Breaking into the business
Brooke Mommsen ’18
Aspiring filmmaker Brooke Mommsen “absolutely loved” her time in the QU in LA program.
In Fall 2016 she did two internships: three days a week at Montecito Pictures, and two days a week at Eclectic Pictures. “I couldn’t believe that not only was I able to work at these companies, but that I was able to do so much,” she says. “I did script coverage, I transcribed notes for film scripts, I made appointments, I called agents, I worked with the casting department. Between the two internships, I probably read more than 70 scripts. I kept showing them that I was ambitious, and they reciprocated by giving me more tasks to do.”
At Montecito, Mommsen was able to develop a close working relationship with producer Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters"), who sought her out because she was the only intern who knew how to use the scriptwriting software Final Draft. “I attribute that to the really great education and amazing preparation that I got at QU,” says Mommsen. “Working with Ivan was a very cool experience. He asked me what I thought about the scripts. He took what I said to heart, which is really nice. I loved working there.”
Mommsen says the producers at Montecito invited her to contact them after graduation. “Participating in QU in LA was one of the best decisions of my life.”
After graduating, Mommsen followed her heart and moved to LA in 2018. She is working as a content and platform strategy assistant for Disney.