December 8, 2016

Generations of wide-eyed students have ventured through the doors of the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission (FTC) seeking an internship, eager to learn the nuts and bolts of the film and television industry. After undertaking a strategic course of assignments and challenges, they leave the FTC not just with a certificate of completion, but with the skills and insight to tackle the competitive world of production.

In 1998, Jesse Friedman became an intern while completing his degree in filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Excelling in the program, which included working on the set of The Last Marshall starring Scott Glen and filmed in West Palm Beach, Jesse finished the course confident in his ability to make it as an industry professional. Today, he is a sought-after editor in Los Angeles and has built a solid career in television, editing shows such as Dating Naked, Hunting Hitler, Southern Justice and more!


Fast forward to 2015. Raymond Knudsen, fresh off back-to-back wins at the Student Showcase of Films and completing his Film Production coursework at Palm Beach State College, came aboard the internship program. Raymond flourished as an intern, working for BusEye Films on the set of an upcoming Burt Reynolds Documentary, as well as scriptwriting for the new Student Showcase of Film’s Review Show. In 2016, Raymond was accepted into the nationally renowned FSU College of Motion Picture Arts. “The teachers here are amazing,” said Raymond, “many with industry experience, one of which worked VFX on the Oscar-winning animated film Hugo!”

Raymond Knudsen

Two futures, both bright, and both connected to a successful FTC Internship Program. There are plenty of intern tales to tell as the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission strives to make sure that students have an opportunity to further their knowledge of the film and television industry. For more information, please visit


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