ABSTRACT

Film and television professionals interact on a regular basis, whether it is while working on the same production, talking shop over lunch, sharing time at a sound awards banquet, the Emmys, or the Academy Awards, participating in a conference or festival, or attending other professional events or parties. When they do share time together, it is likely the conversation will veer toward work, the industry, or shared knowledge of common experiences. What Anna Gramlich and Shaun Burdick discovered as they transitioned from students to working professionals is the greater emphasis on collaboration in the workplace. Because both had come from theatre backgrounds, they were glad to discover that working at a film studio includes a sense of teamwork rather than the more independent emphasis they experienced in school. Nonunion work, most often on independent films, had afforded more creativity, but the discipline required to meet deadlines and satisfy producers at Sony has been an essential and welcome adjustment.