Face Time—Praxis Edition
Major: English literature and film studies
internship: Walden Media, Boston, a company that creates
film adaptations of children's stories.
What were your
Some of my responsibilities
included reading new properties (such as books and screenplays)
and doing coverage on them, helping out with Internet projects,
brainstorming marketing and educational outreach ideas for
new films, and answering phones.
Describe the physical
surroundings where you worked.
The office is located
on the seventh floor of a building in downtown Boston. The
interior of the office is decorated with framed posters of
all the films that Walden Media has produced, and “standees,” or
life-sized cardboard cutouts of film characters and posters.
Every intern gets their own desk workspace and a computer
to use throughout the day.
What did you
wear to work?
My work attire was “business
casual”—open-toed shoes and jeans were okay as long
as they were on the dressy side. Because of the heat,
I usually wore skirts, a pair of low heels, and a blouse.
people you worked with.
The employees and executives
at Walden were always so helpful, friendly, and informative.
The other Interns I worked with came from schools in many
areas, including Florida, New York, Texas, and North Carolina.
Our experiences were very diverse, but we worked well on
cooperative projects, and it was really fun to get to know
each of them.
What did you like most
about your internship?
I love that the internship was
a perfect composite of my two majors: English Literature
and Film Studies. I have never been able to read so much
for fun in all my life. It
was so exciting to read books and screenplays and see films
that are not even out to the general public yet. Because
we read many of the properties in very early stages, we are
able to give out input and recommendations about revisions.
It was a very good feeling to know that I was able to participate
in someone’s creative vision and help craft it into
something that kids of all ages will be able to read and
experience sometime in the future.
What's your favorite
memory of the summer?
My most ambitious project as
an intern was reading a book that Walden intends to produce
and pitch my ideas about what the film should look like to
a major Hollywood director. The other interns and I gave
a four-hour presentation about our vision of the film and
had some wonderful discussions with the director. It
is difficult to have this kind of creative film development
experience on the East Coast as opposed to Los Angeles, so
it was a very rare and exciting opportunity.