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IT student gains valuable experience working on film set with faculty

A young man in a Mizzou shirt and backwards cap holds a boom mic.

IT student Sam Naeger worked all summer on the feature film Lost Treasure of Jesse James. He worked alongside Assistant Professor of Practice Chip Gubera. Photo courtesy of Chip Gubera.

While students traditionally get most of their experience during the semester, one student applied his digital media design knowledge to a unique internship opportunity through the IT Program. IT student Sam Naeger worked all summer on the feature film Lost Treasure of Jesse James. He worked alongside Assistant Professor of Practice Chip Gubera, who served as one of the film’s producers and as a post-production editor.

Naeger worked as an audio assistant and boom operator, capturing sound and dialogue for the film. He also served as a production assistant – a film’s jack-of-all-trades. He received internship credit for the experience through the IT Program’s internship course. The film utilized a wide range of digital media technology, mirroring the same technology used in the Program’s courses.

The film Lost Treasure of Jesse James was locally shot and was directed by Adam Boster. The film is an action/adventure family film, taking place in both the present and the old west. It features many child actors from the Columbia area as well as professional actors from across the nation. This is an ideal way for students interested in the media design industry to gain valuable experience that can’t be emulated in a classroom. The IT Program offers a range of courses in digital effects, media post-production and audio engineering.

The film should be finished in early 2019.

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