On our last day we went to the second day of Stories from our Cities photography exhibition, because we had broken down at the Massi Mara due to timing we couldn’t get there the day before to help. However when we got there not alot had been done, so we began to help put things up and get things ready for the opening, after we had put a wall of photos up Fred came and told us we had done it wrong so we had to start again, with little time and few resources to get things stuck up we had to work quickly, by the time of the opening it was finished and due to our schedule we had to leave after pictures. I think this turned put really well and it was really nice seeing the different pictures of Brighton and Kenyan people.
Her name was Nelly
The Safari was amazing, we got to see four of the BIG 5 and we got so close. It was an amazing experience I shall never forgot i loved it and I am going to add lots of pictures, especially of elephants. We then broke down in the middle of the park just as it was about to close, which was terrifying but I’ll be telling that story until I am an old lady and looking back it was hillaroius. On this trip i think we were all faced with some ups and downs and I am so proud of all of us for handling them all so well. Good job team!!
We went to meet the Governor but he was in Nairobi that day so we ended up having a meeting with the Deputy Governor which was interesting and we told him what we were doing and how we were helping.
When we came back to the school we had little to do as we had finished our film and the other group had the computer, the night before we had a discussion on what to do the following day an our idea was to swap the video and photography groups around so they could teach each other the skills they learnt, however by this point the photography team were not finished yet so we had to improvise, Jen decided we would teach our group stop motion some wanted to learn this others did not, so we just carried on with the ones who did teaching them the basic skills of stop motion, after we played around we uploaded them so they could see what they had done.
The following day we all went to a community near Lake Victoria, we got off to a shaky start as there weren’t many people there due to a lack of communication however they went to find people in order for our time travelling there to be put to some use. After they found people we began our meeting, we filmed it during the speeches, as everyone discussed how we could all help. After this the people split into two groups and as we were there just to observe, we filmed what the were talking about. This was interesting to watch, as we had come to teach and engage with them and we got to see what they had learnt from us not just media skills but communication as well.
We then went down to Lake victoria and as i had a tummy upset and didn’t want to make it even worse i dipped my toe in! After this is was our last night in Rongo which was sad but we will all stay in touch through facebook.
On day 2 at Rongo University we were waiting for everyone to be ready so myself, Maddy and Jen decided instead of wasting time to begin setting up the editing software we would be using, as we knew we would be pressed for time to do it later. However due to technical difficulty we were unable to set it up and later resulted in using Peters laptop to edit.
We then travelled to the Gold mines, which was really interesting I didn’t know the process of it and after going there and hearing peoples stories I feel making our group documentary on it was worth while. As we were pushed for time we began filming B-roll and then did an interview with a lady who worked there, as she was working to making the viewers who might not know the process see it first hand. As she didn’t speak English we agreed to add subtilise during the editing. After we had done this we began the presenting of the introduction and conclusion, I feel this all went well and according to schedule however towards the end we suggested what they could do to help speed up the process and they didn’t listen but we decided to let them get on as it was their documentary not ours. We then came back and uploaded all our footage to Peters computer and began editing whilst showing them what we were going to do and asking them what they wanted us to do. Due to time constraints we couldn’t do a editing tutorial on the projector like we first planned however due to the other group having technically difficulty they joined ours and it became a editing tutorial, which worked out well for them as they would be editing the next day and then new what to do. After cutting it, putting it in order, adding transitions, music, ect, we all watched it back and liked it. Although due to technically difficulty again the music didnt import properly but now we are home we can fix it and export to youtube after doing this we will send them the link. In the future we should take more laptops with the correct editing software on it, but it all worked out in the end.
Willice this is our piece of art work !!
Day 12 in the wilderness. Lack of contact with the outside world and leaking toilets is starting to get to me. But on the plus side its safari day in the Masai mara! We got up to an early start at 4 am and left by five to ensure we got to the Masai mara on time and had enough time to get back. Which typically all fell through when we broke down… However the day started with an exciting pace, we had some nice breakfast and lunch packed by the lovely staff at Rongo university. Once we arrived, following a bumpy ride into the Masai we soon saw an array of wildlife! I luckily ticked off all the ones i was desperate to see, lions, elephants, giraffes, and monkeys. We also came across hippos, Ostriches, rhinos, crocodiles, a multi coloured lizard!, zebras, many deer, birds, buffalo and a tortuous! Once the day started to get late we started to drive out of the Masai mara, unfortunately our van started leaking oil and we broke down. Soon someone passed and towed us out to help, but if it wasn’t for the van breaking down we wouldn’t of come across two male lions which we got extremely close to! Once the people our driver rang arrived they took over as the other car couldn’t support the van. Me, rod and emily had to stay in the van whilst the others ditched us and enjoyed a luxurious ride and got to spot some hippos! Clear now who aren’t the team players ey! Anyway after being towed out of dangerous lion territory we stopped at a camp to wait for the van to be fixed at the garage. After a long wait it was clear it was too dangerous for the driver to get us to Nairobi in the dark, so instead we stayed the night in a scary bug tent! I am sure this will all be funny in the morning.
Today we got to Rogo university a bit earlier so we could have time to drive to Lake Victoria. After breakfast we set off on the coach to visit the community next to Lake Victoria. After another bumpy three hours we parked up by the community centre to meet the people of the local communities. Coming as a big group of people was probably a bit intimidating to the group of people so after the speeches from Jerry, Willis and Peter we got the students of Rongo to organise the community members into two groups. Getting the Rongo students to interact with them was a better way to help communicate with them. Once they set up two groups we set up two cameras to film the meetings. We didn’t want to be shoving cameras in peoples faces so chaz, sarah and jen stood back and filmed discretely. (I was very impressed by the video skills jen and sarah learnt!). The visit to the lunch hall was interesting.. But the river was beautiful! After a long journey back we made it back for dinner and got some good sleep for the trip to the safari tomorrow.