‘Work experience’ is usually shorthand for tea-making, errand running and general office serfdom. Spectacle however has a very different interpretation of work placements.
You get into the thick of things straight away. For me, I was sent off into the City of London to do an interview with two other work placement participants. Before we left we were told how to use the equipment and given some tips on basic interview technique, but we were trusted 100% to go and bring back usable footage and audio.
The Spectacle program is here to help its participants get a grasp of what working in an independent video production environment is like. The placement lasts 15 days and participants can expect to spend 20% of their time on shoots working in different capacities, 40% editing in FCP and the remaining 40% assisting in the office with the day to day maintenance of the website, blog and office itself. Obviously the more dull office errands need taking care of, but Spectacle like to make sure that no one work placement participant is stuck doing all the humdrum and everyone in the office helps out.