I was asked a few months back by Martin Kennedy, headteacher at The International School if I would return to Seychelles and run a series of film workshops with students. Of course I jumped at the opportunity.
The Seychelles islands are the oldest ocean islands on earth, a micro continent, isolated millions of years ago…. 1000 miles off the coast of Kenya in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The natural eco environment here is one of the most diverse i’ve ever seen.
Its my third visit to the islands and most definitely not my last.
I was met very kindly by Steve and his Mini Moke at the airport after a long 11 hour flight with no sleep. Steve works at the school and is currently head of IT as well as webmaster and teacher. We dropped my bags off at his place, took a quick shower and decided to go snorkeling at Sunset Beach. Amazingly clear crystal turquoise waters and so happy that I’d brought an underwater housing for my digital still camera.
My first night was spent with Steve and his wife Gemma in their beautiful home which is set high up on the hillside over looking Beau Vallon beach.
They have an amazing and gorgeous view of the setting sun over Silhouette Island.
After such a hectic few weeks from Freetown to London to Hull and back to London it was nice to sit down with a large vodka and coke and watch the sun go down.
School begins at 8am here in Seychelles so it was an early start for my first day.
Up at 6:30 and leaving the house by 7am.
My first day at school was spent meeting with Martin and the kids. The school already had some ideas for project briefs which would include a series of commercials for national tv, adverting the launch of 3G for Airtel, Seychelles equivalent of Vodaphone, plus a promotional video for The International School who are intending to build and open another school on the neighboring island of Praslin.
At this point in the blog, I’m going to hand over to the kids and let them write about their experiences during the productions.
I may well pop in and write about intersting items from time to time….