The last couple of days of my senior project were definetely sad, but I was also happy I got to have this awesome experience and meet so many cool and interesting new people. The last few days also held some of the most ingesting experiences out of the three weeks. For one, I got to be a part of a live studio audience, which was as equally as hilarious as it was uncomfortable. The show was great and full of laughs but this guy they brought out to keep the audience pumped up kept bringing people from the audience up to dance or whatever which was really just weird. Like some girl came up and sang for five straight minutes and I could barely help myself from laughing because of how bad it was. Despite this, it was still an enjoyable experience as was the whole of my senior project. I can honestly say that I’m glad we were given three weeks to do something like this.
As my time at Paramount came to a close, my time at Sony was just beginning. I went in expecting basically the same thing but was proven very wrong when I arrived. It was much more industrial and they were much stricter with their rules and regulation than the other studios. Because of this, I was confined to the live studio audience seating for a majority of my first week, which was still cool but I could only get so much information just from watching. I also was not allowed to take many pictures which was also kind of a bummer. The people were still very friendly and helpful though which was a relief. I did however get one picture, and anyone who watches the HBO show Silicon Valley may be able to appreciate it.
So last week was my final week at Paramount. This was pretty sad because I really enjoyed the people and experience. I hope next week will be just as good at Sony working on “One Day at a Time.” Although it was sad, my last day was filled with a lot of learning experiences. I got to meet the wardrobe, makeup, and hair people, the sound and video people, and, once again, the writers. On top of this, this week was spent filming the 50th episode of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn so to celebrate the cast and crew were given cake and Michael (Squidward) Feldman, the show runner, gave an inspiring speech that made me even sadder that I had to leave. All and all, it was awesome being at Paramount and hopefully I made enough connections to give me some sort of edge in the job market. Also, the title is what the animal wrangler had to say every time he wanted his dog to do anything
Week two began and with it brought new information regarding the production of the show as well as new surprises. Since it was a new week, they needed to rehearse and film a new episode. An episode that was, in fact, being written all of last week, some of which I got to sit in on. The most interesting part of this was probably seeing what was written come to life in an actual show with real actors, sets, and props. On a kids show, it’s also interesting to see how the actors being kids influences the show. One of the biggest influences is that, being under 16, the actors can only work for a certain amount of time each day. This means that every day they shoot, they have to rush to get every shot they need to put the episodes together. It was clear during some days this week that this was stressing some people out very much.
This week we were also able to see how wardrobe gets their clothes and how they do it. This was seemingly very stressful as well as many of the kids very quickly outgrew the clothes and shoes that were given to them. This is just one of the reason, however, why working with children instead of adults is just so difficult. On top of this, childrens’ shows also have to be checked to see if the content is age appropriate for children, which can be very restrictive, especially in the writer’s room. As this is my last week at Paramount, I look forward to trying to get as much information as I can.
After my first week shadowing a director on a kids shows, I can honestly say I’ve learned quite a lot. First of all, it seems like everyone who’s in “the business” always talks about how awful “the business” really is. I’ve come to understand, however, that this is said very jokingly and most of the people who work on set enjoy their jobs very much. Everyone has also been friendly enough to give me advice on how to be successful in this field, most of which involves simply putting yourself out there and experiencing as much of it as you can. Numerous people I’ve talked to have taken jobs that they were extremely unqualified to do purely because they were given the opportunity. On top of this, I also learned that most of the people that end up in entertainment never planned on it. Many of them just stumbled into it.
After this first week, I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to the next two. The nice people, humor, and intrigue I have discovered at my senior project has kept me busy and excited for the past week and hearing about every one else’s projects has only made me more excited. Many people I have read about have expressed a certain disinterest in their projects which has driven me to try and enjoy the lucky break I’ve been given. I can also honestly say that one of the main prospects of this senior project is the 24/7 access to craft services (aka free food).
On Monday, I began shadowing Trevor Kirschner at Paramount Studios on the show Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn. As a director, his job mainly entailed getting the shots ready and the actors to perform how the writers envisioned them to. At first, this didn’t seem like a very strenuous job. I mean how hard could filming a kids show be? When I actually got to see Trevor at work, however, I was instantly surprised. As the director, it turned out he had to do the most work out of anyone and the fact that a majority of the actors were kids didn’t help.
The first two days were spent primarily rehearsing and reworking the script for an episode the writers had put together the previous week. This took up the majority of the day and, despite my previous beliefs, was actually very interesting to see. The actors were young, but their skills were surprisingly impressive and the show was much funnier than I initially thought it would be. This humor was further supported by my more recent trip to the writer’s room. During this period of time (4 hours) I was able to experience the unrestrained conversations between the ~12 writers working on the show. I am really enjoying my project and will continue to update throughout the next 3 weeks.