Company/Organization: Saturday Night Live
Topic of Internship
Saturday Night Live is a weekly late night 90-minute comedy variety show based in New York City which has been broadcast by NBC nearly every Saturday night since its debut on October 11, 1975. It is one of the longest running network entertainment programs in American television history. Each week, the show's cast is joined by a act. The show, which is broadcasted from New York's Rockefeller Center, has been the launching place for some major American comedy stars of the last thirty years. The show was created by Lorne Michaels who has produced and written for the show and remains its executive producer. SNL is a show in satire in art form and abstract. The comedy however is in the way the skits are structured.
Summary of Internship
Obtaining an internship at NBC’s Emmy-Award winning late-night comedy showcase, Saturday Night Live, has been one of the biggest breaks of my life. At this internship I am given the opportunity to study how the executive producer/director and his crew work to put together well-developed comedic shows. I also get the chance to go on shoots and watch the director guide the actors, instruct the crew on where to position certain items, and direct the camera operators on what shots and camera angles he prefers. I have also been taught film terminology and certain aspects of editing. At the SNL film unit office I am learning about post-production and serving as an asset on the production staff. I have always yearned to know what it was like to work behind the cameras and actually be part of deliberations about the who’s, what’s, where’s, why’s, and how’s of shows and movies. And as a result of this internship, I have been exposed to the creation of aesthetic sensibility, and knowledge of cinematographic techniques, and critical thinking skills that apply to the analysis, interpretation, and critical assessment of studio television production.
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