The Year of An Intern
The vision of the Magic In Motion Academy, since its inception in 2014 has been the development of new generations of film and TV creators.
Before welcoming the new Academy class, we asked the graduating interns of 2017 about their year in the Academy and what it has done for them.
Here is what a few of them had to say:
Christopher Mashile declares 2017 as a career defining one in the Academy. He came into the internship programme with very little knowledge but feels his year has bestowed him with over “10 years of experience within just a year.” He has had a transitional year, moving from “camera and lighting assistant on “The Queen” to being an training assistant director on “Isithembiso” until eventually writing and directing a movie.”
Pontsho Mantlhakga’s experience in the Academy has been out of this world. “I got to know myself even better. Never in my wildest dreams have I thought I’d be working on some of the biggest productions on Mzansi Magic. My best experience ever was at Isibaya; the production is world class, the Cree treated me like I was a part of them. I never felt inferior. I am so grateful for being a part of this great initiative. Once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of Magic In Motion.”
Ean Bezuidenhout belives the internship has taught a lot about himself, other people and the country as a whole. It has taught him how to deal with different kinds of people, those who have the best and worst of intentions. “All the highs and all the lows were worth it in the end. From flying over the Kruger Park in an anti-poaching helicopter, to waking up at 4 am for 5 weeks to film in a cold prison in the middle of winter, the Magic in Motion internship not only gave me the work experience that I needed but the life experience as well.” He grew in both a personal and professional capacity, meeting many of the country’s best in the business. “I’m extremely grateful to those who gave me the opportunity to be part of this internship, especially Mr Bobby Heaney who gave me the chance to set my film career off in the right direction.”
The year has come and gone very fast for Lerato Molalehi. It did solidify her desire to be a game changer in African filmmaking. It taught her the vital skills necessary that will make something good or great. The Academy showed her how to navigate the predominantly make industry and taught her the great changes she can bring and make in the industry. “We are young enough to not know everything there is to know about the international market but we are fresh enough to make ground breaking story. It gave me the assurance that this industry can be bigger than I could ever imagine. It nurtured my story making fantasies while grounding me in the realities of my industry. It allowed me to challenge conventions, while understanding the reasons behind the makings of them. It gave me the push to aspire to be one of the fresh upcoming game changes coming into the African film and television industry.”
It has been a year of change, growth, experience and certainly one where the passion is fuelled. The country has a wealth of talent coming up in film and TV.