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Our BMC Summer Internship Experience

Our BMC Summer Internship Experience

By Lynn Gajewski & Canyon Schwartz

Our amazing interns Lynn and Canyon are finishing up the end of their summer internship period, so we asked them to write a little bit about their experience. We couldn’t have survived this busy summer without their creativity and hard work. Read below to hear about their time with Team BMC. 

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Lynn

Hello, my name is Lynn Gajewski, and I’m an intern at Be More Colorful. I went to school for Animation and Film Production at Minnesota State University Moorhead and I am from the small town of Westby, Wisconsin. Being an intern at Be More Colorful has taught me a lot about videography, but also a lot about myself, and shown me what I can improve on for both. Some skills I’ve learned include how to edit 360 videos, how to edit 360 photos, and how best to capture each shot.

I love working with the team and especially love going out to record footage for our current projects. My favorite project that I’ve worked on would have to be when we were able to ride an ambulance and capture footage of a simulated patient for FM Ambulance. I hope to continue to learn new skills about photography and videography as well as maybe pick up some animation skills along the way. If I were to give advice to someone who hasn’t had an internship yet, I’d say be yourself and be open to doing things you wouldn’t normally do, as well as be willing to learn, always.

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Canyon

My name is Canyon Schwartz. I am originally from Midwest Wisconsin, now I study Communication at MSUM. I have been with Be More Colorful for more than two months now. I started at the end of May after finishing my Junior Year of university. Since joining the team, I have gotten to: High dive into a pool with a camera in my mouth, ride in the back of an ambulance, hold a piglet and tour a swine farm, witness a simulation of a fire crew use the jaws of life to rescue a car crash victim, visit NDSCS, walk into a secret room at a wedding venue, be at a massive construction site, and much more! The team is super friendly, and everyone’s personalities came right out. There is a lot of individualism, and yet, I feel I got along with my coworkers right away. The job itself is super creative and so much fun.

What have I learned?

I have learned a lot about photography and videography. The cameras capture everything so there are a couple disadvantages of 360 cameras that we must consider. The goal stays the same: what shot best captures the story or action? I’ve also learned a lot about the Adobe Suite. I knew little about Premiere, Photoshop, and Lightroom before working at Be More Colorful. But now I feel comfortable navigating through those softwares. I also have learned how to organize many files effectively.

What have I enjoyed so far?

I love what I have been learning so far. I really enjoy my coworkers as well. Meeting people from other companies is also exciting to me. Probably the most exciting part of the job is all the new experiences I get from filming. I get to meet the experts of a field in their home environment. I get to witness what they do and hear from them what makes their career meaningful. To me, that is incredibly interesting and rewarding!

What do I look forward to in the position?

I look forward to learning all I can to be a great part of an already awesome team. I am excited to see my skills and knowledge surrounding VR experiences and videography expand and mature. I also am excited to see how Be More Colorful influences its surrounding community as the company continues to grow.

A big thank you to both Lynn and Canyon for your time and dedication over the past few months. You are both special folks and we know that you will go far in your career journeys. 

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

Maddysen Boecker

Communications Coordinator

Maddy has a variety of creative experience under her belt from over the past few years and enjoys learning new things. She has been involved in video and podcast editing, copywriting, email campaigns, social media management, website design, and more. Her experience and understanding of many aspects of pre-production, production, and post-production helps her be an asset for the team at any stage.
B.S. Animation, minors in Film Production and Graphic Communication – MSUM May 2020
Member of Team BMC since April 2022
Primary Roles:
  • Ensures project success by maintaining client communications
  • Assists in internal management of project tasks
  • Highlights company news through email and social media campaigns
  • Composes unique and thoughtful copy for blogs and other needs

Kryss Geray

Post Production Specialist

Kryss has worked in several different industries, including as a test engineer at a local Fargo company.  As a test engineer, she helped with quality assurance to ensure all products met the highest standards, tested and documented all products, and collaborated on more effective and efficient ways of completing these tasks. She is proud to have worked on agricultural equipment such as acoustic material flow sensors and electronic motor and hydraulic controls, along with aviation equipment such as the Stratus ADS-B Receivers, and recoverable data modules.
Education
Member of Team BMC since March 2022
Primary Roles:
  • Oversees initial processing of all 360° media
  • Provides quality assurance for 360° photos and video content
  • Proofreads tour content meticulously

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

Drew Swenson

Media Production Manager

B.F.A. Musical Theater, minor in Media Production – UWSP May 2018
Member of Team BMC since August 2021
Primary Roles: 
  • Leads direction for all 360° media scouting trips and shoots
  • Supervises production team
  • Oversees creation of audio assets

Maddy

Creative Lead

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

B.A. 2D/3D Animation – MSUM May 2020
Member of Team BMC since February 2021
Primary Roles:
  • Dynamically animates in 2D and 3D
  • Meticulously designs UI and UX elements
  • Formulates graphics for print and web use
  • Champions XR research & development
  • Guides efforts of the creative team

Matt Chaussee

Co-Owner, Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of Be More Colorful. He has extensive experience in technical services administration, higher education, teaching, and technology training initiatives. While Matt’s role is primarily focused on business development and outreach, he is a self-professed lifelong learner who feels he has found his life’s calling in being able to learn about, explore, and share the amazing diversity of careers available to students today.
B.S. Mathematics minor Music and Psychology – NDSU December 2005
Masters of Business Administration – NDSU May 2009
Cofounded Team BMC in August 2016
Primary Roles:
  • Spearheads business development
  • Nurtures sales efforts
  • Amplifies community outreach
  • Coordinates workflow development
  • Maintains HR and payroll functions

Michael Bush

Creative Lead

Drew Swenson

Creative Lead

Kryss

Creative Lead

Maddy

Creative Lead

Katie Chaussee

Majority Owner, Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer

Majority Owner, Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer
Katie is the Chief Administrative Officer and majority owner of Be More Colorful. She has a strong background in customer service and a keen eye for creating captivating visuals, both defining characteristics of the company. Katie was Be More Colorful’s first VR photographer and has served the company as an image processor, experience builder, and quality assurance specialist. In her current role, Katie is the key administrator for Be More Colorful’s in-office operations where she works to adapt and refine workflows for a talented team of creative professionals.
B.S. Psychology minor Art – NDSU May 2003
Cofounded Team BMC in August 2016
Primary Roles:
  • Coordinates workflow development
  • Oversees various aspects of office management
  • Manages various purchasing decisions
  • Maintains HR and payroll functions
  • Formulates creative marketing ideas

Michael Bush

Creative Lead