Justin Feltman, a senior film and television/marketing student, discusses his summer internship filming Napa Valley Dreams.
What is your internship?
I am working on a documentary on the Napa Valley called Napa Valley Dreams. It is an exploration of the people and places that make up the Napa Valley and the effect [living in the valley] has on us.
How did you hear about it?
Former PUC professor Rodney Vance is the director of the film and resident artist John Tagamolila is the director of photography. They gave me the job.
What does an average day of filming consist of?
On set, I generally run sound and do a lot of grip work or assistant camera work. When not on set, I help coordinate shoots and work on scheduling shoots in the future.
What are you enjoying about making the film?
I really get to see and know the Napa Valley. We have explored all the many wonderful places and sites of the Napa Valley and I get to do this for free. It also has been amazing to make connections with people I would have never met otherwise.
What’s the most challenging thing about filming?
The schedule can be brutal as it always can be when it comes to film. We have had a couple shoots that go past 11 p.m. then I have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. for a 5 a.m. call time so that we can shoot at sunrise. In the end, it’s worth it. We need to get the best shots possible and sleep is just a small sacrifice.
What knowledge and skills are you learning this summer?
I get a lot of hands-on work. I know how to operate the Red Epic camera. I get to network and coordinate shoots, and I get to have a lot more great experiences like that. I have worked on professional shoots before but this one is definitely the first where I have a significant role.
How is this helping you work toward your career?
I want to be a producer one day so this definitely helps. I have learned a lot about the role of the producer and how I must go about doing that work. I definitely feel much more prepared for producing professionally thank to this film project.
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