364. Conclusion

In conclusion for 364, I feel it’s been an interesting module that could have benefited from more personal guidance by sessions with my tutor, but that ‘lack’ of focus has allowed me to explore areas I didn’t consider in October, such as branching out freelance in Journalism (and then pursuing that to travel abroad, interview professionals about their careers, and then get my portfolio banded around to professionals and my FMP seen by film directors) or attempting to do more filming work alongside the module to improve my own knowledge and experience so I grow technically alongside knowledgeably.

I also feel that I’ve branched out more as a professional individual during this module, increasing my online digital reach through platforms such as LinkedIn/FB/Twitter and making regular contact with others in my circle, but also getting my website seen by unknowns, approaching jobs and applying for them throughout the module, having the confidence to put work online and take myself seriously, and stepping away from that title of ‘student’ as I’ve not really considered myself one since I got back from filming my FMP. I feel that my portfolio is beneficial and covers all the aspects that I want to portray myself as; working as a camera operator and editor, a photographer and a freelance journalist. It could perhaps benefit from having more visual work on there, but there isn’t currently much online I’m happy with showing or that is under embargo for other employees who I’ve created content for, so there is a downside to progressing as an individual because the scope of work you can show becomes less.

Overall, I feel that the module has been a lot more beneficial than professional experience in the 2nd year, or the FMP this year, as it’s given me the ability to go out and learn in places I’ve wanted to, to expand where I felt that it was crucial, and to develop in ways that I feel benefitted me the most. It’s allowed me to cut the faff out and focus on the bits that matter and will be relevant, directly targeting my aims and growth more as a ‘media professional’, which will be crucial to carry on developing and become beneficial after University.

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364. Analysis

Looking back on the work for the 364 module, I feel that I have put a lot of time and effort into research both the background of the careers I’m interested in (as it’s not just one), but also the kind of portfolio I may need for each one. I also feel that I’ve put a lot of effort into my new portfolio/website to make it appealable and include elements for each of these aspects. Such as wanting to work more as a hobby photographer, so I’ve included my flickr link and a photography page, or as a freelance journalist so I’ve briefly talked about it in my about sections and included a link to the pages where I write for, and the over-reaching camera-op/editor job where i’ve included my previous written experience and visual examples.

Taking that all into account, perhaps i could have tried harder or included more for this module, one of the downsides being sacrificing greater detail in each area for getting an overview and some grounding details in a variety of careers/areas I’m interested in. Maybe I could have contacted more professionals in each area, getting a variety of feedback from professionals in each category (editor/journalist/ect) so I could compare their background and advice, and how I could have benefitted from each one and the information they would have partaken, but then the flip side to this is that I contacted a lot of individuals I know and only a handful replied to me, some also replied saying that they didn’t want to answer the questions or it was impolite to ask, so these answers I thanked for their time, but overall I’ve learnt that some people don’t mind discussing their work and experience whilst others feel it is rude or prying, so I’ve had to be careful when getting wider research into portfolios and the background of a professional’s experience. I also feel that attending events down in London and travelling out to Italy for work was incredibly beneficial as I’ve met a lot of professionals and discussed with them about their work, which has added to my own portfolio and knowledge, and research into my chosen careers whilst giving an insight into how to get onto that path.

At times I feel like I haven’t done enough for this module as it’s been self-taught mostly, and we’ve had to go out and find all the information for ourselves and discover what we wanted, so perhaps I could have done with more direction in the beginning by sitting with my tutor and discussing the aims of the module and where I wanted to take it or see myself. Without this direction however, I feel that I’ve done an admirable job in approaching professional contacts and getting feedback from people I never expected replies off. I definitely feel that my knowledge of the career choices I’m interested in has grown, and that this has benefitted my portfolio improvement greatly as I built the website up from their feedback and the research I did into other portfolios.

Overall, I feel that my work on this module has been a good attempt, and whilst I could have approached aspects differently or maybe had more of a concrete focus at times, the outcome has been the same either way and the plethora of research and knowledge gained from this is the aspect that means the most, so whilst the journey could have done with improvement the destination was good. I feel that my portfolio reflects well all my past work and acts well as a professional visual platform for myself, and that it will be helpful after University when finding work.

364. Contacting Professionals. Pt 6

I’ve known Rowan Johnson for about 2 years now, as I originally met him through the National Student TV Association. He’s a great guy who is completely dedicated to his craft and knows his equipment and skills well, he’s also worked as a freelance videographer for a number of years and set up his own company, recently buying out a larger one and expanding into full-time work as a commercial videographer. He’s been instrumental to my development, as we’re always talking over Facebook and asking each other for advice on shoots, and he’s been talking to me a lot about his work setting up the company and sharing our FMPs, as he does a similar course at his Uni. Whilst I feel that kicking out on my own as a company owner/freelancer isn’t something I’d do completely, getting advice from him and finding out more about that to continue in my free time is still something useful and beneficial that I can utilise, whilst doing work on the side as a hobby/favours. His website is at the bottom for more information.

How did you first start your career? Was it easy, or was there a hard path to where you currently are?

“I started freelancing in my final year of university by picking up a few clients through the creative agency based there. From there it snowballed into me starting my own production company and culminated with me taking over Southpoint Films, another production company in my area that was closing down”

What skills are needed by your job on a daily basis?

“I’m still a one-man-band at the moment so I’m responsible for everything in my company; production, admin, customer relations, finance, marketing, etc. So my skills need to stretch across all of those areas. Although they don’t always stretch as far as I’d like them to…”

What was the first job that you think helped you get where you are now?

“In a general capacity, the most helpful job I’ve ever had was working in an Apple Store part time throughout university. It taught me a lot about business, customer relationships and embracing change on a regular basis. Plus it helped me with saving money towards buying camera equipment, which now serves as the backbone of my business. On the production side of things my most helpful gig has been working on the car-centric Youtube channel Life On Unleaded”

 

How did you benefit from that?

“Supercars looks fantastic on camera, so they’re a great showreel booster! It also gave me an opportunity to flex my filmmaker muscles a bit and show off what I can do. Our first few videos got a lot of very complimentary comparisons to Top Gear which boosted my confidence a lot when I was just starting out”

What skills did you need to get that job, what did you learn from it?

“Strong editing skills got me the job. I worked as an editor on a TV show which sadly never went to air, and afterwards the Director put me in touch with Louis (owner and presenter of Life on Unleaded). We had a rocky start due to various technical issues but we persisted and now we’ve got almost 8,000 subscribers on Youtube”

Do you currently have a portfolio of work? (such as a digital website) What is included in it?

“I currently have two as I’m greedy. I maintain my own personal website rowanjohnson.co.uk and also my company website southpointfilms.com. My personal site is strictly for projects that I’ve worked on and features pretty much everything I’ve ever worked on that’s currently available online. My company website southpointfilms.com features a portfolio section with few selected videos created by both myself and the wider Southpoint Films family”

If you didn’t see, Rowan also gave some great feedback on my own portfolio/website and comparisons to his work were positive. I feel that talking with him about his work and experience has been great, as we’re both of similar ages so finding out how someone else is progressing in their work as an individual and becoming a media professional is interesting, both as a comparison and to see how I can learn from that. I feel that from this angle, there’s not a lot I can take from and develop into my own professional practise, as it’s a career path I don’t want to pursue, however the advice about the websites/skills necessary and persistence are all definitely things I can take heed for the future.

364. Contacting Professionals. Pt 5

I met a freelance journalist whilst at the Udine Far East Film Festival, he was introduced to me by another of my freelance contacts Fred, and over the week Mathew Scott talked to me quite a lot, we discussed films and general work, we worked together during one or two interviews with the VIPS teaming up with questions, and he gave me a lot of knowledge and advice about his job, agreeing to give me an interview for PPP about his own work as a freelance journalist in Asia.

I’m Mathew Scott and I’m a hong kong based freelance journalist, formerly film editor of the South China Morning Post for 8 years and now I cover Asian Cinema, still for the SCMP and for magazines across Asia and also French news agencies.

I was trained as a sports journalist in Austraila, then I moved to Hong Kong in the mid 90’s to join the SCMP as a sports journalist, and I always had a serious interest in cinema, and as I developed as a writer then I wanted to do more than sports, so I approached the features editor and asked if I could submit occasional film articles. 2 months after there was a management upheavel, they reconfigured the features and the editor liked what I was writing at the time so she invited me over as film editor. She liked my approach and they needed fresh eyes, so that got me into promoting primarily Hong Kong cinema, but these were the days of film junkets and I was lucky to get flown around onto sets all over Hollywood and Asia, meeting big productions and stars (which you don’t do anymore).

What do you think originally helped you get to where you are?

I think what helped with me, was as a sports journalist you’re dealing in drama and creating (you have to be more creative than news writing), and I think that helped me enormously because I was developing a style of writing that was suited to features anyway. Feature writing is about developing your interview technique and telling people stories, which cinema is about as well. I used to watch films from 13 onwards, I was obsessed with cinema. I was lucky as when I became film editor, it was right on the time crouching tiger when it’s Oscars so interest in Asian cinema up til that point had never been bigger. It went crazy in Hong Kong and there were productions everywhere. I’ve been lucky enough to be witness to the growth of the biggest film industry in the world, especially in the coming 3 to 4 years. The development of the Busan Film Festival, Udine, Hong Kong, and to see the interest internationally is amazing.

How is Hong Kong to work there as a westerner? 

Hong Kong is the easiest place to work in for a non-Asian as there are little language barriers, it’s a rare Asian city where as a westerner you can survive without learning the local language. Which is a bit bad in retrospect as it makes you lazy, and it would have benefitted me enormously to learn Cantonese. China is very hard and the Hong Kong film industry is hard as stars aren’t comfortable being interviewed in something that’s not their native tongue, that’s not just Asian anyone isn’t comfortable doing that, it’s made it hard getting interviews but that’s where Festivals come in helpful getting those interviews.

What kind of skills do you think I need as a freelance journalist?

Skills you need… well number one is curiosity, you need to constantly be questioning everything, thinking about stories…. You’ve got to want to know why things happen, to tell people stories. It’s a job you have to go at all the time. It’s less a job than a lifestyle, it’s like being in the pub 24 hours of the day and always talking to people, you’re just a channel for stories to tell other people. You see people who come in as interns and they aren’t curious, and they stand out a mile and it makes you question what they’re doing here. Freelancing now, the way media has changed and evolved, it’s creeping up now to change and it’s become a rut. The landscape of media is broader and wider than it’s ever been, but the earning capacity has shrunk as a lot more people will do stuff for little or no money now, the freedom of the job is also the restriction of the job as you’ve got to work everyday to keep pitching stories and working to survive.

How do you get contacts in the journalist/media industry?

Contacts in the industry, you get that through time. It’s just going out and meeting people constantly, going to events like film festivals, festivals like this are invaluable sources as everyone is there at the one place and time, and they have to talk to you as where else can they go? And I’ve sold work and got contacts specifically through festivals, as then people meet you because they won’t switch off once they’ve met you and they’ll read your email. But mainly Journalism and media is developing contacts over a period of time, such as you coming here to the festival Andrew, people will see your face and they’ll go “What the hell is that hairy dude doing?…”. Globally, the media industry is pretty small and you bump into people all the time. The other thing is once people see you enough times; they want to help you, as everyone is fearful of getting work again.

How did you first start out as a freelance journalist, what did you need?

When I first started as a freelancer, I told people well in advance that I’d be doing it and started asking what they sort of wanted or needed on a regular basis, to understand what I’d need to do. Then it took about 12 months to establish with some people that I could file on time and I was creative, then it all goes from there. The number one thing is enthusiasm, accuracy and punctuality, and they love it. If you get it in on time, it’s accurate and well put together then people will call you every time. You’ve just got to find your niche, the media industry is so varied and wide and you’ll think that you come here as one thing but you change and become something else.

“The number one thing is enthusiasm, accuracy and punctuality, and they love it. If you get it in on time, it’s accurate and well put together then people will call you every time”

How do you think I’ll be able to break into Journalism, what do I need or have to do?

I think the generation that’s coming into the industry now have more opportunities than we ever had with the rise of social media and broadening of the landscape means you’ll be much more skilled in other things than we were, all we were ever taught to do was write but you guys have to take photos, shoot videos, podcast or tweet or any of these things which people of your generation have the opportunity to learn a million different things. You’ve got to be multi-tasking all the time and have a range of skills.


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So the first thing to consider if that I haven’t mentioned throughout the blog about wanting to be a freelance journalist, however I have talked loosely about wanting to work as a ‘freelancer’ and as a writer for EasternKicks. Whatever I go on to do in the future, the knowledge from this interview is invaluable as it’s contributed to my own progression as a film writer for EK, and also given me an idea of how a freelance media professional operates in their field. The advice doesn’t apply to one sole field on my PPP but instead applies to a range of categories and is helpful in various aspects, and I feel this is detrimental in the future as I hope to meet Mathew again at future events.

He was helping me with questions for some of my VIP interviews, hinting at the kind of things I could ask or ways to change my questions to get better answers or come across more professionally, which I feel is detrimental to improving my own creative skills as a journalist/writer. He also let me tag-team/assist him on a few interviews in the press room and work with him on the audience talks, so this brief work as an assistant was interesting to observe how a professional journalist works when they’re collecting material and earning a living. His style of coming across as both well versed in all the subjects he asks questions about, but being friendly whilst needling to the core subject in his interviews was interesting, and I’d like to develop something similar as it was incredibly effective. One of the main things was his ‘plethora’ of knowledge, and like he stated himself it was all earned over time, however this is something I’d like to improve on, and I feel I can do this both by reading more books on cinema and wider history books of culture, but also watching a wider range of films from all eras and learning about them so I understand the topics.

One of the things I note is that this is an actual ‘contact’ in the industry, a lot of people have small ‘contacts’ who are some guy who works for a small film company which is 2 people making productions that only get seen locally, but this is a fully fledged guy who gets flown out and work as press on sets, has seen the rise of a whole cinema industry over a decade and half and now has worked published globally whilst he travels to events all over the world. I feel that the way I met him, through another of my contacts and only whilst at this event, was an interesting experience and something unique to know. If I didn’t attend then I wouldn’t have known him, worked with and found out more from his experience, and I feel this is reflected in the interview when he states such. Meeting Mathew has definitely been one of the highlights of the week and I can see it benefitting in the future from knowing him.

364. Festival Work Pt2

I’m currently working at the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy for EasternKicks.com as a film writer and press interviewer, working freelance here but getting more experience and insight into this style of freelance journalism work as a critic, which is something I wanted to research more for the PPP.

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Today is currently the last day of the festival, and whilst here i’ve contacted a range of professionals and did a plethora of work, both giving out my own cards to get my FMP seen by more people, interviewing other professional critics/photographers/journalists/ect to get more information about their careers and how I can progress as a professional, talking to some of my 10 contacts to find out about their career paths and how I can learn from this, interviewing directors & producers and watching films/writing reviews to get more experience for the PPP. Hopefully from attending a globally recognised film festival and doing a range of work whilst here, I can improve both my FMP and PPP, learn a lot more from people who actually work in the careers I’m interested in and how to progress in those areas, and have fun whilst doing it and get more experience.

I’ve done 4 professional interviews whilst here for EasternKicks.com, 3 with Film Directors and 1 with a Film Producer/Distributor, helping improve my own experience working as an independent Journalist, putting myself around more as credible ‘press’ whilst here and adding more to my portfolio. I’ve also reviews a TON of films and put them online for work, and got feedback from some of the other critics here and thanks from the directors!

Interviewing Yosuke Fujita, my first professional interview

Interviewing Yosuke Fujita, my first professional interview

I’ve also interviewed other professionals whilst here, getting them to feedback on the questions i’ve asked my 10 contacts and improving the research more into my chosen careers by asking those who work in the areas, and also getting advice about working from other professionals and putting myself around more to get noticed and get work. This has been the most beneficial part, actually sitting down and talking with the professionals who work in those areas and interviewing them, the interviews can be found in my ‘Contacting Professionals’ posts.

I feel that travelling out to Udine has been incredibly beneficial, both for my PPP and FMP, as i’ve been able to market my FMP to more people including film directors and producers in an attempt to get them to watch it. I’ve also made lots of new professional contacts and got to talk with them more, finding out more information about my careers, and I’ve also got to watch a lot of films and interview VIPs whilst here to help further my own work experience and professionality as a Journalist. I think it’s true when they say that you only get stuff if you ‘go’ to places, yeah plenty of people on my course have sent emails out and such, but I’ve had 20-30min chats with over 10+ people in different careers and found out intimate details about how they got into their careers, and how I can apply that to mine, and they’ve given me startup advice as well (and in one case promises of more introductions to others and potential work in the future), so paying to come abroad and attend a professional event has been the most beneficial thing I’ve done during PPP, expanding not only my own knowledge, but also my network of contacts and the knowledge of myself other people have, and my work by distributing cards and copies of the FMP.

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364. Festival Professional Contacts

Whilst at the Far East Film Festival, I’ve been talking with a lot of other media professionals and writers about creating contacts, getting feedback and finding out more about working in the journalism industry as a writer/critic/reviewer/photographer & media professional.

As shown in the 361 post here, I’ve talked to one producer and director about getting my FMP film seen by an award winning director and getting feedback, and had an email reply from this already. I’ve also conversed with other producers/directors such as Fruit Chan and an Executive Producer from the leading HK independent self-owned company Golden Scene, Winnie Tsang, to also get more professional filmmakers to watch my FMP. At this stage I don’t ‘want’ anything from them, I just want to get it seen by more people and get my name around through networking.

I’ve also been conversing with other professionals, not just who work in film but also those who work in publishing and promotion, as one of the careers I’m interested in as a ‘side hobby’ is review writing and film interviews, so I’ve been doing more of both whilst out here in Udine and talking to other professional critics to find out about that career path. One of the contacts I’ve worked with whilst here is Mathew Scott, who is currently an independent writer and does a lot of work for the South China Morning Post, and I’ve been working with him in the press room and the VIP FEFF talks, learning more about how he writes and the style that an independent should operate. He’s been very helpful giving me lots of knowledge and information about his past, and also openly discussing different tips and ways of interviewing directors, i’m going to post some links to my reviews/articles in another post and some of the questions are suggestions from him, as he has years of experience and film knowledge so has hinted at different ways I can improve my own critiquing by asking about the politics behind some of the film choices, the messages the director is trying to convey, the inspiration behind the film and other things I’ve not really considered in my own reviewing/interviewing but help to make the writing more professional and credible, elevating the level from just that of a student to something more.

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Asides from Mathew, I’ve also been conversing with other Journalists such as Rodger who works as the Japanese Critique for London Magazine (a fun old chap who attends tons of festivals in the year and has seen almost everything in his time) or Patryk Czekaj who is the Twitchfilm.com correspondent for the festival, a professional film website of which he is a writer/reviewer and I’ve discussed more with him about this and helped get some tips. Patryk has been a fun contact to talk with whilst here as he is of a similar age and we enjoy the same style of films, so both his tertiary knowledge of film catalogues and his professional writing skills have been helpful to learn from, spend time with and improve my own skills. We’ve regularly tweeted each other during the festival, and also worked alongside one another in the press rooms and the private VIP talks.

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Other professionals I’m working with at the festival include some of my ’10 contacts’ such as Ross Chen, Frederic Ambroisine, Giando Ricci, Carla Fabris, Davide & Nicola Cassanello. I’ve interviewed ross as part of my ‘Speaking to Professionals’ posts, to find out more about him working as a film critic and distributor for YesAsia, so I’ll be writing that up, and I’m also hoping to grab time with Fred as he works as an independent photographer and documentary maker, selling his materials off to magazines so his experience is invaluable and knowledge unavailable anywhere else, which I feel would be beneficial to learn from and find out more about. Giando & Carla both work as press for the newspaper/website udine20.It, and I’ve worked with Giando before as a photographer at the previous 2 editions of the FEFFtival, he’s a lot of fun and always gives interesting feedback on my photos and how to improve them so I like discussing with him a lot. The Cassanello Brothers are both professional photographers, and they enjoy writing and critiquing about asian cinema (Davide works for a travel company as a photographer) so getting time with them and having fun taking photos is a great learning experience, as Davide owns his own studio so he can give quality advice whilst Nicola is always good to discuss my reviews and thoughts of the films/guests with.

All of these contacts are helpful as Ross is based out of HK, Patryk out of Poland, Mathew from HK, Rodger in London, Fred out of France and the other 4 from Italy, so I’ve got global contacts that I’ve known for several years now and are all giving me advice about their careers for PPP, and also giving me feedback and critique on my own portfolio and work style, such as the photography or film reviews, so getting this help from people who actually work in that job for a living is giving me first hand knowledge, learning how to adjust my photos to get perfect shots or watching the local professional press work and then acting as their assistant for the day (with Giando in the press room) to get a deeper insight into that job, or just collaborating together to learn more from each other and have fun in the process! All this is beneficial towards PPP and meeting up every year is a great laugh, so I feel that working with all these different professionals from a variety of countries and professions is TOO useful, it feels criminal that I’m having fun and working at the same time by learning from people in the job I want to do.

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The italians are crazy for selfies. No idea why

Bibliography

http://www.scmp.com/author/mathew-scott

http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/golden-scene-winnie-tsang-1200806284/

http://twitchfilm.com/globalvoices/patryk-czekaj/

https://www.facebook.com/davide.cassanello.studio

http://lovehkfilm.com

http://fredambroisine.com

364. Freelance Work

Over the past year I’ve been putting myself out more as a professional freelance Op, so I can do more work outside of a ‘regular’ job if I manage to find one, and catering to a large range of individuals both as a Camera Op and Photographer, in some cases even combining both roles for individual work opportunities.

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Mmm Cookie Dough

One of the corporate projects I worked on this year was for a company called ‘Mmm Cookie Dough’, who are a small boutique bakery company based around London. My friend graduated two years ago and setup shop, and they’ve grown a lot recently, so she wanted me to film one of their workshops and shoot some stills to use for promotion and their website. I feel it went really well, getting the opportunity to work for a professional indie company and the chance to do something ‘different’ through bakery and a verbal workshop instead of the regular quick videos I shoot. I was also paid to come down and do it, and my materials since have been used for a lot of promo, so I’m happy with how this went and hope I can do more in the future. This job actually lead to others, as Jess is part of an indie company collective, and she passed my details onto others who wanted similar projects, however the timescale they wanted theirs in conflicted with other dates, but its nice to know that this work lead to other stuff!

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UK Scout Association

One of the main places I’ve kept going back to for work over the past year is the UK Scout Association. Recently in the past two years they’ve started utilising the skills of their volunteer leaders more to cover national events, such as their jamborees and larger events like Winter Camp/Reunion/Gilwell 24 at their headquarters of Gilwell Park. I’ve gone back as the videographer/photographer for several of these events, and my videos have been used on their official youtube page getting thousands of views + comments, and they’ve even be used as promotion for the company through online/broadcast and in their national AGM meetings. I feel this is some great experience, however that’s all it currently is, experience. What I want to do in the future is ‘push’ this and show that I can do more video wise for them, and try get hired to create visual content for their platform. My only problem is they already have a video guy who they use for regular work and temp me in when they want something niche or different to represent the brand, so I’m competing with already hired staff. I don’t think this is going to come through, however I’m going to keep doing it and see how it progresses. One main thing Is that I’ve learnt a lot and improved my own skills through doing it, and it’s become a regular source of quality experimental footage for myself, and decent paid work through transport/food/accommodation for a few days.

JBM Films

JBM Films are a company I came across through chance, by funding an unsuccessful kickstarted project of theirs and then emailing the company to follow up on the project, then offered some freelance work in return as a translator/transcriber on their latest feature-length documentary. I feel this has been an interesting time, as the company themselves are based out of Hollywood, however all the work is drop-boxed over to me and I spend several hours watching interviews with people from around the world and translating/transcribing the footage, then sending those documents back to JBM for subtitling in the documentary. Through this, and giving regular feedback on editing rough cuts, and working with the director on helping shape the documentary, I’ve been given producer credits on the documentary which is awesome as it’s something I can add to my own Portfolio for the future, and hopefully I can get a copy of the footage to use in my own showreel. The thing with this project is that it’s been little and regular, so I’m not constantly working on it and getting the chance to shape it in my own free time so it’s been over a year in the progress. I’m glad with this as it’s given me something to focus on creatively in my free time and hopefully will lead to more work in the future, discussing already with the director and potential marketing for the documentary and work following that.

EasternKicks

EK are a freelance website review company I’ve been doing a lot of writing for as a film critic recently, which has been beneficial as it’s given me an outlet for my own writing skills I haven’t been able to utilise whilst at University, and providing a different branch by allowing me to work as press at film festivals and expand my own network by talking more to film directors/actors/producers and subtly marketing myself in the process. It’s not a job, more of a hobby at the moment by attending different events and working as a reviewer, and I don’t have the skills for it to become a job, however it’s been a lot of fun and is something I can continue with in the future for free to get more experience and a hobby.

Room Service

Recently I worked for a band called ‘Room Service’ whilst they were in their UK Tour as a photographer. This was interesting as I’ve known the band for years, and they got me to come to their gig and sorted an AAA press pass out to shoot promo materials for their upcoming album artwork and online materials. This is the first professional photography gig I’ve worked, and it was really enjoyable getting to go onto the stage and shoot both photo/video of the band as they played, and i’m in talks with them about their next UK tour to do more stuff for them. I feel this has been beneficial as not only did I get some quality materials to add into my own portfolio (images now available on my website) but also it’s being used by the band for their own materials which are going to be widely distributed, and may get me more work in the future, and what I’ve already done for them is going to lead to more work soon, so I’m glad for this opportunity as free stuff now could lead to paid work in the future.

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