Five students complete internships through AMPAS grant program

November 12, 2010

A $5,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences provided an opportunity for five film-video students from the College of Communications to complete competitive, high-level internship with film companies for movie studios this year.

The five students who received support were:

-- Adam Eshleman of State College, Pa., who worked at Continuum Pictures in Los Angeles;

-- Daniel Finer of Pittsburgh, who worked at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles;

-- James Gibbons of Hawley, Pa., who worked fro Scott Rudin Productions in New York

-- Adam Rutter of Altoona, Pa., who worked at Stuber Pictures in Studio City, Calif.; and

-- Samantha Shapiro of Langhorne, Pa., who worked at Pressman Films in New York City.

During the past seven years, 35 Penn State students have completed internship with production companies or studios, or in other areas of the motion-picture industry -- many as a result of support from the program.

“Their grant remains a huge boost for our film program, its faculty and, obviously, its students,” said Dean Doug Anderson. “Our faculty in the College of Communications does a splendid job preparing film students and the grant paves the way for opportunities students previously could not accept.”

Since 1968 the Academy Foundation, the educational and preservation wing of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has distributed more than 400 grants to a variety of film-related non-profit organizations, schools and colleges. The institutional and internship grants reflect one of the Academy’s fundamental purposes -- to foster educational activities between the public and the film industry, and to encourage an appreciation of the motion picture as an art form and a vocation.

In 2010, the Academy Foundation distributed $500,000 to 73 institutions.

With support from the program for the seventh year in a row, more Penn State students again had an opportunity to enhance their educational experience. The University was one of just 21 schools nationally to gain financial support from the Academy Foundation to further internship programs.

In the past several years, Penn Sate students supported through the program have also completed summer internship at the following places: The American Pavilion, Camelot Pictures, Double Feature Films, Killer Films, Los Angeles Film Festival, NFL Films, Public Road Pictures, Sony/BMG Feature Films, Thunder Road Pictures and The Weinstein Company.

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Last Updated November 15, 2010