Now that my internship at TA Films has come to a close, I can safely say that it was an incredible summer. The most important thing I learned while completing my internship was that sports cinematography was something I really want to do, and even more than that, its something I have the talent and work ethic to do. This makes me feel much better about my future heading into my senior year. One way that I’ll maintain this connection with TA Films is hopefully doing some freelance work with them this fall, which would entail me flying out to football games and either operating as an Assistant Cameraman or even shooting. I would say the biggest way I made a difference at my internship was just by showing everyone my work ethic. I was able to work on many high profile projects because I demonstrated that I’m willing to put in the work and to learn. If I could start the internship over again, one thing I would do differently would actually be to find a different place to live, as funny as it may sound. The place I rented was fairly close to the studio, but pretty far from the city of Charlotte/the Charlotte Airport, two places that I spent a lot of time at. It was also not very close to important places like a grocery store, etc.
As I’m writing this, I’m sitting at an AirBnB in Louisville with some of my co workers. We are here to film an All-Access show on Louisville Football for the ACC Network. Obviously, this a huge opportunity. I’ll receive a media credit for the show as well, which will look great on my resume as I apply for jobs in the future.
None if this should be possible for someone who is as new to the industry as I am. That’s why I’m so greatful for this internship. If I were to give any advice for future students who are looking to have an experience as great as I’m having this summer, I would say it really is who you know. It sounds like a cliche, but I was connected to this company because my uncle went to college with the founder. This alone will not get you an internship however. You must still be qualified, knowing someone is just essential to help you stand out from other qualified applicants.
The next thing that I think is important for students to know is how to be a good intern. This is vitally important because everyone’s end goal is to turn their internship into a job. From my experience, the best way to be a good intern is simple: just work hard. You aren’t expected to know anything, and you shouldn’t feel bad asking for help/an explanation. But working hard is something that takes no knowledge or talent, and it is something that people will notice right away. Also, don’t be afraid to volunteer for things. One thing that I was told early on was that it’s better to be active and try to help than to hang in the background and worry about screwing up.
Things have been going great here at TA Films. Since the shoot with the Carolina Panthers during my first week on the job, I have worked in the studio using Adobe Premiere to edit footage for upcoming projects, I’ve been back to Bank of America Stadium to help set up and record an interview, and I’ve been on the road working on ESPN projects in Louisiana and South Carolina. All of this has been great to help me make friendships with other interns and members of the staff. While in the studio I’ve worked a lot with the interns (one who is a student at Chapman, one who is a student at Purdue). The interesting part, however, is the friendships I’ve made with my coworkers. They range in age from 20’s-30’s, so it is easy to interact with them, and the time spent on the road with them has been a lot of fun.
Hey everyone, my name is Austin Seabolt. I am a rising senior and Policy Management major. I am originally came to Dickinson to play football and baseball, but was forced to stop after some injuries. It was then that I got involved in RDSN and doing media for our athletic department. I am interning this summer at TA Films, a sports film production company in Mooresville, NC. My first week began in a pretty big way: with a five day shoot at Bank of America Stadium, with the Carolina Panthers. We were filming their scoreboard intro video that they play before every game. For this shoot, I was a PA (Production Assistant), which basically means I was there to help out on set and do all of the little things. In addition, I was also the Dolly Grip, which means I operated the dolly that the main camera (and cameraman) was mounted on. This was a pretty important job because the things I was doing were directly impacting the way the final shot turned out. All in all, it was a great experience and great way to kick off the internship.