Hello everyone! My name is Patricia Pircon and I am currently an Extern at SolidLine Media. At the moment I am studying film at Southern Illinois University with the intention of becoming either a Producer or Director.
As a sophomore, internships and externships can sound pretty intimidating. So after hearing that SolidLine wanted me as an Extern, I experienced a spectrum of emotions ranging from elated, excited, and horrified.  Having very little experience to prepare me, I dove into the chaos of Chicago, not having a clue what to expect. Thankfully, I was happily surprised to find SolidLine to be one of the most inviting and laidback environments I have ever encountered. Everyone here is exceptionally nice, talented, professional, and not to mention hilarious! I felt right at home the moment I walked through the doors.

FilmingBrollMy knowledge has grown exceedingly in the short amount of time I have been here. On the first day I learned how to set up the equipment and though this task sounds simple, I found it extremely terrifying! (Especially setting up the Kino Lights). Paranoid as I was of breaking any equipment on my first day, Ed Boe was extremely patient and made sure I understood and was comfortable with each task.  After getting set-up, my fellow Extern, Stephanie and I took turns interviewing the SolidLine crew.
The second day was very exciting because John Courchane taught me how to edit in Avid. Being a Final Cut Pro user, it was hard at first to get familiar with Avid, but with lots of help from John I am way more confident! So in the next few days, I will be editing my own project using the footage that Stephanie and I have shot.
Although it has only been three days, it feels like it has been so much more. Time is just flying by and I am sad that I am here for only a week. But I am thankful for the time I have been given and cannot wait to see what the next few days have in store for me!

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