An Intern's Life in NOC

Thursday, August 2, 2018

An Intern’s Life in NOC

As we have made known on different occasions, we are always on the lookout to hire new staff, talents, as well as interns! Previously, we have shared a glimpse on how is it like to be working in NOC, and what is involved in the production of a NOC video. But now, let’s go slightly more in-depth, and have a look at what interns should be expecting when they are working with us!


First off, depending on your school, you may or may not need to get interviewed by us, and honestly, we do prefer to do an interview first to better gauge your strengths and weaknesses, so that we know where to best put you in. As mentioned before, the staff of NOC are generally divided into 2 teams, with one under Ryan, and one under Sylvia, managing different aspects of the business. Hence, if your strengths lie more towards the literary aspects, you may be more suited to preparing proposals, coming up with video concepts and ideas, or even scriptwriting! On the other hand, if you have experience and interest in filmmaking, or digital illustrations, etc, then you will find yourself working with the crew during shoots.

With that said though, we do respect our interns’ choice in the matter, and rotation of tasks to a certain degree may be expected. We had an intern who started off working with the crew in Ryan’s team, and swapped over to Sylvia’s team midway through her internship. But this will be definitely a case by case basis of course.


Putting aside which team you will be working in, one common thing that potential interns should be aware of is that, even though you’re an intern, you’re still expected to pull your own weight. This is because even though the whole NOC team is relatively big, but we still operate on lean strength when we go out on shoots. The reason for this is because we still need at least 1 or 2 editors to remain in the office to edit other videos that we would be releasing for that week. Hence, as a newly arrived intern under the production crew, you are expected to be familiar with our equipment within the first week, and be more or less able to set up the lights and prepare the camera(s) with the correct lenses by week 2 at a fast pace. After which, depending on the shoot’s manpower requirements, you may then move on to being the soundman, by preparing the wireless mics or boom mic as and when they are needed, and making sure that the recorded sound is free from interference as far as possible.


During this phase, whenever you’re not out on shoots, as an intern, you will get to start off by getting familiarised with the operations of the editing software that we use, namely Adobe Premiere Pro as well as Adobe AfterEffects. You will be given simple videos to edit, and as well as subtitles to key in for our video releases. A lot of this requires you to work independently as the editors tend to be busy with either going out on shoots or editing our next releases. Hence, if you really have questions to ask them, make sure that they are not questions that you can easily Google the solutions for, or risk being smacked (kidding, we don’t do workplace abuse).


On the other hand, if you’re an intern on Sylvia’s team, the learning curve is slightly different. One of your first few tasks will be to come up with concepts or scripts so that we can gauge how well is your writing, and we will then coach you on the do’s and don’ts accordingly. Following which, you may be tasked to prepare a call sheet for a shoot, and be required to justify why your call sheet is done the way it is, and once again, we will guide you on how to prepare a call sheet. The next thing to expect, will be during shoots, where you’re expected to be present and to help the producer in charge to set up the scenes, and prepare whatever accessories/wardrobe that the talents require. If you’re thinking that that’s not difficult to do, since all you need to do is to follow the producer’s instructions, but you’re wrong. Often, the producer in charge will be too busy to attend to every single thing that is happening on set, and thus, you’re required to be on the ball. For example, if a talent were to ask, what is the next scene, or when is the shoot scheduled to end, and you are unable to provide an answer without asking the producer, it goes to show that you haven’t done your homework. While you don’t necessarily have to memorise the script or the call sheet when you’re helping out your producer, it is good for you to keep a copy of the script and call sheet so that you can fill in the gap whenever your producer is occupied with something else.


Well, interning in NOC is definitely not all fun and games, but we can guarantee that you will learn and gain from the exposure. And even though what I’ve covered above sounds scary, but when it comes to the fun and games… Well, you’ll have to intern with us to find out.


Aren’t you excited yet?