Time at Blue Chalk Media:
Blue Chalk Media is an award-winning production and media strategy company founded by proven business leaders who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling.
Upon arriving in Brooklyn, where their office is located, I was a bit hesitant. But once we got inside the building and saw their office space, I started to get interested. Since they're a startup company, they're renting in a building that allows them to purchase more space as they expand.
Blue Chalk utilizes drones to achieve these beautiful angles and high perspectives. I believe keeping up with technology is extremely important and allows you to do new and innovative things.
Pam Huling and Greg Moyer, Co-founders, gave us overview and answered all of the questions we asked and then, a recent RIT graduate and new employee, Niki Walker, was able to Skype in with us from Portland, Oregon, where their central hub is located. She spoke with us about how her day went and that she is pretty much all hands on - meaning she does a lot of different things for the company.
Blue Chalk shines in social impact and branded content. They do mostly documentary videos on subjects that use brands such as, Subaru, Holiday Inn, etc. The best part about this is that they are true stories and how these companies help out the families that are in need.
Depending on the time, they're looking to bring in new people through internships in the Fall and Spring. From what they said today, most of their internships lead to employment so if you're lucky enough to be granted an internship, theres a good chance you'll get a job out of it.
Time at Bloomberg Businessweek:
First off, I want to start by saying that this building is absolutely gorgeous. I was in utter shock when Clint Gargill, Director of Photography, picked us up and brought us to their conference room. Clint talked about how there aren't any staff photographers there and that they most use freelancers. Although some of the photo editors have shot assignments in the past.
Bloomberg Business week is a weekly magazine that has two different versions; Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Pursuits - which is a more high class edition, showcasing more luxurious items.
We were able to look at the pre-released version of this weeks edition of Businessweek and asked us for our opinion on which they should go with and we all pretty much agreed on the same one which was fun! They explained to us how, why and when they found the subject for the cover and story and what the timeline was on getting everything finished which came down to the last minute which Clinton said is a common thing there.
Time at Magnum Foundation:
Recent RIT Graduate, Alexis Lambrou, spoke with us about Magnum Foundations Fellowship funding. It's a $2,500 grant to allow photographers to work on a story of their choosing so that they can work on something that they are truly passionate about. It would be based only in New york City area. It's a 10 week program with the option to extend it longer.
Alexis said that working for Magnum consisted of grant writing, applicant reviews, design galleries, and many other things.
According to Alexis, when applying for the Fellowship, a well researched pitch can outweigh that of a portfolio. Researching and being prepared for the pitch is huge. Painting a vivid picture and have everything all set and are able to talk about them will help you out tremendously.