SoConnect Weekly Round-up: 8/23 – 8/29

New Internships:

  • Heart & Sole Dance– Ballet Instructor and Ballroom Dance Instructors
  • Idea Booth– Jr. Account Manager and Storyteller Internship
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts– Filmmaker in Residence for Animation
  • Jack Morton Worldwide– Strategy Internship – Fall 2014
  • L2TMedia– Marketing Intern
  • NCAA (Indianapolis, IN)– NCAA Postgraduate Internship
  • Sunshine Sachs– Public Relations Intern

New Freelance/Full-Time Postings:

  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art– Video Editor

Log into SoConnect to apply for these internship, freelance, and full-time opportunities & more!

Life After NU: The End of the Beginning

I’ve been out in perpetually sunny LA for nine weeks now. The time has certainly flown by! Now that I’ve passed the two-month mark—I think I got an A+ for this quarter (oh wait, I’ve graduated, no more grades!)—I can stop counting. Because I’m here to stay. And I haven’t taken a math course in five years, so I’m a little rusty…

In the past month since my last post, nothing has radically changed. Work is consistently great, the sun is dependably out (except when it reluctantly retreats for nighttime), and the ground hasn’t shifted yet (i.e., I still haven’t experienced my first earthquake). Everything has continued to settle down as I’ve settled in. And that’s a good thing. Although there will always be more things to see and do, and my list is still growing, I’m becoming increasingly comfortable in this new city that I can now call home.

My job as a Post PA at Abominable Pictures has continued to be fantastic! Several episodes of Childrens Hospital are approaching picture lock, and multiple other shows are in the delivery pipeline. For the approaching second season of Newsreaders, I’ve been able to sit in on, and take rapid-fire notes for, a few ADR and voiceover sessions. It was a great learning opportunity to see how a professional sound mixer works (with an impressive setup) and listen to the executive producer’s detailed feedback. Plus, I got to meet some big-name actors!

Hanging with my cousin at the beautiful Getty Villa.
Hanging with my cousin at the beautiful Getty Villa.

In addition to my main PA work, I’ve been given new tasks that have utilized my tech skills. I’m still hard at work on that poster, though I’m afraid I’m slowly killing my computer with the humongous file size…I’ve also been using Photoshop to make DVD cases. I’ve enjoyed having the creative freedom to come up with my own ideas while also receiving notes to refine each image. It’s important to be able to collaborate to create a final product, and it almost always turns out better for it!

Even more exciting, I’ve had a lead role in researching and making proposals for a complete post production upgrade. We do all of our editing in-house, which means we have to keep on top of the current technology. It’s been my job to decide which computers and peripherals to purchase, how to upgrade Avid, and to help orchestrate the whole operation. Between this and the multiple shows we’re juggling, work has continued to be perfectly busy. So busy, in fact, that I’ll be staying on at Abominable! I couldn’t be more enthusiastic to continue working at such a phenomenal company!

In my first post, I made some initial observations after just a few days here, so to conclude this blogging series, here are some additional stray observations made over the past two months:

Valet parking companies, not the films studios, run the city.

There are countless donut shops here. Not the fancy artisan donut shops that have invaded Chicago, but shops that are neighborhood institutions. Interestingly, there are several that also serve Chinese food. Whatever floats people’s taste buds!

Ikea is a frightening place.

Lots of movie theaters have assigned seating. I can’t decide what I think about this practice. You have to plan in advance to reserve prime middle seats, but this method means you don’t have to show up to the theater inhumanely early. LA certainly is a city that revolves around movies.

Everywhere is “far.” In this sentence, “far” means twenty minutes away.

After two months of real world experience, I surely must have some overarching bit of wisdom to impart on those still in college, right? I’ve racked my brain for the best thing you can do to prepare for a long-hour job in the entertainment industry, and I’ve settled on one final piece of advice: Eat Your Vegetables.

Robbie Stern is a recent graduate of the School of Communication and majored in RTVF. He now works for Abominable Pictures.

Best Shorts Competition

Celebrating Short Films, Television and New Media Worldwide.

Our Mission is to Promote Filmmakers!
Film – Television – New Media
***Call for Entries***
Deadline: September 5, 2014

Entry Form  Website  Email

bestshortsThe Best Shorts Competition is unique in the industry!  Attracting both powerhouse companies and talented new filmmakers,  it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their work in this prestigious competition. Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, members of the creative team and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers worldwide who produce high quality shorts. Best Shorts promotes the award winner films through press releases to over 43,000 filmmakers, industry contacts and media/distribution outlets.

Our talented filmmakers have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.

The Best Shorts invites entries from filmmakers, television producers, videographers and new media creators who produce fresh, standout productions.

It is an excellent venue for new and experimental media, television pilot programs, documentaries, animation, educational programs, remixes & mashups, movie trailers, music videos, web series and tube length works.  As long as your clip is 57 minutes or less, it is eligible for entry.

Best Shorts receives entries from all over the world:  Australia, Bahrain, Bali, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

Honors and Laurels

Best of Show honors are granted to the highest scoring production.  The winning film is highlighted on the Best Shorts website and the winner is given the beautiful Best Shorts statuette. This 24-carat gold plated statuette (a $375 value) is made by the same people that make the Oscar!

Outstanding and high-quality films are presented with Award of Excellence honors.  Award of Merit are given to films demonstrating good film craft and storytelling.

The Best Shorts also has a social conscience.  Each year one outstanding production is awarded our prestigious Humanitarian Award.  The award is given to the best production highlighting social justice, humanitarian causes or environmental issues.  The winner also receives a free statuette.

New Look

The Best Shorts Competition website is all new!  Surf over to the site and have a look around.  We have also made it easier than ever to enter the competition!  Check out our new all-in-one online entry form that makes entering easier than ever!  Our one stop submission portal is soup to nuts.  You can enter your film in as many categories as you like for even more exposure.  We know you are busy so we have made the process quick and painless!  Enter today!

Click here to go to Best Shorts Competition Facebook page.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: A Place for Collaboration

Prologue Logo I have had a great summer working with Prologue!  In my most recent blog post I discussed the process of general auditions, which I had a blast working on.  This month I was able to help out with another set of auditions.  These were for but I cd only whisper, a play in Prologue’s main stage season by Chicago playwright Kristiana Colón.  Like at season generals, these auditions took place at Chicago Dramatists.  I checked actors in for their audition slots and helped to run auditions outside of the room, but was still able to watch some of the auditions.

I have loved helping Prologue with casting because I have discovered so much about auditioning that I would not learn from a class or even from doing an audition myself.  In addition to assisting with auditions for whisper, I have been doing research on grants and rehearsal/performance spaces for Prologue.  Chicago Spaces is a great resource.  The site allows Chicago rehearsal and performance venues to post information about their space rental.  Using information from Chicago Spaces and from various theatre website I made a spreadsheet of different rehearsal and performance venues that fit Prologue’s needs.  Resources for Chicago theatre artists spread far and wide across the city.  Through this internship I’ve seen time and time again examples of how Chicago is truly a collaborative and supportive community for growing artists.

Sophie Neff is a rising junior Theatre major interning at Prologue Theatre Company in Chicago, IL.



Employer Spotlight: Jack Morton


Jack Morton is a global brand experience agency. Their job: connecting brands with the people that matter most. Their passion: creating engaging experiences that help clients build strong experience brands.

They have worked with such diverse global companies as BP, Lego, Samsung, Yellow Tail and even the Mayor of London’s New Years Eve Celebration. They create experiences to launch the products, services, and ideas of their clients.

Jack Morton is seeking a Fall 2014 Strategy Intern in their Chicago office. As an intern, you will have hands-on experience and be able to work with account team members developing creative briefs and do research on trends, market analysis and offer points of view to help account teams manage client relationships and learn about working in the world of brand management.

To learn more about this opportunity and apply by the August 29th, 2014 deadline, please log into SoConnect! You can search for this position by company ( Jack Morton) or by ID# (2342).

SoConnect Weekly Round-up: 8/16 – 8/22

New Internships:

  • Di Bonaventura Pictures–  Film Development Internship
  • Edgewater Chamber of Commerce–  Marketing and Events Intern
  • Jack Morton Worldwide–  Strategy Internship –  Fall 2014
  • Mudlark Theater Organization–  Assistant Director, and Drama/Improv Teaching Assistant
  • Southwest Airlines–  Southwest Airlines Internships Spring 2015
  • Swank Publishing–  Swank PR Internship
  • T Group Productions–  Winter Production/Development/Operations Intern
  • WTTW Chicago–  WTTW Member Marketing Internship

New Freelance/Full-Time Postings:

  • CBS Radio– Sales Assistant
  • CBS WHBF-TV–  Camera Operator, Character Generator Operator and Master Control Operator
  • Chicago Bulls–  Assistant Producer
  • CompStak–  Engagement Manager
  • Consultadd Inc–  Business Analyst
  • Felix–  Entry Level Media Sales Associate – NYC Start Up
  • Ming Entertainment Group–  Freelance Production Assistants/Runner and Utility/Grip Work
  • Motion Source Video Production–  Part-time Video Professional

Log into SoConnect to apply for these internship, freelance, and full-time opportunities & more!

Enter ZoomTilt’s Screenwriting Competitions

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Visit to sign up for the the Screenwriter’s Clubhouse or the ZoomTilt mailing list. The competition has an optional 5$ fee, which makes participants eligible for winning cash prizes, but anyone can still participate without paying. The contest will provide regular fun writing exercises or “workouts” which will be usually 5 pages long.

For more information visit the ZoomTilt website or visit and “like” ZoomTilt on Facebook!

Life After NU: A Month of Changes

The days of ten years at a company have passed, I’ve been told by multiple people over the past month. Things change rapidly in the working world, especially if you’re in the tech industry. Although change can be stressful it also opens up opportunities to demonstrate what a valuable asset you are to a business, and explore skills you may not have even known you had.

The Duo Marketing Team, despite all of the changes, I still feel like I have a lot to learn here.
The Duo Marketing Team, despite all of the changes, I still feel like I have a lot to learn at Duo.

It’s been a month of changes here at Duo. We’ve seen a new Outbound Salesman join the team, as well as a new UX intern, and we’re looking forward to a few new faces in different areas of the company. We’ve also seen a Business Developer, Project Manager and, my supervisor, our Marketing Manager Ariel leave. With several years at Duo and even more in the marketing industry she is one to new challenges at a larger company, unlike anywhere she’s worked before.

What has all of this meant for me? What was supposed to be my twelve-week training plan was shortened to six. I’ve spent the last two weeks finalizing a marketing strategy for one of our clients, laying the groundwork for a Marketing summit that we plan on hosting in the winter or spring, and preparing myself to take on all new responsibility.  As of August 18th I’m responsible for all things marketing (two clients and all inhouse marketing) at Duo.

All in all there have been some stressful moments. I’ve taught myself several of our media management and web analytics softwares. I’ve had make calls asking for help when I’ve been in over my head. But I’ve also become much more resourceful and confident in what I do and how I do it. That’s the benefit of doing things on your own, of learning as you go, you develop a holistic understanding of your job, rather than the easily digestible bits and pieces someone feeds you.

It’s hard to go from training, with someone constantly reading over your shoulder, or holding your hand through the whole process, to making decision for yourself about a company, with little guidance except your own intuition. But more than anything else I’m excited for a new, unexpected challenge. I’m looking forward to making my mark on this company, to making decisions with an appreciable impact, and seeing what other opportunities open up because of this change.

I’m looking forward to managing a client’s account on my own, to putting on my first summit for people in the industry, I’m even excited just to be in charge of the day to day aspects of the job from Social Media posts to Blog Writing.

When I first met Ariel she said that everyday you should be learning something new at your job. And if you ever stop learning that’s your signal to leave. If that’s true I imagine I will have several years and a lot to learn here at Duo.

Jon Gleason is a recent graduate of the School of Communication, and majored in RTVF and English (Creative Writing). He now works for Duo Consulting in Chicago.

Adventures of an EPICS Intern: Saying Goodbye

It’s my final week at both MGM and Good Clean Fun, and I’m constantly shocked at how quickly this summer slipped by. I’m certainly ready to make the trek back to Portland, but there’s no doubt I’ll miss all the new people I’ve met at my offices. I might not miss LA so much, or rather, I surely won’t miss the traffic and constant struggle to find parking anywhere I go.

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to see Hercules at the cozy theater in the MGM Studios building one day before it premiered. It was a thrilling experience because I’d never gotten to attend a company event like this before. When the lights dimmed and the MGM logo burst onto the screen, the whole auditorium cheered. It was fantastic to be in the presence of so many prideful people who’d worked tireless months on the project unfolding before us. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to see MGM’s next production, If I Stay, during my last week at the office!

My co-workers and I meet Leslie David Baker (The Office) at the Summer Soiree for The Creative Coalition.
My co-workers and I meet Leslie David Baker (The Office) at the Summer Soiree for The Creative Coalition.

A couple weeks ago, I also had the pleasure of working the Summer Soiree event with The Creative Coalition, a non-profit production organization. The event took place at an adorable Russian restaurant and bar in West Hollywood called Mari Vanna. My duty was to stand at the front door with a guest list and check in the executives, producers, and actors who would attend the event. I’ve gotten many opportunities this summer to speak professionally with office executives, talent agents, and famous actors, and it’s been an extremely beneficial skill to master.

For instance, these last few weeks at MGM, I’ve been entrusted with the task of covering an assistant’s desk. I’ve learned to answer phones and transfer calls while using all the professional lingo of a Hollywood assistant. While terrifying at times, I know the things I’m learning as a temp assistant are going to come in handy very soon, as most higher-ups in the entertainment industry start off as assistants. I also understand that, as an intern, by bosses assume that I will make some mistakes along the way, but in the end, it’s all a learning experience.

Although I’m saying goodbye to LA soon, I am extremely thankful for all the connections I’ve made this summer, not only with my bosses at both companies, but also with my fellow interns and Northwestern cohorts. I know that I will take all these new skills back to student film sets at Northwestern, to my leadership positions on campus, and, most importantly, to my next internship. The life of an unpaid intern is not a glamorous one – I’ve worked long hours, been pushed far outside my comfort zone, and dealt with unforeseen professional issues – but it’s wholly necessary for one to grow in this industry. Without these summers as the lowest figure on the totem pole, it would be very difficult to understand how to excel in the months to come, and most importantly, how to eventually become the highest head on the statue.

Haley Boston is a rising junior RTVF Major interning at MGM Studios in Los Angeles, California.


Student Etudes Competition at the CAMERIMAGE Film Festival

This is a general reminder regarding the 2014 selection for the Student Etudes Competition at the CAMERIMAGE Film Festival.

Please be advised that in accordance with our regulations, the deadline for student etude submissions this year is 31 August.

This year the festival will be held from 15 to 22 November in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Don’t miss your chance to submit your films and/or music videos! Visit our website ( or use the links provided below.

All student documentaries need to be submitted to our Documentary Films Competition, using this form.

Please find all the relevant submission links below.


Click here for an overview of all our competitions with links to relevant regulations and entry forms

Click here for Student Etudes Competition regulations

Click here for your student etude submission form

– School certificate is available here