Izzie on the Genius project

IzzyI’m Izzie, I’m from London and I just finished my GCSE’s. I took media studies as a subject and I’m planning to take media as an AS Level, so I really liked the idea of being a part of or even just watching a professional short film being made.

I didn’t know what to expect on my first day – I came into the project closer to the end, so I experienced more of the production side of things. The first of the two days was about planning out the film – what the students wanted it to be; whether it be drama based, or more about the statistics. All of the students contributed, and eventually every idea was combined into something doable in the time we had.

As I had come into the project so late on, the first day for me was more about finding my ground and observing the process, until I had an idea of what I could help with. Towards the end of the day I took a small group of students and helped with writing monologues, trying (and failing) to encourage them to perform them to each other. On the second day I helped all around – capturing audio, helping with a scene. I also recorded voiceovers of statistics to be played throughout the video.

All in all, it was a great experience. It gave me a glimpse of what it was like to be a part of a professional video shoot, and it allowed me to explore the creative and technical sides of the media industry. It was a pleasure to be a part of, even if the part was a small one!



Blank canvas… time to make a mess!


IMG_5421loOk, so today was the first day of the GeniUS Dementia project and my first day working alongside the guys at Inspired Youth.
Over the next month, we’ll get to know a group of residents from Hartrigg Oaks retirement home who will share their life memories and experiences of living with dementia to students from Jospeh Rowntree School. These young whippersnappers will then create an artistic piece of genius to raise awareness of Dementia amongst young people.
Day 1 started with coffee at Hartrigg’s followed by an intro to the kids at ‘Jo Ro’. It was great being back at my old school, not sure the teachers were as pleased to see me though!
Tomorrow we take our first trip down memory lane, the guys at Hartriggs reminiscing through art.
Throughout the journey, I’ll be there to capture goings-on and what the kids are discovering about a crucial issue in society.
As a Demetia carer myself, I’m really excited by the project and honestly don’t know what to expect.
We’ve got a blank canvas, time to make a mess!
Ali 😀