I’ve been trying for two weeks to upload the videos i’ve been making, but every single format seems to hate me and not work, so i’m just going to do one large update.
My mentor, Sam Lansky, is the senior Hollywood editor at Time Magazine. Before the 15th we talked briefly about what we would be doing during my time shadowing him. But when I met up with him at his flat in Hollywood, we hadn’t talked in a while, so we spent the first 30 minutes catching up on what I have been doing, as well as hammering out our schedule. He explained to me how he has a really great spot because he is allowed to make his own schedule and has a good amount of control over what he does and when he does it. After this he informed me that our plans for the day were going to be that we were meeting up at FOX Studios to watch a screener of the Movie My Cousin Rachel.
We watched the movie (starring Rachel Weisz) and then afterward we discussed the movie, and how we would interpret it, major themes etc. Sam told me about how he operates and said that now he has seen the movie, he can determine what kind of content it warrants. Whether it was worthy of a full review, or a smaller piece, and whether it was going to the print copy of TIME or the digital, or maybe both.
Tuesday Sam had a small emergency at work, so he gave me some homework to do. He informed me that he was doing a live interview with Sam Elliot (a famous old western movie actor) about his new movie “The Hero” before a screening of that movie up in Seattle. He tasked me with researching Sam Elliot, the movie, and any other things regarding the star, and write him a list of questions to ask for their hour live interview. That took up pretty much all my Tuesday.
Wednesday we met up at around 2:00, and Sam showed me the more social aspect of his job. We went to a Sirius XM press event which was Harry Styles doing a small concert at the Roxy in Hollywood. Sam described to me how a lot of being a writer in his field is who you know, and the “professional friendships”, as he described them, that you develop. He isn’t a huge fan of Harry Styles, but he is friends with Harry Styles publicist, the publicist invited him to the event. Sam knows he might want to do a piece on Harry in the near future because of his new album, and also because he is starring in the movie Dunkirk directed by Christopher Nolan. After watching most of the concert and talking to some other colleges and friends as the event, we headed back to his apartment to watch the movie with Sam Elliot that he had me write questions about (he had the screener). The movie was around 2 hours and afterward we discussed what kinds of questions I should be writing, and what the movie was about.
Thursday was my favorite day. I met Sam at the Netflix campus in Hollywood, and there they showed us a screener of a new Netflix only movie that is going to be coming out called Mudbound. It was about Mississippi briefly before, during, and after WWII, and the racism and internal conflict of a family. It blew my mind, and anyone who has a strong stomach (there are some gruesome scenes) should absolutely see it when it comes out.
After that we convened at his apartment, and set of in one car to the Chateau Marmont. When we got there we went upstairs to a bungalow that TIME magazine had bought for the day and watched the camera men set up for the photoshoot with Lorde. Me and Sam waited around, talking about how the project was going for about 15 minutes, then Lorde showed up at the hotel, and introduced herself to everyone. She was there for a photoshoot and an interview with Sam about her new album. So she set off into the room and the camera guy started taking pictures of her, and while she was getting photographed, me and Sam talked to her mom about her album and other various stuff. At the end the photographer was running overtime and Sam needed to interview her, so we basically grabbed a couple chairs, threw them on the balcony, I said hi to her and she said hi back, and then I had to go.