The real world… from the mouth of an intern

 In the month of interning with Substance Films, I’ve learned that (*spoiler alert) King Joffrey in Game of Thrones gets killed; the third season of True Blood gets back to being awesome; Empire coffee is addictive; I can still do a headstand; making lists of the contents of storage containers is an invaluable skill; and Khayelitsha isn’t all that scary if you’re standing next to a colourful wall.

Other than the series talk and humour, I’ve been able to apply my skills to a few projects going on here. The big project being the video for PCI, which gave me some experience in the field as we shot interviews in the Prevention in Action’s Violence Free Zones in Khayelitsha; this project also reminded me just how time consuming transcribing can be. Outside of this project I put my research skills to use for a documentary project on the Kalk Bay Fishermen; got excited about all the upcoming film fests SA has to offer; and found out about all the hard working NGOs making a difference in our communities.

So, rest assured, years worth of writing jargon filled academic papers, and qualifying with a humanities degree is worth it. With a company like Substance Films you’re in safe hands with making that (often dreaded) transition back into the real world.

–Nicole Ferreira

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