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!