Our new fall semester interns have arrived!  We are very excited to work with another great group from SUNY New Paltz!  First up is senior, Samantha Pritchard, Digital Media Production major.

 

“To say my first day interning at Ellenbogen Creative Media started off with a bang would be an understatement. Not only was I instantly greeted with the friendly and hilarious cast of employees; I also witnessed a very rare light bulb explosion (and minor fire thereafter)!

To be honest, I was incredibly nervous walking into the building this morning, since I have never had and internship before. Those anxious fears were not long-lived, though, because everyone working here is very helpful and kind. Everyone welcomed any questions I asked and I can tell they were eager to help me learn.

Originally I was expecting a slow first day filled with learning where everything was, doing my paperwork, and watching everyone else go about their daily tasks.

Boy, was I wrong.

Only thirty minutes into the day and I was already behind the teleprompter on a video shoot! I was able to watch Amanda, the Production Manager, work with it for a few minutes before feeling confident enough in myself so I wouldn’t mess up the flow of the talent: Josh Ratner.

The whole purpose of the shoot was to capture video segments for the Health Alliance of Hudson Valley’s series of helpful and informational videos about health and healing. The environment during the whole shoot was very calm and relaxed.

My first day wasn’t all explosions and laughter, though. I was able to sit with editor, Ricardo Pineda, so that he could teach me more about Adobe Premiere, the editing software used here at Ellenbogen Creative Media. It amazed me how patient he was with my incessant questions about the program and I learned so much in those two hours; more than I learned during an entire semester of an editing class.

Things here are very hands-on which makes learning a much faster and smoother process. Instead of them just telling me how to work the teleprompter or how to put away the different microphones, they actually had me DO these tasks.

My first day at Ellenbogen is almost finished but I can’t wait to come back next week for a whole new round of hands-on learning.”

If you or someone you know is interested in being an intern at Ellenbogen Creative Media, please contact us at info@ellenbogen.com

The summer semester is in full swing now and our interns are progressing very well! We have had each of them out on numerous shoots handling everything from loading the production van, setting up and breaking down of gear, running audio…we even have them prepped with cold water bottles at the ready for our DP, Zoli. (Just kidding! He likes his water room temperature.) They handle every task given extremely well and are a big asset to our crew!

This week’s intern insight is from Andrew. Andrew joins us from SUNY New Paltz. When we first met him he was interested in learning all aspects of video production, but now that he has had a taste of it, his focus is on lunch.

This week’s intern: Andrew Woltman.

“In my time at Ellenbogen Creative Media, I’ve met a wide variety of people from whom I’ve learned an even wider variety of things. From my first shoot at the Regeneron facility, to the latest day of editing projects for the Health Alliance, it’s been a wide range of hands on experience and learning from observation.

Having come from a school which utilizes AVID programs for its editing, the adjustment to Adobe Premiere took a little while to learn, but I felt more natural at using it as time went on. Going on shoots to different locations could be nerve wracking at first, but again time is the remedy.

The team at Ellenbogen has welcomed me with open arms. I feel comfortable enough to ask a question when I don’t understand something, and am given the guidance to solve problems to arise. It’s a small corporation, but it’s a very tightly knit community which interacts well with one another. I’m glad to have chosen Ellenbogen for my internship, and I will look back on my time here fondly.”

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being an intern with us, contact us at info@ellenbogen.com!

As the sun rose on this beautiful July morning so did the Ellenbogen team. It was time to set forth on a long journey over the river (by way of the Tappan Zee Bridge) and through the woods (all the way down to Irvington, in Westchester County) to capture images of today’s targets. We arrived early and eager, ready to invade the homes of famous author, Washington Irving, and American Revolutionary patriot family, the Van Cortlandt’s.

To the surprise of the team, it was a straight shot from Kingston to Sunnyside with no traffic interruptions. A perfect commute. We arrived at Sunnyside, that’s what Irving calls his estate, ready to take in the sights of America’s first internationally famous author remembered best for penning, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” We weren’t afraid of what we might find as we meandered our way through beautiful curved pathways on the property. There were no headless horsemen greeting us…just breathtaking views of the Hudson River and his amazing home covered in flowers as though it sprouted from the ground. A true nature paradise right in Westchester County.

Although we didn’t want to leave, we had another stop on today’s journey: Van Cortlandt Manor. This is the home of one of New York’s most prominent patriot families in the years just after the American Revolution. During their time in the house they dealt with pressing political issues, dealing with Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates over the drafting of the United States Constitution. We could only imagine being a guest in the home as our nation’s most important document was drafted…all while being served delicious meals from one of the largest and best-equipped colonial kitchens of it’s time in America! Van Cortlandt Manor is also home to a collection of furnishings from the colonial and federal periods in their original settings. But the coolest feature the Van Cortlandt’s included on their property is the Ferry House, a rural tavern that offered food, drink, and lodging to travelers!

Today’s Mission: Do not pick flowers off Sunnyside’s exterior, remind Zoltan he cannot harass the historians to sell Sunnyside to him (it’s just not for sale!), carve a pumpkin featuring the faces of our crew and get it in the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor this fall (With over 6,000 Jack O’Lanterns on display…what’s one more!) and finally, build our own Ferry House.

Sunnyside

Ever wonder what it’s like being an intern at Ellenbogen Creative Media? Over the next several weeks we will introduce you to our five summer interns! Hear about what they do on a daily basis, what they learn, what they hope to get out of their experience and maybe even some tips for future interns! Starting off, summer intern number one: Marie Roser.

“Hello! My name is Marie Roser. I am a senior at Mercy College majoring in TV & Radio Production. I just finished four years of NCAA Division 2 college sports, participating on both the Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse team. I am also the managing editor and sports editor on our college newspaper, The Impact News. Currently I am a new intern here at Ellenbogen Creative Media.

Being an intern was a scary thing in and of itself. Especially when you don’t know what exactly to expect. But with everyone being so friendly, it made the transition much easier. Coming into this with an open mind I knew I wanted to learn about things I never really had the chance to experience while in school. Especially with technology that is up to date, unlike what we have at my school.

Now I have been here for about 2 weeks. I would say 3 but I went away on vacation in the very beginning. I have been on one shoot and on set for a couple short shoots here in the studio. I’ve learned a lot about camera work, lighting audio, editing and even live multi-camera events. I’ve had hands on experience with so much already. From the setup of different shoots in the office and even in the studio on the green screen, to being the technical director of a live event for Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation with 3 different camera feeds.

Knowing that I have learned so much already, when looking to the future I know that I expect to learn even more. Since I am the least experienced intern with editing, due to the fact that all the editing classes were during my class time, I hope to learn even more about that. I’ve learned things already but I hope to learn even more and even be able to edit some of my own projects. I also hope to get more experience on camera. Shooting in the TV studio at our school with rehearsed scripts is completely different than shooting live unrehearsed, unscripted and uncontrolled environments. Lastly I hope to gain confidence after leaving here. Confidence in what I am doing, what I have learned and what I have chosen to do with my life career.
It has been a great learning experience so far here with the Ellenbogen team, and I cannot wait to get even more out of it.”

If you, or someone you know, is interested in being an intern with us, contact us at info@ellenbogen.com!

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