Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) internship: Show reel

There were some unexpected outcomes for Shu Run Yap when she interned as a producer with Wrestler as part of her MFA (Creative Practice)—Film.

Shu Run Yap - FILMInstead of working exclusively on the production side of Wellington International Airport Singapore Airlines’ VR experience, she found herself cast as the voice talent. The 360 degree camera traversed Singapore, Phuket and London while she narrated the experience. “VR experience projects are completely new to me and it was incredible to see it go live at the Wellington International Airport,” she says.

But it wasn’t all talking. Working on the Wellington International Airport Community Award videos was another of Shu Run’s favourite projects. “I was involved in organising the shoot across the Greater Wellington Region to produce 30 videos - all showcasing different not-for-profit organisations and how they have contributed to making our community better,” she says.

Wrestler’s General Manager Ray Gazley hosted Shu Run Yap during the internship and says the experience interns receive in such a competitive industry sector is invaluable. “On average, Wrestler receives a CV or job application every other day — and experience is one of the top things we are interested in assessing,” she says. “From a business perspective, we had an extra pair of hands on deck and at the same time were able to provide relevant hands-on experience to an intern.”

Shu Run says her time at Wrestler exposed her to a practical, collaborative and creative approach to content creation. “The internship allowed me to apply my training and skills within the structure of a real company. It helped to expand my industry network and provided me with opportunities to work on a wide scope of projects, which have really added to my portfolio and show reel.”