Company/Organization: Palm Pictures
Topic of Internship
Film, DVD post-production, music industry
Palm Pictures is a small company specializing in the national and worldwide distribution of multimedia, particularly independent cinema and music. Since 1998, Palm has produced and distributed various projects in the vein of music and art documentaries, music videos, short films, arthouse and foreign cinema, and indie and World music with a particular emphasis on the DVD format. Chris Blackwell, veteran Island Records producer for artists such as U2, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and Cat Stevens and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee pioneered this company in its early days as a way of combining music and film into an artful and innovative new collaboration with the debut of the Talking Headsí concert/documentary DVD Stop Making Sense. Consequently, Palm has made a reputation for itself with titles such as Sex and Lucia, The Basketball Diaries, The Believer, Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, Dig!, Joint Security Area, and a recent collection of works by music video directors such as Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at Palm I primarily worked in the post-production department though most of the office is finance. My work was usually centered around current film and DVD titles and ranged from designing DVD menus and defining points for chapter selection and naming them to writing short film summaries as well as quality control screening. There is some commonplace office work such as photocopying, packing, shipping, writing purchase orders, and making phone calls but nothing extraordinarily menial except perhaps the occasional really bad film screening. I found myself working with people in finance, art, and advertising for a variety of projects and making occasional deliveries to other offices and trips to editing sessions.
I learned a lot more than I expected to at Palm. My original intent was to broaden my knowledge of the film industry in order to enter the world of filmmaking with business experience, but consequently it has helped me in other ways. I have not only learned a great deal about the industry, but Iíve also had an opportunity to study the films Iíve screened, and the summary writing has given me a chance to reflect on how to properly analyze and interpret such movies. Just by noticing simple nuances about how business is done, I have had the opportunity to understand how to effectively save a large amount of money if I choose to enter this field as well as develop the social skills Iíll need to interact with people.
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