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Wednesday 13 January 2016
Marlo San Miguel

To start Day Three off, more staff from the Gallery came by to help our interns out with some of their ideas. They happily shared their knowledge that they’ve gained from working in the Gallery to better inform and refine the ideas that each group had. Some of the staff members included Martin Langdon (Gallery Educator, Family Programmes), Julia Waite (Assistant Curator), Jaenine Parkinson (Project Coordinator Exhibitions) and Roger Taberner (Learning Programmes Manager).

With their minds set on what they’re going to do and an introduction to the filming equipment creeping closer, it was time to set roles. In this activity, many of the interns were informed that just because a certain person is responsible for a certain thing such as the cameras, it doesn’t mean that they have to man them all the time. It just means that they have to make sure that the cameras are taken care of, whether they were using them or not. This trait shows leadership and the knowledge of how to delegate.

The afternoon was full on, with the interns learning about the value of keeping a visual diary, getting helpful resources for creating a timeline and being introduced to the filming equipment.

With working on a visual project, it’s very handy to have a way to jot down ideas that come in, especially with setting up a scene. It helps for communicating ideas to the rest of the team, which in turns allows for better development as more people can give feedback on the idea. It’s good to plan what they’re going to do and decide that they want to do it, rather than investing the time and effort on an idea that they’re not quite sure about. The same goes for the timeline of their film. The more they know about what they need to film, the faster they’re going to get to the editing stage.

With the guidance of Programme Mentor Jacques, the interns got to learn the tips and tricks of using the filming equipment provided to them. From a normal camcorder to a Zoom audio recorder, and possibly getting their hands on a DSLR, the interns learned how to record, play and review the footage or audio that they gather.

For the closing activity of the day, the group was tasked to collaborate on a single drawing where they expressed their reflection. While some did what they were asked, others went above and beyond, from drawing amazing objects to voicing their fondness for their new-found friends. At the centre of it all is a nice little heart, showing the growth of the bond between the twelve interns.