28 Nov 2019

Shooting at World Mental Health Day Festival by Lydia

Hi everyone! I’m back to tell you about the progress I’ve made in my media training at IJP in the last couple of months. I can’t believe there’s only 1 month to go! My time here is definitely flying by and every day I’m learning more.

Following on from my experience on our Bipolar UK project, I recently had the opportunity to film at Thrive LDN’s World Mental Health Day Festival 2019 at City Hall. It was a busy shoot and the results were very fulfilling. It was my first time operating the camera and editing the footage independently. However, with some feedback and guidance from the IJP team, it went really well.

I learnt more about dealing with lighting changes through the day, sound issues and isolating sound in large crowds. There was also a lot of meeting client guidelines, time management and the all-encompassing importance of B-Roll to cover the footage in the edit.

As a two-person team, Natalie our film Production Coordinator and I, did our best to capture the day and grab as many willing contributors to interview as possible. On the day, the atmosphere was vibrant and supportive. It felt genuinely curated for young Londoners who needed a helping hand in terms of mental health and access to support.

The event offered a diverse range of activities, workshops, panels and performances. Luckily, we had some help from the team at Thrive LDN to capture it all.

I’m really happy with the final result. I think it represents the spirit of the day and Thrive LDN itself in being simple, effective, engaging and welcoming. Overall, it was a great opportunity for me to be involved in another worthwhile project. I came away from it knowing that I’m not alone in my own mental health and there’s a world of support out there.

So here it is and I hope to see you at next year’s World Mental Health Day Festival!