re: The Virtual Intern update 2

Ok, registration is officially now closed for the virtual internship! I’ve just emailed the application form to the 32 people interested, who have until Thursday 9th July: 1pm GMT to return them to me. (If you registered & haven’t received it, please email me immediately) and please note: lesson one is about deadlines, accordingly I won’t be reading any applications that miss the deadline.

Incase anyone else is interested I’ll paste the questionaire below too, and be thankful for small mercies I didnt include any of the wacky questions some people do; heres a few I considered (for about 0.25 seconds)
– If you could be a superhero, what would your superpowers be?
– How would you explain a database in three sentences to an eight-year-old?
– What character in the Simpsons (or Star Wars or…) are you most like?
– If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
– In a small room you have a refridgerator, if you left the door of the fridge open would the temp in the room fall or would the temp in the fridge rise?
– In the news story about your life, what would the headline say? (yeech!)
And the classic: How do you rate me as an Interviewer? (Which reminds me of the groansome egotistical joke; after listening to the meglomaniac at a party talk about themself for half an hour, they finally ask “so enough about me, what do you think about me?”)

But silly questions aside, heres the real questionaire:

APPLICATION for Virtual Internship

1. Name:

2. Email:

3. Nationality:

4. Current city/country:

5. Please provide a character reference:
name:
position/relationship to you:
email:
phone:

6. Briefly list your education (sound/music/film):

7. Briefly list your experience (sound/music/film):

8. Current employer & work:

9. A short cv:

10. How would you describe yourself in three words?

11. Tell me about your proudest achievement

12. What is most unique about you?

13. What would you do if you won the lottery?

14. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Doing what?

15. Do you work best on a team, in a partnership, or alone?

16. How do you continue learning on a daily basis?

17. How do you rate your computer skills?
– ProTools:
– Others (list):

18. If a paid/work position came up, which is your highest priority:
(5 = highest, 0 = not interested)

– dialogue editor/assistant:
– sound effects editor/assistant:
– music editor/assistant:
– mixing assistant/trainee:
– location/field sound assistant/trainee:

19. Do you have your own website?
if yes, address:

20. Do you use IMDB:
if yes, your address:

21. Do you use ichat:

22. Do you use skype:

23. Do you use ftp:

24. List five websites you visit weekly and/or daily:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

25. List 5 favourite films ever:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

26. List 5 favourite films in last year:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

27. List 5 favourite films for sound:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

28. List 5 favourite films for music:
1.
2.
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5.

29. What is the last book you read?

30. Practical
Watch the (silent) video below or download it here
Briefly explain how you would approach creating the sound effects for this shot.
What elements would you record?

Mute sound effect from tim prebble on Vimeo.

Thats it – good luck!

9 Responses to re: The Virtual Intern update 2

  1. Vortex says:

    This is a fantastically exciting idea, if I weren’t so busy with the day job (aka disorganised and indolent)I’d be begging for an internship (may also be too decrepit hard to say, have a 15 dB dip in my hearing at 4Khz due to adolescent sound exposure.

    I hope you’ll keep us briefed on progress and perhaps cast a few pearls before us all.

    Two thumbs up

    Vortex (Japansynth in twitter-land)

  2. Rene says:

    for fun, here are my answers to your silly questions:

    – If you could be a superhero, what would your superpowers be?

    Most people default to invisibility here, and I think that’s because the type of powers that would be most useful in a world where you don’t have to battle supervillains are different from those in which you do. With that said, I think I’d like teleportation more than invisibility because it essentially carries most of the plusses of invisibility (access to otherwise secure places, ability to eavesdrop, etc) while adding on top a kind of extension of one’s own life. By teleporting to and from the places I want to go instead of driving or taking an airplane I get to use those precious hours of my life actually doing instead of getting there.

    – How would you explain a database in three sentences to an eight-year-old?

    A database is a big collection of facts. People can search them for specific facts, or they can combine them all and look for patterns among the facts. This is useful for keeping track of things your memory can’t handle.

    – What character in the Simpsons (or Star Wars or…) are you most like?

    Give me Brian from Family Guy, inclusive of the frustrated writer and love of drinking aspect.

    – If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

    Salsa.

    – In a small room you have a refridgerator, if you left the door of the fridge open would the temp in the room fall or would the temp in the fridge rise?

    Assuming the room is temperature sealed you’d get both as the coils reach equilibrium with the room. The proportion of refrigerator coils to room density would dictate the amount to which one’s temperature drops and the other rises.

    The other answer to this is if you intend to leave the door open then the inside of the fridge essentially becomes part of the room and there is no clear border.

    – In the news story about your life, what would the headline say? (yeech!)

    “Man, 30 dies.” The news is not out to tell people’s life stories in headlines.

    And the classic: How do you rate me as an Interviewer? (Which reminds me of the groansome egotistical joke; after listening to the meglomaniac at a party talk about themself for half an hour, they finally ask “so enough about me, what do you think about me?”)

    I’d call you interesting though you telegraph the types of answers you want in the way that you frame the questions. That said, you obviously value a free sprit and a heavy work ethic. You don’t seem to suffer fools, though you’d not likely be mean to one.

    Other questions I thought were interesting:

    10. How would you describe yourself in three words?

    Here’s a long answer where you should expect a short one. The answer varies heavily based on who my audience is. If the true nature of the question is to assess how well I can present myself as a creative and/or technical professional the answer would be

    meticulous, curious, thoughtful.

    If it is to assess what I truly think of myself then I think the question is poorly worded.

    11. Tell me about your proudest achievement

    Despite the things I’ve done and the life I live (which can both be described as at least above average) I truly feel as though my greatest achievement is sitting somewhere in my near future. I’ve been engaging myself in the types of activities that will lead me places I haven’t been before. I’m only just part of the way down this path, but it’s taken me this long to realize what those things are and how important they are.

    12. What is most unique about you?

    People tend not to be more unique in their individual degrees of uniqueness than others. There are outliers of course, but I’m hardly one of those. If the question is really “what are your talents?” then I suppose I communicate well and have a high degree of patience. I’m also a nice guy, which is a little rarer than I would think it should be.

    13. What would you do if you won the lottery?

    1.)set up a corporation to collect the money in secret
    2.)pay off all household debt
    3.)establish a retirement trust with 60% of the winnings
    4.)upgrade the cars and move into a nicer condo
    5.)set aside a poker fund and an annual vacation/travel fund
    6.)go back to work, and try to keep the wifey from spending the balance.

  3. admin says:

    hah great answers Rene!
    i’ll try answering my own silly questions when I have a free minute or three…
    (& the only answer that instantly springs to mind is balasmic vinegar, which i think could be a good answer to any and all of the questions)

    the one thing I find interesting is this: anyone answering such questions, including the ‘less silly’ one have two choices: do they tell me what they think i (or any/everyone) want to hear or do they be completely honest & answer trying to express their true sentiments… And do you think I can tell which is which when i read the answers?

  4. Rene says:

    aw, I go to all the trouble of coming up with answers and don’t even get credit. rough. 🙂

    I think the truer answers will stick out a bit if they’re juxtaposed with contrived ones, but the real trick in life is being able to convince you that the answers you want to hear are indeed the true ones in the student’s heart.

    • admin says:

      ooops sorry, i’ve edited to correct my mistake 🙂

      • admin says:

        – If you could be a superhero, what would your superpowers be?

        to never sleep

        – How would you explain a database in three sentences to an eight-year-old?

        Its like a really big chest of drawers inside your computer and you can put anything (not just facts Rene!) in any one of the drawers. At any time later, you can get back anything from any drawer you like. You can also search the drawers, put them in a different order & even duplicate them.

        – What character in the Simpsons (or Star Wars or…) are you most like?

        Yoda crossed with Bart

        – If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

        Balsamic vinegar (did you know all balasamic vinegar must be aged for a minimum of ten years? And in the process of it aging, a small amount is lost due to evaporation, which is called ‘the angels share’)

        – In a small room you have a refridgerator, if you left the door of the fridge open would the temp in the room fall or would the temp in the fridge rise?

        I think this is a haiku/trick question: my answer would be “the temperature is always changing”

  5. Rene says:

    wait, so can I put my pants in the drawer? Is my chest of drawers a database? How do I duplicate my clothes?

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