Last Day.

Today is my last day as an intern at Arts + Labor. It is bitter sweet because I miss my family and I am excited to see them, but I feel like I am leaving so much behind here. Although I’ve only been here for 6 weeks, Austin has shown me that there is so much more to the world than what I’m use to. Not only in the work world sense, but also just in general. Anyway, to insure I don’t make this a sappy post, let’s talk about what I’ve been up to!

Friday of last week, I went on a shoot and I was the PA again. The house we were shooting in was GORGEOUS. I don’t know if I could live in that house personally, but there was definitely a very uniqueness about it. After we left the house, we went down town to a company who had the penthouse office on the 26th floor. I have never seen an office that looked like that before. It was a really long day, but it was a lot of fun.

After the long week of work, Dr. and Mrs. Scholl took me to a play out in Zilker park. It was a totally volunteer performance and it was free other than some for parking. The musical was Oklahoma! and it was actually really good. You could tell that these people are really passionate about what they do and they are happy to get involved whenever.

This past weekend we went out to the ranch again for the last time. Nathan Wagoner and his wife, Gabriele, and stepson, Hunter, came out to join us. We went horse back riding and it was a lot of fun. I’ll miss how peaceful the ranch is. I could sit out on the porch for hours and just watch the horses graze in front of me. I know I will be back there someday.

On Sunday, the Juniata Alum who works at Arts + Labor, Wylie, invited me for a house warming get together. It turned out to be a huge Juniata reunion and I was able to meet a bunch of people who graduated before me or had some type of connection to JC. It was really nice to talk to people who know about Juniata and to share stories.

This week at work has been both slow and productive. I am helping Stephanie and Scott do some paperwork, but all of the projects that I have worked on this past summer are now in post production so it is almost the perfect time for me to head home. Almost.

Last night I said goodbye to Nathan and Gabriele, and some other friends that I have made here in Austin, and tonight will be more goodbyes while I do a ton of laundry before I pack.

Coming to Austin was the best decision I could have made. I know that I will be back here some day.

Keep Austin weird.

 

Down to the wire!

Yesterday in the office I reminded the producers that next week is my last week. “Megan you can’t leave us!” I know, I know, but I have to for now. But the thought of leaving hasn’t kept me from being motivated!

Last week, I was a production assistant for another Dell commercial. Again, I was whatever someone wanted me to be. If I needed to get the coffee, it was there. If I needed to help with the jib, I was keeping it still. Overall it was a fun shoot and I felt a little special because we were using the location that I found on my own for it. 

This week I am on a search for the perfect conference room that we can film our Dell commercial in on Friday. Yes, Friday. We have been looking for a conference room for weeks and all of our prospects have fallen through. So, no pressure or anything. This process is a lot of “hurry up and waiting.” I contact about 5 companies and wait for 2 or 3 to reply. I’m kind of use to this, because I use to find space to film in on Juniata campus, but Juniata is a lot different than the entire city of Austin.

Other than that, we are getting ready for the shoot on Friday which will be another long, but fulfilling day. Although I love the place I work in, it’s always fun to get out of the office for a few hours.

I have been busy outside of my internship too. Last week I made a few friends who I have been hanging out with recently. On my day off, we went to Barton Springs and to South Congress. The Springs is a natural creek/river, which they dammed to make it more of a swimming pool. I really liked it, but the water doesn’t get any warmer than 68 degrees…ever and I have a personal rule of having the water be at least 80 degrees before I can think about getting in. South Congress, SoCo is what the Austinites call it, is this popular street with different shops and restaurants. There is a staple pizza place on this street that I tried….and although it was good, OIP or other local pizza places up north are way better. PA may not have breakfast tacos, but at least we have great pizza! 

The next day a friend took me to town lake and we went paddle boarding. This is when you stand on a surf board type thing and you paddle around. We paddled down a good bit of the lake and then realized we were super hungry, so we had to paddle the whole way back. #thestruggle

After paddle boarding, we went to this local tex mex restaurant, Chuy’s. To be honest, I’m super sick of tex mex, but this place was great! And the atmosphere was cool too. Although we were so full, we had to go get ice cream, OBVIOUSLY. There is this ice cream place that is pretty well known down here called Amy’s and we got this awesome flavor called the Hill topper. Mexican vanilla, Reseses, cookie dough, and then covered in fudge. So good. So good.

On Monday, I met up with Nathan Wagoner and his step son and we went down to San Antonio for the day. It was a neat city, but the Alamo isn’t what I pictured it to be. It was in the middle of the town when I expected it to be in some field somewhere. We also went to the river walk and this famous tex mex place (see why I’m tired of tex mex yet?) called La Tierra it was very unique looking and had great food. 

So here I am, waiting to hear back from people. Stay tuned for my final installments to my Austin Adventures Saga!

I have attached some random pictures and videos from my past week. Also! Here is the link to a project I worked on 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoTFBI-AXZE

 

Halfway Point!

I normally try to post every Monday, but I have been so busy this past week that I had to keep you patiently waiting until I posted again. 

Last week was a very busy week at the office. As you know, I was in on Monday doing prep for the shoot during the week. On Tuesday, I was a PA (production assistant) for a Dell commercial. My duties consisted of being whatever the rest of the crew needed me to be. If I needed to help with equipment, I did. If I needed to help the Art Director, I did. And if I needed to order lunch for everyone, I did. Although many people might see these as intern type of work, I don’t. The producer has to be organized, know what is going on, and make sure everything is going smoothly on a shoot, and I helped do that.

The next day, we had another shoot for Dell. Although the space was small, it was the perfect location. I needed to make sure that I was available when I was needed, and out of the way when I wasn’t. The last thing that you want to be on a shoot is in the way of anyone, especially the director. The day was long, but we came away with some really great stuff. 

On Thursday, I went into the office and returned a few items that we didn’t use as wardrobe, and then we had a 4th of July office party! It was nice to kick back and really talk to different people at the company that I haven’t met before. 

After that long week, the Scholl’s took me to their friend’s coast house for the weekend. I had an amazing time and met some great people. The boys went out deep sea fishing, and although I was invited, I decided to pass since I didn’t want to get sea sick and then be stuck out in the middle of the ocean. Not my definition of a good time. Later that night we took the boat out to watch the fireworks. It was a really great show, but when we were driving  back the boat got stuck in the mud so we all had to get out and push it. Good thing the water was only ankle deep. 🙂

I also had my first experience bay fishing. Although I didn’t actually fish because I didn’t have a license, this type of fishing is way different than what I am use to back up in PA.

That was all last week, so hold your breath…there’s more!

On Monday, the executive producer at Arts + Labor bought me and the other intern a movie ticket to see Hellion. Hellion is the movie that A+L was involved in and it has received a lot of recognition at Sundance this year. I HIGHLY recommend everyone to see it. It is nothing like you have ever seen before and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I’m also prepping for another Dell shoot on Thursday and another for next week, so I’m staying busy!