We are extraordinarily pleased to welcome Cat Smith (upper) and Lindsay Heald (lower) to our team as part of our Summer internship program. We are humbled by the fact so many amazing candidates took the time to apply, and so fortunate to be able to work with these two for the next handful of months. As we are somewhat tardy in introducing them, we have already seen them in action over the past two weeks and we realize we are very lucky to have them on board.
With what line do you introduce yourself at parties?
Heald: Hey can I take your picture?
Smith: Hi, I’m Cat. Are you gonna eat that?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Heald: Do I have to grow up? I think a lot of people have this idea that at some point they will have it all "figured out." I think once you're in that frame of mind you've sort of stopped growing. My primary goal is to never stop learning and to become that old dog who still wants to learn new tricks... to be totally corny and cliché about it.
Smith: I wanna be someone who can go to Harry Potter World any time I want.
What draws you to media production?
Heald: Two things: creativity mixed with technicality. I have always been a creative person, but I also really enjoy problem solving. I see producing a video or shooting a set of photos as a puzzle, collecting all the pieces I need to present the big picture.
Smith: I really enjoy having a hand in making a finished product for people to see and enjoy that doesn’t require any drawing skills (I have none).
What’s your favorite movie?
Heald: Short Term 12 has to be my favorite movie because it's a film that gives you no other choice than to be sucked in and mesmerized for 97 minutes. In the first 2 minutes of the film you're given so much context to the characters through a simple, yet grossly engaging story about how one of the male characters pooped his pants. From that point on, you're invested in the lives of these characters without even knowing it. The performances of the teenagers (actors and actresses cast mostly through open casting calls) are incredible, leaving you rooting for them every step of the way.
Smith: My favorite movie is and always will be Jaws. I’ve always loved sharks and when I saw it as a kid I always felt bad for the shark when it met its exploding demise. As a film buff now I really love the cinematography, character development, other nerdy film stuff. I also have two Jaws tattoos, so there’s really no turning back on it.
Who is your favorite director?
Heald: Derek Cianfrance is my favorite director because he brings his training in documentary work to his narrative film sets. I site Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines when I reference his documentary-style approach to fictional filmmaking. For instance, his direction to Michelle Williams on set of Blue Valentine during the scene on the Brooklyn Bridge was to not tell Ryan Gosling's character her secret no matter what. Cianfrance directed Gosling to do whatever it took to reveal the secret, instilling a sense of freedom and trust into the actor. This freedom eventually led to an unplanned stunt scene where Gosling climbs up over the fence of the bridge, scaring the crap out of the producers on set. Cianfrance leads the characters to more natural and in my opinion, engaging performances.
Smith: My favorite director is definitely not Steven Spielberg, because everything after Jaws wasn’t as good.
What’s your favorite book?
Heald: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Smith: As weird as Ayn Rand is, Anthem has always been my favorite book. It’s only about one hundred pages long, and thus was the only book assigned to me that I actually read my freshman year of high school. The whole dystopian love story thing attracted me to it and it’s always stuck out as one of my favorites.
What have you been listening to lately?
Heald: A lot of Neko Case, because she's totally badass and doesn't adhere to any one genre.
Smith: Honestly, I’ve been reverting back to my high school pop-punk days lately. A little mix of Say Anything with some Saves the Day and some other embarrassing stuff thrown in.
Do you know any tricks?
Heald: Well, I'm working on my juggling... get back to me on that. I'm also pretty great at planning and executing surprise parties. I could totally see myself being a retiree party planner. Smith: I know how to drop and break glasses while attempting to do cool bartending tricks.