Fanfest 2013

Yesterday, I got up early to head over to Oracle Arena for this year’s Fanfest. Apparently, the 10,000 tickets sold out so quickly that most people could not go. When I got to Oracle at 10 AM, the place was already packed and lines were forming along the outside.

Oakland A's Fanfest 2013

Inside, we all filed into the arena at 10:30 and were treated with a video highlighting the past season. Afterwards, the team was introduced, Bob Melvin fired up the crowd, and the audience was pumped up, ready to get on with the activities planned for the day.

Oakland A's Fanfest 2013

 Immediately after the welcoming, I sat in on the first Q&A session of the day featuring Billy Beane, Bob Melvin, Josh Reddick, and Chris Young. Fans also got to ask questions from the crowd, and it was a great experience to watch Josh Reddick teach Chris Young how to Bernie Lean.

Oakland A's Fanfest 2013

Oakland A's Fanfest 2013

I didn’t want to stand in the line to take pictures with the World Series trophies so Ryan and I decided to take the clubhouse tour. We stood in line for almost an hour and all for a 2 minute walk through around the A’s clubhouse.

Oakland A's Fanfest 2013

 After briefly checking in at other events that were going on around the arena, such as a Comcast Sportsnet Broadcast Experience booth, we found Stomper and took some pictures with him.

Oakland A's Fanfest 2013

 Feeling tired from just a few hours at the event, we watched the last Q&A session for a couple minutes before deciding to head out before the parking lot got jammed with people trying to get home.

Oakland A's Fanfest 2013

 On the 880, traffic was horrible. Suddenly, we came to a complete standstill. While I was waiting for cars to start moving again, I heard the screech of tires and looked in the rearview mirror just in time to see the car right behind me get smashed from behind by another car that braked too late. Thankfully, I didn’t get hit, but I will never forget the look on the man’s face as the impact threw him forward. What a way to end the day.

Note: All photo credits go to Ryan Ng

Day 5 at Rat Entertainment

Yesterday was my last day at Rat Entertainment. When I got up in the morning, I realized it would be my last time waking up in L.A. and that I would be sleeping at home that night. Walking to the office, I accepted the fact that it would be my last walk through the studio lot for the week.

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I finished reading the nursery crimes novel and wrote coverage on it. In my opinion, there were too many subplots and the author tried to incorporate too many nursery rhymes and mysteries into one novel, but who knows? It might make a good movie. Since I was the only intern at the office that day, I drove the studio golf cart to the commissary at lunch and took a guest to the parking lot.

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There were more Oscar debates, Golden Globe party talks, and tour trams going by every half hour. I talked to John for the last time before leaving. He gave me more insight on how novels get turned into movies and how studios option rights. I got to leave a little early to beat L.A. traffic since I was heading up to the Bay that night. They gave me a goodbye cupcake for the road.

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Goodbye red velvet cupcake. Apparently the best in LA

Inevitably, the time came for me to say bye to the people I’ve been working with for a week. They all wished me good luck. When I exited the office and started walking for the gates, everything felt so surreal. I couldn’t believe I’d be back home that night and that my internship was already over. I said bye for the last time to the nicest security guards ever. The whole thing was bittersweet. Before I knew it, I was on the 101, heading up. I promised myself I’d be back soon.

I got home around 11:30 p.m. last night. After unpacking and catching up with Angela for about 3 hours, I fell asleep in my lovely bed. It was heaven. Home sweet home.

Day 4 at Rat Entertainment

Oscar nominations came out this morning and Hollywood is definitely the place to be for them. So many great debates and conversations…

After a rain shower last night, today was very cold. The winds in L.A. are stronger than the ones in the Bay Area, in my opinion. As I walked through the studio lot to the office this morning, the theme park tour trams passed by again.

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Tour trams driving through studio lot

Many phone calls came in about future movies currently in development. Agents and managers of actors and other producers call to confirm details. Drafts of scripts are being copied and sent out confidentially. I can see that a lot more work goes into pre-production than I thought. I’m getting to see what elements go into writing a screenplay, too.

Tomorrow is my last day in Hollywood. I’ll be heading back to NorCal right when I get done. Can’t wait for my own bed.

Day 3 at Rat Entertainment

Another day filled with reading. I finished the novel about the nursery crimes, wrote coverage on it, and started another novel by the same author. This one’s about Humpty Dumpty’s fall. Was his death a suicide, homicide, or just an accident? I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

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Walking through the studio lot in the morning

It’s really amazing how much I’ve learned so far about the movie business. This is definitely something you have to experience in person; you definitely can’t learn these things in a class. Seeing what movies are currently in development is exciting. Lots of phone calls are made every day to keep things moving along. It must take so much time and work, but there is so much creative energy and passion in the business that everyone is confident in one another.

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Only 2 more days left of the internship. Tomorrow, I’ll finish the Humpty Dumpty investigation and write coverage on it.

Day 2 at Rat Entertainment

Today, I got to the studio…and then read all day. Yesterday, I had read a murder mystery screenplay and today, I read the article that the screenplay was based on. Pretty creepy that it actually happened in real life. 

Then, I read a novel that was completely based on nursery rhymes. The main character is a detective in the Nursery Crime Department who goes around solving crimes related to nursery rhymes. I haven’t finished it yet but so far, Gingerbreadman, Goldilocks, and aliens are involved. There are also talking animals. 

I got to learn more about the movie making business, too. And apparently, since the Golden Globes are this Sunday, there are lots of pre-show parties going on around Hollywood.

Day 1 at Rat Entertainment

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Today was my first day interning at Rat Entertainment at Universal Studios. After getting through security, I walked across the studio lot to the office. The lot was already busy with employees although it was still pretty early in the morning. Passing by the sound stages was cool because I got to see people shooting television episodes inside them. There was even a security officer guarding a half dozen trailers in front of a stage. Hmm.. I wonder what was filming then.

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When I got to the office, Agustine showed me around and got me set up at my desk. I also talked to the Head of Development, John, a Cal alumni. Posters of movies directed by Brett Ratner and produced by the company hung around the office.

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The view from my desk

I learned how to do script coverage, which is basically reading a screenplay and summarizing it. I covered 2 screenplays today. I also drove the company’s golf cart around the lot for a little bit. The day went by so quickly that I was surprised when 6 o’clock came. Walking back out of the lot, I watched people pack up for the day and put equipment back into storage.

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The studio lot has such a different feel from the theme park. Everyone here is so focused on and passionate about their work that it made me feel inspired and very excited about my future. I almost forgot that the theme park was right next to us until a Universal Studio tour tram filled with people drove past me.

Back in the hotel room with Marilyn Monroe. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

Made it to Hollywood!

Today, I left Alameda at 10:30 AM and spent 6 hours on the 5, driving down to Los Angeles. The weather was dreary, and it rained from time to time. Because the drive was so hideously boring, I will spare you the details.

The first place I went was Koreatown for dinner. Afterwards, I went shopping in a Korean grocery shop filled with PSY posters…

After I checked in at the Sheraton in Universal City, I swear I rode the elevator with a very famous music composer, although I won’t say who in case I was wrong. Now, I’m in my hotel room, where Marilyn Monroe is watching me blog.

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Tomorrow is my first day interning in Hollywood. I’m very excited to see what will happen!