Q&A with Rychelle

Rychelle Bedalov-Valde is the only intern who actually goes to school in Oregon, but hails from Wisconsin. She is entering her fourth and final year at Pacific University in Forest Grove and will graduate with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Media: Film/Video.

What inspires you?
I mostly find inspiration through nature and friends; both are incredibly important to me.

Why did you pick a career in film?
I chose a career in filmmaking, because I love movies (short films, shows, etc.).

I am utterly obsessed. The first movie I ever saw in theaters was A Bug’s Life, and to this day it is one of my favorite movies (next to 10 Things I Hate About You, Mad Max: Fury Road, Moonrise Kingdom…). My love and appreciation for animation was sort of a happy accident. In the spring of 2016, I took an animation course and fell in love with all of the different mediums of animation. The freedom for creativity and expression of the imagination drew me in.

Thoughts about Portland?
Portland is amazing! It’s beautiful, weird and fun. It’s full of little surprises.

Favorite treat?
I don’t think I can choose a single favorite treat. One of my favorites though is this peanut butter Rice Crispy treat thing that my mom makes. It’s the best! (Shout out to my mom for being amazing.)


When will you know that you’re successful?
I think I’ll see myself as being a success if/when I’m working on film/video projects that I love and fully support and that I’m getting paid to do. Either that or having an IMDB page.

What’s your biggest failure so far?
My biggest failure/regret –  I don’t really read books anymore. I just haven’t had the time in the past couple years to sit down and read a good book.

What is the future of animation?
My best guess would be that animation will become more integrated into 360 video and VR. Animation and animated movies will always be around, there will always be a demand for it, but in terms of new technology, I can see it being interwoven more with VR experiences.

Why did you apply for the HouseSpecial internship?
I applied for the HouseSpecial intern position because it was specific to post production and the editorial side of animation/filmmaking. I want to be an editor and work in post production after I graduate. This position was an amazing opportunity to test the waters and see how editing works in the real world. In the weeks that I’ve been working for HouseSpecial, it’s already been an incredible learning experience. I’ve had the chance to learn entirely different editing software and interact with fantastic people who have been in the industry for years and have a lot wisdom to share.