My name is Lai Ngoc Quynh. This is my last semester at RMIT and Internship is also my last course. Right now, I’m working at RICE & partners as a filmmaker intern. What kind of work do I do there? I cannot count. I do a lot of things from making checklists, keeping the equipment room clean, PA on set, camera operating, editing, simple graphic designing, creative development and social media & PR. I think my favorite is being a PA. I love the dynamic workflow and being on set always feels amazing and energetic.
Shhh! Here are some advice that I conclude for myself through almost 3 months of internship at my company.
1. Always know what you’re doing
Understand what’s the purpose and outcome of the tasks you’re assigned for. Don’t just do it without understanding what is it. Research. Find examples and references. It takes more time at first but still more effective than doing something without any basic references.
2. Don’t take what other people saying too seriously
Especially when they scream at you. Keep calm. Perceive it as a chance to learn, to know what is wrong and right. If it’s wrong, fix it. If you’re doing it right, you should be proud of yourself and keep up the good work.
• more experienced people
• contributive criticism
• reliable compliments (necessary to boost your self-esteem).
Don’t listen to:
• personal criticism
• fake/unreal flatterings
After about two months at a real job, I’ve felt so much more mature and grown up. Sometimes even more tired and sleep-deprived than I normally do, but it’s good experience and I think I’m still “stretching”, still growing up in my “learning zone”.
3. Pay attention to small details
Even it’s a wrinkle on the back of the shirt that the actor’s wearing or a minor dirty spot on a sleeve, someone’s could notice it eventually and you don’t want that someone to be the client.
Sometimes, a little bit OCD doesn’t hurt. In fact, it helps a lot when you focus on the imperfections before you start rolling the camera, so you don’t waste your time reshoot the whole thing because there’s a cable on the left corner of the frame. Check everything at least 3 times before you roll.
4. Always come prepared
Always prepare for the worst scenario. This may sound very pessimistic but sometimes it’s the case. Sometimes your luck runs out, occasionally during the shoot, so it is better if you always have plan B, C, D. You don’t want to disappoint the client as well as the director and waste precious shooting time.
Please always be there at least 5 minutes earlier than the call time. You can use this time to re- check everything, have a sip of coffee, check on your team,etc. before off to a more intense schedule.
6. Remember to eat and keep hydrated
Your health is the most crucial thing that you tend to forget when you’re on shoot.
Sometimes it is impossible to have enough sleep on shooting days but at least eat something and drink lots of water.