This week I begun a 6-week course in the Techniques of Video Production. I’ve already learned so much in 2 full sessions. Putting everything else aside, I am super excited to be in the course. There were a few glitches in registration, orientation and the formal start of classes due to delays in the restoration of power by the JPS. Of course this was directly related to the passage of Hurricane Sandy.
Our in-house tutor, Luis McLean is a quirky character with a flair for corny jokes, run-on explanations and repetitive review. But it comes with the territory. The Media Technology Institute (MTI) is a small school under the umbrella of the Creative Production Training Center (CPTC). The structure is simple, media professionals training the next generation of media enthusiasts. Their portfolio is renowned in the Caribbean, and as a youngster, I devoutly watched local programs such as Hill and Gully Ride, JIS News Magazine (we didn’t have cable television in my house growing up). I watched icons such as Fae Ellington and Miss Lou host and act in reruns and current programs each week.
I knew then that they were locally produced, due to their cultural content, but I did not know the extent of production. CPTC has 1,000 of hours of Jamaican culture, and now I am studying where those archives are stored, and where that footage was produced. Made in Jamaica, by Jamaicans, for Jamaicans at home and abroad. How cool is that?