We’ve mentioned our Summer Interns in blog posts, Facebook updates, and posted photos on Instagram (#bdlbinterns). Yet we haven’t formally introduced them… until now! This week we’ll introduce you to all three of the incredible interns spending the summer with us, but first I want to explain a bit more about why we think internships are so important.
Being a self-taught videographer I understand the struggle, the eagerness to tell stories through video without the technical ‘know how’ to pull it off. After five years of watching YouTube tutorial videos, practice, Lynda.com searches, more practice, lots of time spent reading books and blogs, more practice, there is an increase in moments of satisfaction and a decrease in moments of frustration. Though there is still plenty of frustration, I believe it is actually this frustration, pushing up against our limits, that drives us daily to continue learning, practicing, and improving.
I know I am not alone on this trajectory, and there are many others not quite sure even where to get started. This is where our Big Dog Little Bed internships come in. Having spent nine years in education on my personal journey (later side-by-side and hand-in-hand with filmmaking) I can’t help but think about how to educate and about more efficient ways to support brand new filmmakers in telling their stories.
Sufia was born and raised in Rayne, Louisiana but raised in Asheville, North Carolina. This unique background has led to a deep love of nature, though it looks very different while visiting the bayous of Lousiana versus the mountains of North Carolina (oh how we love the mountains of North Carolina and anyone who shares that love!). While studying at UNC Asheville, she focused on International Studies, specifically Human Rights and International Law.
And this is what brings us to why she’s such a perfect fit for Big Dog Little Bed. During her interview she talked about what drew her to filmmaking, and it was so clear that it came first and foremost from a love of storytelling. In fact, just recently she made a trip back to Louisiana with borrowed equipment (that she taught herself to use), so she could begin to record the many stories that are part of Cajun culture. Sometimes we get so caught up in the newest, most impressive gear, and capturing the most breathtaking shots, that we forget that most important is the story we’re trying to share. With no background in film or video production, Sufia took a chance on that trip with her primary, and only, motivator being the stories that are most important to her and her family.
We are so pumped to have her on board this summer, and can’t wait to see the incredible film we know she’ll make out of all the footage she collected down south