California Dreaming

They say that Hollywood is the city of dreams, and boy am I dreaming. There have been so many amazing opportunities presented to us this week that I can’t wait to share them all.

So on Monday we got to attend a panel discussion on documentaries. It was really awesome despite the fact that me and my roommate showed up 15 minutes late, awkwardly made our way to the front of the dark theatre in an attempt to find two seats together, accepted a mans offer to take his seat, then sadly watched him take a tumble landing pretty hard on his backside. After almost 10 minutes of (attempting to be quiet) laughter, we got to hear some awesome stories about the process of documentaries and tips on pitching ideas to production companies.

On Tuesday we were able to attend The Season 2 Premiere of The Bridge at the Paley Center! Yes, I actually saw Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir afterwards during the panel discussion! Picture below!

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Thursday we went to the screening of Spike Lee’s The 25th Hour at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences! I got to take pictures with Oscar, eat fancy cheese/crackers, and enjoy the open bar. Picture below!

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Friday me and my roommate went to RUNYON CANYON. We were lucky to even make it considering we spent 40 minutes looking for a place to park (yes, this is a trend with us). And yes, Runyon Canyon is the hot hiking spot for all the celebs in Hollywood (but no, I didn’t see anyone famous…i don’t think.) Even if I did, you wouldn’t be able to tell considering everyone had fedoras pulled down to hide their faces, huge sunglass, and a lap dog with bows in their hair trailing closely behind them. After hiking all the way to the top of the canyon, we got a stunning view of the Hollywood Sign and all of Hollywood. It was awesome!

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Sunday was the best! DISNEYLAND! I’m not going to lie, I am a huge Disney enthusiast. Days spent listening to “I just can’t wait to be King,” “Under the Sea,” & “A whole new world,” are days for the soul. They are necessary. So Sunday, was my soulful day. I saw Mickey and Minnie, Woody and Buzz, Ariel and Prince Eric, Pocahontas and John Smith, and the one and only LIGHTNING MCQUEEN AND MATER! In a weird way, I was a total fan girl. And to top off my childhood day, I left with a carmel apple. Perfect way to end the week.

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Jurassic World

Jurassic Park fans prepare for Jurassic World. The newest Jurassic Park motion picture won’t open in theaters for another year, but today, viewers recieved a peek behind the scenes of the anticipated 2015 dinosaur disaster reboot, directed by Colin Trevorrow. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in the latest film in the franchise, adapted from the Michael Crichton novel. Director Howard states, “I feel like Jurassic Park was our generation’s Star Wars — it’s a really big deal.”

Jurassic World will catch up with the theme park 22 years after CEO John Hammond dreamt up the idea. Director Chris Pratt states, “People from around the world, 20,000 visitors a day, come to see the dinosaurs and see the several attractions. It’s been around long enough to where attendance starts to fall off a little bit. So they’ve decided to come up with a new attraction using the newest film to bring even more people in.”

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Well Los Angeles just keeps getting a little more…exciting. This week has definitely been one for the books. Lets start from the beginning. 

My internships went great this week. At IM Global I got to work on a distribution project for the company which was really cool, along with more script coverage. At first, I wasn’t too fond of the idea of reading script after script. However, after reading a few REALLY good scripts, I’ve learned to appreciate them more. Ok so, on to my awesome news: I got asked to help PA for the BET Awards this weekend! I’m super stoked. 

Now the weekend definitely got hectic! Friday night me and a few of my roommates thought we would all go out for drinks in downtown Hollywood. After almost two hours of getting ready (like most girls do), we left in search for parking. We LITERALLY spent 45 minutes looking for parking. We FINALLY find a teenie-tiny parking spot we have to parallel park into. It takes 15 minutes for us to get into this little parking spot. As we get out and start walking towards Hollywood Blvd we read “No Parking Past 8PM.” Back to the car we went. Long story short, after much more searching we ended up in the Taco Bell drive thru and back to Oakwood. 

Saturday I figured I would get a good workout by hiking up Eaton Canyon. Bad mistake. It was a torture trail straight up the canyon. Closest near death experience i’ve had in awhile. 

Sunday on the other hand, was amazing! We toured Warner Brothers Studios! For all the Pretty Little Liars fans out there, I got to see Rosewood High School, Hollis College, and so much more! I also got to see all the actual costumes worn throughout the Harry Potter series, and got sorted. The sorting hat said, “Hmm, difficult. VERY difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. There’s talent, oh yes. And a thirst to prove yourself.” But obviously I got GRYFFINDOR! My life was made. 

We’re two weeks in. If the next 6 weeks are anything like these past two, I have an exciting journey ahead of me! 

22 Jump Street Closing Credit Sequence

So yesterday I got to read the script for the film 22 Jump Street, which was so much better than I thought was even possible. The films box office numbers have jumped higher than How To Train Your Dragon: 2 and they are currently sitting at $6.9M for the weekend opening. There are so many hilarious moments throughout 22 Jump Street, but the closing credit sequence is being called out by fans as one of the “funniest montages in recent memory.”

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The sequence features stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in a series of fake promos for future Jump Street sequels. The directors for the sequence told The Hollywood Reporter, “a completely different ending was in place just six weeks before the release of the Sony and MGM comedy.” The previous closing credits had Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum saying, “We’re done. We’re not doing anymore movies” and they walk into the sunset. However, the audience wanted something different. They didn’t want the Jump Street sequal to be over. So just six weeks before the films release, the directors called them back to do a re-shoot for the actual closing sequence. The directors thought of “a million” ideas for potential sequels (putting the cop duo in medical school, in a ballet company, in space) and filmed promos which left the audience anxiously awaiting the possibility for another Jump Street film.

WE MADE IT

After a five day, 2,250 mile, 35 hour drive, “WE MADE IT!” I have (surprisingly) made it clear across the country to this hectic city they call Hollywood, and I couldn’t have done it without the company of a few of my awesome roommates. Together we saw the crops and corner markets of Arkansas, the plains of Oklahoma, the armadillos and longhorns through Texas, the deserts of New Mexico, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and now the beautiful palm trees in California.

After only a week here in LA, there’s a lot I have already learned. Here’s a brief list I’ve put together:

1. Most of your time here is spent in the car.
2. This isn’t pleasant-ville, stuff is expensive here. I got gas today for a whopping $4.70 per gallon. Oh, and bags at the grocery store don’t come free, so prepare to pay about $.30 per bag or bring your own.
3. All you hear is people talking directions, if they even talk at all.
4. LA fashion district is nothing like what it sounds.
5.  Avoid the freeway, AT ALL COST.
6. There is no such thing as free parking.

Throughout this summer I will be interning at both IM Global (a film financing, sales and distribution company) along with Cross Creek Pictures. My first week as an intern was pretty successful. At IM Global I read a few scripts and gave coverage, as well as worked on a few company projects. I got to sit in on a company meeting which was awesome! At Cross Creek I was able to read the script for Black Mass with Johnny Depp which is currently filming in Boston, Massachusetts.

Basically this blog is here for me to express my experiences as a college student living in LA, as well as an intern in the office, and (of course) to give you a little taste of what LA life is like through stories and many pictures. Enjoy!

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