This month, we’re switching it up! We take some time out with Sienna Jackson, a Music Associate who came to The Weinstein Company as an intern in the fall of 2010. What did she have to say about working at the company? Find out below!
How long have you worked for The Weinstein Company?
I came to TWC as an intern in the fall of 2010 to work in the music department, and then I renewed my internship in spring 2011. Now I’m the associate in music film/TV at TWC; I work with the department’s executives to develop and expand TWC’s music library for licensing. So it goes to show how important internships are in this industry: it’s an opportunity to gain vital work experience, and if you have valuable skills to bring to the table, an internship can become a job.
What do you love about the movie industry?
The sense of creative energy. The idea that so many talented people can come together and create a film, something that transports the audience into a world of imagination, is awe inspiring. Going to the movies always gives me a sense of elation and adventurousness. I walk out of the theater with my mind still wrapped around the film I’ve just watched; I’m still thinking about it when I go to sleep that night. Movies can have a magical effect on the audience. They can stick with you.
What is the one thing you’ve learned about being in the movie/entertainment business?
I grew up in the industry and I come from an industry family, so it’s hard to name just one thing I’ve learned. But, “Never forget to be excited by what you do,” seems like a good tidbit. As long as you enjoy the work you’re doing, anything else is secondary. I think that’s good advice; and it hasn’t failed me yet.
Tell us about your day-to-day operations!
It varies day-to-day. My primary concern is with our music library – all of the music that TWC owns. Managing and packaging the library is my top concern. I’m concerned with the broader vision of what we can do with our property, but the nuts and bolts of finding out what we own is also part of the job.
What is your favorite TWC film?
Ooh, that’s difficult! I really enjoyed “The Artist”: the whole film is a love letter to Old Hollywood, and the music is extraordinary! What’s most impressive about it is it makes me feel nostalgic for an era that I didn’t even live in, and yet I caught myself thinking “Ah, those were the days!”
What was your favorite scene in “The Artist”?
When Peppy is dancing behind a screen and George is dancing with her on the other side. It’s such a sweet, whimsical scene, and so classic and quintessentially Old Hollywood.
What is your favorite non-TWC film?
“The Fellowship of the Ring,” the first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m a Tolkien fan. But I also like the Star Trek films.
What is your favorite scene in “Fellowship of the Ring”?
The scenes that take place in the mines of Moria – the space is so impactful in the film, absolutely awe inspiring on the big screen, and at the same time I marvel at the special effects that created the set.
What is the most important aspect of a film, the actors, music, editing etc?
That’s like comparing apples and oranges – each constituent part of a film is equally vital in its own right. Filmmaking is a collaborative enterprise, which is why I enjoy it.
If you could be cast in a re-make of any film, which would it be?
“Aliens!” I could be a teenaged version of Newt, because I already mostly know all of her lines from the film… Mostly.
If you could choose someone to play you in a biopic, who would it be?
Anika Noni Rose. It could be a musical. With zombies.
What is your secret dream career?
Zombie hunter / paranormal investigator / Queen of Earth
What place on earth inspires you more than any other?
I live ten minutes away from the beach, so the Pacific Ocean is my inspirational location.