Hobart alum Marlon Small’s career has already started to take off in ways he never imagined. Recently, he was hired as a production assistant on the film, “Men in Black 3.” In this role, he manages numerous behind-the-scenes logistics and organizes the actors’ schedules through hair, makeup, wardrobes and on the set. He is also responsible for ensuring that random noises or lights do not interfere with the quality of the filming of the movie.
“All of my previous internships and work experiences have provided me with valuable opportunities, but I have never experienced anything like working for MIB3, a $300 million Will Smith production,” says Small. “I have learned even more.”
After graduation, Small landed two internships in the film industry. He worked with Grant Wilfley Casting, a major casting company on the east coast, and as a production intern on the film “Violet and Daisy,” starring Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini. Small also worked on a pilot for NBC/USA called “EDEN,” as well as season four of “Damages.”
“I received these internships through the help of a 2009 William Smith alum, so the connections I formed at HWS were crucial in pursuing my career,” he explains.
Small’s interest in the film industry leans more toward the creative side. With a passion for comedy, he hopes to become involved in writing, producing and development in the future.
“Working in production, I am able to read scripts before they are shot, so in a very ‘before and after’ manner, I get to see what works and what doesn’t, and why some things work and other things don’t. It’s been very helpful in my own writing,” he says.
Small earned his B.A. in English and Media and Society. While a student, he was an employee at the Cellar Pub and also participated in intramural basketball.