Eli Lu Entertainment’s First Summer Intern: Lauren Butler
Lauren Butler on the set of “No Longer Home”, a short film and track within Eli and Lu’s cinematic mixtape “Sound Mind”.
Lauren Butler, a sophomore and film major at Penn State University, Abington worked as Eli Lu Entertainment’s first intern for this summer. Lauren worked as a Production Assistant (PA) servicing video production needs for Eli Lu Entertainment’s client “Openforge”, an app and web development company located in Philadelphia. “Knowing Eli and Lu for a few years now, working with them has always been easy. Both Eli and Lu are so hardworking and dedicated, but they’re also patient and willing to lend a helping hand.” Lauren stated regarding her internship with Eli Lu Entertainment. “This was my first internship, and I was a little nervous about what was to come. Eli and Lu made me feel at home and made sure to carefully explain everything to me. The best part of working with them is being able to work with individuals that are willing to help me learn different aspects of filmmaking.” she added. Alongside providing film services for clients, Lauren worked on multiple internal film productions such as “Kiss of Judas”, “Breaking Me Down”, and “No Longer Home” all within the “Sound Mind” project, a cinematic spoken word mixtape by Eli and Lu; produced by Derrick R. Dean.
As a shy middle school student, Lauren first became fascinated with the process of filmmaking in the 8th grade when she created her first film. Inspired by her after school director and mentor Mr. Kamal who appeared in “The Wire” HBO Series, Lauren knew that this what the career path for her. “Mr. Kamal took me under his wing and taught me everything he could, and I became the main editor of the project, even doing the voice-over for the final end of the film and helping in the writing process. Of course, the film was extremely amateur and I will cringe if I ever have to watch it again [laughs] but it awakened my interest in how movies and shows are made. I knew from that moment on that I wanted to make it my career to do just that.” Lauren stated while reminiscing on her beginnings.
In addition to being a PA, Lauren used her passion for photography to capture beautiful, abstract and intriguing behind the scene photos during productions. Before filmmaking, Lauren had a passion for photography. She first gained an interest in photography as a little girl when her grandmother first bought her a digital camera. Before then, she would use disposable cameras from Rite Aid or an old roll film camera from her great-grandmother. Intrigued by the ability to press a button and view images without having to get them developed, she continued to practice her photography skills at family engagements. “After my grandmother bought me my own digital camera around 12 and eventually getting a hand-me-down Canon camera of my own at 19, I’ve been able to explore my passion with capturing a moment in time even more.”
“One of the things that we as a company strive to do is support our team members passions, purpose, and goals. We’re a team of creatives and outside of film, our team is diverse in many aspects of the arts” Eli Bevins, Co-Founder of Eli Lu Entertainment, said regarding the Sound Mind team.“Lauren is a team player. She’s very humble and talented in various areas. She’s able to handle the behind the scenes work as a PA but she also adds great value to every production with her keen eye for details, creativity, and professionalism”, Eli added as she described working with Lauren. Lu Bevins, Co-Founder of Eli Lu Entertainment corroborated with Eli stating that Lauren was a “Perfect fit” for the company: “Building the right team and finding a loyal crew can be a challenge in filmmaking but Lauren’s got the full package, she’s the perfect fit. We enjoy working with her because she’s about her work and can see a project through to the end. She’s someone you’ll want on your team. We’re always looking to grow our team and find new talent like Lauren”.
During her summer internship, Lauren joined Eli and Lu in attending the “Keep it Colorful” tour in Philadelphia with “Living Single,” “Get Out” actress, Erika Alexander (presented by Black & Sexy TV, Seed & Spark, and Colorfarm). The event consisted of a powerpoint presentation that focused on how to create successful crowdfunding and backing for film submissions. “The “Keep it Colorful” tour was a wonderful experience, as I had previously never attended an event like that before. Hearing Erika speak about her background and career up until now was truly inspiring. “Lauren said reflecting on that day. “I learned that it is truly never too late to start something new. Erika’s new company endeavor with Colorfarm proves that.” Lauren added.
Although Lauren is back to her studies at school, she will continue working with Eli and Lu on the “Sound Mind” project as a Production Assistant for the rest of the year and early 2019. “There’s still so much for me to learn and to grow in, and I still feel at this point in time that I’m no better than other amateur artists just starting off. One could argue that I’m downplaying my own abilities (which may be true), but everyone should see themselves as lifelong students of anything they learn in life anyway. As a lifelong student, I know I’m nowhere near an expert, but working with mentors like Mr. Kamal and Lu and Eli has helped me grow exponentially in my craft and grow confident of my abilities and potential.” Lauren concluded.