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Monday, March 12, 2018

Highlands High School Graduate Interns on Set of Efron-film

When Hollywood came to Fort Thomas, local Chay Rust created a learning opportunity for himself.

Rust, a Highlands High School graduate and current film major at Northern Kentucky University, was recently given a rare chance to work as a production intern on the set of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” His job was to help keep things running as quickly as possible, which was “hard work,” according to him, as he was on his feet for 12-14 hours a day.

Rust lives a corner away from where the filming was happening, so he was up there as often as possible in the freezing temperatures—not for Zac Efron, but to see how the set worked. Rust said,

“One day, I just met the right person,” which resulted in his internship.

Located in the Hiland Building, 18 N. Fort Thomas Avenue. 
Alongside working, Rust was learning. He is currently working towards his goal of being a director, which he’s had since he started film in his junior year of high school. Being a production intern taught him useful information that he could learn when on a set, like how to interact with different people, to take extra takes just in case, and, basically, how to get the job done.

Rust said, “Anyone who’s wanting to go into film feed should do anything possible to learn.”

Rust’s job was filled with many fun experiences as well. He got to meet many amazing crew members who helped him learn, and he got to meet the cast—including Zac Efron!

On the last day of filming, Zac Efron gifted each crew member a Columbia jacket with a patch that said, “Wicked Crew 2018”, so Rust has a great souvenir from his time on set.  He also got to sit in the VW Bug used in filming and had his picture taken in it. Rust said his favorite part of his internship was getting to meet these incredible people who not only excel at their jobs, but helped him to excel at his.

Chay Rust has shown Fort Thomas that hard work really does pay off.

By Lexie Crawford, Highlands Journalism Freshman 

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