Student seeks internship with shot-for-shot 'Tonight Show' intro

Hey, Jimmy Fallon, you should hire Nick Garrett on the strength of his fantastic opening-credits remake. He'll make a great intern.

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Nick Garrett really, really wants to be an intern at "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

The communications student at Weber State University in Utah created a painstaking shot-for-shot remake of "The Tonight Show" intro to prove his enthusiasm for the job. He used the piece to showcase his skills, work ethic and desire for an internship.

The video, posted on Monday, puts Garrett in Fallon's role as he walks through city scenes, past a fountain and around the corner of a building.

A voiceover encourages NBC to hire Garrett as it extols his ability to work in a fast-paced environment while multi-tasking.

"I know that the Tonight Show is one of the most sought after internships in the country so I wanted to come up with something that could potentially make me stand out from all the other candidates while also showing my creativity and production skills," Garrett said by email.

This wasn't a seat-of-your-pants production. It took Garrett over a month to make the video, with much of the time devoted to scouting locations and finding props to match the real intro. Garrett spent $800 just to rent instruments that matched those used by "Tonight Show" house band The Roots.

The hardest part: Garrett recreated New York City from locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. He does an impressive job of matching scenery.

"There is a night-and-day difference between Salt Lake and New York so finding similar buildings and lighting was pretty difficult," he said. "I spent days looking for some shots that only last one to two seconds."

Garrett has already qualified for the first round of internship interviews. He now hopes someone at NBC recognizes his dedication and skills from the video so he can advance through the rigorous process.

"The reason I want to intern there is because it's always been my dream to work in TV or film and I've always been a fan of Jimmy Fallon and the shows Lorne Michaels puts together," he said.