So, time has passed and Ross internship at the prop department in the Leavesden Studios came to an end. According to him it was “an amazing experience” that unfortunately was too short.
As I told you in the previous post, he was invited by Jim Barr, the head of the Props department that’s currently working on the second film of the Fantastic Beasts Franchise, to have two weeks work experience to test his skills and give him an opportunity to see for himself how the prop making world works and then decide if he would actually pursue this as a career.
It wasn’t easy at the beginning, since as the new boy in town he didn’t really know what to expect, but after a few days of sanding, cleaning and painting he realised that this is what he actually wants to do for a living. The creative process at the studios wasn’t the same as when you create your own things in your own home, the studio works more like a factory where everyone has a key role in the making of a single object, and apparently it’s amazing… no two days are the same, one day you’re doing a bit here, the next a bit over there, being part, in this case, of the creation of the wizarding world as J.K.Rowling imagined it.
Unfortunately this time, this experience had to end, and after the two weeks in the studios Ross shared on social media the following: “It was like work experience in as much as I worked on things that were needed for the sets, after the processes were explained to me. I worked on several different things, using different processes. I learnt some things. There were some things I didn’t get to do due to time constraints, but probably would have been given the chance to do if I’d been able to stay longer… According to one of the other trainees, I was being given greater responsibilities then other trainees… They were aware that I already have a job and wouldn’t be able to just drop everything and continue working there. If it had been feasible for me to continue working there after the 2 weeks, I’d still be there now. They’ve told me the door is open and that I should stay in contact. I was even told that I could dip in and out if I wish to… Apparently I did “a blinding job” and was “fu**ing amazing”, or words to that effect. It sounds as though they’d like me to go back and told me to keep in touch.”
All I can say is that I’m very proud of Ross and also very happy that he had this opportunity, but more importantly, I’m happy that he created a good impression and the doors were left open for him to return as soon as he can sort things out. This would be a big step in his life…giving up a long term job doing something completely different, moving to a different town and settling down again… it may take a bit of time to get there, but I’m sure (and I’ll make sure) he will be back at the props department sooner rather than later.
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