Published on: 28/11/2016
In January 2017 it will be seven years since I joined the IRC team. Over the years, I have done nearly everything that a communication practitioner can do within an organisational setting – and I have many outputs to show for it.
One of my favourite products was a documentary titled: Water flow in a rural setting:
It was the first documentary I produced under the Triple-S project. It was meant to capture the most critical issues around sustainability of rural water supply facilities.
Production of the documentary was as challenging as it was interesting. The Triple-S project was just starting. The district offices in Kabarole and Lira had just been opened and we were trying to wedge into the sector. Issues of rural water supply had been documented extensively, but mostly in print. So this was going to be a different communication output - different from the ones that many people were used to. The process involved developing the concept, identifying a documentary production firm, identifying communities and sources of water to visit; shooting the video, and a long production process. Many things make this process memorable for me:
I learnt many lessons from the experience of producing this particular documentary. One has to prepare very well before embarking on the production of a documentary. And it’s not just about the equipment and the sites. Preparation extends even to personal effects like shoes and clothes – you wear the wrong shoes, it affects your field experience.
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