My Last Day - A Journal by (Former) Intern Peter Mathes

My experience this summer? Where should I start...

I came into Loose Films in a strange way. I was a freshman in the middle of my second semester, deciding my major. When I decided on officially becoming a cinema major, I was told about Loose from a good friend and mentor: Logan Floyd. Eventually, I meandered over to Gina Ezzone in the Cinema Department and picked up an application. I was told I needed a resume and a written application. I needed to submit it in two days, as I was already late to the original deadline. I immediately ran back to my room excitedly began crafting what I hoped would be a bomb resume.  I’ll be honest, I don’t think I had ever really looked at a resume before applying to Loose, and my first draft was not the most wow-ing document. So, over the next two days I meticulously forged this document I knew little about, while putting off an essay and several other responsibilities to work on it. Thank God for the Denison career advising faculty. They helped me chisel away at my sloppy looking document and turned it into Michelangelo’s David of resumes

 "Wow Peter where did you learn to shoot like that? Loose Films you say?"

"Wow Peter where did you learn to shoot like that? Loose Films you say?"

On the day of my interview I arrived an awkward twenty minutes early, before Brett had even arrived and proceeded to sweat on the second floor of the Cinema House waiting for my time to shine. Eventually, Brett made his way upstairs and apologized for making me wait. In my slickest way possible, I replied “Oh I didn’t wait long at all” (nice one Peter). We sat down for a chat and I began my interview gymnastics, attempting to get a perfect score. However, by the time it was over, I felt like those divers in the Olympics who start a beautiful dive and belly flop on landing. Later, Brett said I seemed very enthusiastic and had a nice sweater. So, I guess that constitutes as a success.

 Loose love forever

Loose love forever

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Obviously, I landed the job which I was thrilled about. Also, I didn’t know that it was uncommon to have an internship like this at age 19. Seeing that the Loose guys were two to five years older than me, I felt like a very special snowflake. To put it simply, over the next three months I learned a lot. I’m now able to edit much faster than I ever could at Denison. It feels like I am starting to develop an editing “flow”. Additionally, how I see lighting is very different from the start of the summer. I used to barely think about it, but now I know how ugly shots can be without it. More generally I have found my talent for coming up with pitches for clients that are creative and successful. I’m proud to say Jabari and I gave Brett a proper push to host the event Recover Orlando, raising money for the victims and family of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The event (for our first ever) was a big success. I’m so grateful to have a hand in making that event happen.

Now the internship is coming to an end, and new interns have arrived from Denison (they can’t replace the original duo of course). I was asked to write this blog post about my experience over the past few months. I guess I’m not really sure what I can say to sum it up. Fun? Amazing? Eventful? Glorious? Whatever it has been, it most definitely taught me loads and opened doors for the future ($$$ maybe?). This summer has definitely been one to remember.

 

Thank you and as always,

Stay Loose

 

 Throw back to the first day

Throw back to the first day