Elsie is currently working with JMS as a production intern alongside her studies at City College Norwich. Elsie joined us just over a year ago so we thought it would be a good time to catch up with her about what she has learnt and her plans for her future career.
Tell us about what you are studying and why?
From a young age, I have always had an interest in media. It began with journalism, followed by scriptwriting, before finally discovering film. I explored these subjects further, before I decided that I found film the most enjoyable and so I decided to persue that.
I am currently studying Level 3 Extended Media Production at City College Norwich and I am now in my second and final year. My course entails expressing creativity through moving images and I love this as it’s visual storytelling. The pieces of work we create are shown in documentaries, music videos or short films. My favourite type of media to create is a short film. I enjoy this as I can work on the cinematography and framing aspect of it. My goal is to progress onto studying film and cinematography at university next year.
How did you secure the placement?
Whilst studying, I wanted to progress and challenge myself further, so my tutors offered me an interview with JMS. The interview put me into the real-life situation of competing against other candidates for the same position. I had to showcase my talents and passion for media, so I brought my portfolio and lots of enthusiasm to the interview. This definitely paid off as I was offered the work placement!
What have you been working on at JMS?
Whilst working at JMS I have worked on casting, costings and I have worked on and around the set. Whilst I’m on shoots I take on the role of a runner and this role has taught me responsibility and time management. I have learned to be quick on my feet, making sure that everyone is happy whilst also following the director’s orders. This has been the job that I have enjoyed the most, as it’s a very sociable role to do whilst on a shoot.
Have you learnt any new skills on your placement?
I have learned many new skills at JMS such as how to approach and talk to clients, how to work on a set and I have expanded my knowledge of the three stages of production, going from pre-production right through to post-production.
Would you recommend an industry placement to other students starting out?
I would highly recommend that students apply for a work placement if they have the opportunity. I have learnt so much and I know that I will be able to put a lot of my skills into practice when I go back to college. I have gained practical experience that you can’t receive from studying alone. For example, I have been on set when things have gone wrong and I have learnt how to overcome these hurdles smoothly and calmly. I feel that these experiences will benefit me in my approach to my career going forward.
What are your goals for the future? Where do you see your career headed?
In the future, I would like to go to university to study film in more detail. My goal is to learn as many new skills and techniques as I can so that I can improve my work and inspire my audience. After university I hope to become a freelancer or work in a media production company.