The popular Netflix show “Stranger Things” returns for Season 2 on Friday, and there’s an Illinois State University student who’s got some serious spoilers. But she’s not telling.
Senior journalism major Mallory Lovings spent her summer in Los Angeles interning at Technicolor, which does post-production on “Stranger Things” and tons of other movies and TV shows. Lovings worked mostly on visual effects, though she dabbled in other areas too. Lovings worked on HBO’s “Veep” and the films “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” among other projects.
Some of her friends are a bit jealous, in part because Lovings hadn’t even watched Season 1 of “Stranger Things” before getting the internship.
Lovings, who’s from Wood River near St. Louis, definitely plans to watch Season 2.
“It’s going to be very odd to watch the scenes that I worked on and be like, ‘Oh, I’ve seen that before,’” Lovings said. “But it’s definitely fun to mess with my friends about.”
Lovings landed the internship through a School of Communication alum, Doug Spilatro, who works at Technicolor. They connected at an ISU event on campus last year.
Lovings relished her experienced in Los Angeles. She was also part of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Gold Talent Development and Inclusion Program. Once a week, she met with a panel of directors, writers, and actors that put her in contact with people like Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
“It was like a little family (at Technicolor), and even though I was just the intern they all looked after me and talked to me like I was normal and not just like a little kid,” Lovings said. “The environment was amazing, on top of the work, and that just really put the cherry on top of the cake.”
She plans to move to LA or New York after graduation.
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