Film students take their shot working at ESPN Studios

September 11, 2023

Students Julia Merolle and Jordan Steward smiling on set of ESPN

Jordan Stewart ’24, and Julia Merolle ’24, MA ’25 recently had the opportunity to work as production assistants for a commercial at ESPN Studios at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

The commercial was produced for an ESPN sponsor, specifically a food company affiliated with the Southeastern Conference (SEC) network.

Both of their roles consisted of helping set up and dress the set for various scenes, assisting the cinematographer and working closely with the producer to help with anything needed.

Stewart and Merolle were also given the opportunity to perform on the other side of the camera by being background actors in the commercial.

Quinnipiac was a huge contributor to Merolle’s success and made it possible for her to attain the role, she said.

“Quinnipiac has supported me throughout this opportunity by sending out jobs through emails and having clubs that students can be a part of that train them for real-life experience,” said Merolle. “My first set job was on a Quinnipiac Film Society production and overall it was a great experience being able to work with other film students in preparation for jobs like this one at ESPN.”

Merolle believes that having clubs like the Quinnipiac Film Society on campus has prepared her for this experience by teaching her all of the on-set positions and how to properly work with students outside of her film classes in a real-life scenario, she said.

Stewart added the importance of practicing and perfecting one's craft in the field of communications.

“The best advice I can give to other students pursuing an opportunity in the communications field is to keep studying and keep practicing your craft,” said Stewart. “Stay updated on industry trends, be proactive in volunteering or freelancing and prioritize strong communication and people skills.”

Both students are incredibly appreciative of being chosen for this opportunity and hope to have more like this in the future, they said.

The student-produced commercial will be available to watch on YouTube and the ESPN Network in the near future.

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