July 31, 2019

Kyle Skinner Summer Film Project: “The Up Company”


by Chris Booker – Ohio State News

Kyle Skinner grew up about 90 miles from Tinseltown but the biggest steps he’s taking to break into the movie industry are 2,300 miles away at The Ohio State University.

Skinner, a fifth-year film production studies major, left his home town of Santa Barbara and its close proximity to Hollywood to finish his college career in Columbus. Skinner is an outside hitter for the men’s volleyball team and transferring to an elite volleyball program attracted him to Ohio State – but the university’s connections helped seal the deal.

“I realized the networking connections that Ohio State had and that really got me,” he said. “Despite that it’s out of state, it’s very far from home, I’m confident in the fact that I’m going to have a very large networking skill set and connections once I graduate. That’s something that is huge for the film industry.”

Those connections are already paying off. This summer Skinner is shooting a documentary for The Up Company. Up Company co-founder Jay Clouse is a Buckeye alum and co-host of the Upside podcast.

“With the podcast, which we’ve been running for a little over a year now, we are exploring startup ecosystems all across the country that are not in Silicon Valley,” Clouse said.

Clouse and his co-host Eric Hornung wanted to study a single startup community in greater detail and decided a documentary would be the better way to go. That led them to Skinner.

Skinner and more than 50 fellow Buckeyes are part of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 corporate internship program. The program is exclusively for Ohio State student-athletes to provide real-world experience with dozens of organizations and corporations.

The program is part of the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute at Ohio State. Interns are paid and participate in weekly conference calls with institute staff members to offer feedback and share experiences.

Read the full story at news.osu.edu



"I realized the networking connections that Ohio State had and that really got me"