Learning the cameras and equipment at CreaTV is not just a one-time tutorial, it’s a gradual, never stop learning process. Even the pros are learning new tricks-of-the-trade on a daily basis.
When I arrived at CreaTV as a production intern, I was somewhat familiar with my own camera, but the many onsite experts have taught me how to use several different types of cameras and techniques. The consistent demonstations and training, over the course of my internship, have helped me to teach the studio environment and its key components to others wanting to learn or participate in filming.
Teaching others is in itself an undertaking. It’s learning to coordinate, direct and give full attention and commitment to the process. Often in filmmaking, what can go wrong, will go wrong, and one must expect that, but the learning curve is what creates accidental masterpieces versus best laid plans. Everyone makes mistakes their first time. I have made many mistakes along the way, but learning from them has helped make a flawless future production, a real possibility. As they say, practice makes perfect. And let’s not forget that timing is everything in the coordination of set up and break down as well as anticipating unforeseen delays.
While interning, we were tasked to train youth volunteers from the LGBTQ Youth Space to use our cameras and record their 3rd annual Youth Drag Show held at MACLA. Teaching these volunteers was a rewarding experience is so many ways. Through helping them, I discovered that I know what I am doing, and really enjoy helping others learn what I know.
Watching others learning, and wanting to participate is exciting. I would consistently try to help my volunteer get the best quality images possible. It was tough, and though at times the lighting and focusing was off, I had to remember that this was their first time, so in reality, it was cool footage.
The only setback was not having more time in preparation and practice, so those wanting to learn more, could. But all in all, the hands-on approach, with a short amount of time, resulted in great achievement, with my volunteer getting some pretty good interviews.
My overall experience with this was positive, inclusive, and fun. I enjoyed it despite some setbacks. Teaching someone the camera, and how to get a shot was questioning my own knowledge, trying to assure myself that I am practicing what I preach. Helping the youth volunteer was a pleasure, and I hope this is not the last collaboration between CreaTV and other local youth centers.
— Anthony Becker, Fall 2017 Production Intern
Editor’s Note: This sneak peak video was produced by Fall 2017 Marketing Intern, Tanya Hernandez Gomez.
Photo Caption: (L to R) Production Interns Micah Raburn, Tyler DeMartini & Anthony Becker; Volunteer and Training Coordinator, Alejandra Moreno; performer in LGBTQ Drag Show.