This is a personal experience written by Nelson Walo, a hearing impaired Camera-man trainee on his first trip via Port Moresby to Kiunga in the Western Province to shoot his first Documentary Film. These are the exact words how he expresses himself.

"I felt very nervouse and scared of the aeroplane because it would be my first flight and a lifetime experience. I never flew to other provinces by plane before, only by road.

I learnt the safety instructions demonstrated by one of the flight attendants when I was onboard. I also learnt that at all times fastening of the seatbelts was one of the most important safety rules to adhere to before take off and before landing. To my surprise, at the security checkpoints, we were asked to remove all our things for scanning of illegal smuggling of drugs and other things. The International airport was huge and has many gateways I suppose.

Port Moresby was very huge to me compared to Madang with many streets, tall sky scrappers, including magnificent arts decorations on the roundabouts. I was amazed to see traffic lights with its busy cars. People appeared to be very busy with their work. I hardly saw much of 10-seater and 5-door land-cruisers on the four lane road. I was enjoying my tour in the city and I learnt many new things in the hotel and restaurant where we stayed. Living in the hotel and using a knife and fork on the dinning was very difficult for someone like me, but I was inspired of these.

Traveling to Western province on the DC aircraft, I saw many beautiful land scapes and was enpleased that our good Lord has moulded my country beautifully. It was my first time to see PNG's largest river, the Fly River. After arrival at Kiunga, I noticed something very unique. It was the greeting style which was different from that of mine in my own province.

The school that we went to see, I found some of my disability friends there to my surprise. I noticed that most of the students at the school were girls and very few boys. Seeing also people traveling on canoes without out triggers made me very nervous, however, I enjoyed and learnt many things out at Kiunga.

The shooting of the short videos and documentary with the video camera was a new thing to me and I was confused with some uses of it but I was grateful with he assistance and teaching by my instructor, Mr. Robert Banasi.
I learnt from my instructor of very useful filming techniques which I enjoyed during the shooting in Kiunga. I always checked the camera's battery and applied all filming techniques on every shooting. Handling the video camera sometimes takes away my energy in working. However, it was interesting and it taught me many new things. The very most difficult part I experienced in shooting was when I was directed to film the canoes paddling across the Fly River.

Finally, I surely found confidence in using the video camera for shooting short documentaries or videos with little supervision. I would like to learn to the best of my ability to do very good shootings professionally in the future. However, the best thing that I experienced in this shooting learning process was the handling of the video camera."
4/23/2013 02:57:02 pm

This sounds like an incredible experience! Are you the Nelson I knew as a small boy, about 5 years old coming into CSHC when we first started education programmes in about 1995?

9/7/2013 10:38:57 am

Found this link while searching Google, thanks


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