Overview of Intern Opportunities for 2020 – 2021 Academic Year (October – May)
We will be engaging youth in a virtual 30-week filmmaking program that will be done over Google Meets and students will be joining from across the country – from L.A. to NYC. We will be hiring paid College-aged interns to support the teens working through six different short film, music video and documentary projects.
Click here for a video overview of our program!
If you are interested in becoming a paid intern, please fill out the application by Monday, September 28th
IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you applied for a Fresh Films internship previously, you MUST re-apply for this internship here!
About Fresh Films
Fresh Films uses the lens of film to mentor & connect with underserved diverse teens to build their technical skills as well as their ability to problem solve, work-hard, communicate and be a leader. We strive to prepare students for future college and careers. Participants never need previous experience or a particular GPA, just a commitment to learn and collaborate with their peers. Many of our former teen filmmakers became interns and now work at Disney, WB and Netflix.
This school year, Fresh Films will have 150+ teenagers from around the country working in small groups to create six different film projects. All projects will be added to the filmmakers’ portfolio, reels, and college applications:
- Oct/November: Environmental Film for RiverAction Film festival
- December: Movie Scene
- January: Music Video
- February/March: Short Documentary or PSA
- March/April: Short Scripted Film
- May: Movie Trailer / Editing
The weekly program begins with a 30-40 minute ‘global skills’ group lesson led by Fresh Films filmmaking staff to teach filmmaking fundamentals, such as scripting, shot framing or interviewing techniques to all of the teens. After the group lesson, the students break into smaller groups of 12-15 to work on the different film projects. This is where you come in! You will lead the group of 12-15 students (approximately 3-6 small groups of filmmakers) and guide them as they implement what they learned in the ‘global skills’ group lesson to create their own video projects. You are their mentor, their guide, and someone that they will emulate, ask for college recommendations and future connections.
Interns will be responsible for managing small groups of teen filmmakers through each phase of production – pre-production through distribution/marketing. Interns are not leading the creative. Rather, you are using your expertise to lead, manage and guide the teen filmmakers to make sure they are getting past roadblocks, coming up with creative solutions and hitting their deadlines. You will ensure that by the end of each project, the teen filmmakers have a film they are proud of and it’s got some marketing and audience engagement behind it!
Because of the virtual situation created by Covid-19, this year’s internship is more of a mentorship and teaching role, instead of a traditional hands-on creative, producing or technical role. That said, this internship will significantly enhance your own leadership and creative skills as you work with a variety of students from different diverse backgrounds and with differing abilities and technologies that they are using. You enhance your own knowledge of film when you have to teach it to others. And this changing environment will enhance your own breadth of technical experience and broaden your thinking and adaptability as you approach new situations. You’ll come out more adaptable, with a stronger ability to problem solve, be creative and lead! If you think you’re up for the challenge and the rewards – we hope you will apply!
The virtual film program launched this past summer with 126 teens from across the country. We were amazed by the level of commitment, engagement and creativity. This year’s Oct-May program extends the learning experience and connection with teens! To see a bit of the virtual program, watch this video.
You must be available for all or very nearly all program dates as noted below!
- Week of Oct 12th: 6 hours of training total in the late afternoon/evening (Dates TBD)
- EVERY THURSDAY – 3:30-7pm from Oct 22 to June 3
- Thanksgiving and Christmas are off
- You will work with teens from 4-6:30pm; the extra time before and after is reserved for Fresh Films team meetings
- You must also be available to work with teen filmmakers for an additional 1-3 hours each week at hours TBD by you and the teen filmmakers
- We run this program in all four time zones (ET, CT, MT, and PT)
- If you are available to work in different time zones, we may ask if you are interested in working with two groups of teen filmmakers
- Final note: There is a chance (once Covid restrictions are lifted) that we may be able to be in-person with the teens in select locations. You’ll notice a couple questions on the application form related to this!