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What did our Film School Participants have to say?

blog post written by jasmine okai

The team may be very tired, the weather may be very hot, but we got some very great kids that were happy with the first week and excited about the next fortnight of discussing ideas and filming!

We thought it’d be a great exercise for the young people to either write a blog or film a vlog, expressing their thoughts regarding Week 1 of Film Summer School.


Here’s what they had to say:


Lennox, 12.

Hi, my name is Lennox and I am 12 years old.

Hi, my name is Lennox and I am 12 years old.



This week, I learnt how to operate a camera, how to zoom in and out, how to focus the camera and the type of angles. My favourite workshop was Nick’s because he was funny. He told us what editing softwares would be best and he also taught us the different types of equipment. My second favourite workshop was Kyle’s because he was funny. He taught us the importance of eyes in acting. 

Next week, I would like to learn different camera techniques and how to do editing properly. I would like to learn how to improve my writing and I want to get better at reading off a script and looking at the eye closest to the camera. 

In my opinion, I don’t like the acting workshops because of the way they were delivered. I felt that we needed more time to learn our scripts as some people are better at improv. than others. 

At the beginning of the week, I was quite interested in acting but at the end of the week, I found that I am more interested in the technical side of things. 

Date: 26/07/2019


Alina, 12.

Hi, I’m Alina. I’m 12 years old.

Hi, I’m Alina. I’m 12 years old.

This week I started Fio’s Film School. At the start of the week I was quite nervous , I didn’t know what Fio had in store for us, I was clueless but excited. The first day started off with us playing a game, after that Um, a film distributor, came in and talked to us about her job and we created some story boards which was fun. I never knew that’s how all films started off. After that Nick, manager of Storm and Shelter, came in to talk to us about his business that he co founded and about his directing. The next day we played another game to start the day off, Suzanne, an actress, came to talk to us about her acting career and how she was in the show casualty. We also did a bit of acting in front of the camera, which was super fun! This really fermented my love of acting. The next day Matt, a runner for the BBC, came to talk to us about how he got into the industry and what the role of a Runner entails. Through talking to him I really got a sense of what to expect if I want to pursue a career in Film or Television. Then we had Kyle, an actor and script writer, who came to talk to us about scripts and camera shots. It was great to talk to him because he is local to Splott. Today we had Toby, a photographer and Documentary maker, he spoke to us about the films he has previously made and showed us a few. Overall, I am enjoying this workshop week and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Date: 26/07/2019

Alisha, 14.

Hi I am Alisha and I am 14 years old.

Hi I am Alisha and I am 14 years old.

At the start of this week I was adamant that my role in the final film would be either the editor or director, but after meeting Nick from Storm and Shelter studios I realised I can not only do both of these roles but can also include filming to become a Shreditor. This is one of the terms I learnt this week. I learnt about different pieces of camera equipment that I can use to help me create films at a better standard such as a stabiliser to make sure my tracking shots are smooth, and a drone to create birds-eye shots. I have learnt that I do not necessarily have to take a university course to succeed in the industry, I can make my own films to be recognised and also take part in apprenticeships for experience and contacts. In the next week I want to learn about the role of a director and find out useful editing tips to make the films look professional. 

Dated: 26/07/2019

Asa, 11.

My name is Asa. I’m 11 years old.

My name is Asa. I’m 11 years old.

When I started I wanted to edit sound and video but now I still want to be a sound and video editor but I'm also interested in acting and camera work. For me the highlight of the week was when Nick Patterson came from Storm and Shelter (the production company he co-founded) talk to us about what sites he used and what he did. Nick’s role is to edit videos and sound, he introduced me to iMovie, Logic and Premiere Pro. I can't wait to write the script next week because once the script is written we can start making the movie. In the future I want to attend more workshops that are hosted by Fio. The first week has been so much fun, 5/5 stars. 

Date: 26/07/2019


Cerys, 14.

Hello, I’m Cerys and I’m 14.

Hello, I’m Cerys and I’m 14.

I’m a member of the Fio film school. I joined the film school because I thought it’d be a great opportunity for me because I’m into acting and I really want to be an actress when I’m older so I thought it’d be good to meet new people, learn new skills and improve on my other skills. Six people came in this week and my favourite was Suzanne Packer because she’s an actress and she was in Casualty, yeah that’s it, and she did a workshop, which helped us improve our acting skills. We did an exercise going from 1 - 10 on status. 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, which helped improve our levels and I really liked that. I liked when Kyle Lima came in because he’s also an actor and helped with script writing skills. He told us it’s always important to look forward, through the camera and to maintain eye contact. Next week, I’m really looking forward to writing up the script for our short film and most excited for the final week because it’s filming week and I’m like more into acting than script writing so I think it will be more, what’s the word? Beneficial, yeah, beneficial to me. So I want to thank Fio for helping me out. *CUT*


Date: 26/07/2019


Photography Credit: Wshear Wali

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