What is The Film Academy like?

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Creative, Film, Media, Mediorite, MedioritePlus, Training

My Experience with The Film Academy.

As I have been working for Mediorite for the past few weeks. I was given a great opportunity to tag along and get a feel for one of their FREE creative services given to young people who are aspiring to work within, and/or gain more of a familiarity with the film/photography industries. The Film Academy provides these young people with the tools and support to develop valuable film making skills, i.e. shooting, editing and basic preproduction. This would inevitably provide them with the foundation skills necessary to achieve their final goal of creating their own short film.

Speaking from the perspective of a relative newbie to the world of film and photography, it was a priceless way for me to enlightenment myself about the operations involved with producing content for the camera.

As a collective, the young people came a decision to re-create a classic scene from the horror comedy film ‘What We Do in the Shadows’, a mockumentary following a group of vampires residing in New Zealand. With this in mind, they had a lot of things to consider. What props/costumes are you going to need? What equipment are you going to use? Who is going to direct the main shoot?

My personal observations and experience began the week before their big shoot. For me, I was quite overwhelmed by the friendly attitudes of all the young people involved, upon meeting them. I felt as though their keen interest in film, and the utter enjoyment that they gain each week from these sessions, creates such a positive and warm atmosphere. It was also quite clear that some of the attendees already had previous friendships with one other, so it was quite warming to see everyone being so comfortable with one another, in such a short period of time.

I quickly discovered that a lot of their previously unanswered questions had solutions after only 2 weeks worth of The Academy sessions, that last approximately two hours! I appreciated how efficient and hardworking these young people are capable of being once their engaged through creative means. They also prove to be amazing multitaskers as they make sure to have those ever essential banter moments, almost every 20 minutes, but always manage to get the job at hand done.

The week of the big shoot had arrived in no time, and with only a two hour booking slot for their room, the young people were pushed for time to direct and shoot their mockumentary re-make. For some of those involved, this was there first time in a leadership role, or their first time in front and/or behind the camera. As a result of this, as well as the push for time, their session did prove to be a bit of a challenge. However, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that their shoot simply ‘went well’, as it was a complete success.

The final few sessions consisted of de-briefing, editing footage and some time spent completing their Arts Award booklets, with the hopes of receiving their certificates for passing the course.

I am genuinely looking forward to watching their completed mockumentary re-make of ‘What We Do in the Shadows’!

By Bukky Sonubi