Evaluating My First Shoot

I have just undertaken my first day of shooting for Modern Mobile dating. This included setting up a Tinder profile and filming one of my contributors initial reactions and feelings about the application. These are the notes I have taken from the day, decided what strengths and weaknesses I had and how I can create more successful shoots in the future. 
I was able to engage my subject well. As I have had previous interactions with this subject, it allowed them to feel comfortable around me and perhaps reveal more of their true emotions, which allowed for a more interesting shoot. She was more willing to divulge more personal details and offered more of a complex analysis of matters as a result. Because of the relationship we have, I will be able to maintain this high level of discussion with the subject throughout filming, which should hopefully lead to more entertaining and successful footage.
The shooting wrapped up fairly quickly, lasting between 1 and 2 hours. I feel that the pre-production planning played an integral role to ensuring that this happened. By providing the shooting schedule, including topics to discuss, to the subject ahead of time, it allowed her to be prepared. This day of shooting highlighted the paramount importance of planning in a professional manner and how it can greatly affect the quality of your footage. Moving forward, I will continue to be diligent in my pre-production to ensure that my subjects are fully aware of all aspects of the role so that they are comfortable and confident. 
Despite making notes about how I was going to set up on location when making my recce’s, set up went slower than I would have predicted. As there are 6 people that live in the same house as the subject, it was difficult ensure that all noise was kept to a minimum and that they weren’t interfering with the shoot. This lead to myself making errors with the microphone set up, leading to the audio being too quiet. As this is a segment in which my subject is experiencing something for the first time, it is impossible to reshoot whilst still staying true to the documentary format I wish to pursue. So, it has lead to me having to put a lot more work into the post production sound edit to save the footage, something I could have avoided.

How can I improve this?

Unfortunately, reshoots aren’t a possibility without getting into a grey area of truth in documentary I do not want to be involved in. So, my only option is to run with the footage and salvage the audio as best I can. Luckily, sound was being captured from the microphone, the phone audio and the onboard camera microphone, so I feel I can definitely make something work.

In terms of improving for the future, whilst I did check the area for its acoustic properties before shooting, I should have still taken the time to properly test the audio on the day. As I allowed myself to get flustered by having to set up so quickly, it made me forget some key components that I had set myself to do beforehand. This is something I aim to work on in the future to ensure I keep a level head throughout. Whilst this is a setback, it is something I can salvage and improve on.

Moving forward, I will learn from my mistakes and head this quote from William J Clinton: “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit” (William J. Clinton, 1992)


William J. Clinton (1992) William J. Clinton Quotes At Brainyquote.Com [online] available from <http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/williamjc454937.html?src=t_mistakes&gt; [10 February 2016]


Portfolios, What Works and Why?

When thinking about creating my own editor’s portfolio, I started looking at portfolios online and analysing them in terms of the vision I have to create the best portfolio possible. Through doing this procedure, I will be able to create a portfolio to the best fit the purpose of one.


“If there is one aspect of online presence that job seekers should create and develop, it’s the online portfolio. According to a recent Forbes article, 56 percent of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s online portfolio than any other personal branding tool.”  (Levo.com, 2014)

So, I should take extra detail to the entire process.


When looking at an article on how using blogs is a popular choice for a portfolio, they say that “Blogging for me has been hugely beneficial for my learning, because of the power to not only think of an audience (making me think deeper about what I write), but also about connecting with the audience.” (George, 2014). So, I need to consider whether these aspects are relevant for my portfolio subject matter through analysing how the examples use this.


One blog that particularly seemed impressive was Premiumbeat’s on video editing (Premiumbeat.com, 2016). As it’s very professionally created on the subject matter.

It is a very popular website and can give me an idea of an industry ideal. The layout is very clean and sleek, something that I can definitely take forward to my own site. Plus, it holds a lot of information about skill sets that they possess and demonstrating the skillset. Using the technique would prove to potential industry relations that I can do all the skills I claim I can.

Another blog I looked at is Filmeditingpro as it is a smaller company, still successful but still demonstrates skillsets that the individuals possess. (Filmeditingpro, 2016)

This blog is quite a bit less sleek in design but still offers a lot of skills and demonstrates their ability to do them. The blog is informative and is helpful to the user base that use it.

I feel that a blog is probably not an effective tool for showing off my traits as an individual as mainly blogs are used by larger companies that have the time and resources to make all of these videos. So, I will look into more feasible ways of demonstrating that I possess these skills.


Another popular choice nowadays are websites where the individuals can update their information onto a static web space, ‘sites have become a hub for the independent filmmaking community, and are a vital resource.’ (Raindance, 2013)  So, I must do this process well to properly make use of this vital resource.


When looking at the website from Rina Svet, video editor, it ticks a lot of boxes that I wish to do so. (Svet, 2016)

  • Very sleek website design.
  • About section which includes a resume, recommendations and services page.
  • Contact page including all social media and contact information necessary
  • Portfolio page split into relevant sections for different bodies of work

Another website I looked at was one of Mary Brownlee, another video editor. (Brownlee, 2016)

  • Very simple but modern website design.
  • Contact links shown in header throughout.
  • Portfolio shows a decent amount of videos then shows a link to see more.
  • Personal about section.
  • Resume section

Finally, I looked at a website from Ed Enayat, another video editor. (Enayat, 2016)

  • Simple and modern, well framed website.
  • Contact and social networking shown throughout on sidebar
  • In depth about section.
  • In depth video portfolio.

What I learnt from all this is that I want all of these features in my website, taking inspiration from how all these individuals tackled these aspects:

  • Personal about section
  • Section for resume/portfolio
  • Contact page
  • Sleek and professional design
  • In depth information at all junctures.

After analysing the ways in which other in the same industry as I want to enter have presented themselves in a professional context. I feel I now can create a portfolio online and do it in a professional and effective fashion.


Brownlee, M. (2016) Mary Brownlee – Video Editor Etc. [online] available from <http://www.marybrownlee.net/&gt; [10 February 2016]

Enayat, E. (2015) ED ENAYAT – VIDEO EDITOR [online] available from <http://www.edsediting.tv/&gt; [10 January 2016]

Filmeditingpro.com, (2016) Film Editing Pro [online] available from <http://www.filmeditingpro.com/blog/&gt; [10 February 2016]

George, (2014) 5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be A Blog [online] available from <http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/4919&gt; [10 February 2016]

Levo.com, (2014) 4 Reasons Why You Need An Online Portfolio [online] available from <http://www.levo.com/articles/career-advice/4-reasons-you-need-an-online-portfolio&gt; [10 February 2016]

Premiumbeat.com, (2016) Video Editing Archives – The Beat: A Blog By Premiumbeat [online] available from <http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/category/video-editing/&gt; [10 February 2016]

Raindance.org, (2013) Top 13 Sites For Independent Filmmakers – Raindance [online] available from <http://www.raindance.org/top-13-sites-for-independent-filmmakers/&gt; [10 February 2016]

Svet, R. (2016) Rina Svet | Video Editor | Motion Graphics Artist | NYC [online] available from <http://www.rinasvet.com/&gt; [10 February 2016]


Writing A CV For Being An Editor

Making A CV

Considering that I have an idea about my professional career and the direction that I would like to go in, being a self employed editor or editor at a creative industry, I undertook research into creating a customised CV to reflect these ambitions. I ended up creating this:

In order to create this, I started with researching CVs in the field in which I want to enter.

CV Examples

I looked at the resume of Olivia Coupe, assistant editor for  shows such as Downtown Abbey. (Coupe, 2016) Whilst this is a very impressive resume that displays her achievements and experience excellently, I do not have such a wealth of experience. So, if I was to shape my CV in a similar way, it would look fairly empty.

A slightly different type of CV can be seen through Ruth Mitchell’s. (Mitchell, 2016). As she doesn’t have as much experience, like I, she has focused more on information about herself both academically and personally. This helps in giving a better picture of the individual which is important whilst also distracting away from the weaker area of experience.

When creating my CV, “The best way to look at a CV is to see it as a ‘marketing tool’ or a ‘sales brochure’ where you sell your skills, qualities, expertise and potential to a prospective employer.”  (CVplaza.com, 2016) So I should look at it with paramount importance so I can sell myself. I should be able to show what my skills and qualities are that will make me employable.

According to Jobhero, they speak about what are the key factors which you should be including in a video editor cv:

“Typical sample resumes for Video Editors highlight duties such as interpreting and discussing briefs, assembling raw footage, using specialized computer software for editing purposes, selecting usable sequences, putting sequences in order and making other content tweaks. Video Editors should demonstrate computer proficiency, video editing tools experience, creativity, being able to understand the director’s artistic vision, teamwork, time management, and good communication skills. A degree in film production represents an advantage.” (Jobhero.com, 2016) So I will aim to demonstrate all these values within different sections within my CV.

Whilst I know these are the things I should be including, how should I structure and format it? According to office-angels, I should have the following sections: Personal details, personal statement, employment history and experience, Education and training, additional skill, interests, references. (Office-angels.com, 2016). So I will be including all the skills, qualities and information listed above into the latter sections. But, I need to format this all to look good, The CV “shouldn’t be any longer than two pages of A4, You need to get as much information in as possible, too much dense text will be overwhelming (it needs to be sleek and easy to read) and ‘Sans’ fonts are the safest bet: try Arial, Calibri or Tahoma, and use around font size 10 for the body text.” (Office-angels.com, 2016). So I will attempt to format all the information in this manner.

So, I have created the following CV as a result:



The best way to judge how effective my CV is, is by how well it helps me in the professional capacity. However, I have yet to have this experience so I can only judge how well I have created it. I feel it is created with all the aspects I had in mind and researched included. I used all the professional tips and moulded my CV on that and the work of successful individuals in the same industry. So, in that context I believe it to be a success and have no qualms about its ability to help me in a professional capacity.


Coupe, O. (2016) Olivia Coupe CV [online] available from <https://oliviacoupe.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/oliviacoupecvnov2012-copy1.jpg&gt; [10 Jan 2016]

CVplaza.com, (2016) What A CV Is, It’s Purpose And It’s Importance! – CV Plaza [online] available from <http://www.cvplaza.com/cv-basics/what-is-a-cv/&gt; [14 March 2016]

Jobhero.com, (2016) Video Editor Resume Samples | Jobhero [online] available from <http://www.jobhero.com/resume-samples/video-editor#&gt; [13 March 2016]

Mitchell, R. (2016) Ruth Mitchell CV [online] available from <http://www.dayjob.com/images/pic_editorial_assistant_resume.jpg&gt; [9 January 2016]

Office-angels.com, (2016) How To Write And Design Your CV Using Microsoft Word | Office Angels [online] available from <http://www.office-angels.com/help-and-advice/news-and-opinion/blogs/cv-using-microsoft-word.aspx#.VzJpjKMrL2I&gt; [10 February 2016]