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Inside the Production Office: Alumni Gain Hands-On Experience on "The Chair" Project

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Pictured are Kaleigh Fitzgerald and Kaitlyn Serevicz. Photo | Sarah CunninghamPictured left to right: Kaitlyn Serevicz and Kaleigh Fitzgerald.

"Being well-rounded in every aspect of filmmaking is the foundation in which we build our knowledge in cinema production. Point Park has encouraged us to get those hands-on experiences."

-- Kaitlyn Serevicz



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The Point Park University-produced documentary series, “The Chair," which featured two directors competing to make the best feature film from the same script, offered more than 35 cinema arts students internship opportunities to work on the new series on Starz. Cinema arts alumni Kaleigh Fitzgerald and Kaitlyn Serevicz had the opportunity to work as production office interns during the spring 2014 semester.

Fitzgerald and Serevicz were hands-on in the production office, networked with well-known producers such as Chris Moore (American Pie, Good Will Hunting) and Zachary Quinto. (American Horror Story, Star Trek), and ultimately learned more about the field in which they are studying.

“My typical day consisted of various types of paperwork, including location releases, appearance releases, creating hot sheets, making petty cash charts and running different errands,” Fitzgerald said.

Both gained unique, valuable experiences along with a variety of skills.

“Most of my work on the series was assisting the line producer, the wardrobe stylist and the production office coordinator," Serevicz said.

Because of their cinema arts coursework, both Fitzgerald and Serevicz felt confident during their internship and were able to bring the skills they learned in a professional, fast-paced environment.

“Being well-rounded in every aspect of filmmaking is the foundation in which we build our knowledge in cinema production. Point Park has encouraged us to get those hands-on experiences, inside and outside of school.” Serevicz said.

Both Serevicz and Fitzgerald also enjoyed getting to know the other artists involved with the project.

“It’s just amazing to be in an atmosphere with so many creative and talented people,” Serevicz said. “Especially when they are so willing to share their experiences and help you. It’s been such a great way to prepare for the industry.”

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Text by alumna Abigail Mathieu
Photo by alumna Sarah Cunningham

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