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Hollywood Glitz & Glam

Written by Vicki Lau (School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technolgy)

30 Sept 2010

The journey began on 29 April 2010 under the NUS-MDA Hollywood Attachment Program. I was given the prestigious opportunity to intern at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Theater, Film and Television in Los Angeles, California for a period of four to five months.

Los Angeles is the city of Angels - and indeed it was. My first step here was like taking that first big step of independence because unlike Singapore, you are really in this internship for the bigger deal which is to work as a professional and live life as an individual - in a foreign land. The project I was attached to was a joint collaboration between my host organisation and Nokia - which I must add is an extremely heavy and intensive production-related project, where being vigilant and proactive is key to working efficiently within a tight schedule of four and a half months.

Serious shooting on set

Vicki Lau in the studio workplace

All in all, my entire internship at UCLA was like living a big Hollywood production; everything began from mere pen and paper planning to the actual execution of these planned ideas on scouted location sets and finally, the finishing touches done in post-production. Most importantly, I learned how to diversify and broaden the capabilities of my skill to suit the requirements of each of the three different productions shot for this mobile project.


Of course, this is America - It's not just all work and no play. With the other Singaporean interns, travelling within and around United States was much more fun and enriched my internship experience even more. We went to Disneyland in Anaheim, Universal Studios, Las Vegas and even to the far reaches of the Grand Canyon in Arizona! After all, what is work without a fresh weekend adventure?

To me, learning goes both ways - and through this internship, I have gained indelible knowledge of not only my niche area but also of the beauty of the culture and lifestyle I was immersed in. It's a matter of how useful you make of the opportunities given; with the freedom given for self-exploration during this internship - you could be going places! It was such a powerful experience that I wish it didn't have to end - the people, culture and lifestyle of Los Angeles has ensnared my mind! It's a treasure trove of opportunities waiting to be discovered in both work and play. I learnt something new each day.

Behold the Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world!


The NUS-MDA Hollywood Attachment Program is sponsored by the NUS-IDMI and MDA.


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