Read about 2021 DocLabber, Joanna S's placement

Read about 2021 DocLabber, Joanna S's placement
2021 Grierson DocLab trainee, Joanna Suchomska. Thank you to Blast! Films for supporting Grierson DocLab.

Watching the programmes you love is one thing, but learning first-hand about how they're made is another, which is why I was so excited to start my placement with Blast! Films and work on their BBC Two series Saving Lives at Sea.

I always appreciated access series for the way they open doors to worlds I wouldn’t otherwise have an insight into. It has been both fascinating and humbling to learn about the world of those who volunteer their time to save others on the RNLI lifeboats.
I was fortunate enough to be able to combine my placement with a regular contract on the series, and I'm grateful to my colleagues at Blast! for showing me the ropes and encouraging me to ask questions as I was settling into my role. It can be daunting to absorb all the information there is to know when first starting on a series as well-established as Saving Lives at Sea, and the team at Blast! have truly gone out of their way to make sure I felt supported since day one of my placement. I’m looking forward to continuing on the series as a Researcher and excited for what the coming months will bring.
Overall, having completed my DocLab training less than a year ago, the opportunity to do my placement with Blast! Films, the producers of some of my favourite shows, is something I would have never hoped for – not to mention doing it locally in Brighton. It's been great to meet everyone on the team in person, and morning walks to the office have become a treasured part of my daily routine. A huge thank you to The Grierson Trust for everything you've done to help me get here. 


Applications for 2022 Grierson DocLab are now closed and the team is assessing all submissions. If your production company would like to get involved in this year's scheme, get in touch.

Published: 16 March 2022

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