Exclusive TV Internship Next in Hollywood Journey for Former Ann Arbor Student

LOS ANGELES — Ever since he was a student at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor, Christopher Putlock has taken it upon himself to find new ways to complete creative projects for himself and his classmates.

From starting a digital media club in high school where he helped students create their own content during his lunch hour, to overseeing and coordinating around 50 projects per semester in college with the student production office. from Loyola Marymount University, Putlock has now taken his talents to Hollywood.

Now a senior film and television production student at Loyola Marymount, Putlock is one of 12 students selected for the Television Academy Foundation internship program. The annual program offers eight-week paid internships at top Hollywood studios and production companies to students nationwide.

This fall, 20-year-old Putlock is an unscripted intern at Magical Elves, an award-winning Los Angeles TV production company with a slate of unscripted TV hits including “Nailed It!” “, “Top Chef” and “Last Comic Standing”.

The internship was another step for Putlock towards achieving his goal of working in television production, as he was able to gain experience in the world of television development by preparing shows for sale to different studios and production companies. .

“One thing that I’ve really been able to build my skills in is initiating and developing new ideas and then pulling them out and finding the right buyer,” said Putlock, a Canton native.

During the internship, Putlock said the daily chats and exposure to working with celebrities made him “kind of star-numbed,” estimating there could be 20-30 people chatting a day. who come for studio projects that he would have recognized on TV.

“That kind of thing is pretty cool to work in the same space as people I could only see on TV,” he said.

Putlock became interested in pursuing a career in television and film production while a student at FGR, crediting hockey coach Clint Robert for giving him his first job producing videos for the team, which eventually led to working with more school sports teams and producing other promotions. contents.

He also found ways to make money during this time, operating a wedding videography business which also produced commercials.

“That’s what kind of pushed me to want to do this post-high school, because I was able to earn money and I saw it as a viable career in the future,” a- he declared.

This led Putlock to Loyola Marymount, where he profited from his job in the student production office. He’s helped a number of students go from starting a project to getting the go-ahead to shoot, easing the process of getting permits, budgeting, planning, and reviewing their script to see if it’s going to work. he can realize the vision of the student within the limits of the school sets and their budget.

While at LMU, Putlock gained experience with a variety of other internships, including working with Brave Artists Management as a talent management intern, where he helped actors get roles and move up. their film reels, showing him another side of the industry working the process of developing talent. He also worked last summer as a general management trainee at Partizan Entertainment.

Putlock hopes these experiences and his most recent internship in unscripted television will be a stepping stone towards his goal of becoming a television comedy producer.

A big inspiration for Putlock is Nathan Fielder, whose offbeat concepts and seemingly unscripted comedy variety in “Nathan for You” and “The Rehearsal” are among examples of the kinds of project concepts he would eventually like. spend their time working.

“Nathan has been a huge inspiration to me just because of the way he interacts with people,” he said. “I think it really breaks down typical social expectations and it’s something that’s not only fun to watch, but it’s also interesting. There’s comedy that comes from the awkwardness, which I think he’s doing very well and a few other comedians are doing well, like John Wilson.

Putlock says he is currently interviewing for another talent agency for a summer internship, as well as a few production companies for an internship next spring.

He hopes future experiences will strengthen his resume and further his goal of working on all aspects of his own creative projects.

“Eventually, I would love to have created my own show and been involved in producing it, and possibly owning a company that produces fun stuff,” he said.

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