Kvibe Productions have hired 6 interns, 5 of which are from New Jersey City University (NJCU). They’ll be working with Kvibe for 3 months and will decide if they would like to stay with Kvibe Productions for a longer term commitment.
Three of the interns have said they are committed to Kvibe even after their internship because they have learned so much within a couple months from learning avid, being on set, producing a film, working with Red Cameras, DSLRS, aesthetics of filmmaking, and much more. Because of their commitment, Kvibe has a vested interest in their careers and are helping those future employees to become official at Kvibe.
As the result, we would guide the interns as much as possible and steer them in the right direction. As we moved through that process, the interns had to come up with a short film concept and script. Kvibe did their best to steer them in the right direction rather than run and gun without a plan. The interns were required to pre-visualize the scene, storyboard, scout locations, test cameras and lenses, and figure out all the logistics they can think of. The most challenging part is finding the balance of guiding and directing them. It was only right for Kvibe to watch over them and have them go through the painful mistakes they encountered.
Some examples of their mistakes of creating their own perfect storm.
1) They were late to their own film including their cast by 1 hour.
2) Upon arriving to the gas station location, they did not assess that there was going to be any business. Cars would roll in and take 5-10 minutes to refill their car. Then more cars would line up. When the lot was empty, they were able to take the shot, however, because they did not practice the shot, they missed it and struck out 4 times.
3) They did not do enough camera testing and understand what was needed. The cinematographer should have had an understanding of photography basics, but had no idea. Kvibe had to jump into the mix to help them with their photography.
4) The direction skills were unprofessional. Being a director, you need to have all the answers, rather than ask the questions. Their needs to be empathy and that was not there. Actress wasted many hours of being idle because the production was not ready at all. That’s usually blamed on the producer and director
5) In the storyboard, all shots were written out, but wasn’t even used. I don’t remember them looking at the shot list once and staying on track with what was happening. The AD was very new to the position and did not push the crew hard enough to get things done.
Those are a few examples and there are much more on the mistakes that the students made for themselves. If you can think of any mistake, they made it. The most important thing now is to assess and to find solutions to why they made those mistakes. Is it laziness, perception, poor teaching from the school, or no work ethics?
Filmmakers who are hungry are more than eager to spend many many sleepless nights to get things right and to learn as quick as possible. These students do not have that mindset yet. Until they do, it will take them many years to get them to a better spot in their careers. Kvibe only hopes that students who do intern with Kvibe Productions understand that we don’t make “your career”, we only guide your career and it’s up to you to take advantage of the guidance with the work we bring into the company.