A selfie that I took at work to promote one of our films. It was tweeted out at the film’s twitter.
Zarmala reports on her experience so far with her Fall ’13 internship:
In August I began working at Red Hill Releasing, along with several other interns. Red Hills is a company that does social media marketing for independent films. Our job as interns is to watch the films before release and post about them on various social media websites to spread the word. We use facebook and twitter to find groups of people who are already talking about the topics of our films and start conversations with them to create interest. The films we watch are very diverse. Some are good, and some aren’t really my preference, but we have to know how to promote them either way, which can sometimes be a challenge.
A couple of weeks in, I was given some extra responsibilities because I showed an interest in the film industry. I was made team leader for a documentary series consisting of seven different films. The job involves keeping track of the screen dates for the films and knowing how to market them to an interested audience. I’m also included in conference calls with the directors and producers. I have to make sure a good number of posts go out for each film and also that we are marketing the series as a whole. It’s a lot of responsibility but I’m learning a lot about teamwork and time management, as well as good business practices like how to keep both your boss and your clients happy. Most of this is very new to me, but the people I work with are supportive and are always there to answer my questions if I have any.
This internship is exactly what I needed to help me get to my chosen career path. I’ve always wanted to make movies, and although I have experience in front of and behind a camera, I’ve never experienced the business side of it. Speaking to people who are already established in the industry and working with so many different films can open a lot of doors for me in the future.