HPU Student Gets Behind-The-Scenes Experience At Film Internship

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 9, 2011 – Regan Trenchard, a rising sophomore majoring in communication with a concentration in electronic media at High Point University, spent her summer at the Film Industry Training Program at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

Trenchard recently completed the four-week intensive training program, which focuses on the film and television industry. The program is designed for individuals who want to learn the basics of feature and episodic television film production and how to pursue a full time career in the industry.

Trenchard says her classes at HPU helped prepare her for the fast-paced environment of this internship – particularly her human communication class, taught by Phil Watson, instructor of communication.

“What I learned in Mr. Watson’s class has been very beneficial throughout this entire experience and has provided great insight in my daily interactions with professionals and my ability to react to situations quickly and efficiently,” she says.

As a result of her participation in the program, Trenchard obtained an internship as a production assistant for the film, “Great Hope Springs.” This comedy/drama, featuring Meryl Streep, Steve Carell and Tommy Lee Jones, was shot in Connecticut in August.

“There is so much work and detail that goes into making a film,” Trenchard says about the valuable experience she gained over the summer. “I feel very privileged to be working with professionals in this industry who have helped create some of my most favorite feature films, and to be gaining this kind of hands-on experience.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 14 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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