Danie recently joined the creative team as a videographer. Danie has had the opportunity to film Lean Launch Pad mentors, our project partners’ principal investigators, as well as other interns. Danie posts videos monthly on our Vimeo account.
Danie can you tell us what your role at g.e@ubc is?
As the video intern I bring creative visuals to projects and bring them to life through media. This involves setting up the camera, sound and lights in order to deliver a visually entertaining subject, this is then followed by many hours of editing. The job doesn’t end there though; I have had the pleasure of being given many new tasks and of learning a lot while working here. The workflow changes everyday. It is never a dull moment. When I first started working here, I was introduced to a whole other language I didn’t understand. After being exposed to all the amazing science happening at UBC I have really uncovered my inner nerd. I have been learning as I go and I am lucky to have so much support from everyone here. They have made it easy to ask questions when needed and have helped ease me in.
What is your educational background in film?
I have been involved with film and photography for as long as I can remember. I have always enjoyed media such as television, movies, and social media. I truly started getting involved in film at the beginning of high school when I took my first film class. There were only two courses available so after taking both I became a teacher’s assistant for the following two years. After high school I decided to pursue a career in film at Capilano University, where I recently graduated with a Degree in Motion Picture Arts. University was an amazing experience; I learnt so much while being there. Film is what I do; it’s who I am, and it’s what I will continue to do for the rest of my life.
What aspects of your internship do you enjoy the most?
The team! Working with The Creative Team has been an amazing experience; we have a lot of fun and get to do interesting work together. When it comes to the videos, they trust me to get the job done. It feels great having somewhere I can apply my creative ideas and still have structure within the workplace.
When you are not working in entrepreneurship and genomics, what are you most passionate about?
Film and photography are my passions and they occupy most of my free time. I love that I can say that I film full time now, and that I am improving my skills everyday! I love learning new things, and picking up new equipment to see what it can do.
What would you say to other young people thinking about finding work experience outside University?
Just apply! You never know until you try. The worst that could happen is that they say no, and there is only a 50/50 chance of that. Learning is a huge part of life and you won’t learn unless you try. Be confident!
You can see examples of Danie’s work in our Vimeo Account