18 Dec 2020

My Last Day as Production Trainee by Lydia

December 2019 marked the end of my time as a film Production Trainee at IJP and it was an incredible journey. I learnt a huge amount about myself personally and professionally. I’ll always be indebted to Ann, Natalie, Tallulah and the rest of the team for helping me every step of the way!

Those 6 months media training made me so much more confident in my skills. Especially with technical skills with camera, kit and editing software.

On my first video production edit, I can remember asking for help with basic functions. Now, I’m cutting shorter films in Adobe Premiere Pro has almost become second nature (although there is always a lot to learn!). The whole process made me realise that you have to be adaptable, resourceful and sometimes take the initiative when the opportunity presents itself or when you’re given the creative freedom to do so.

I’m particularly proud of my World Mental Health Day film created for Thrive LDN because not only was it an opportunity for me to advocate mental health awareness, it showed me how capable I can be. I was presented with various film production challenges but came up with creative solutions and worked diligently with the client in order to deliver a charity film that they were pleased with.

I’m so keen to keep learning and growing in the film production industry. I can’t wait for what comes next! Above all, if I was to give anyone advice looking to get into Film & TV, I would say: dive head-first into every opportunity and don’t take it for granted.

I was sad to go but happy to have had this amazing whirlwind experience. Thank you to everyone who made it possible!