you a chance? Thanks to my three month internship through IE3 Global with Fly on the Wall Productions, I gained valuable experience and can now include the following on a resume: worked with Red Bull as a client, had my work broadcast on South Africa news stations, worked as an assistant editor on a feature length documentary, shot footage for that documentary, had my work shown at a venue to over 2,000 people as part of a live event, worked with high end professional camera formats such as the Red Epic and Alexa, have worked with people all over the world and have a demo reel comprised of some really impressive footage.
My personal growth, while harder to quantify, has been just as astonishing. I always wondered if I could manage in a different culture and I know now that I can. I’ve also gained a wealth of experiences I can look back on when life gets boring and say, “Wow, I did those things.” …the number one thing I’ve achieved personally is confidence. Confidence in both my work and myself, which will prove priceless in the years following my graduation in the real world trying, when trying to land a job and forge a life for myself.”
-Alex Hoelscher, University of Montana