Work Based Experience at the Movies

Lights, camera and action, was the order of the day for 48 False Bay TVET College, 2D Animation students who supported the organisers of the 2018 edition of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival.

As part of their Work Based Experience learning, for 10 days in October, the students had the incredible opportunity to grow their knowledge and understanding of the world of cinema, cinematic languages and to meet role players in the cinema industry. With over 120 films entered in competition, across a range of categories, the students rubbed shoulders with producers, directors and actors from here and afar. 

Work Based Experience at the Movies SmallSupporting the logistics of the international event, the students worked as ushers, at the information desks and as technical assistants in the screening rooms. These opportunities grew their skills sets, their professionalism and their understanding of what opportunities exist within the film and creative industries.

Tracy Cottle, False Bay TVET College, 2D Animation student in her feedback reported “I especially enjoyed going to the presentations and workshops that formed part of the market industry programme.  I would not have been able to participate in such industry shaping platforms, had it not been for this opportunity.  I learnt what sort of content and stories producers and film makers are looking to invest in for the South African film industry.”

False Bay TVET College is still the only TVET College in the Western Cape which offers 2D Animation as a study choice.  Through funding allocated by the Media, Information and Communication Technologies, Sector Education and Training Authority, 50 deserving students are given the opportunity to study and transform the landscape of the digital creative industry. Application criteria for the 2D Animation course is a Grade 12 certificate and an entrance portfolio of artworks. The 2018 programme intake this year saw a large amount of applicants submitting their portfolios, as funded art-based courses are few. 

The growing interest in studying a programme in the digital-creative space is in response to the 4th Industrial Revolution.  “The Revolution is knocking on our doors, hungry for qualified professionals,” said subject matter specialists, Mr Riaan Theron, 2D Animation Lecturer at the College. “Applications to this programme has grown, along with the calibre of student with artistic abilities and digital knowledge. The youth realise that there are very viable career opportunities available in the creative industries.  Furthermore, our 2D Animation facilities were given a boost. A fleet of new computers, loaded with the latest digital software was installed, giving our students the edge, making our graduates attractive to future employers.” 
For more information on the programme offering, or to become a host employer of a 2D Animation graduate please feel free to email Mr Riaan Theron Riaan.Theron@falsebay.org.za or Cate Hunter Cate.Hunter@falsebay.org.za

Footnote: False Bay TVET College 2D Animation Lecturer, Ms Cate Hunter pitched 2 screenplay projects at the 2018 Cape Town Film Festival in the Writers’ Guild of South Africa Forum. Cate was awarded the runner up for her film titled, Family Roots.