WAKING DREAM INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
As a way to encourage and support more women in the industry, we have started an informal internship for high school students. Interns will be invited to come on set during short projects (such as promos or short films) to shadow various crew members and get a real sense of what it means to make an independent film. Those interns keen on writing will also have a meet ups with one of our writers to learn more about scripts and even get feedback on their own works. It is also a great way to learn more about tertiary study in film and media as most of our writer/director’s have advanced qualifications (Masters, BA Hons, etc) in screen production.
Our past interns, Amanda Robinson and Sara Edwards were Year 13 students at Westlake Girls' High School.
“I love my media studies class at school, but actually being able to be on set, absorb the creative energy and see just how a scene is put together has helped me in ways beyond a textbook’s reach. I was considering screenwriting, and I still definitely want to pursue this, but being on set also opened my eyes to a whole host of other behind-the-scenes roles that I didn’t even know existed. Personally, I feel that being in a creative environment like this has been hugely beneficial and would be for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in the media industry." - Amanda
“The skills that I have learnt, the advice that I have received from other crew members, the obstacles that occurred, the amount of hours spent to create a flawless scene, the amount of equipment that was required and the overall experience of seeing the final result after studying film; it became one of the most significant experiences of my life” - Sara
If you or a student of yours would like to apply for the internship please email Ghazaleh.
Note: This is purely a work experience internship so there is no pay or credit. Students must currently be enrolled in an Auckland based high school or tertiary institution and be prepared to be an intern for at least one year starting in January. We cannot guarantee that there will be a lot of projects shooting in that year so the set experience may be limited. We also ask for a short written report on what you learned and if/how the internship was beneficial.