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August 1st, 2011 | Categories: Intern Blog

Intern: Serena

Good morning!

At MVP Video Production on Friday, I joined Kirk and Eric for a shoot in Waverly, Iowa! I’m very glad I chose to go. On this shoot–for Jerry Roling Chevrolet–they brought the jib! A jib (aka jib crane, crane, boom, knuckle-boom crane, articulating crane, etc. etc. etc.) has a camera attachment at the end of a 12 foot pole. By placing weights at the other end, shots with a crane can give the viewer a feeling of being lifted off their feet into the air!

Kirk brought the truck–which his girls endearingly termed the “Tank.” I followed Kirk and Eric in my car. We ran into some strong rain, but thankfully, it didn’t rain when it was time to gather B-roll outside. We even set up the jib outdoors for a cool angle! Not that I don’t mind Singing in the Rain, but the wind died down so none of our equipment was Gone with the Wind, though it was not quite Sunset Blvd.

Why have I become so punny all-of-a-sudden? Well, these are just some of the names of the top 100 films recommended by the American Film Institute! See, at MVP Video Production, I’m surrounded by movie buffs. So when Todd and Jeff found out I hadn’t seen some of the greatest American films of all time, I was given an assignment–and a fun one at that! I’ve been challenged to watch five of the top 10 films that are on AFI’s Top 100. What made the top 10?

1 CITIZEN KANE 1941
2 THE GODFATHER 1972
3 CASABLANCA 1942
4 RAGING BULL 1980
5 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 1952
6 GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
7 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 1962
8 SCHINDLER’S LIST 1993
9 VERTIGO 1958
10 THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939

Source: http://www.afi.com/100Years/movies10.aspx

I stopped by the Hiawatha Public Library and struck gold with Gone with the Wind, Singin’ in the Rain, and Lawrence of Arabia.

I mentioned that I do not usually choose to watch movies that get me out of my comfort zone. Or movies that I don’t think sound interesting. But, this assignment will really challenge me to see what makes a great story. I am a cinema major, after all. These movies weren’t chosen by random draw. They all do something extremely well. Well enough to make an impression on thousands (maybe millions) of people. And that’s something to look at!

I’ll report my progress here on the intern blog! Until then!

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