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I’m definitely starting to settle into my internship here at Double R.   I really like when we go out on shoots because I learn a lot about video production and get to meet new people.  Last week, we filmed public service announcements for Members of Congress.   It was amazing to meet so many Members of Congress in person.  This week, we filmed at a conference held by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and it was interesting to hear about such a great cause.

A big part of any summer internship in D.C. is the HEAT!  It gets so hot in D.C. during the summers, especially for someone who isn’t used to it.  Last Sunday, I experienced the first day over 90 degrees while I was playing basketball with some friends, and the heat could only be described as ‘intense’.  Here are some helpful tips on how to beat the heat if you ever visit D.C. in the summer:

 

 

  1. WATER.  Make sure you bring 1 or 2 cold water bottles with you whenever you walk around the city.  It can be hard to find a bottle of water for sale for under $3 here.
  2. PLAN YOUR TOURIST VISITS. If you want to see the typical attractions of D.C., plan to visit the museums during the dayand see the monuments in the evenings or at night.  Most museums close at 5 P.M. and are usually air-conditioned, so you can stay out of the sun while learning a lot of cool stuff.  You can also really appreciate the monuments with a sunset in the background or while they’re lit up at night.
  3. AVOID HOT CARS.  Hot cars are older subway cars that do not have working air conditioning.  If you have a long ride ahead, you might want to wait until a newer train arrives so you can ride in cool comfort.
  4. AVOID DARK COLORS.  I made this mistake by wearing dark brown khakis on a day that was 95 degrees.  White clothes are your friends here!

If you follow these tips, you will beat the heat and survive the summer here whether you are a tourist, a businessperson, or a Double R intern.

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Second Week! http://doublerproductions.com/second-week/ http://doublerproductions.com/second-week/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:21:18 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1988 The post Second Week! appeared first on Double R Productions.

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In our second week here at DOUBLE R PRODUCTIONS we got to assist with the NAB Congressional Public Service Announcements. It was a new experience for me because I have never been in the Rayburn building before. Walking in was a little bit intimidating at first because of all the security and watching all our equipment go through the metal detector. However, we found the room and started to set up. That’s where I met the rest of our crew, which we would be working with. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect but as we set up they gave helpful tips and advice to make the shoot go smoothly. The first Congressman came into room with his own direction in mind. I remembered to keep smiling and continue telling him, “this way Congressman”. He got in and got out, even with a few laughs for the blooper reel. The process got easier as the day went on and my jitters went away. This was a great firsthand experience filming with a real crew.

So far, Washington D.C. has been an interesting experience. This past weekend I went to the Arboretum. It was neat to see all the plants from different areas of the world. Also I visited the National Mall at night, which in my opinion is the best time to visit. The monuments looked great as they were all lit up and there were no crowds, it was definitely worth seeing at night. We took the metro there, which was another challenge I had to overcome, when coming to a new city for the summer. I’m not used to taking public transportation every day but it was something I needed to get used to. It’s getting easier navigating my way through the train system, although I still have to use Google Maps most of the time. Here’s a tip for future interns, I paid for a monthly plan so I don’t have to be inconvenienced by continuously loading money onto my Metro card.

I can’t wait to explore the rest of city. I have been given many suggestions on where to go and what to do, I am excited to see what D.C. has to offer. I want to try new foods, see the museums, and anything else that will fill my day with adventure. The PSA shoot was a great firsthand experience filming. I learned a lot and would like to experience more shoots like this so I can gain more knowledge in the video industry.

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The wait is finally over! http://doublerproductions.com/the-wait-is-finally-over/ http://doublerproductions.com/the-wait-is-finally-over/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:55:32 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1976 The post The wait is finally over! appeared first on Double R Productions.

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The wait is finally over!  I am finally in D.C. beginning my internship at Double R Productions.  It is so exciting being in a new atmosphere and getting a hands-on chance to learn about video production.  I met my fellow intern Sarah, who also goes to my university and I’m look forward to doing projects with her.  The office is a really cool environment and everyone here is happy to help us if we have any questions.

Double R is going to keep me BUSY this summer, which is a good thing.  I am going to learn so much and get a lot of valuable experience.  I can tell that they have a well-developed internship program because they have different interesting assignments scheduled for us to do so that we can quickly learn how everything at Double R works. We got to explore the neighborhood of Dupont Circle on the first day when they sent Sarah and I out on a scavenger hunt in the area around the office.

The second day, we got to take place in our first office meeting.  Double R is a small office of ten people and communication is key.  The meeting consisted of going over upcoming events and projects and dividing up the work.  I really liked how once the work is divided up, everyone has the freedom and responsibility to complete it without constant supervision.  Rosemary trusts everyone to produce quality work.

On the third day, Sarah and I got to create our own story and film it!  In the “In-the-Camera Challenge” we had to film a short video sequentially without the ability to go back and edit the footage.  It was a challenging, but fun experience that let us go out into the city and film our story.  A note to future interns: make sure you REMEMBER THE MEMORY CARD!  It’s impossible to record anything without it.  It was a little stressful at first, but definitely something to laugh about later.

I am looking forward to next week and the opportunity to work with members of Congress and their families.  I can’t wait to see what else this summer at Double R Productions has in store!

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Farewell! http://doublerproductions.com/farewell/ http://doublerproductions.com/farewell/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 16:09:24 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1972 The post Farewell! appeared first on Double R Productions.

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Crystal: Our time in D.C. has come to an end but the experiences and memories during our time here will last for a lifetime! It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking through the doors of 1621 Connecticut Avenue excited for the semester I had before me. Here I am now wondering where the time went and amazed at how much knowledge I’m leaving this internship with. During my time here I became a frontline reporter for protests, a production assistant for various sets, and even a photographer for Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao! I’m so grateful for my co-interns, Matt and Soojin! We each came in with different skills and helped each other grow. We also became really great friends and I don’t think I would’ve survived this semester without you guys. The Double R team has truly become my family. Shout out to everyone in the office for answering my endless questions, dealing with my sugar rush and bursts of energy, judging my coffee/food choices (Paul Jamali…ahem!), and always making me laugh on some of our most stressful days. The whole team has been so influential in helping me grow into the person I am now and I thank you all for that!

Matt: I can’t believe this incredible semester has come to a close. Of course, it is upsetting that I will have to leave D.C. and Double R, but I am also excited to leave with many new skills and lessons learned from my experiences. The many hours of editing, brainstorming marketing ideas, and dealing with clients have taught me things that I could have never learned in a classroom. It was welcoming to be surrounded by a team of people that were determined to make sure Crystal, Soojin, and I got the best out of our time at Double R. We accomplished a lot together, and I know I’m going to miss Crystal and Soojin because we became a great team, and great friends. We shared a lot of laughs, accomplishments, and learning experiences together, but this would’ve never happened if it weren’t for Rosemary. Rosemary pushed us to go above and beyond. She provided us with great opportunities to prove ourselves, and she gave us confidence for our futures. I am very thankful for my time at Double R and I truly hope this isn’t the last time I see everyone. Farewell Double R! I will never forget what you have done for me!

Soojin: The last 12 weeks with my co-interns, Crystal and Matt, literally flew by. We have done a lot of great work together at Double R Productions. We covered four protests in DC, which I am very proud of, finished our blogs and vlogs always on time, and participated in almost every project within the company. Double R Productions truly offers hands on experience for those who hope to be working in video productions or broadcast industry. Double R has been a glimpse of the real world where I was able to learn so many practical skills that cannot be taught by classes. I know my experience at Double R and the knowledge I have gained through my experience here in DC will stand out as I look for jobs in Korea. One lesson I learned is that a successful internship is not only about what kind of work you do, but also who you work with. Thank you so much to my awesome intern team!

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It’s Almost Over :( http://doublerproductions.com/its-almost-over/ http://doublerproductions.com/its-almost-over/#respond Mon, 01 May 2017 21:44:14 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1968 The post It’s Almost Over :( appeared first on Double R Productions.

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My last day at Double R is getting closer and closer. Words cannot describe how thankful I am for the experiences I’ve had here. I’ve learned ten times more than a classroom could ever teach me. I really don’t want to go back to the classroom, people! I’ve learned a different editing software called Avid Media Composer. The camera has become one of my best friends here. I now know how to shoot video professionally. I’ve also learned a lot from the marketing aspect of business by helping with our social media marketing.

I think what I’m going to miss the most about this internship is the people. Everyone at the office has a different personality that really makes the office fun and interesting. If you become an intern or someone new at Double R, be sure to ask Michael to tell some jokes. He has some good ones! Also, don’t ever ask Paul what he’s eating. You don’t want to know! Don’t ever try to beat SanQuan in a dance off either. I’m going to miss Soojin and Crystal as well. We have become a great team, and we have accomplished a lot together. They have made the internship fun and entertaining.

Some advice I have for the next interns coming in would be to mentally prepare yourself because you are going to be challenged and you are going to make mistakes. No intern is perfect, but if you can’t take a challenge or bounce back from your mistakes, then your time here is not going to be meaningful. Don’t let your failures get you down and also know that the people at Double R are ready and willing to help you.

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Blossoming a Pro Bono http://doublerproductions.com/blossoming-pro-bono/ http://doublerproductions.com/blossoming-pro-bono/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:47:36 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1963 The post Blossoming a Pro Bono appeared first on Double R Productions.

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We have long awaited this time…we have prepared weeks and weeks for this…the time is finally here! One of the great projects that every Double R intern team completes is the pro bono video. We have spent the semester perfecting our craft of scriptwriting, shooting, and editing and now it is our chance to use those skills and give back to the community. Our team came across City Blossoms and was inspired by the work they’re doing for the community. Their mission is to “foster healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and resources.” Because of the great work they’re doing for the community, our team wanted to make a video about their organization, free of charge, to help promote their work! To help future intern teams have a succe
ssful pro bono p
roject, I have developed a list of tips to make your experience run nice and smooth!

 

  1. Find your passion

Finding your passion is a great way to not only know what drives you but it is also important to help you decide what organization closely aligns to your passion. There are a lot of non-profits in the area so
having a starting point will help narrow the list. Your passion can be anything from the arts
, the environment, or even education. Just make sure that whatever non-profit you select, you support the mission of the organization.

 

  1. Research non-profits in the area

Because there are so many non-profits in DC, you want to make sure you know everything about the organization you pick. This includes knowing what they do, if they have any upcoming events that you can cover, and whether they will need your services. It is also important to research so you have an idea of what the video will look like before you start. You want the video to be as visual as possible, so if the organization doesn’t have a lot to capture it might be hard to make a 2-minute video for them.

 

  1. Communication and Organization is key!

As with any project, having good communication and organization with your client is essential! Since the interns are in full control of production, you want to make sure that everything from start to finish is organized. This means that once you’ve contacted the non-profit, you should keep them informed about your timeline and any concerns that you may have. You also want to find out if they have any specific requests for the video (voiceover, logos, color scheme, etc.). This way, both parties are informed throughout the entire production process. Remember what Rosemary always says, “Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Production!”

Keep an eye out for our completed pro bono video for City Blossoms!

Crystal

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Double R at Score DC’s “All Things Grants” http://doublerproductions.com/double-r-score-dcs-things-grants/ http://doublerproductions.com/double-r-score-dcs-things-grants/#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:38:57 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1958 The post Double R at Score DC’s “All Things Grants” appeared first on Double R Productions.

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When running a small business, it is important to pitch our company to others. Last Tuesday, our Double R crew attended the “All Things Grants” event hosted by DC Score at NOAA Science Center. Receiving grants is not an easy process; the purpose of “All Things Grants” is to invite small businesses and start-ups to provide them with educational information on the Federal Grant process. Double R was there to meet the attendees and inform them on what we do and how a video can help advertise or fund-raise for their businesses or non-profit more efficiently.


We started by setting up the booth, decorating our table and laying Double R cow pattern tablecloth, business cards, flyers and pens for a giveaway gift. Then we set up a monitor to present our past and recent video works.

At first, I was a little nervous about being a part of the booth because I was not sure if I could pitch our company to the people. However, it actually turned out to be very enjoyable. It was fun to talk to the people who showed interest in our business and listen to what they do as well.

Overall everything went smoothly. However, while our booth was the most eye-catching, there were no clear signs that we make videos. As people approached our booth, it seemed like many of them could not correlate Double R with video production. So we had to explain to every person what we do, which was actually a part of our job and all of us did very well. For future references, we could possibly attach video production related words or pictures around our step and repeat, so people could have a better idea of our company. As always, I want to thank my team for being cooperative and making everything go right with a fun atmosphere.

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Arts, Humanities & the Creative Economy http://doublerproductions.com/arts-humanities-creative-economy/ http://doublerproductions.com/arts-humanities-creative-economy/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:53:34 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1878 The post Arts, Humanities & the Creative Economy appeared first on Double R Productions.

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The arts…we all grew up with it! Storytelling, making music, and even creating masterpieces that our parents would showcase on the kitchen refrigerator. Art is the foundation of our creativity that drives everyday life. Realizing the importance of this realm of life, Arts Action DC brought advocates across the DC area to the John A. Wilson building. Members of the creative community met with DC council members to express the importance of the creative community and concerns about the future of art programs. Advocates ranged from filmmakers, fashion designers, and even culinary arts. Each came with a purpose and a passion to strengthen the community and increase funding for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The morning was filled with various events like a fashion pop up, comedy shows, and performances from various musicians. These showcases gave a glimpse of the talent across DC and how the funding for the arts is being put to use. In the evening, there was a DC JAM session that was curated from the Washington Performing Arts. It was a night filled with dancing, cultural performances, and music from the youth orchestra. In one night, you could feel the cultural vibrancy of the city in just one room.

The Double R team had the opportunity to cover this event by interviewing participants and attending meetings with council members. Our president Rosemary even expressed how companies like Double R extend opportunities for students, like me, to further their passion in a professional setting. Personally, the arts have been an influential part of my life. In middle and high school I was a member of the symphonic band, participated in various speech and writing contests, and am now attending a liberal arts university. I am forever thankful for the impact that the arts and humanities have had in my life and I know that it will remain an important factor for years to come!

Crystal

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News Coverage of NoDAPL Protest on DC http://doublerproductions.com/1873-2/ http://doublerproductions.com/1873-2/#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:18:07 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1873 The post News Coverage of NoDAPL Protest on DC appeared first on Double R Productions.

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Native Nations Rise held a big protest in DC on March 10. Activists came to fight against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). As an intern from Korea, English is my second language. Inevitably, I have faced many obstacles here in the district. Compared to the deeply rooted Asia’s past, the United States lacks in history but makes up in diversity. DAPL is one of the many issues that is mixed into the social, cultural, and political controversies here in the US. I had to start from scratch, researching exactly what DAPL stands for and the five W’s (Who, What, When, Where, Why) of this issue.

On the day I went out for the shoot, it was actually my first time being aware of the Native American culture. Interviewing them was such a great learning experience as they informed me of the history of their tribes. They taught me about how long their ancestors have been cherishing Mother Earth. Seeing them stand in solidarity boosted me up to turn this coverage into a really important news story. And here it is.

Big thanks to Matt, my co-intern, for being a wonderful videographer, even in the rain and snow.

Now I can fiercely make use of #NoDapl and #WaterisLife.

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Camera Tips and Tricks http://doublerproductions.com/camera-tips-tricks/ http://doublerproductions.com/camera-tips-tricks/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:19:01 +0000 http://doublerproductions.com/?p=1869 The post Camera Tips and Tricks appeared first on Double R Productions.

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It is always great to get outside of the office. On International Women’s Day, Crystal, Soojin, and I packed up our cameras and microphones to get the full experience of the day in D.C. Our plan was to find a group of women that we could shoot for our Women’s Day PSA. Additionally, we set out to capture B-roll for the Native Nations march and rally that is coming up at the end of this week. It seemed that we were able to knock out a few birds with one stone on this beautiful day.

The day was not completely full of sunshine though as we had more lessons to learn about video production. Unfortunately, as soon as we got back to the office we learned that our audio had not been adjusted properly on the camera, and some of our footage was overexposed. Luckily, we had a back-up plan. We took still pictures of the International Women’s Day march, and we were able to make a nice video out of that. But, if you want to make a great video for a PSA, here are some tips and tricks that can help you.

First, be sure that you have a white piece of paper to white balance your camera. Make sure you white balance your camera whenever you enter a new setting with different color temperatures.

Next, make sure the image you are capturing is focused. To focus a person or object, zoom in all the way on the subject and then adjust the focus ring until the image is clear.

Now that everything is focused and white balanced you need to make sure your image isn’t overexposed. Bright and sunny days can cause trouble for your camera. A day with clouds and overcast is actually best for lighting. To regulate the amount of light coming into the camera you need to adjust the camera’s iris. The iris ring is usually found near the focus ring. Also, some cameras have filter settings. These filters are kind of like sunglasses and can be used to lower the brightness of an image.

Finally, you need to check your audio settings. This is what ultimately killed our original plan to make a Women’s Day PSA. If you are using a lapel microphone or a hand held mic, you must make sure that the audio settings on your camera are set so that your individual microphones are receiving audio input and not the internal mic on your camera. Usually, this can be done with just one flip of a switch. Also, be sure to plug headphones into the camera so that you can make sure the audio is coming in clearly. Look at the audio levels displayed on the camera monitor as well. If the levels are rising after an individual is done talking, then you should double-check your audio settings. The levels should only rise when an individual is talking.

By following these tips and tricks you will be on the way to producing high quality videos. I hope you learned something and if you have any other tips for future videographers and video producers please share them in the comment section!

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