Over the years Matthew has offered a number of non-paid work experience opportunities to students with an interest in video media. He works mainly with the University of Cambridge’s Career Service and Anglia Ruskin University’s Department of Film and Media. If you are interested in the possibility of working with Matthew at Thinking-Media Productions then write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include an up-to-date CV and cover letter explaining your interests and intentions.
Last summer a 2nd year English student called Phil partook in a 6 week assisting role. Here’s what he had to say about his time with Matthew at Thinking-Media Productions:
“I met Matt at a Cambridge careers fair, and due to the range of projects he said he was working on that summer, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I signed up! My internship at Thinking-Media lasted six weeks: on my first day, I became a sound recordist at an international panel event; on my last, I finished an intense but exhilarating three-day shoot documenting an established festival of culture.
First and foremost, my internship at Thinking-Media was fun: there was a new, exciting project to work on every week and opportunities to acquire a wide range of skills in a comparatively short timespan. There were plenty of chances to make mistakes and learn from them (and I made a lot!), but Matt was always on hand to assist me, and was very proactive in teaching and giving advice. As he often works as a one-man team, he had an impressive array of talents to share, while allowing me to decide which aspects of videography I most enjoyed and helping me pursue them further.
While on shoots, Matt respected and incorporated my creative input while giving me the opportunity to observe and learn from his professional experience. I quickly felt useful and a productive part of the Thinking-Media team. Learning the ins-and-outs of equipment setup, and then having to make split-second decisions while shooting was challenging but enjoyable – and being based in Cambridge in the summer meant I got to work in some fantastic locations.
A real highpoint of my internship was being able to take on a project in its initial ideas phase and follow it through shooting to post-production, editing and completion. Matt gave me the responsibility of cutting and editing the footage and audio from my initial live event shoot into a two-hour professional-grade film. Having a major project to work on was really motivating and grounded me in the basics of video and audio editing; Matt was also on hand to provide detailed advice on things like picture coloration. He was always keen to accredit my work on projects even when I felt my contributions were minimal!
Matt was kind enough to plan his work schedule around my availability when I took a couple of days off one week, and was very conscious of trying to maximise my opportunities to learn, so that it felt like I was improving my digital skillset day by day. By the end of the six weeks, I’d worked with an impressive array of clients, built an excellent working relationship with Matt, and become practiced and skilled at using industry-standard equipment and software, such as DSLRs and FPCX. Overall, I had a great time and came away with a range of skills, and a taste for videography and creative media!”