By Jon Tilton, Communication department intern
Rachel Kuyvenhoven, a senior Media Production major, has been interested in video production since early high school. During this time, she organized several videos with friends in her hometown of Wingham, Ontario. Kuyvenhoven has been involved with a number of video projects through Calvin, from organizing the college’s popular Lip Dub to assisting Professor Brian Fuller with his latest documentary, “A Shared Space.”
Last fall, Kuyvenhoven took part in the Chicago Semester program, interning at Towers Productions. While she has already received a variety of hands-on production experience on Calvin’s campus, her internship has provided a new experience from a different perspective. “I’m getting a lot of professional experience, and I’ve learned more about the industry and its expectations,” said Kuyvenhoven.
During her four days a week spent at Towers, Kuyvenhoven participated in film shoots and edited content for the company’s current productions. She also spent time researching an array of material related to the productions, an aspect she has found both interesting and vital to her experience over the years. “Film is very interdisciplinary, which makes it important to know how to research through using the sources you have and then being able to present that information.”
Overall, Kuyvenhoven feels her time at Calvin, coupled with her recent internship in Chicago, has helped her develop and understand her skill set more clearly. “Calvin pushes hard to help students understand 'why' things work in addition to learning ‘how’ things work,” explained Kuyvenhoven. “The internship was great because I received a lot of professional experience that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. I've learned more about the industry and its expectations. I think I know what I'm capable of, and I can see that in comparison to other students who are about to graduate.”