Meet Fall 2014 Nick Intern Kevin!

Aug 20, 2014 by Sherard Duvall on The Nickelodeon Blog
Fall 2014

Greetings, fellow film aficionados and denizens of the internets. I come in peace… or perhaps contemplative introspection? I’ll let you figure it out later. I’m Kevin P. Duvall, and I’ll be interning this fall at the Nick with the Helen Hill Media Education Center.

Though I’m originally from south Texas, Columbia, SC has been my home for nearly a decade now. I’m currently finishing up my undergraduate degree in Media Arts at USC Columbia, building on the foundation of my AAS in Digital Media Design from Texas State Technical College.

I’ve been trying to find ways to combine my passion for social justice, education, and technology with my interest and education in media production for awhile now. When the opportunity to intern at The Nick arose, it sounded like it could be a great opportunity to contribute to some causes I feel strongly about… so, here I am!

When I was in high school, I would have leapt at the chance to learn how to make my own film and gets hands-on experience with a nice camera. Now I’m going to play a part in providing those opportunities to others!

It’s, admittedly, both fascinating and a little intimidating to be involved in presenting and teaching others about media, film, production, and a myriad of  related concepts. However, I strongly feel that teaching others the critical thinking skills necessary to navigate today’s often confusing and misleading media landscape can have a profound positive impact on the way one perceives the world, as well as allow for amazing creative opportunities.

As for what I like to watch? I tend to find myself drawn to more cerebral, introspective, “human condition”, comedies, or whimsical films as well as TV shows. In other words, I like all sorts of stuff. Some favorites off the top of my head; “Les invasions barbers,” “Amelie,” “Secretary,” “Lady in the Water,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Wes Anderson films, Studio Ghibli films, Mel Brooks films, a litany of B-movies, etc. If you see me up at The Nick, I’m usually happy to chat about movies or shows.

When I’m not interning at The Nick, I’ll be looking for part time work, playing nerdy games with friends, visiting the river and parks, tinkering with computers, trying to catch up on tv shows and movies on Netflix, and trying to figure out how best to promote sex-positive sexual education reform with a focus on communication and consent in our society.

I think the fall will present a number of personal and professional challenges while I intern at The Nick, but I’m excited to be involved during this period of growth and development. I look forward to meeting lots of great folks as well as the learning and teaching opportunities.