Days 12 & 13

Saturday

I really don’t have much to write about for today so I will start off by talking about last night. I did another pub quiz for everyone when we got back to the Pastoral Centre just a little one with 20 general knowledge questions and 15 music round ones.  As usual for a weekend we had a few drinks too. Were all bonding as a group so well, getting along with everyone so well has made this trip so much easier and enjoyable. We’ve had some right laughs not all that I can write about on here but whilst on a frog hunt last night I made Sam jump and fart at the same time which was pretty hilarious. They didn’t have any Tusker Cider last night so I had the Larger instead. I might recommend it to the pub I work at back home, see if they might trial it for a few weeks.

Today we went to Lake Simbi. It took about an hour and a half to get there and really there wasn’t much to do. We listened to the old folk tales that a local Luo man told us about how the lake came to be, listened patiently as he told us of all its healing powers (I put that down to the high salt content in the water). It was interesting to hear to the tale and its somewhere I can say I’ve been now but I would have preferred to go back to Rusinga Island or something similar as that was really good fun. On the way back, we stopped off at a hotel to use the toilets, it was so quiet and everything was closed up, you can really see how they rely on in season tourist trade as it’s a ghost town out of season.

We also drove past a political rally on the way there and back. The crowd had grown in numbers on the way back past. The Kenyans described it to us as a little bit like Labour vs Conservative. However, a lot more violent. It is between the two main parties NASA and Jubilee Party. People fight on the streets and are sometimes killed, there is a lot of political unrest at the moment. Halima explained the country’s situation to me so I could better understand what was going on. She explained that what we saw was a NASA rally.

NASA:

Nasa, comprises of different tribes (Luo, Kamba, Luhya and Costal region). The coalition leader Raila Amollo Odinga is challenging the current president.

Jubilee Party:

Jubilee party, comprises of different tribes (Kikuyu, Kalenjin and partly NorthEastern region). The current president Uhuru Kenyatta is leader of the Jubilee Party. This is his second term in power. His legitimacy is under question however, after his initial victory was quashed by the Supreme Court and the opposition boycotted the re-run. He won again much to the disappointment of NASA supporters (which Halima and a number if the students are). The president has been criticised for trying to control the media and enforce censorship and take the county into a dictatorship.

The Rally:

Raila Amollo Odinga challenging the president is seen as treason to the government. However, he has a lot of support from the tribes I mentioned earlier and as we saw for the huge crowds that gathered. He calls himself the peoples president. The plan is for him to be sworn in on the 30th January so a few days’ time. As I mentioned earlier though this will be considered treason and there’s high anticipation and tension in the country, the government has refused to send police to help.

Dinner was the standard; a choice of rice or pasta, a selection of meat dishes and then cabbage and vegetables. The food is tasty I’m just starting to grow really tired of eating the same food every day. Especially as I’m vegetarian so I mainly rotate between rice or pasta everyday with veg and cabbage. We have been very spoilt though and I’m extremely grateful for all the hard work that goes into the preparing food for us every day. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day because there’s more meat free options and variety, I will miss my Kenyan breakfasts dearly when I get home.

Sunday

We didn’t leave until 9am today so I got a whole 15mins extra in bed! WooHoo! Breakfast at uni was delicious as always, today I had toast with butter and marmite, so so yummy.

Isobel took us to get our hair braided it was 400 shillings for the hair extensions which me and Hafsa shared so just 200 shillings each which is about £1.40. You’d never get hair extensions that cheap in England. The labour cost was only 500 shillings each too so about £3.50. all in all, my hair that took over half an hour to do cost just over £5 (excluding the tip we gave her for doing such a good job).

I only had 2000 shillings left for the rest of the trip so I decided to go to the bank to get more money out as I still want to get people back home gifts. I took out another 3000 shillings totalling my spend for this three week trip at 13000 shillings, I checked my online banking and it translated into £90!!! I’d spend £90 a week easily in Brighton. I can’t get over how cheap everything is here, I’m coming back to Africa for sure.

We then went to treat house, I felt no guilt in splashing out on a few drinks and lunch. Lunch was amazing chips! Proper salty French fries! I practically inhaled them. We were joined by Fiona Lydia and Halima today. They’re all such lovely girls we’ve started chatting about having a WhatsApp group with them to keep in contact when we are back in England. We were also joined by Zarah and Amaya who are Isobel’s daughters. Zarah is 12 and Amaya is 6. They are beautiful little girls im trying to persuade Zarah to come to England to be a model she’s so beautiful they would adore her back in the UK. Amaya is so cheeky she’s so strong willed and independent I’m really going to miss them and Isobel too, she’s been like a second mother to us here.

I read a load of The White Masai (Corrine Hoffman) over 100 pages in 2 hours and totally missed all the drama that unfolded when a man bought his girlfriend to treat house where he was confronted by his wife. Drama! She was still throwing stuff at him when we left t go back to the Uni for dinner. I couldn’t eat anything as I was still full from lunch but the girls wrapped my hair for me in traditional African style to protect my braids. This was very funny and we took some great pictures of me resembling EastEnders Dot Cotton. We said goodnight to each other early and I hopped into bed to continue watching Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002) the extended edition of course. I hoping to finish all three by the time I get back to the UK if I watch about 45mins a night.

29.01.2018 – Luca

Hello everyone!

Ah, Monday – but let’s start on Sunday night. 😊

To continue from the weekend blog, like expected we went to The Treat House Hotel – and we got our chips, yes! Well, to precise I had a Spanish omelette, 2 sausages and a massive plate of chips, one very happy boy here! We spent the afternoon relaxing in the sunshine and catching up with one another, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday. I’m really going to miss all of the friends we’ve made here, it’s a very bittersweet experience. I’m confident that I know I’m going to stay in contact with a few people though, I just wish we weren’t going to be worlds apart from one another. In the evening, I was quite tired so just snuggled up and watched a film, well, some of which I am excited to finish this evening, it’s called – The Passengers.

Today, Monday we had our final day of fieldwork. Below I’ve listed the placed we visited as I usually do on my fieldwork blogs:

Kanyimach Primary School –Kanyimach Primary School was founded in 1926, and is believed to be the oldest Primary School in the Cham gi Wadu region. The school offers academic services from pre-school, to year 8 students and currently has 435 students enrolled (as of January 29th, 2018).

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Kanyimach Mixed Secondary School –Kanyimach Mixed Secondary School was first founded under the Kanyimach S.D.A Church in 2016 with 40 pupils. The school is funded by the community, who pay wages to the 8 teachers at the establishment. The school now has 106 students, and hope to be granted government funding.

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Kanyimach S.D.A Church – The Kanyimach Seventh Day Adventist Church was founded in 1922, and holds a service every Saturday.

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Kogenya Shopping Centre – Kongenya Shopping Centre was named after a prominent village elder who donated the land for construction of the market, it sells various amenities for members of the Lua community.

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Speaking of the Kogenya Shopping Centre, I had a really experience with a woman named Rebbeca who I interviewed there. She was curious to know about the Radio Station, so I had Mac translate a conversation between us. She was extremely excited about the Station, and very eager about having a slot, or at least a meeting advertised where she could share her knowledge, wisdom and advise about being a widow to help other women in the same position as her. I was excited about the prospect, as you could really feel her enthusiasm about empowering other women and that’s at the heart of what we’re trying to do here – empower communities and all those within it. It’s definitely something I will be talking to Peter about, in fact, I might do that right now!

Update: Peter was very enthusiastic too, so great news all around! I think that I will do a more in-depth post about my interview with Rebbeca, but for now we are off to have some dinner so I am afraid it will have to wait! I hope everyone has the most wonderful evening, talk soon!

P.S. Thank you Katie for all the brilliant photos today! All credit goes to you. 😛

Luca. 😊

Weekend Blog – Luca

Yay, the weekend – which I had been eagerly awaiting! I am having such an amazing time here in Kenya, but who doesn’t adore days off! It’ll just be a short one this weekend as it’s a sleepy Sunday as I write this. 😊

On the Friday evening, we came back to the accommodation and played Katie’s quiz that she’d been working on throughout the day. I came second to last again, I think that’s the spot I will always stay, haha – though I’m not a sore loser, so I do not mind! Katie is the Queen of quizzes, and I think if ever I’m to play one in Brighton I’ll be messaging her, begging her to be on my team, haha. Saying that, everyone is good! I think all of our knowledge combined would definitely make a winning team, well, with the exception of me. I could just attend for moral support I suppose. 😛

After the quiz, we spent some time talking, and then all went off to bed. On Saturday after breakfast we went to Lake Simbi which was around an hour and a half from the University. It was a beautiful lake, and has a very interesting myth behind it – though I am not entirely sure I believed it, who am I to judge! Nevertheless, it was fascinating to hear about the story of the lake. I spent some time at the lakeside appreciating the view and just reflecting on my time here which was nice, though I really wanted to go swimming! I resisted the urge though as the water was a bit smelly… Haha. After that, we all came back to the University and relaxed before dinner. As it’s our last weekend we wanted to have a fun night celebrating, but I think the sun had got to our heads and everyone was in their rooms by 11pm, sorry again guys! I think it must have been the hottest day by far since we arrived in Kenya.

As I said, it’s now Sunday whilst I write this. We spent the morning picking up bits from the supermarket and the girls have gone to get their hair done. I have a very exciting afternoon of washing planned, haha. I think we’re all off to The Treat House soon though, where we will be buying some dinner (chips, lots and lots of chips). Gah, you wouldn’t believe how desperate we all are for some chips, they will be well received. 😛

Aside from that, I think it’s just an afternoon of relaxing in the sunshine, trying not to get burnt… If possible for me that is! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and I hope that the week brings you happiness! Talk soon everyone. 😊

Luca. 😊

A Day of Resting at Lake Simbi

Once again it’s the weekend, which I’m extremely grateful for. This week, as challenging as it’s been, has absolutely flown by. Thankfully nobody was hungover after the drinks we had last night, and I for one, was ready for a nice relaxing day at Lake Simbi.

Having not been there before, I was not sure what to expect. From some of the descriptions I expected it to be quite a barren area with a few animal carcasses, whilst internally I was hoping for something similar to Rusinga Island. There was even a mention of flamingos sometimes flying there! I really was not sure what to expect. Once again, we all piled on to the big Rongo University bus and made our way to the lake. I think everyone was delighted that Isabelle had once again brought along Zerah and Amaya and, Hafsah in particular, was enthralled that Wendy was once again joined by little Geordie. I feel like today was going to be a really nice break from the hard work that we had all put in during the week.

The lake was a bit further on from Homa Bay, it took about an hour and a half in total. Whilst we were driving through Homa Bay, we noticed a lot of people gathering near the road. We were told that it was because of a political rally lead by (insert name here), the leader of the (insert name here) party, opposition of the current government. Halima was particularly excited for this, as they are the party that she supports. She had her head out of the window, waving her orange scarf (which I assume has something to do with the party’s colours) and shouting out a little chant in Swahili.

When we finally arrive, I step off the bus to see the lake. It’s big, but nowhere near the size of Lake Victoria. Mac tells us that its diameter is roughly 2km. It’s extremely hot and there is little shade as there weather there recently had been extremely dry, so there were not many leaves on the trees and the grass was a shade of light brown, rather than the vibrant green that Peter told us he experienced a few years back. We then gathered around a local man called James, who told us a story about how the lake was originally a village and was cursed by a woman who was treated poorly when she visited in a time of need. Mac kindly translated it from Luo to English so that we could understand it. Personally, I don’t believe the story but it was still interesting to experience the local folklore that surrounds the area.

After listening to the story, which lasted about 20 minutes, a few of us wondered down to the shore to get a closer look at the lake. Aron took my phone to film some of the activity around the lake as he planned to create a video based around Lake Simbi and the story that we were told. There was a lady collecting salt by the shore, apparently, it’s for feeding animals and seasoning vegetables. Mac collected some water in a bottle and held it up. It had a green tint to it which was fascinating! I then headed back towards the bus as I was getting a bit too hot and didn’t want to burn again. We then had lunch, I wasn’t feeling too hungry so I didn’t eat. It was then time to head back to the university.

After dinner we got a few beers – we intended to fill the crate that The Treat House normally gives us, but unfortunately we were two drinks short! We didn’t have a pub quiz this evening, but instead we all got our saved playlists up on our phones and everyone tried to guess the song that we were playing!

Tomorrow we are having a proper relaxing day, the girls are getting their hair done so I expect us lads will spend the day at the Treat House!

 

Goodnight!

 

Sam 🙂

Day 11

Standard morning really woke up at 8 got the bus at 8:45. Ate breakfast, we haven’t seen Mama in a few days but we met one of her puppies today she’s just as friendly and approachable. People don’t have dogs as pets here and there’s this attitude that you have to be mean to the animals to show them who’s in charge but I find animals respond better to you and are more willing to protect you if you show them kindness. People keep telling us we will get bitten by the dogs but I’ve been here 10 days and I’m yet to have one even growl at me. You just have to be patient and soft and you gain their trust. I find the culture differences difficult to deal with at times but I must try to respect the culture and the community I’m surrounded by.

I’m finding that I’m feeling myself becoming more reserved as an individual. There are some wonderful people here but a lot of loud of characters. I’m a confident person but not particularly loud and I’m not sure if its coming off maybe that I am disinterested in getting to know everyone which is not the case. I will try to make more of an active step in joining in with the different groups and out myself out of my comfort zone a bit more.

Today has been a very academic day. I’ve been mainly reading academic texts and focussing on my CM4K final essay report which will highlight my experiences and findings in a 3000-word report. I’m not sure how I’m going to condense everything I’ve produced into 3000 words as I have already written over 15,000 words so far… we still have another week and a bit left!

The reports I read today were:

  1. Community based participatory research from the margin to the mainstream: are researchers prepared? By Carole R Horowitz, Mimsie Robinson and Sarena Seifer. 2009. Published by the American Heart Association.
  2. Glasgow centre for population health: Putting asset-based approaches into practice: identification, mobilisation and measurement of assets. By Jennifer McLean. 2012. Available at gcph.co.uk

I also spoke with Peter again today as I was worried about self-plagiarising with my report and my dissertation as they are both based around CM4K. He has agreed to keep an eye on my work so I avoid doing this and will show me how to reference myself in my own work. That seems really weird as I’m not a published theorist but apparently it is something you can do.

Something I have noticed is that even though we discuss the day’s work at the end of the day we do not always speak specifically about what we have all done as individuals. I will bring this up later as I would love to hear what everyone has been up to and working on. There is talk of getting beers from Treat House again tonight which sounds good to me! Can’t wait to just chill out with a cold tusker, hopefully Sam will read us more of his book The White Masai (Corrine Hoffman) and we can find out what happened next to Corrine.

26.01.2018 – Luca

I haven’t got a great deal to report on today I am afraid, but I shall start with last night!

When we arrived back at the accommodation, I spoke with Peter about when I had mentioned in my blog yesterday that I was worried the audio and video groups did not have enough time to edit. He spoke with those involved, and took my point on board so that today we had another day of editing, rather than fieldwork. It is a shame that we couldn’t go out and gather more content, however I think it is incredibly beneficial for us to have this additional edit time and I think that we all agree it is the best decision. The best time to do it is now, as even though it is an option to continue the work when we arrive back in England, the process will be longer as we all have our dissertations, work, and classes – so finding time over the next few months may prove troublesome. Also, it’s really great to be able to work with the Rongo students and receive their feedback.

At the University this morning I met the sweetest little pup, I think I have fallen in love! Angel named her Nancy, and she’s just so adorable. I haven’t seen Mama much, but we are pretty certain it’s one of her puppies. I’m a person that prefers animals over people (haha, I am an introvert at heart), so it’s very therapeutic to have a little downtime and relax with a companion, mind you I already feel sad that I’ll be leaving the dogs next week. Here is the photo of the little angel and I, she was falling asleep as I stroked her head. 🙂

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After that, I have just been finishing off my contributions, replying to comments on the discussion board, reading some Key Readings and gathering quotes for the assignment, and catching up with friends on my breaks. Me and Katie were talking earlier and are a bit concerned about our other classmates who couldn’t come to Kenya with us, as none of us have heard from them. I think that we’re going to reach out to them and see how they’re doing, we really do wish they were here but I understand that isn’t always a possibility. Still, I want everyone to do well on this module regardless and I’ll do what I can to help that happen. 🙂

I have found it quite hard to concentrate at times today, I sometimes get a bit of sensory overload and combat that by sticking my headphones in, though because only one of them is working I haven’t been able to do that successfully. But it’s a lot quieter now so it’s easier to concentrate. I think my brain is a bit frazzled though and I am ready for the weekend to rest a bit. As it’s Friday, we’re thinking of getting a few drinks later and Katie is working on another quiz for us, so that’ll be a lot of fun! Hopefully it’ll be easier than the last, because I am not exaggerating when I say I am bad at quizzes. 😛

For now though, I will bid you all a wonderful afternoon! Next update on Monday.

Luca. 😊

A Very Difficult Day of Editing

As I mentioned yesterday, today was changed from a field day to an editing day as we felt that we wold not have enough time to fully complete our projects. I agree that this day was needed, especially for my video group, as we hadn’t even started the editing process yet! This still didn’t hide my disappointment for not returning to the Kopala Spring Water Project – it is in such a beautiful location and the members there are so lovely, I’d have loved for my fellow Brighton students to experience the area as well.

Once again, I must start by thanking the cooks for spoiling us once again. This time it was not eggy bread that we filled our stomachs with but instead pancakes – delicious! These familiar foods give me the comfort of England and therefore puts me in a good mood to being the day.

After breakfast, we were to begin editing, but first I had to wait for the rest of my group to come into university. By the time we were all united, it was gone 11am so we hastily began to go through all of the footage and audio that we had captured over the past week and sort them into relevant folders to make the editing process easier. Finding the video footage was easy enough as the thumbnails told us instantly which video was which. The real challenge was finding out which audio we needed to match the video. First and foremost, there are no thumbnails, so we have to manually listen to each file to discover if it is what we are looking for. To make things even harder, the Zoom creates a new folder for every file that is recorded – it seemed like we were having to go through hundreds of folders! Furthermore, Hafsah had planned to do a focus group for her dissertation this morning, which required Aron and Eve to participate and me to record it. That meant that Mercie was the only person left in our group and had to go through all of the audio on her own. She done a great job of it however, finding everything we needed and putting it all into named files, making it easier to find in the future.

The focus group was fascinating. Hafsah asked extremely engaging questions about their opinions of being black and black identity. I feel like I have a basic understanding of black identity through the way its depicted in western popular culture texts such as film and television. However, it was intriguing to learn about the opinions of a group of Kenyan students attending university in a rural area, with minimal exposure to these texts. Some topics were really debated with a lot of passion (and even a bit of heat at times). However, as interesting as this was, it ran for almost an hour and a half which massively ate into the time that we had planned to start our edit. Not to mention that I declined a chair, thinking that it would only last for 10-15 minutes – my legs were killing after! By the time that I had cleared away the camera and the rest of the equipment, it was coming up to 12:30pm. When I came back to the lecture room, neither Mercie nor her laptop were still there. It turned out that she had a class and wouldn’t be returning until after 1pm, limiting our editing time once again.

Finally we were all reunited, and started the edit. This threw a whole new set of problems at us. Firstly, the laptop didn’t work unless it was plugged in, meaning that we all had to crowd around a plug socket in the corner of the room. Then, it was discovered that Premiere Pro on the laptop did not feature the audio synchronize feature that I had expected, as it is on all of the Premiere Pro software that I have worked with before. This meant that I had to manually match the zoom audio with the video. To make things even harder for me, it was extremely laggy – the video played about 1 frame every 3 seconds! This meant that I couldn’t see if the lips were in sync with the audio which therefore resulted in me lining up the two audio clips perfectly so that they sounded like one when it was played. Did I mention that the headphone jack didn’t work and the audio was extremely quiet as well? In all honesty, it was the most difficult editing experience of my life to date, but I tried to keep patient and upbeat. I knew that days like today were always going to happen, both on this trip and in my life in general, especially if I want to pursue a career in video production in the future. If I want to become successful, I know I need to cope better with these types of situations in the future.

All moaning aside, we actually accomplished quite a lot today and I’m very happy with the work that we have done. We managed to cut down all of the interviews that we have filmed to date with the exception of those that are in Luo, but we plan to do this on Monday when Mac or Wendy is here.

Reading back through this blog, it has an extremely negative approach to it so I shall finish with something a lot lighter. This evening, as we know tomorrow as a rest day, we have had a few drinks. Katie kindly prepared another pub quiz for us. It was only two rounds this time (general knowledge and music), but still was an absolute blast! I won, which I am very proud of as I felt that I would really let myself down on the music round. A little later on we heard a frog croaking near the veranda, so we set off on a mission to find it. We narrowed it down to the flower bed that was next to the veranda and all peered in with our torches to see if we could sneak a peek at it. It was quite a tense few moments as we waited to see if it would jump out. The next sequence of events happened almost instantly. Katie made me jump and I farted – I was trying so hard to hold it in with fear of stinking everyone out! Everyone was in stitches for the next 5 minutes and I was so embarrassed!

Hopefully this story has lightened the mood to the end of this blog. I’m sorry that it has been very moany and would just like to clarify that I’m not blaming anybody for anything that I’ve highlighted today, I know that these things happen and are pretty much unavoidable. I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing Saturday tomorrow. Goodnight!

 

Sam 🙂

Wednesday-editting and reflecting

After spending Tuesday night drinking Kenyan Cane, I was woken up at 2.30am with a desperate need to be sick. By 8am Wednesday morning I woke up ready to take on the day with the memories of a rough Tuesday night left behind me, I was surprisingly in good spirit as though I hadn’t suffered the night before.

It was scheduled that Wednesday would be a day we spent editing all the footage we had gathered from Monday and Tuesdays fieldwork, which by this day all groups had a lot of work to put together. The day began as usual with us heading for breakfast and after that soaking up the sun before heading to the classroom. It was a slow process for me to start editing my work as I had blogs to catch up on and to try and upload, however the internet was not on my side that whole day.

With lots of footage to edit, Sam took all footages recorded on Monday from our first day at Cham gi Wadu and began editing them. I began editing footage from Tuesdays field work which consisted of the footages Kassim filmed of the Cham gi Wadu Divisional Office and its surrounding areas. Editing establishing shots isn’t a difficult task for me however once I had chosen the footages I had wanted to use, i found it difficult to use some of the footages as some of it seemed as though the camera operator was playing with camera, rather than taking a serious filming. Due to this I had to pick and chose precise shots which weren’t good enough to feature in the final video, through all the random zoom ins and outs and shaking.

I talked with the camera operator and asked him if he realised he was just playing with the camera which he had agreed he was as he didn’t know how to operate it and therefore had played with it whilst recording and didn’t capture serious shots. He was very honest in that he didn’t get shown how to use the camera, until we had moved to our second location, Kakwara Primary School, which I was asked by some members of the Cham gi Wadu to show them how to use the camera and I went through all the necessary in the process of gathering establishing shots. That was the moment he had learnt how to use the camera. This was unfortunate as he had potential to capture a large variety of shots rather than just 2 buildings. I also discussed with him that I could see what he was trying to capture in the videos, but he hadn’t picked up the tripod and physically place the camera in front of the building sign, however the camera in one location at all times and zoomed in and out therefore he didn’t have a variety of shots and scenery.

Using what I had I began pulling clips and creating a story with the shots suitable for the final edit. With Mae and Kassim beside me wanting to learn about iMovies the software I was using to edit the footages, I began explaining to them each step I was doing and why and Kassim told me he uses PremierPro which I would have preferred to use for editing but unfortunately I didn’t have access to it on my laptop so had to make do with what I had. It was nice to see they were both very eager to learn and I gave them both the opportunities to use IMovie and begin editing with me. I found it was much easier to edit on my own as I knew how I wanted all footages edited which I had ideas from the day of filming, and it was a quicker process as I knew how to use the software.

I did struggle to edit the footages from Cham gi Wadu as the shots provided were not a large variety and it was all the same with just 3 shots to use. After a long time of editing it and not denying I getting frustrated I moved onto edit all the shots from Kakwara Primary School. Putting the shots together was much easier for this as I was assigned to help Kassim with the filming go these establishing shots, therefore I would place the camera in different locations, say what shots I think would work best and what should be captured. Due to this we had a large variety of shots and scenery and during filming each footage I knew exactly what I had wanted to use in the final edit and how I wanted them edited.

Editing Kakwara Primary School was a much easier process and it was completed in just over an hour and it was saved and exported to Peter in the same day. I chose not to share the establishing shots at Cham gi Wadu as I wasn’t happy with what I had and felt it needed lots more work and needed more of my attention.

Over all, this day was needed because it avoided us having mountains of footage to edit at the end of the week especially ad it would be done by only one person, editing needed to be done in stages.

Second day out

After Monday being our first day out in the community, we spent that night discussing with Peter what we thought worked and didn’t work whilst in our groups. Come Tuesday it was nice to see all we had brought forward was taken in and lots of changes were ready to be made.

Before leaving for the community we got together in our individual groups to discuss new changes. My group and i went outside and sat on the grass and discussed new job changes, we felt it was best I worked with Kassim and Mae in gathering establishing shots and vignettes of the new locations we were going to. I was more than happy to work with them two as they were always willing to learn and our production process I knew would be a breeze. Sam too the time to teach the group who gather the interviews the proper way on how to use the boom mic as he had discovered when not accompanied by him they connect it wrong, therefore he went over with them on how to use it and switched the job roles between them; Eve was given the role of camera operator whereas Aron felt he wanted to hold the boom mic and Anne was given the device to monitor the sound which comes through the boom mic during interviews. I had a little fear the little meeting might seem like we were pointing fingers and others will get offended we had a discussion about them, but it wasn’t the case and everyone was on board with the change and on to improve and make jobs clearer and work faster than we all day on Monday.

Our first visit was to Ongo Health Centre which was a pleasant place to be and film in. Taking control of my group I gave them directions on what we should film and they gave advice back to me on establishing shots which should be gathered. Through out the entire filming at this location we worked faster and smoothly and there was no confusion with job roles like the day before. My group and I was left alone to gather our shots without the potential of others walking across the shot. Although I knew exactly what shots I wanted gathered I stepped back and allowed Mae and Kassim to take the camera to locations they felt was best and film their chosen shots, and when we needed each others helps and advice we were all on hand to give it.

Our last location we visited was the Kitere Primary School which is located next door to Rongo University. As soon as we entered the school we were greeted with a familiar face of the Chief who was more than happy to see our faces again. He introduced us to the school and the community members gathered for a meeting. Filming this introduction he wanted us Brighton students to introduce ourselves to the community members which wasn’t nerving but more of a surprise for me as I like to stay behind the camera and talking to people individually most of the time.

Going off with my group we started to gather our establishing shots, being as the school had more land space than buildings, I made the recording of the footages very niche as I didn’t want lots of footage of trees, land and seeing as a lot of us students were outside, I didn’t want to capture them into our footages, so I focussed on the school buildings.

Overall, I enjoyed this day a lot more than Monday because there was structure within the groups, and we all worked fast to get all we needed and to get back to the uni. 26238826_308524679668384_2716574462187228884_n