My First Film

When it came to deciding what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always questioned whether it should be just one thing. I mean it’s quite a commitment to pick one career for the rest of your life. That’s why I’m happy I chose to work in TV because there are always many different tasks to complete.

The chance to make what people see on TV has always been a dream and that’s why I studied Journalism and Media Studies. I find telling stories a magical thing and I definitely wanted to tell other people’s stories.

I was able to add Journalist to my CV when I worked on a news programme that focused on positive stories in the community, told through the voices of the characters. I liked being able to do this because I didn’t see myself as a journalist reporting on all the negative events in the world.

On the documentary film, Mr Table Tennis, I get to continue to explore the storytelling process as the production assistant. I am thrilled that I am making what I enjoy watching.

Megan transcribes

Megan transcribes

Transcribing was my first main task. It’s time consuming, but I enjoy it because I like to hear what people have to say. Luckily, on Mr Table Tennis, people had interesting things to say. The best feeling was getting to know characters through their interviews. They made me laugh, sad, angry, excited, proud, happy and, overall, inspired. It’s strange that even though I haven’t met them, I feel connected to each person whose interview I transcribed.

Completing this documentary continues to be a great adventure because I’m working with great people. Reading some of the paper edit made the story come together and I started to picture the documentary in my head. I CAN’T WAIT to see the final product and to see my name in the credits.

by Megan Jonkers

4 responses to “My First Film”

  1. Penuel says:

    Well done Megan!!!! This is a very inspiring story. I wish everyone can read this especially when there are so many young people who feel lost and have no inspiration. I can’t wait to see the film.

  2. Megan Jonkers says:

    Thank you Penuel

  3. Jurina Nkwazi says:

    What a nice piece! Well done and keep it up.

  4. Abdul-Mu'izz says:

    Amazing stuff Megan. I noticed you naturally doing well in media as I saw you many times broadcasting news, presenting or using your skills to produce quality to us. Keep it up and tell me when the documentary is available to the public.

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