Jan Marcinek takes us through his first week at Lanor.

  • 31 July 2014

I am currently on an internship at Lanor Productions Ltd. The reason why I am here is because I am a media & communication student next semester, and I thought that an internship at a film production company would be a great opportunity to prepare for the semester, and just to see what the film and video industry is all about.

My expectations for this period of time is basically to learn more about the different tasks and jobs there are in this industry. I also expect to learn more about how it is working for a living and I'm hoping that this will prepare me a little for the future.

During the seven days that I’ve been here, there has been a lot of interesting work. I have done everything from washing the dishes to filming and editing my first ever video. Washing the dishes was not the highlight of my first week. I am now going to mention some of the experiences I’ve had and what I’ve learnt.

I learnt how the company deals with clients, projects, invoices and how they present their service to the clients.

I learnt how to film and edit a video, which I experienced by creating a video myself. This also taught me a little bit about sound-related work. The main challenge about creating a video was to edit the clips in a correct order, so they fit together and to correct the colour in them. It was hard to get good clips and to find a good song to the film as well.

I have been introduced to a lot of different cameras, and I know how to handle a camera better now than before I arrived. For example, I learnt what ISO, shutter speed and aperture is, and how they should be used.

Lanor has taught me a lot about equipment related to cameras and how to use it. That includes tripods, GoPro related equipment, different lights, and most important; DSLR's and different lenses.

We held an audition for a film, so I learnt how to organize and set up equipment for an inside scene as well. I also found out what to look for in an actor.

And there is still one week remaining of my internship in Manchester, so there is still much to learn for me over the next couple of days. My thoughts so far are really positive. It has been great working at Lanor, and I think it is really interesting. There are so many different tasks in this industry, so much to do, so much to see, so much to learn, so much to experience.

Here's the short video I made from clips I shot in Manchester over 1 hour:

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