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Professional Development

STUDENT INDUSTRY RELATIONS

School of Cinematic Arts Complex

Suite 235

(213) 740-4432
studentindustryrelations@cinema.usc.edu

USC School of Cinematic Arts Job Board
Find access to the USC

School of Cinematic Arts Job Board at:


https://scacommunity.usc.edu/jobboard

USC CAREER PLANNING AND PLACEMENT CENTER
USC has an entire office dedicated to helping students with Internships, resumes and cover letters, interview tips, job-hunting techniques and career advice. Please take advantage of them and contact them if you require additional help after meeting Bonnie.

They are located in the Student Union Building.

Their website is http://careers.usc.edu/

Their phone number is (213) 740-9111.

They offer walk-ins from 12-3PM everyday.
FOR CINEMA INTERNSHIPS
If you have a specific question relating to internship or obtaining an internship, please contact:
JAMES KIM

School of Cinematic Arts

213-740-3317

jkim@cinema.usc.edu

internship@cinema.usc.edu



RESOURCES FOR FINDING EMPLOYMENT


Some of these sites are free, some have free trial periods, and some you must pay to access. Always check if there are student rates.

www.monster.com

The monster board, which is what it says it is….a monstrous listing of jobs. They offer a search, which will look for jobs in the fields you specify and email you if it finds anything. More useful for clerical jobs than anything else.


www.careers.msn.com

Good general resource for cover letters and interview tips.


www.careerbuilder.com

Another good general resource for job postings, cover letters, interview tips, etc.


www.showbizdata.com

This board has by far the most postings and lists major job providers (WB, E!, Spelling, etc.)


www.hcdonline.com

Hollywood Creative Directory online. Click on the “Job Board.”


www.showbizjobs.com

Divided by date, location, and type of job. Mostly administrative-type jobs, but worth a look for production, too.


www.mandy.com

This is a production board, which lists features and commercials – the majority is low budget.




www.media-match.com

This site lists jobs and contacts you when there is a good match for your job skills. A pay service for professionals. Some entry level.


www.entertainmentcareers.net
Will direct you to other sites.
www.creativeplanet.com

Sites offer news, articles and discussions forums for the creative community. Jobs section.



www.crewnet.com
Job site for below the line.
www.editorsnet.com

Part of creative planet community. Post production and below the line information and job board.



www.realscreen.com

On-line magazine.



www.filmindependent.org
Formerly IFP West. A film community listing events and networking opportunities.
YAHOO

Has several groups / chat rooms for entertainment industry networking. LAProducer@yahoogroups.com is a group for line producers and UPMs and they often discuss job openings.


You must submit an application to join.
Other chat rooms on Yahoo that can be useful or a place to ask questions:

FilmBudgeting-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

This site is dedicated to making budgets. It's a clearing house for news about budgeting programs, budgeting software updates and even the occasional special offer. It's the place to share tips and tricks with other filmmakers. Or just let everyone know about your favorite budgeting program.


http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/continuitygroup

This is a forum for current and aspiring script supervisors and other production persons to discuss the position, trade ideas, and just talk to others that work in the same field


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MusicHouse
This forum is intended for professionals in the commercial music industry who write music for TV, advertising, film, and multimedia. Composers, jingle writers, session musicians, producers, creative directors, music supervisors, music directors, music editors, audio engineers, sound designers, composer representatives, and production music library executives are all encouraged to participate.


PUBLICATIONS:
The Hollywood Reporter

The biggest issue with the most job postings comes out on Tuesday. The Tuesday edition also lists features in production or pre-production. An excellent resource to be aggressive and send resumes to productions before they start.


Daily Variety

Again, the issue with the most job postings is Tuesday.


Back Stage West/Drama-Logue

New editions come out on Thursdays. An excellent resource for getting feature credits on your resume. It mostly lists ultra-low budget movies. This advantage is, because they have no money, the shoots are usually quick (features that shoot in two weeks) so you can build up a few credits very quickly. Unfortunately, most of them don’t pay, they just feed you – or as they say “copy, credit and meals provided.”


Note: We get The Daily Variety and you are welcome to come to the office and peruse it. However, you can also go to somewhere like Barnes & Noble, take a notebook and write down the information you need and not have to purchase the magazine.
The Hollywood Reporter Blue Book

List phone numbers and addresses of production companies, management companies and pretty much anybody else you can think of. Helpful because it is broken down by category (For example: “Commercial Production”) and you can target companies in your field. Similar to the L.A 411 – but much more comprehensive. We have one in the office, which you are welcome to utilize.


The Hollywood Creative Directory

Lists development and production companies – addresses, phone numbers and also the names of the bigwigs at the company. To stay in the game, you should at least take a look at it to familiarize yourself with the names. You don’t have to memorize them, but be aware of who’s who.


Below The Line

Magazine about all positions below the line. Screening series and events posted. Weekly production schedule is printed with UPMs and many department heads listed.


Many major talent agencies hire assistants on an on-going basis. The following are numbers for the switchboard, so ask the receptionist for Human Resources.
Creative Artists Agency (CAA) 310-288-4545

Int’l Creative Management (ICM) 310-550-4000

William Morris Endeavor 310-859-4415 (hotline)

310-859-4274 (H.R.)

Agency For Performing Arts (APA) 310-273-0744

United Talent Agency (UTA) 310-273-6700

The Gersh Agency 310-274-6611
Another excellent resource for job leads is job hotlines and websites. Here are some contact information, but if there is a company you are interested in, call them and see if a hotline is available.
Paramount 323-956-5216 www.paramount.com/studio

Warner Bros. 818-954-5400 www.WBjobs.com


KTLA 323-460-5916 job line
Disney 818-558-2222 www.disneycareer.com
MGM 310-449-3000 ask for HR
NBC 818-840-4397 www.GEcareers.com

http://www.nbcunicareers.com/
WBTV 818-954-5400 www.wbjobs.com
KTTV KCOP 310-584-2000

Univ/MCA 818-777-2264 http://www.nbcunicareers.com/


CBS 323-575-2008 www.cbscareers.com
E! 323-954-2666 http://www.eentertainment.com


INDUSTRY TEMP AGENCIES

Co-Op Temp Agency

Contact Person: Jill Motaman

323-655-1009

8447 Wilshire Ste 210

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

www.cooptemp.com

Comar Agency

www.comaragency.com
Scheduling Coordinator

310-248-2700

6500 Wilshire Blvd Ste 2240

Los Angeles, CA 90048

Exclusively entertainment temp agency.
Services all major entertainment companies.

A+ Employment Co, Inc

www.theemploymentco.com

818-840-0998

3500 W. Olive Ave. Ste. 303

Burbank, CA 91505



Executive Temps

818-563-2939

2321 West Olive Ave

Burbank, CA 91506



www.execuive-temps.com

Exclusively entertainment temp agency.


Services all major entertainment companies.
Central Casting
220 S. Flower St.
Burbank, CA 91502
http://www.centralcasting.org/
Registration Info: 818.562.2755

Phone: 818.562.2700

Fax: 818.562.2786

Background acting


Background Talent Svc

Talent Casting

4804 Laurel Canyon Bldg. 414

North Hollywood, CA 91607

ph: 818-760-7090

http://www.backgroundtalent.net


Apple One

www.appleone.com

Downtown:

888 S. Figueroa St., Suite 170

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 892-0234

downtown@appleone.com


Not entertainment, mostly general office temp work

Beverly Hills:

9100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 362W

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

(310) 228-9400

beverlyhills@appleone.com

Some entertainment and general office work

www.appleone.com
Westwood:

1250 Westwood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90024

(310) 475-9461



westwood-ca@appleone.com
Some entertainment and general office work

www.appleone.com
Glendale

325 West Broadway

Glendale, CA 91204

JanetJobe@appleone.com

Full time: 818-240-8230

Temp: (818) 247-2991
Entertainment temp jobs
www.appleone.com

Jonathan Hale

456 Sunset Dr.

Hollywood, CA 85476

626-555-1212

Email: Samplemail@aol.com Selected Experience


E X P E R I E N C E
Editor

“Don’t Ever Get Daunted” – Independent Short Film – AVID

“The Weekend Research Project” – 35mm Short Film – AVID

“The Report” – 16mm Short Film- Flatbed


Director/Producer

“Death” – USC Undergraduate Thesis Film (also Short Film)

“Keep It In the Family” – Independent Short Film
Director of Photography

“The Weekend Research Project”- 35mm Short Film

“Minor Felony” -16mm Short Film

“Don’t Ever Get Daunted” (Second Unit) 35mm Short Film

“A Jewish Christmas Story” – USC Undergraduate Thesis
Gaffer/Electrician

“Dreamers” – Independent Feature Film

“Rhinos” – Independent Feature Film- One Horn Production
Assistant Camera

“Spaces” – USC Graduate Thesis Film

A W A R D S

James Bridges Award for Outstanding Direction, 1st Place, 1996


S K I L L S & E Q U I P M E N T

AVID Off-Line and flatbed editing. Arriflex BL’s, S, SR’s/Movicam SL, SA, Compact Camera systems and BetaCam Cameras. Load 16mm & 35mm Arriflex, Panavision, and Moviecam Magazines


E D U C A T I O N

University of Southern California

School of Cinematic Arts, BA Production
References Available Upon Request.
THIS IS AN ALL PURPOSE PRODUCTION RESUME

John Smith

8234 Sunset Pl

Hollywood, CA 91542

Email: JSprod@aol.com
FILM EXPERIENCE

Production Coordinator

“Walking Up Horton” –feature film – Los Angeles, CA

Dir: Harry Bromley-Davenport

Prod: Amy Krell

UPM: Jim Hanson


“Fathers And Sons” –feature film- Belmar, NJ

Dir: Paul Mones

Prod: John Kilik

UPM: Alysse Bezahler

POC: Shell Hecht, Beth Boyd
“Emma And Elvis” – feature film- Dayton, OH

Dir: Julia Reichert

Prod: Brenda Goodman

UPM: Alysse Bezahler

POC: Beth Boyd

EQUIPMENT


Arri BL, S, and SR 16mm cameras; studying floor cameras (including camera robotic); ¾” and Beta cameras and offline editing; Teleprompter; Mac and IBM PC’s
AWARDS

1996 Sundance Film Festival- Honorable Mention, Shorts Category- “Dry Mount”


EDUCATION

University of Southern California

School of Cinematic Arts, BA Production


OFTEN TIMES YOU CAN GET JOBS BY NAME RECOGNITION ALONE. ONCE YOU GET SOME PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE UNDER YOUR BELT, LIST THOSE HIGHER-UP ON THE FOOD CHAIN WHO WERE RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION.
John Smith

8234 Sunset Pl

Hollywood, CA 91542

Email: JSmith@aol.com


P R O F E S S I O N A L E X P E R I E N C E

Archer Entertainment Date

Assistant

  • Responsible for administrative & clerical support to Director of Development

  • Coordinated daily schedules, oversaw travel arrangements

  • Routed busy, multi-line switchboard; handled calls with specific parameters

  • Provided script coverage and analysis

  • Assisted in developing cast lines, directors lists and writers lines


Freelance Date

Reader

  • Clients include: Porchlingt Ent, New Line Cinema, and Mandalay Ent

  • Performed script coverage and analysis

  • Provided development notes


E! Entertainment Television Date

Assistant

  • Provided clerical support to production department

  • Tracked projects from development to post-production

  • Rolled calls for executives

  • Oversaw the distribution of production and post-production schedules

S K I L L S

Type 60 WPM, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Lotus, PowerPoint, FinalDraft, Movie Magic scheduling and budgeting, script coverage and analysis, multi-line phones.


E D U C A T I O N

University of Southern California



School of Cinematic Arts, BA Production
References Available Upon Request.
THIS IS AN ALL PURPOSE ADMINISTRATIVE RESUME

Brooke Johnson_______________________________________________________

7489 LaPier Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90007 bjohnson@gmail.com | (907) 786-2789
EDUCATION

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business Expected Graduation: May 2012

B.S. in Business Administration, Emphasis in Cinematic Arts, Minor in Economics
EXPERIENCE

Warner Brothers/Carousel Productions January 2010 – Present

Development Intern

  • Intern in development for Steve Carell’s production company situated on Warner Brothers lot

  • Composed to date over twenty script coverages, summarizing and offering recommendations for improvement and possible changes

  • Communicate regularly with assistants, contacts, and senior management as needed

  • Monitor phones and desk for superiors when necessary, have become acquainted with channels of communication within production companies


Trojan Vision Television Sept. 2008 – Present

Producer

  • Increased viewership of channel by 260% through online and paper advertising campaigns

  • Control the creative vision for a sports-news show with five hosts

  • Manage studio and crew of 15 during pre-production, production, and editorial

  • Provide creative feedback to the development/production department through creation of over 50 script coverages on student films/television programs of all genres


LEADERSHIP

Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI) Sept. 2008 – Present

Team Leader, Director of External Relations and Marketing

  • Lead a team of 5 to create business plan, 10-year plan for Breathe LA, Project Possibility

  • Create communication with other student organizations to collaborate and share knowledge

  • Execute marketing plan for LACI that involved collaboration and negotiating with local newspapers/television stations, led to 125% increase in applications in 6 months


Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambd

Vice President In Charge of Finance Sept. 2008 – Present

  • Create and deliver regular presentations of finances of organization

  • Analyze feasibility of inter-chapter and speaker events, consulted with president of organization regarding connections with other chapters, collaborative events

  • Administer master budget of several thousand dollars in terms of event planning, membership


HONORS

Alpha Lambda Delta – Given the opportunity to join a society of academically distinguished students

Global Leadership Program – Awarded one-week trip to Beijing to meet with top executives

USC Dean’s List

USC Varsity Tennis
SKILLS

  • Advanced proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Mac/Windows OS.

  • Experienced in writing script coverages and development notes, providing creative feedback.


THIS IS AN ALL PURPOSE ADMINISTRATIVE RESUME

Patrick Smith

702 South Crest Avenue

Phone: 310.305.5526

E-Mail: psmith@gmail.com

Experience:

Production Assistant

DIRECTV Los Angeles Broadcast Center – Culver City, California


The Dan Patrick Show, Red Zone, other original programming Summer 2009-Present

  • Edited college and professional sporting events into 10-minute clips using Quantel. Clips are then used on the Dan Patrick Show, featured on the 101 Network.

  • Controlled and ran commercial playlists on live televised events using ITX software. Events include the UEFA tournament (present), US OPEN tennis, Wimbledon, and British Open golf.

  • Ran set lights for live events including Blizzcon 2009, featured on the 101 Network.

  • Wrote, produced, filmed, and edited the Intern video, which I also starred in.

  • Assisted director and producer of Dan Patrick Show with research, spelling edits, and other office duties.

Wimbledon All England Lawn Tennis Club, Broadcast Centre – London, England

The Wimbledon Championships Summer 2007-2008


  • Assisted international television crews with location and set-up for both live and taped segments of the tennis championships. Coordinated communication between the media, the Tennis Club, and the tournament officials.

  • Provided media personnel with accreditation, tournament schedules and programs, Wimbledon protocol, location scouting, and athlete profiles.

  • Trained new Media Liaison assistants.

Marketing Assistant

Red Bull GmbH – London, England and event location, Devon, England



Red Bull Empire of Dirt July - August 2008

  • Researched and composed athlete profiles for media, marketing, and sponsor use. Coordinated delivery of marketing materials and event tickets to sponsors and to the media.

  • Participated in marketing research and planning sessions.

  • Event location duties included: event coordination; photo documentation; set-up, maintenance, and teardown of VIP lounges and kiosks

Tennis Pro-Am Assistant

Stan Smith Events - Marietta, Georgia

The Wimbledon Championships June 2006


US Open Tennis Championships August 2006

Assisted tennis professionals with event organization; on-court warm-ups; client hitting and scorekeeping for corporate tennis events. Clients included: American Express, Citibank, Merrill-Lynch, Commerce Bank, Bank of America.



Education:

University of Southern California – Los Angeles, California Fall 2007 – Present

Marshall School of Business – Business Cinematic Arts Joint Program (BCA)


  • Undergraduate, Junior



Awards and Achievements:


University of Southern California:

  • BCA Program: admitted into prestigious business-cinema joint major.


References Upon Request

THIS IS AN ALL PURPOSE ADMINISTRATIVE RESUME
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Sample Networking Letter, with Referral
2259 Tall St

Houston, TX 32223


September 20, 2006
Chad Stanhope

JK Liven Productions

4000 Warner Blvd

Burbank, CA 91522


Dear Mr. Stanhope:
Joanne Smith suggested that I write to you in regard to my strong interest in being a film editor. Mrs. Smith told me that you are one of the leading experts in this growing field, and she thought you would be a good person to give me some career advice.
I have had two college semesters of experience in video editing, but none thus far in films. I have a particular interest in special effects and wish to develop my skills in that area.
I will be in southern California next month and am hoping that it might be possible for us to meet briefly. I am certain your counsel would be of enormous benefit as I begin looking for opportunities. I will call your office next week to see if your schedule permits such a meeting.
Sincerely,
Lauren Borger

Sample Networking Letter, Without Referral
31099 Seventh Ave

New York, NY 0058


December 29, 2005
Charleen Hechtman

Granada Entertainment

11812 San Vicente Blvd, Ste 503

Los Angeles, CA 90049


Dear Ms. Hechtman:
I am writing to you because I was very impressed with your special effects makeup in the recent film Werewolf in Paris, and am interested in meeting with you and learning more about your work.
I have an extensive background in theater makeup and have also worked in film production as a makeup artist, although my experience has been limited to commercials. This experience has led me to decide to begin a career in film as a makeup assistant.
However, before I begin seeking work I feel I must talk to people with makeup experience in films, and I am hoping can assist me in this regard. I will be in Los Angeles next month and am hoping it might be possible for us to meet briefly. I will call you next week to see if your schedule permits such a meeting.
Sincerely,
Clay Randal Smith

Written Communications Checklist

Number 1

Make it look professional. The film industry is full of professionals who pay attention to details. Make sure that all your written communications are printed neatly and cleanly on good-quality paper and are free of typographical or grammatical errors. Proofread it yourself, and have a friend proofread it too.

Number 2

Make it readable. Be clear and concise in writing your resume and letters. If you have any questions about how clear your writing is, have a friend or friends read it, and listen to them if they have suggestions or changes.

Number 3

Always tell the truth. The film industry is ultimately like a small town—eventually everyone meets everyone else. If you exaggerate your experience or suggest something that isn’t true, you will eventually get caught.

Number 4

Be creative. Remember that the film industry is full of creative people who appreciate other creative people. Within limits, its always a good idea to apply that creativity to your letterhead and resume.

Number 5

Remember who your reader is. Different letters serve different purposes. For example, if you’re writing a letter requesting a networking interview, be sure not to suggest that you’re expecting the recipient to hire you.

Number 6

Always follow up. If you say in a letter that you’ll call the recipient next week, make sure you do it. It would even be a good idea to devise some system to keep track of the letters you’ve written and the follow-up calls you have to make.

Number 7

Write thank-you letters whenever appropriate. Most people don’t bother writing thank-you letters even when they should. If you write them both when they’re expected, and, even more importantly, when they’re not, people will remember you kindly. And remembering you is exactly what you want people to do.





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