Pupils get a peek behind TV scenes

2015-09-01 06:00
Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone, here as Skhaleni from Isibaya, played in a mock scene with high school pupils to show them how TV programmes are made.

Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone, here as Skhaleni from Isibaya, played in a mock scene with high school pupils to show them how TV programmes are made.

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Pupils from different schools in the province couldn’t believe their eyes when the world of television was revealed to them.

M-Net partnered with the Cape Town Science Centre to host the Magic in Motion career expo last week, to show youth from previously disadvantaged communities what the film and television industry is about and how TV programmes are put together. The expo also exposed them to the broad variety of career prospects in the industry.

Two favourite faces of Isibaya on the Mzansi Magic channel, Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone (who plays taxi driver Skhaleni) and Enest Thabani Gumede (who plays Ntandane), joined pupils on a mock-up set to learn about the production process, and then get to experience post-production. A realistic Isibaya scene was created for the pupils.

A lot to doFhulufhelo Badugela, human resources director of M-Net, says the expo was an opportunity to expose high school pupils to the various careers in the broadcasting world.

“Most pupils think broadcasting is all about acting and presenting, yet there is a lot that they can do,” says Badugela.

Thabisa Madikiza (17), a pupil who attended the expo, said it was eye-opening.

“I couldn’t believe that the shows that we watch on TV are made by normal people like us. It was so amazing to see all the work to make a television programme. At times when we see scenes on TV it feels like we are being cheated and some things are not real but today I saw everything with my own eyes and I enjoyed it.

“With what I saw today I’m also hoping to be in the broadcasting industry one day as there are a lot of things to do.”

Magic in Motion also has an academy which currently has 12 interns learning and practising the ins and outs of broadcasting.

“We are also very pleased that our 12 interns, who are halfway through their 12-month programme, were also functioning as technical support at the career expo, putting into practice some of what they have learnt so far,” says Badugela.

Many roles in industryYolisa Phahle, CEO of M-Net South Africa, says the career expo provides a view of the many roles in the film and television industry.

“M-Net is passionate about developing local talent and we are looking forward to meeting the next generation of South African filmmakers. Additionally, we have seen how entrepreneurial this business is and are committed to providing opportunities that will allow new production companies to enter the industry as this is how jobs are created. Nollywood and Hollywood make significant contributions to the GDP of Nigeria and the US. Our industry has the potential to do the same, yet many do not realise the opportunities that exist,” says Phahle.

Exciting prospectsJulie Cleverdon, director for the Cape Town Science Centre, says they are also committed to the development of the youth in the province.

“The career expo creates an opportunity for us, in partnership with M-Net, to positively impact the lives of selected pupils by exposing them to exciting career prospects in film and television,” she says.

The expo included an exhibition of various institutions explaining to the pupils what to study after school if they want to work in broadcasting. Institutions like the University of Cape Town, Boston College and Afda participated.

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