My name is Rachel Canalita and I am an intern at Flame Production, the Sydney-based production company owned by Lyndey Milan. I'm from Southern California, just south of LA in Orange County and currently in my final year of studies at Boston University majoring both International Relations and Film & Television Production. I will be in Sydney from mid-August until late November as part of a study abroad program through Boston University.
My time here at Flame Productions began
at the beginning of October and ended last Friday, 23 November. Two of my
favourite highlights of my internship experience were watching Lyndey's live TV
cooking segment at Channel 9 and 'the race that stops the nation,' the
Lyndey was so kind in letting me
accompany her to watch her segment on the Channel 9 morning show be filmed; I
was also able to gain some live television production experience through
observation. Although I am not all familiar with live TV productions, my
Channel 9 experience was very valuable for what I hope to pursue in the future.
Upon arriving at the network, I was led to Lyndey's workstation, which was a
portable unit just outside the studio that they roll inside when her segment is
about to be filmed. I had never imagined that this would be the set up for her
to work with, but I guess you take what you get. Before Lyndey's segment, she
was over in hair & makeup while I watched the Morning Show being broadcast.
The set up was smaller than what I would have imagined, with news desk anchors
not being in the same studio at all, but the small space did the job. Once
Lyndey's segment was about to be filmed, they rolled in the portable kitchen
workstation, which was quite small. However, I believe that for the purposes of
the segment, 'Tucker For Tenner,' it works for them.
The piece was a bit rushed, something I
wasn't expecting, but I suppose as long as the end product comes out fine it
works for them. The dish did not seem overly complicated for the amount of time
given, so a lot of prep work did not seem needed. Morning show food segments
feel rushed no matter what, but it is quite a different experience watching the
productions live; you are aware of how much time should actually be allocated
for the dish to be properly cooked, but it just isn't possible with the time
frames given on the program.
The studio was set up into three separate
areas: two interview spots, and another area for segments, like cooking, fitted
out with shelves filled with kitchenware. News room segments were recorded
elsewhere, I assume in another studio in the building. All of the segments I
witnessed were quite entertaining, and everyone was very kind in letting me
feel welcome between shooting segments. The studio was not exactly what I
expected, but then again, I've never seen live TV recorded before.
Overall, this experience was very
helpful. Seeing the different processes in live broadcast segments vs. recorded
TV programs is very valuable to understand.
My first Melbourne Cup experience was
absolutely divine. The day started off with sweeps on the race. I pulled
Precedence, who unfortunately didn't win, but the race was phenomenal (more on
this soon). When the time came in the day to have a break and watch the race,
we broke out the cheese and wine. As we
chatted, I realised how this race not only
stops the nation, but brings people together as well. That's not to
say that as a company we rarely speak to each other, but rather, sometimes we
just need to come together and enjoy each other's company (and a little bit of
After the race, we celebrated an office
birthday with a phenomenal cake made by Lyndey’s PA Julia. This Reese's peanut
butter cup, chocolate pretzel extravaganza was pure bliss. The cake consisted
of chocolate cake and peanut butter layers with crushed pretzels and a hint of
Melbourne Cup is the first time I've
ever attended some sort of gathering for a horse race. You would think that the
Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes, and the Preakness (America's Triple Crown
horse races) would have some sort of effect on the entire US as the Melbourne
Cup does for Australia, but this isn't so. I think this might be because there
are many sports Americans feel are more important to watch. It's been a
wonderful experience seeing how excited everyone gets about sports here in
Australia; every sport seems to have some sort of hold on Australia, whether
it's cricket, AFL, or swimming.
It's been a wonderful couple of months
here in Sydney, and I can't wait to experience more as I have a few more days
left to soak up some beautiful Sydney sunshine!
Thanks Rachel - it was a pleasure to have you at Flame Productions. Lyndey x