Elizabeth Allick ’12 finds her passion in production

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Elizabeth Allick (’12) shares her reflection about finding her passion and a post-graduate internship with Tim Lynch ’95 executive producer at Farm League, a multi-platform media company.

“Once in a while, going to campus on a Friday is worth it. After hearing that Tim Lynch (recent recipient of the Hughes Career Achievement Award) and executive producer at Woodshed Films, would be appearing on campus to discuss some of his recent works, I decided that leaving the beach on a sunny Friday would definitely be worth the trip. I had no idea it would be one of the smartest decisions of my college career.

I have been interested in film production and design since high school, especially music production for films; I even thought about skipping the traditional four year experience to try to get directly into a film program. The idea of going immediately into a narrow focus of study though with not much flexibility pushed me to save the possibility for after school and choose a major that could put me on the path towards a career in film production.

My four years as a communication studies major was the greatest learning experience I’ve ever been blessed with and it turned out to provide me with the opportunity to transition immediately into film after college. My professors at USD pushed me to work hard, for the first time I craved to learn and the work ethic they instilled in me has been my greatest tool as an individual.

When Tim Lynch came to talk at USD I was thrilled. I loved Woodshed’s surf movies such as Sprout, The Present, and Dear & Yonder. I was excited to have the opportunity to listen to him. Tim has to be one of the most humble, hard working, and nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, it’s honestly a joy to call him my boss. I’d like to think he was just as excited to see how enthusiastic as I was about his work, as I was to meet him.

Woodshed has recently developed a commercial side to the production company called Farm League, which is where I intern. They develop short films and commercials for companies like Ford, Kashi, and Gerber Knives. In addition, they work with Green Day and most recently released a documentary titled, Big Easy Express, featuring Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes.

People ask how I got a job at such a cool company, with some of the most interesting, talented and hardworking people I’ve ever met, and I joke, “go to school on a Friday.” The fact is that yes, going to campus and listening to Tim talk allowed me to find out about an internship opportunity, and get my resume in, but what I think really allowed me to get my foot in the door was what I learned at USD.

The Communication department, the teachers, and the general environment made me so enthusiastic about learning. I loved dropping into the communication department, just to say hi or joke around with Dr. Moran, Bowman, and Ghio, who received me with the same enthusiasm. I always felt supported and challenged to do my best, and I could only reciprocate. When you learn from someone as accomplished and talented as Ron Bonn, how can you not want to show up to class 100% everyday.

Production isn’t an easy business, which I’ve learned quickly in my internship. You can’t succeed in the industry if you don’t go the extra mile, and with a smile on your face. Much like the professors at USD, being surrounded by hardworking people like Tim Lynch, and head of production, Michael Pizzo, who work late and hard all day everyday, makes me want to do my best and work my hardest. It turned out film was what I wanted to do at the end of it all, but I could have never gotten to where I am today, if it weren’t for my four years in the USD communication department.”

To see the College of Arts & Sciences profile on Tim Lynch visit: http://www.sandiego.edu/cas/news_events/feature_stories/tim_lynch.php

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