A Bethnal Green resident has had the opportunity of a lifetime to learn more about behind the scenes TV production and develop new skills that could lead to a career in television.
16 year old Laila Fernandes-Yasin, a Southern Housing Group resident, was given the chance to visit Sky studios in West London to learn more about television production through Slenky, an organisation that arranges opportunities for young people.
While at the studio, Laila and other students were given the chance to play different roles required when making a new programme, including camera operator, producer, director, editor and presenter/reporter.
Laila took on the role of director and said that it was an amazing experience.
“We were given the chance to play all sorts of different roles, and initially I was hoping to be a scriptwriter and producer. However, it soon became clear I had more of a talent as a director, which was not something I had considered before.
“It was fantastic to be able to use all of the professional equipment – it really gave a great idea of what it was like to work in a professional studio.
“It was also really interesting to see exactly how a new programme comes together for TV. There were about 30 of us and we were divided into groups to take responsibility for different parts of the production, so it really gave an insight into just how complex it is to pull together a news report.”
Having now gained an insight into what it’s like to work behind the scenes of a TV news production, Laila is now considering a career in either television or media.
“I would definitely say that it’s an interesting area and I could see myself working in it. I have a bit of time before I really need to decide what I want to do for a career, but after this experience, it would definitely be an option.”