Jumping in the deep end at Madhouse was a universal experience for Joel Helmick, Sam Richardson, Josh Coleman, and Tyson Hughes. Being an intern at Madhouse means getting thrown in the mix right away. You either sink or swim. And all four interns met the challenge head on.
“Nowhere else would I be able to get the hands-on experience or level of trust I do here,” said Joel Helmick, who did his second internship with Madhouse this summer.
The junior at Ithaca College studying cinema production said being able to work on and be trusted with big projects was an unbeatable experience. “No amount of classroom education could match it,” he said. “It feels like I’m just another employee who is trusted with managing high-level projects and given a say in creative decisions.”
Learning how to juggle several projects while meeting multiple deadlines was a skill that Joel was able to improve upon and one that he felt will stick with him into his future. “I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to gain experience in a real environment of video production,” he said.
Joel aspires to have his own production company and felt he’s made progress toward that goal. He also said the pandemic gave him a lot of time to work on skills that he doesn’t think he’s that adept at yet. “My experience at Madhouse also taught me a lot about running a company and the little things that I’d never be able to learn in a classroom,” he said.
“My internship experiences at Madhouse are the most fun I’ve ever had at any job,” Joel said.
For Sam Richardson, a junior digital arts major at Bowling Green State University, the deep end came quick. “Before my first day, I didn’t know what exactly I would be doing, but my first task was some 3D modeling, which was exactly what I wanted to do,” he said.
Creating unique 3D Madhouse logos was Sam’s favorite project this summer. “I had all the creative freedom that I could imagine, and I didn’t have to worry about client revisions,” he said.
Getting experience is what it’s all about, and Sam felt that he gained a lot of useful knowledge. “Whether it was a new setting in Cinema 4D or how to work the big coffee machine, I learned something new every day at Madhouse,” he said. “From day one I was working on client projects, which was awesome because the best way to get experience is to jump in the deep end and do it.”
And in a world where many of us are still working from home because of the pandemic, Sam experienced some challenges in terms of adapting to a new work model. “The hardest part for me was adjusting to a full-time work schedule in my bedroom, but I was fortunate enough that I got to start working in person, in the new office, early on in the summer, which allowed me to create some normalcy and explore the city of Toledo during my lunch.”
If he could change anything about his experience at Madhouse it would be: “More free affogatos!”