Recent Internship Experiences
|Luke Snyder '13|
|Lou Reda Productions in Easton, PA|
By Megan Davis '12
Luke Snyder, a Television-Radio major, spent a summer interning with Lou Reda Productions in Easton, PA. Lou Reda is a small but highly distinguished production company specializing in documentary filmmaking that has made films for A&E, the History Channel and Biography.
Luke’s work centered around the production of The Air Wars, Lou Reda’s follow-up to their documentary WWII in HD. He performed a variety of tasks, including facilitating basic film transfers and logging, searching for and organizing footage for The Air Wars’ editors, working as a member of the development team to brainstorm ideas for new shows, and compiling a “demo reel” for Lou Reda’s prospective clients that contained 60 seconds of some of their best footage. He was also asked to work directly with the director/head editor of The Air Wars to take charge of the production’s sound design, producing specific sounds such as machine guns and aircraft chatter that the director deemed necessary. In some cases this involved tracking down sound effects that could not be created on site, such as one instance in which he and another intern were required to contact someone with a WWII era .50-caliber machine gun and meet with the owner to record the sounds.
Luke says he thoroughly enjoyed his time working for Lou Reda. “The most important thing I gained from the internship was the work ethic required to meet deadlines and work in a video production environment,” he says. “Everything is very high paced and getting exposure to that was extremely valuable. I also became much more comfortable with the software of the industry, whereas before my internship I felt like I was a little behind everyone else.”
After graduation, Luke hopes to either work in visual effects or become a producer/director. His goal is to start by getting a job with a small production company and to then work his way up in the business.