A304MC Pass it on – Mentoring Session 5
Today was our last mentoring session with our group. The group came in and sat down and waited around once we let them in, and one person asked if they were supposed to get started and I said yes. Instead of waiting to be told what to do, this will teach them to just come in and get set up straight away without hesitation.
It took a while for the gallery to make decisions on lighting and sound levels which slowed the practice down, however, everyone else had got into their roles and set up their stations ready to go without asking any questions, meaning they had learnt what they needed to do in their time with us and just cracked on with doing it.
The group were a bit slow today but overall they did extremely well and have come extremely far! They have come up with a show about economic fashion, have costumes made to show, got guests coming in to speak to and are doing a few interviews outside as well. This has all been scripted which they worked from today and got through really well. I would say they need to keep an eye on their presenters as they aren’t very enthusiastic or bubbly when on camera and we have pointed out to then that they need to be otherwise their show will look bad and their guests won’t feel like they want to be there either.
We asked them various questions about their show, all of which they could answer which is a good sign, and asked them what are their next steps over the next few weeks. The answer was to work on set design, and we reinforced this as they do need to be thinking about set early on so that they can coincide with what the presenters will be doing with gestures, will they be stood up or sat down, and also what they presenters wear. Both the mentors and mentees agreed that once a set is in place everything else will come together as it will be easier to see it physically than to visualise.
We were thanked graciously for helping them, and we again offered our extended services to help out should they need it and not to be afraid to give us a shout. I feel sad for these mentoring sessions to be over but I am more than confident leaving our group to get on with it as they have had extensive help with roles and control panels and now just need to carry practising to nail their module.