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- Moving into Movies, in Paris
- Documentary film maker makes short films about ... journalists
- Magnum photos tell many different Parisian stories
- How did I end up dancing in a carotte costume on national TV?
- Post-production outside the borders of cinema

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Moving into Movies, in Paris

Name: Paul C.
Undergraduate major field(s): Computer Science & Media
Goals for his/her Paris Field Study semester: To establish himself in the French film industry, based on his degree and previous experience.
Placement: a mid-sized film production company for feature films and documentaries
Responsibilities as intern:
- production assistant on and off location for all aspects of production.
- follow selected projects from beginning to end.
Subject of research: Comparing French and American film industries in their approach to production.
And... After a six-month internship, Paul was hired as a production assistant by his host company.

Documentary film maker makes short films about ... journalists

Name: Mirabelle K.
Undergraduate major field(s) Foreign Languages (Media Studies Minor).
Goals for her Paris Field Study semester:Use her interest in the arts in a professional setting, develop her skills in video production and especially documentary film, and prepare for professional involvement in France and
Europe after graduation.
Placement:
- Reporters without Borders, an NGO active worldwide for hurman rights and freedom of speech.
Responsibilities as intern
- Assistant to the Director of Communications and to the
- Director of Press Relations.
- Produce and edit video stories for use on the organization’s
- website.
- Participate in all activities of this NGO.
Subject of research: An analysis of various audio-visual formats for communication by the NGO Reporters without Borders.
And... Mirabelle prepared a review of a DVD boxed set of documentary films that have won the Albert Londres Prize, for publication on a major French literary review website.

Magnum photos tell many different Parisian stories

Name: Harris S.
Undergraduate major field(s): French Studies
Goals for his Field Study semester: Gain experience in a French work environment while completing an internship in a media-related field
Placement: International photo agency
Responsibilities as intern:
- Work in the Magnum photo library archives; sorting boxes by theme, digitizing photographic collections etc.
- Work on books of photography recreating certain albums in the database and archival collections
- Identify and organize contact sheets by code, storing with the proper collections
Subject of research: Magnum Yesterday and Today: Revolution / evolution
And... Having worked in photography in Paris, Harris has moved to other creative endeavors and is now getting a master’s and teaching fiction courses at Brooklyn College.

How did I end up dancing in a carotte costume on national TV?

Name: Ryan C.
Undergraduate major field(s): Film Studied & French Language and Literature
Goals for his Field Study semester: Complete an internship in French print or broadcast media to further goal of entering into the television production industry
Placement: KM Production (production arm of one of French TV’s biggest shows; the daily Grand Journal, on cable network Canal+)
Responsibilities as intern:
- Manage the various accessories needed for each live and pre-taped sketch shown; conduct various tasks linked to the sketches (running errands, set handling, acting as lighting stand-in for rehearsals, etc.)
- Assist with research and translations for stories on the American presidential elections; offer various contributions and analyses during election week
- Contribute to the translation and sub-titling of a documentary entitled "Obama Blues"
- Be present on the set and assist the production team with whatever is necessary, meeting with a number of public figures from French politics or show business (some examples: Karl Lagerfeld, the cast of the latest Asterix film, assorted international stars)
Subject of research: A comparison of French and American approaches to television comedy and an analysis of the failure of SNL-type formats in French television programming
And... As part of a show focusing on the “Semaine du gout” (Tasting week) throughout France, Ryan got some on-screen time in the audience…dressed as a carrot, dancing side-by-side with his friend broccoli!

Post-production outside the borders of cinema

Name: Daniel S.
Undergraduate major field(s): Communications, French & Photography minors
Goals for his Field Study semester: Develop French language skills and become familiar with French film culture, through an internship working collaboratively with others to produce film
Placement: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) / Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Responsibilities as intern:
- Serve as the assistant to the audiovisual production manager
- Work on final versions of short web documentaries including mixing the sound, synchronizing translations, etc.
- Film speeches given at MSF; complete technical tasks associated with documentary film archives
- Manage the finalization of short documentaries, assembling interviews filmed abroad, for dissemination by on the Internet
Subject of research: An analysis of communications tools used by Doctors Without Borders
And... Daniel has taken his skills to his job as a post-production supervisor, producing video content and live stream broadcasts for a major company.
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