Duties of the week:
[x] Reading scripts, writing coverage
[ ] Binding scripts
[x] Hole punching stuff
[x] Scanning documents
[ ] Making copies
[x] Copying DVDs
[x] ANSWERING THE PHONE!!!!
As you can see, it’s been a busy week. So busy, in fact, that this post is coming to you days later than it should. My apologies for all my die-hard readers!
The most significant part of my work week is that I finally shattered my fear of answering the phones! I got stranded at the intern desk, as the others were called away for an extended period of time. When the phone finally began to ring, I noticed that my boss’s assistant was away from her desk, too. I started getting all sweaty and then took a big swallow, then answered the phone.
"Matt Dines’s office," I said in a bright, slightly quivering tone of voice.
"Yeah, this is so and so, calling from blah blah for a meeting with Dines this afternoon."
"Could you spell that last name for me please? Great. Thanks, I’ll let him know."
I WISH I GOT CONFETTI FOR DOING THAT! It was seriously nerve-wracking, because I’m sure it was a high profile dude on the other line and I didn’t want to waste his time with untrained intern nonsense. I’m happy to report that it went down without a hitch. From then on, I was comfortable to orient myself towards the phone, and I’ve been answering ever since!
Not long after my first revelatory phone call, we were invited to join other MGM employees in the private screening room (WITH THE COMFIEST CHAIRS EVER) to see an advance showing of the new film Hope Springs, which MGM did not directly make, but was involved with in some form of distribution of financing. It was a really cute, sweet movie with an older target audience, but it really is applicable to any couple! Definitely check it out and support our wonderful studio! I do have some level of bias, but I wouldn’t waste this much real estate if I didn’t truly enjoy it.
That afternoon, I was asked to do some grocery shopping for Jon Glickman, which I easily obliged to as it granted me a one-on-one hello with him.
All this good stuff was just Wednesday! Thursday was relatively uneventful, just reading scripts and doing coverage for the most part.
On Friday, there were mysterious buzzings of a half day. Suddenly, around lunch time, the assistants yelled, “Alright everyone! Down to lunch!” Usually everyone just trickles out around 1 PM but this was a mass exodus to the 2nd floor. I had no idea what was going on until we emerged on a rooftop plaza, complete with 2 tables of catering. Cous cous, beef, hot dogs, FUN DIP, popcorn. It was pretty awesome. As awesome as it was, I STILL had no idea what was going on. After sitting and eating for a while, Roger and Gary called for silence. They then proceeded to give very sweet speeches about how much all of us 300 employees meant to them. It was a very wonderful moment and a testament to how down-to-earth these seemingly “big shot” studios can be. I don’t know the case with the other studios around town, but I am happy to be here with MGM.
They granted us a half day as a cherry on top, and after swiping some more fun dip, I went out to the movies with an intern buddy of mine.
It was a really great week, leaving me with a smile on my face, just thinking about it again! I’m currently entertaining the wonderful Matty McNamara, fresh out of RISD’s Film program, as he is down here interviewing with producers and editors to try and weasel his way into this seemingly impenetrable industry. Best of luck to him and thanks for reading!