Expanding on the original founders’ hopes of broadcasting the best of IAA into the world, we are proud to say that this year, we hope to expand the Panorama’s influence onto the entirety of the IAA. Quality and consistency are the top values for the Panorama team. With an ambitious vision, perseverance, and determination, it is our duty to project the best of IAA’s work to the community of parents, teachers, and students alike. Sticking to values of Consistency and Quality, we hope to showcase the most memorable events and the talents of our students, spanning both primary and secondary, including athletics, academics, and the arts. The IAA-Panorama website makes it easier for readers to find exactly what their looking for in terms of our peers’ outstanding work.
Meet the 2017-2018 IAA-Panorama Team
Talal Al Otaibi
Role: General Manager
From its emergence to its prominence, it is no doubt that social media has become an important part of our lives. To many people, social media has become their method of accessing news. This category certainly includes students at IAA. Watching the former Panorama teams evolve in their vision to provide the community with the news about events and the students’ talents inspired me to join the team to service the community. I feel that managing this year’s Panorama team will be an interesting and fun journey that will provide with the experience I need as a student.
Role: Video Manager
The Panorama team to me is not simply the school’s video production team, but also a place where you get to be a little movie star. I used to be immensely into film, and I actually wanted to be a documentary-maker when I grow up. It’s not that that part of me has died out, but I have a more well-rounded vision of the arts now, rather than a specific outlook focused on one art form. In terms of all the arts, directing is my absolute pleasure. I mean, performing is essential, but at the end of the day I know I love to direct. I enjoy transforming my vision into reality; whilst witnessing it change, and fluctuate. As I realised this summer, when I directed musical theatre actors, the best part of directing is the team aspect to it – therefore I’m really looking forward to co-creating with the Panorama team this year, and grow and learn with everyone.
My goals include:
1) Learning the art of cinematography (how to film, hold a camera, making the movie)
2) Making sure the Panorama is in collaboration with all school events / clubs interested – producing content at a constant rate
3) Learning to create art together with my team; coming up with creative ways to listen to everyone’s ideas and find effective means of implementing everyone’s vision. I already have management and leadership skills from past experiences, such as school band, and workshops and I’m really looking forward to implement what I’ve learnt into the Panorama team and acquire different ways to be an effective video manager and leader.
Role: Video Manager/Editor
“Film-making and video editing has always been an interest of mine for the past 6 years. As time passed, I climbed up the stairs of this journey, starting as a beginner who knew nothing, to video editing and animating on a professional level. The IAA Panorama team is yet another opportunity to both excel my skills and learn more about this field, as well as provide a sense of a community at the school with the work of other members in the team at the same time. I am very eager to know what possible outcomes can emerge from working collaboratively with other members of the team, and I look forward to a wonderful, and a fruitful experience.”
We live in a world wherein ‘new’ media, those socially-oriented websites such as YouTube, Facebook and WordPress, the platform this very blog is using, make it incredibly easier for individuals to showcase their various talents to the world. The massive amount of creative content available on the internet today has, however, made it increasingly difficult for those select individuals whose abilities are truly unique to get the amount of exposure that they deserve. The IAA Panorama is a website whose goal it is to support such individuals, highlight their talents, underline their achievements and applaud their courage.
This website is the world’s window into the IAA – The International Academy of Amman. It hosts the best pieces of work students of the IAA produce and also provides you with access to the many non-academic activities that IAA students partake in, such as theatrical productions, in-school concerts and philanthropic endeavors. We, the editors of this blog, look forward to sharing with the world more of the quality of and talent in our peers’ works.