Over the past 3 months, I have been based in East Africa, in Kenya as part of my PhD program under the PIPS scheme (Professional Internships for PhD Students). It was here that I was given the opportunity to work on projects related to science communication, science media production and international capacity building. For the … Continue reading The End of my PhD Internship in Kenya – A Reflective Look Back
This week was the big editing week and the final push. It was our final week here in Nairobi and there was still a lot to do. We needed to full edit the raw footage into two professional final pilot episodes, we still had a final few things to shoot and we needed to finish … Continue reading Crunch Time
For the Love of Chapatis
This week was another big filming week. We had worked a lot with Mwihaki last week on a predatory conferences video. This week we would be working with Bernice filming a bioinformatic BLAST video. We were recording presenter-to-camera inside shots in front of a green-screen, and outside on-location multi-camera shots. We were so fortunate to … Continue reading For the Love of Chapatis
Animation, Grilled Meat & Mad Max
Its another week for Hans and me, in Nairobi, Kenya as part of our PIPS PhD internship. To start off the week, there was a big emphasis on creating some professional-looking animations for our pilot videos. Slowly we were starting to get the hang of Synfig for 2D animations and Blender for 3D animations. The … Continue reading Animation, Grilled Meat & Mad Max
From China, The Long Way Around.
For Hans and I, it was time for another week of the PIPS internship out in Nairobi, Kenya. What will this week have in store for us? We first started, following our weekly Monday morning meeting, with a bit of creative brainstorming. As part of our internship, we are creating a series of online training … Continue reading From China, The Long Way Around.
This week started with getting to grips with some animation software to start to produce some motion graphics, useful for transitions, backgrounds or titles. This involved wrestling with the notoriously challenging 3D animation software blender. After many tutorials and lots of practice, I was able to produce a few short transitions which I have to … Continue reading Filming Commences
The Project and the Wildlife
Our first week of our PIPS (professional internship for PhD students) placement has begun, time to start the project. For Hans, this was to create a production pipeline for a transferable skills video training series. For myself, a similar project but for a bioinformatic video training series. To start off the week, we attended the … Continue reading The Project and the Wildlife
The Adventure Begins
The time had come. It was time to travel to Nairobi Kenya for our internship as part of our PhD doctoral training partnership called the Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS) scheme. We ventured towards the airport equipped with cases, documents, a healthy dose of excitement, a dash of nerves…and of course, a generous sprinkling … Continue reading The Adventure Begins
Kenya PIPS – An Introduction
For the next 12 weeks Hans and I (Danny) will be undertaking an internship. This internship is a necessary part of our PhD program for which we are both students of. I am based over at the John Innes Centre while Hans is based over at neighbouring University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. This … Continue reading Kenya PIPS – An Introduction