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Freelance videographer Landry Long ’19 said one of the most important opportunities he had as a film student from Taylor was with Taylor Hollywood Internship Program. He took the lessons he learned back home to Indianapolis, where he owns and founds a growing production company called Film House Sol.
Bring the film to the fore
A passion for music and entertainment has always been woven into the fabric of Long’s DNA. He finds inspiration in the creativity and universality of the industry – how people around the world, even across language barriers, can come together around a song or artist they love. He learned that pursuing a film career could be his vehicle into the entertainment world.
After graduating from high school, Long began making short films and shooting weddings to earn money during summer vacation. This passion continued in his college career when he joined Taylor’s Film and media production program. There, students can take immersive and collaborative courses such as narrative filmmaking, documentary filmmaking, directing and cinematography, and post-production methods to hone their skills.
Long remembers how one day Appeals and Careers Office director Jeff Aupperle visited one of his classes to offer a workshop on freelance work. The workshop examined whether participants might be well suited for more independent work after taking an assessment with a numerical scale. Long took the assessment.
âI remember my count was absurdly high for wanting to do your own thing or start your own business,â Long said. âMy mindset has always been to branch out and try a lot of different things, and the summer of my freshman was when we shot one of our first music videos, and I realized that the world entertainment – like shorts and music – is what I love the most.
Determined to dive into life as a freelance designer, Long began pursuing projects outside of class, going above and beyond. He continued to seek opportunities to make videos for clients, music videos and short films, both for the classroom and in his spare time.
During that season, he teamed up with other Taylor filmmakers and supporting ties in the Taylor Community that would stay in his life after graduation.
âThe best thing Taylor has given me are the people I still work with and the connections with longtime friends beyond my job,â Long said. “These are people I know I will always stay in touch with and I will be grateful to Taylor for that forever.”
Lessons from LA
Long semester at Taylor Hollywood Internship Program allowed him to do an internship at the production company Doomsday Entertainment. Doomsday is known for his music videos for Childish Gambino, One Republic and Justin Bieber, in addition to clients such as Nike, Samsung, Beats by Dre and Old Spice.
Long’s role involved many clerical duties, but his closeness to industry professionals gave him a valuable âbehind-the-curtain glimpseâ to see what life can be like in a production company. Before returning to Indiana, Long even got to work on the set of Justin Beiber’s music video for “Yummy.”
Seeing the creative process in action was both eye-opening and educational for Long as he worked to start his own production company in his country: Sol House Film. The team of directors, producers and directors of photography is made up entirely of Taylor alumni.
âThere’s a whole pre-production process that includes so many different variables, and I fell in love with that process,â Landry said. âThe idea of ââputting together a team, figuring out the budgetâ¦ I really liked that there was so much more than I thought. ”
One skill Long was excited to bring back to his friends at Sol House was how to do treatments: detailed PDFs or PowerPoints for an agency or label that outline the room plan. Treatments can include script summary, reference footage, cinematography ideas, and other attachments so clients get an accurate picture before filming even begins.
Long’s boss in Los Angeles gave him treatment models before he left so he could adapt his own. They have proven to be incredibly useful as Sol House produces their own music videos, shorts and client work.
“I wanted to reflect what I learned during this internship and say, ‘You know, that’s what they’re doing over there, so we have to do it here, but maybe on a smaller scale.’ , Long said. “I think more than anything seeing the operations behind everything in my internship kind of revolutionized how Sol House works today.”
In addition to Sol House, Long recently started leading a band he had worked with in recent years: Leland Blue. He liked to diversify his skills and discover where his love for management, music and cinema meet.
Film, Faith and Friends
Another Taylor experience that Landry says helped him develop personally and spiritually was competing on Taylor cross country team.
When the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic abruptly interrupted Long’s full steam ahead lifestyle, he saw it as a gift to be able to slow down and reflect on the lessons he had learned with his team and in his spiritual life. . He said it was a time of faith building for him, and he and his wife began a Bible study outside their home when the lockdown was lifted.
âPersonally, I think I’m a much better filmmaker and hard worker because athletics has really made it all better for me,â Long said. âI’m a better person, a better teammate, and it all continues in life and after college, so I’m so grateful that I got to be a part of this teamâ¦ People I would call friends for the rest. of my life, like the people who are in our Bible study, are all from Taylor. It’s a really special place to meet a lot of special people.
As Long looks to the future, he has a piece of advice for fellow film students who are thirsty to put their own work into the world:
“It’s so easy to prioritize these projects and their outcome, if you get perspectives, and all that, but at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that people love working with you and respect what you think and do, âLong said. “Whenever that’s compromised, I know it’s time to take a step back and reassess what’s really important and make sure I love the person next to me because that’s what we do. are called to do. “
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