The lowdown on classes, internships, and my adventures in the ICLA Program by Colleen Wormsley '13
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Throughout the semester, all of the students in the ICLA Program are enrolled in a Media Industires, a one-credit, mini-course where we get to hear a panel of alumni talk about their success in the entertainment industry. This past Monday night, the panel consisted of David Rogers, a producer on NBC's The Office, Brian Herzlinger, writer and director of My Date With Drew, and John Gunn, producer and editor of My Date With Drew. All three alumni were enthusiastic and gave great advice.
David Rogers stressed the importance of trying different things that interest you in the entertainment industry. He spent his career as an editor on Seinfeld, then became an editor on The Office. After four years, he worked his way up to a director of The Office, and currently serves as a producer on the show.
We were all pretty excited to hear that John Gunn began his film career as a Production Assistant in the 1996 film Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan. A few years later John received a phone call from his friend Brian Herzlinger, who proposed the idea of creating a documentary on a budget of only $1,100. John thought it was a ridiculous idea, but was eventually persuaded by his persistant friend. The documentary My Date With Drew follows Brian's quest to find a date with his crush of twenty years, Drew Barrymore using the six degrees of separation theory. You can watch the full documentary on Hulu here.
All three panelists really stressed was the importance of being nice and working hard if you want to pursue a career in entertainment. They all admitted that breaking into the industry is hard and it takes a while to establish a reputation, but if you put in the work, you will find opportunities.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
While most ICLAers were spending the beginning of their spring break traveling or relaxing, I was camping outside of the Nokia Live Theater hoping to score a ticket to the highly anticipated world premiere of The Hunger Games.
All of my roommates and I read the book this semester and we couldn't wait to see the movie. When we saw a Facebook event with an opportunity for fans to go to the world premiere, we decided that we had to go.
In order to score tickets to the premiere, we arrived at the Nokia Theater at 2 a.m. bright and early on Sunday and waited in line until 6 a.m. where we were escorted to the fan camping area. The fan camping area was appropriately named "The Hob" after the secret meeting place in District 12 described in the book. We spent a full 24 hours camping at The Hob and during that time we enjoyed meet and greets with members of the cast, free Hunger Games swag, and music by local radio station KIIS FM.
After waiting for what seemed like forever, we finally received our tickets for the red carpet at 6 a.m. on Monday morning and had the afternoon to get ready (and catch up on sleep) before the festivities began. The red carpet was filled with energy from the fans and we were able to see almost everyone in the cast. I have to admit, I was pretty starstruck when I saw Jennifer Lawerence who plays the film's feisty female protagonist Katniss Everdeen and I might have let out a shriek whe Liam Hemsworth who plays Gale in the film signed my poster.
After all of the activity on the red carpet was over, we went into the theater and were some of the first people to see the film which comes to theaters on March 23rd. I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but I will say that the movie was awesome and stays true to the book.