I don’t know if it’s because of the recent bank holidays but the last few weeks have been flying by. When I first started here at Project Ability, I was only contracted until the beginning of June- meaning that at this point, I’d only have three weeks left! I’m now here until July and even at that, all I can think is how much more work there is to be done.
Either way, I’m still more than halfway through my time here and I feel like I’m only just starting to get a handle on the place now. There’s been so many people to meet and events and workshops to attend, it feels like I’ve been here for ages and no time at all. There are a lot of exciting projects coming up over summer time, including an Open Studio with Cameron Morgan.
There’s also our upcoming schools project, Flowers of the Commonwealth, which encompasses schools across the country- I’m guessing there’ll be shortage of diversity there! I’m definitely going to have my work cut out with all this going on! My plan is pretty much the same as it’s always been: just keep filming. There’s a fine line between getting lots of footage and being an annoyance though- I don’t want to feel like I’m getting in anyone’s way.
It’s been busy in the workshops too, and I’ve been getting back into the swing of filming again. Thankfully our Aspire artists are always very willing to speak to me about their works! It’s been great to see how much they’ve accomplished since the start of the block. A lot of their works are on quite a large scale and really colourful and intricate. Watching them progress has been really inspirational and I’m looking forward to seeing them all finished.
I’ve been trying to build up a library of videos and pictures so that when I’m done, I’ll have lots to show for my time. Now that I’m past the halfway mark, it’s full steam ahead: I don’t want to get to the end of my internship and feel like I’ve got nothing to show for it!
I’ve also been finishing off the edit for my video interview with David Bradley for Outside In. This was possibly one of the most difficult things to cut, technically and story-wise. It’s hard to know what to cut when someone is speaking about their personal experiences, and it’s also a challenge to keep it interesting and engaging when all you have is one camera pointing in someone’s face!
Most of my experience has been working in drama, and interview-wise I’ve worked mostly on three camera set ups. These are easy enough to cut between, but when it’s just me and one camera it can get tricky. Thankfully I feel as though my editing skills have improved in my time here, so any mistakes or shoogly camera work can be easily fixed. I’d hope by now there’s less shoogly camera work than at the start of my internship anyway!
Don’t forget (as if you could!), our JustTextGiving appeal is still underway! In celebration of our 30th Birthday this year, we’re trying to raise £10,000. It’ll allow us to continue facilitating artists and run even more innovative workshops, events and opportunities. You can donate by texting ANNI30 £5 to 70070. You can also donate via our JustGiving page, www.justgiving.com/projectabilityltd. Every donation counts- we’re also open to new fundraising ideas so please do get in touch!