One of the best ways to break into Hollywood is to work as an intern at a production company.
Even if your ultimate goal is to be a screenwriter or director, there is great value in spending some time at a production company. You learn how the business works from the inside. You gain insight into what a producer looks for in a new project, how the development process works, and what it takes to get a movie or TV show green-lit and made. And you meet people who can help you in your creative endeavors later on.
Problem is, not everybody knows someone in the industry to help them land that impressive internship. And not everyone can afford to move out to L.A. and work for free for months on end.
That’s where we come in. The Odysseus Fellowship program places qualified applicants in paid three-month internships at leading production companies, working for movers and shakers in the industry. You read that right: paid. We help you cover your living and travel expenses.
How leading are our participating companies? Our host producers have been involved in numerous hit movies such as Braveheart, Elf, The Wedding Crashers, Forrest Gump, and The Passion of the Christ.
Our hosts are also committed to being mentors. So while they may ask you to run through a brick wall on occasion, or merely pick up their lunch order, you will learn plenty about the business every single day on the job.
In addition, we will help cover your travel costs to and from L.A. (if necessary). And we offer a stipend of up to $5000 to help you make ends meet while you are working hard to establish yourself.
During the program, you will also receive additional mentoring from the Taliesin Nexus staff, and if scheduling permits, you will attend our Apollo Workshop (if you haven’t already), absolutely gratis. You also may be required to make a short film or write a screenplay in your spare time under the supervision of the program administrators.
To recap, interns will receive:
Each fellowship will last for 12 weeks, and applicants must be committed to living and working in the Los Angeles area during that period. (You don’t have to live there now; we might pay for your travel there, and back home after it’s over.) We usually stagger our internships throughout the year, with some beginning in the spring, fall and summer.
The perfect candidate for the program would be a recent film school graduate or someone with some writing or filmmaking experience and/or training, but not someone who has already enjoyed a substantial career (after all, this is an opportunity for those who haven’t had their real shot yet). You must have completed at least one screenplay or short film/video that you will include with your application.
If you are a current student (and over 21), and you can earn school credit for participating in an internship, and you do not need the stipend, you should indicate this on your application form (in the “referral/other notes” section), as we may be able to add an extra space for you (because our budget allows for only a few stipends per year).
Please note that the great majority of interns we select have attended one of our workshops previously. If you have not participated in one of our programs before, we strongly recommend that you apply to the Apollo Workshop at the same time (or better yet, before) applying for our internship program.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate the following:
• a talent for, and knowledge of, filmmaking or screenwriting
• a tenacious commitment to succeed in the entertainment business
• the skill set to thrive in a production company environment
• a passion for a free society
TN Alumni interested in the Writing Mentorship track of the Odysseus Fellowship should mention this in the notes section of the application.
Note: If you can receive university credit for your internship, let us know in the “Referral, Other Notes” section of the application form.
Odysseus was a hero of Homer’s Iliad, who was given his own sequel (The Odyssey). He was known for his brilliance, resourcefulness, and guile — all qualities needed by a Hollywood filmmaker.