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UT Students Learn Film Production with City TV

Published: February 11, 2009
During his time at The University of Tampa, Martin Kandra, a film student visiting from the University of Westminster in London, has produced short films and has worked as an intern for NBC’s “Today Show.”

But it is in an internship with City of Tampa Television (CTTV), which he found through UT’s communication department, that he is learning the most.

“Here, I’m using everything I’ve learned in class over eight hours a day,” Kandra said. “It’s a much better way to learn than in a two-hour class.”

Kandra, along with UT students Lauren Martinez and Hilal Ozkaya, helped produce the February episode of “The Mayor’s Hour,” which spotlighted one of the city of Tampa’s most transformative construction projects.

“The Mayor’s Hour” can be viewed throughout on CTTV, channel 15 on Verizon FiOS and Channel 615 on Bright House Networks. The show airs Sunday at 1 p.m., Monday at 7 p.m., Tuesday at noon, Wednesday at 9 p.m., Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

The episode, which features interviews with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, documents the expansion of the riverfront at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The park is home to the new Tampa Museum of Art and the Glazer Children’s Museum, both under construction. 

“There were a lot of important people being featured on the show,” Kandra said. “So there was a lot of setting up scenes so they don’t have to wait around to be interviewed.”

On this production, the interns worked on aspects of scene set-up, lighting and design, arranging interviews with the mayor at five separate locations throughout the construction site.

It is a hands-on experience akin to working on a live TV production, as each scene must be filmed in a timely manner to keep with the mayor’s schedule.

Other CTTV projects give the interns the opportunity to master all aspects of film production including editing, voice over, and news writing, earning them UT academic credit in the process.

The internship even offers students the chance to do on-camera reporting on city news and events.

“It’s a win-win situation either way,” Martinez said. “It’s not the kind of internship where you’re just getting coffee for people.”