Evaluation Of My Portfolio

I’m at the end of my research into being a professional in my chosen career of video editing, and  at the end of my degree. So, I must evaluate how well my portfolio suits me in my transition into being an industry professional.

When looking at the content in my portfolio, I feel I have presented myself in a professional fashion but still have a lot which I can improve on, through professional and technical development. But, through the research that I have done, I now know how to improve myself in the correct manner.

Whilst the portfolio isn’t the be all and end all in terms of my long term success, it is a gate opener in allowing people to give me the opportunities. I need to be able to present myself in a manner which is pleasing. So, I asked an industry professional, Marqus Akc’ent, a video editor for the BBC radio show with Charlie Sloth, to comment on the standard of my portfolio. I received this response:

“Hi Aidan,

I have looked through your portfolio and I have to say that the website is impressive. It looks very modern and you’ve done a good job in keeping all the information accessible. 

I was very interesting in the range of different projects you offered in your portfolio as it seemed quite diverse. Perhaps it could be improved by offering  more information about your projects as you have teased them well without offering too much in the way of information. 

All in all, I believe your portfolio to be well rounded and offer out relevant information for potential employers.

I look forward to seeing more in the future.”

Hearing the good words from him has given me a massive confidence boost that I am moving in the right direction and that I am appearing to be a professional in the industry. The constructive criticism has been noted that I could offer more information about the projects rather than just showing small clips and I will work to add in further links/information to other projects/sample edits.

When thinking about developing my portfolio in the future, I will be taking on advice I have received first hand and improving my portfolio due to the comments made. Furthermore, when looking at a video on how to improve your portfolio and they say “you should be always looking to update your portfolio and keep it current.” (Vitamintalent.com, 2016) So, I will be constantly updating my body of work with new, relevant and more information.

References

Vitamintalent.com, (2016) 4 Quick Tips To Improve Your Online Portfolio (VIDEO) [online] available from <http://vitamintalent.com/vitabites/four-quick-tips-to-improve-your-online-portfolio-video&gt; [12 May 2016]

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Building a Portfolio

When looking at the research I made in my previous blog post about creating a portfolio, I discovered that ‘sites have become a hub for the independent filmmaking community, and are a vital resource.’ (Raindance, 2013) and that creating my portfolio on a website was imperative. Using the information I obtained, I have developed my own portfolio. From my research I decided that a website was a lot more of a fitting resource for my line of work. Using the website tool Wix, I can make my website very professional looking whilst also saving time and resources. (Wix.com, 2016)

I used a template and edited it to keep it original and make it personal to myself. I wanted the design to remain sleek whilst not distracting from the information I am presenting as well as adding to the idea of professionalism I want to present. I have done this by using modern fonts and dark and sleek colours.

All the images below are taken from my website at http://www.reillyfilmandediting.wix.com/reilly/

(Reillyfilmandediting.wix.com, 2016)

HOMEPAGE

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In order to get the idea of what I produce from the offset available to the audience, I put images of my involvement in some productions as well as my logo.

ABOUT

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It’s said that the about page “is where they come to learn more about your company and the people behind the brand” (Bluefountainmedia.com, 2016) So I needed to incorporate these ideas into my about page whilst still making it look professional and easy to read.  I managed to briefly give the information about my business and how we run in a personal and professional way whilst still making it look sleek through the design around the information.

CONTACT

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When looking at other websites, as mentioned in my previous post, there was always a way in which the individuals can get in contact.  When researching how to make a killer contact page, the main tip I found was not “to put too many barriers between the site visitors and the contact information they’re looking for. Keep your contact us page short, sweet, and to the point.” (Wordstream.com, 2015) So I have arranged all the information so it’s very easy to access, giving them 5 different ways to get into contact with me so they can easily find a way.

PORTFOLIO

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After doing research into the importance of a CV to an employer, finding out that “your CV will be, without doubt, the single most important part of getting a job.” (Monster.co.uk, 2016) So, if this is the single most important part, I should be displaying it in an area which potential employers may be looking, hence the inclusion of it.

I have also included my showreel on this page to demonstrate my skills as a video editor further. Given that showreels are “critical marketing materials for any creative professional.” (Premimumbeat.com, 2013) I decided it was an imperative part to include in my portfolio, as it is another, and key, part of marketing myself as a professional. However, it is also recommended to not just include the showreel and to instead include “a portfolio of work clients can browse through and watch as much of a piece as they want.” (Premiumbeat.com, 2013). So, I have added in a few sample edits of other work I have done to further show my skills.

When creating my showreel, I looked into how to best present my work in this format, I found “it’s best to mix those moments in with other clips over a montage. Other times it’s best to just get straight to the point and make a showreel with just scenes.” (Slickshowreels.co.uk, 2015) So, since my intention was to show my editing skills, I chose the clips and scenes and only showed the moments that got to the point of what I’m trying to present. When presenting this information I “need to be able to feel whether the clips flow together(Slickshowreels.co.uk, 2015). This is particularly imperative to my field of work as I am trying to show of my ability to do exactly that, so I was very particular in my clip transitions and made sure it all made sense and flowed.

Now that I have created this professional platform to market my abilities, I have linked it to all my work, both physical and technological, adding it to all of my work.  I will be able to use this as a tool to be able to show what I have to offer and convince people I am a professional.

References

Bluefountainmedia.com. (2016) 5 Must Have Elements For Inspiring About Us Pages [online] available from <http://www.bluefountainmedia.com/blog/5-creative-elements-for-creating-inspiring-about-us-pages/&gt; [11 April 2016]

Monster.co.uk, (2016) What Does CV Stand For | What Is A CV | Monster.Co.Uk [online] available from <http://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/what-is-a-cv-and-why-is-it-important&gt; [11 April 2016]

Premiumbeat.com, (2013) 6 Ways To Make Your Showreel Or Demo Reel Stand Out[online] available from <http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/demo-reel-showreel-tips/&gt; [4 May 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]

Reillyfilmandediting.wix.com, (2016) Reilly [online] available from <http://reillyfilmandediting.wix.com/reilly&gt; [11 April 2016]

Slickshowreels.co.uk, (2015) HOW TO MAKE A SHOWREEL [online] available from <http://slickshowreels.co.uk/how_to_make_a_showreel/&gt; [7 May 2016]

Wix.com, (2016) Free Website Builder | Create A Free Website | WIX.Com [online] available from <http://www.wix.com&gt; [11 March 2016]

Wordstream.com, (2015) How To Make A Rocking ‘Contact Us’ Page: 21+ Tips, Tricks, And Examples | Wordstream [online] available from <http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2015/03/11/contact-us-page&gt; [11 April 2016]

 

Project Evaluation/Critical Analysis

FINAL FILM:

In the grand scheme of things, I am happy with my final film. However, as it is the largest project I have ever undertaken, there is a lot that I could have done to a higher standard and a lot I can learn from the experience as a whole to move forward both professionally and creatively.

In terms of my topic, I feel that the subject matter was spot on and it was the right decision to choose the currently relevant topic of Tinder that I had a passion for telling a story about. I was able to delve deep into a topic and tell a piece of genuine human interest and reveal a grounded view of what your typical user encounters on the application.  Whilst I feel this was a good idea, it perhaps may have been better to do the experiment over a larger timespan as it would have created a larger opportunity to have more interesting developments happen.

Pre-production

When undertaking the entire pre-production job by myself, I found it very difficult but highly beneficial. As I was working alone, I had to rely solely on myself for all aspects of research and development. This became particularly noticeable when I had to keep in contact with all of my four participants throughout and arrange shooting with each of them simultaneously whilst ensuring it was all done professionally. Furthermore, I had to push myself to understand the ins and outs of every detail and ensure that every loose end was tied up, jobs such as getting release forms signed, recce forms and shooting schedules became imperative to me. This has improved my confidence in creating a production and in my own abilities to take charge unequivocally.

In terms of pre-production skills, I developed my planning skills the most. Often, I would just turn up to a location without planning in advance before this project. However, when you are investing so much of your time and money into a film you take things more seriously to ensure that you are not wasting your own and your crew’s time. Using location recce forms, equipment forms and scouting locations made everything unambiguously more organised and successful.

Production

During production, it was a very interesting learning experience. As I wouldn’t be there to oversee every part of every shoot, as some would be vlogs, I had to ensure that my vision was passed on to anyone who held a camera. I learnt a lot about communicating my creative vision and trying my best to achieve it through improving my techniques.

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Overall, I was pleased with how well I was able to adapt to new situations. However, it was quite difficult to do so when I ran into problems with the shoots. In a few shoots I had the problem of discovering issues after shooting that were one off shoots than only had one opportunity for it to work. So, it made me have a lot of issues in post production that lead to be having some less than stellar footage that I had to do my best with. Despite doing planning in advance and creating a location recce form that I adhered too, I perhaps should have planned a formal test shoot beforehand to ensure that everything was entirely up to scratch. However, this motivated to ensure I had everything perfect in later shoots and perform formal test shoots with individuals that I could not reshoot. This paid off as I was much happier with the later shoots’ footage. Although some of the footage I got was less than perfect it has been vastly helpful in improving my professional experience.

Directing

During the duration of my production, I had to direct 4 different participants and 1 cameraman, all of which had varied experiences in operating cameras and audio equipment that I had to convey my vision to, testing my skills as a director. As I wouldn’t be there to oversee every single shoot as some were vlogs, I had to be able to pass my vision onto the participants very well and show that I was confident in what I want and be able to convey that clearly and concisely. It of course was a very stressful experience as I couldn’t always see what was happening and didn’t know for sure that it was of a good standard, but I had to trust that I had briefed them enough. The footage was not always to the high standard I would have hoped, this could have perhaps been improved by either briefing them even further or by hiring a production assistant that could have helped in communicating and visiting the contributors. However, it has been very beneficial experience in dealing with documentary contributors and how to deal with them effectively.

Post Production

As I mentioned previously, I left myself with a lot of work to do in post production, leaving myself with a lot of perfecting to do to make my project and interesting and technically good. When working with the footage, it was a massive test to be able to have the patience to be able to edit the clips in a way which was interesting and technically good as some of it was not up the the standard I wanted. However, this helped in building my technical skills and my character in the face of adversity and moving past it towards the goal I intended. Whilst the entire experience of post production was given enough time if everything went perfectly, I perhaps should have respected the process more and allowed time incase everything didn’t go to plan so I didn’t have to stress and rush my edit. Sadly, I ended up paying for this error and the final product isn’t completely as good as I wished it to be. I will learn from this experience in the future and allow myself more time so I don’t have to deal with this disappointment again. Whilst it is good to be optimistic and confident about my abilities, I shouldn’t be over-confident and I should allow myself time to make mistakes.

Professional Context

Unfortunately I have not had loads of interest in passing this documentary onto any networks. Sadly,  I do not believe the shooting specifications are up to scratch into passing it on to networks. This is something I should have took into greater consideration before shooting to ensure I had the opportunity to present my project as a completed, high value piece. However, I do believe the idea is good enough. So, I aim to use this documentary as a proof of concept and try and sell the idea and perhaps reshoot it in the network’s vision if I am given the opportunity. Even if I was not given the opportunity to do so under a network’s funding, I was hoping I would be able to fund remaking the documentary on a higher budget through making profit out of the current cut. I then would be able to improve my camera and audio quality, the nature of the participants and my post production in being able to hire an editing assistant.

When looking at similar documentaries and comparing them to my finished product, there are a lot of similarities in the the two of them as I tried to base my style around theirs. Documentaries such as ‘The Secret World of Tinder’ (Channel 4, 2016) are ones which I base my style and ways of representing the subject matter around. As it is on the Tinder also, it provided a good starting point in regards to how they dealt with representing the topic which I was able to use. They only would mention the topic very briefly and instead focus on the individual and their story, something which I carried across to my production.

Like the above, my idea was being an observational, fly on the wall, type of part of my participant’s experiences. Despite following this guideline quite strictly, I perhaps did it too much so, giving too little information about Tinder and assuming too much knowledge of the viewer. I did this as a style choice so they learnt about the app along with the participants, going on a journey together, but this idea didn’t work as well as I hoped when reviewing it as they didn’t get to know some key information they perhaps should have known.

I also used the BBC documentary, ‘The Age of Loneliness’ (BBC, 2016) as one of my prime examples which I found greatly useful. This helped in using techniques which helps in offering a more grounded view of more down to earth, not extravagant people. However, whilst I used many of the techniques such as music and shooting styles, I could have perhaps improved it further by adding it more of a variety of shots to reflect moods, focusing on the emotions behind the words rather than the words themselves. By following the stylistics of these documentaries by network television, it helped in ensuring I followed a professional guideline but at the same time it limited me creatively and should have not taken it quite so seriously.

Fitting Documentary Format

When Stephen Reynolds came in to the university to speak about his film, I managed to pick his brain about the documentary format and he spoke to me about how all documentaries should reveal a truth, but it’s the truth we choose to tell so it’s partially constructed. I had this in the back of my mind throughout the production, trying to tell the truth that I wanted to tell. I felt like by including certain signs and signifiers in my edit such as certain parts of interviews, I helped lead my viewers toward seeing the truth that I wanted to tell.

I got inspired by certain other elements in the documentaries I previously mentioned, elements which I believed helped in telling the truth I wanted to tell. This included adding elements of interviews which structured the environment to get the participants to talk about the subject matters I wanted them to, guiding them to a decision on the topic. However, this could have perhaps been done better through placing them in an even more structured environment, meaning they would have to use the application more, also ensuring they would find the truth I wanted to show more naturally, helping enforce the integrity of the documentary format.

Did I achieve what I set out to?

As documentary cannot be truly planned and you can just set a framework in order to achieve success and plan to be able to adapt to the ever changing circumstances. For example, I initially planned for my documentary to just follow two people but after consideration I decided that 4 people of different genders and situations was the best examples. As I had the example of ‘The Secret World of Tinder’ I wanted to produce a documentary that had a similar style but focused on the lighter, more realistic version of the user base which was a new concept. I feel I achieved in showing how these users interact with the application through passion and studying the form and style which allowed me to present this information.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the largest thing I learnt from creating this production is how to be a professional. When looking back at the process, I am proud of the progression I have made as a media producer. Despite the fact that the end product may not completely match my vision, the experience and what I have learnt from it has been invaluable, improving my technical skills and my knowledge vastly.

Whilst I can’t speak to what the public’s opinion is as it hasn’t been publicly viewed and shared yet, the people I have shared the footage with say it is compelling and funny. Despite it not being technically the most amazing footage, I feel I definitely achieved what I set out to achieve in terms of subject matter and editing it to be interesting.

However, I think it was less than perfect in the way the footage was shot, I learnt as I went along and improved on my weaknesses. I should have perhaps hired more crew to ensure that I have a second eye on all matters and so I didn’t spread my attentions too thin.  From all this I have learned, I can definitely improve myself and move forward in a positive manner that will help all of my future productions.

References

BBC. (2016) The Age Of Loneliness – BBC One [online] available from <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vkhr5&gt; [5 May 2016]

Channel 4. (2016) The Secret World Of Tinder [online] available from <http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-secret-world-of-tinder&gt; [5 May 2016]

Trailer Critical Evaluation/Process

This is my final trailer, which I have posted on my Twitter, Facebook and website, http://reillyfilmandediting.wix.com/documentary which I have talked about all of their production previously.

I was inspired by trailers of similar subject matters and began creating my trailer to a similar ideal. I spoke about how I wanted to tease the audience into watching the full length documentary by using one liners. I feel I did this effectively through the use of short cuts to lines said by every participant. These one liners don’t give away much information but do ask a question of the audience that they should want to know the answer to. Whilst I did it quite comically, I could have perhaps focused on the deeper side of the documentary, also asking an emotional question to be answered rather than just a comical one.

I said I wanted to offer the character of the individuals involved. I feel this was done fairly well as I cherry picked quotes to give an idea of how that contributor’s personality is perceived in the documentary, whilst not giving too much away. However, this could have perhaps been improved by adding in a range of emotions from each individual and presenting them to be more multifaceted which would in turn ask more questions that the audience would want to watch the documentary to answer.

Furthermore, I wanted to plant the idea of the topic within the trailer. Through the use of techniques I saw in trailers such as ‘Blind Date’ (Anon, 2016) where they reinforced the topic matter through quotes from the participants, the soundtrack and graphics. I applied all these techniques; I only used quotes which were obviously about the main topic, the music used was of a tempo and genre which matched and the graphics gave key information about the documentary, including letting the audience know the release date and using relevant cuts using the glitch effect to show it is a modern topic about technology. Despite doing all this, I perhaps feel I was too subtle about the genre. When speaking about presenting a topic you’re passionate about, Barth once said “assume your audience is intelligent but KNOWS NOTHING about your subject, including jargon and tiresome abbreviations” (Anon, 2016) and I assumed too much prior knowledge of the subject matter, not once mentioning explicitly what the documentary is about. I instead offered fleeting words which hinted towards what I was creating, which whilst is teasing towards knowledgeable people on the subject matter, probably wasn’t the smartest idea for the most part.

Despite my final cut of my documentary not being available for viewing yet, I am able to judge how successful my film is due to the response to the trailer, most of which has been wildly positive. I have had various comments saying that they can’t wait to see the full version which fills me with confidence that I have achieved my previously set out aims for the trailer. In terms of my own personal development, this process has been a hugely beneficial one where I have been far more focused in the ins and outs of creating a trailer and doing far more contextual research than I would have done prior into this process, allowing it to be a greater success than usual.

References

Anon. (2016) Blind Date Facebook Page [online] available from <https://www.facebook.com/blinddatedocumentary/&gt; [2 May 2016]

Anon. (2016) Tips And Tricks Towards An Outstanding Presentation – Pimp Your Science[online] available from <http://www.pimpyourscience.org/lesson/6/Tips-and-tricks-towards-an-outstanding-presentation.html&gt; [3 May 2016]

Post Production – Process and Critical Evaluation

When editing I have to “have a deep understanding of how people think, feel, remember and learn” and use “this knowledge to build powerful, moving stories and experiences.” (Staff, 2014). So I must be close to the information I am showing and edit it in a way that shows I have empathy for the situation, creating a story which my audience will enjoy and be engaged in. In order to be as close as I can be emotionally to the footage, I will be editing it as I go along. By doing this I will still have the situations fresh in my memory and be able to engage with the materials with more emotionality. Also, it will help in slowly breaking down my workload and treating each participant’s footage differently as I won’t be overlapping often.

As it often is with interviews, the subjects often talk for minutes upon minutes about things that will sadly not improve the storyline which you are trying to show, so I need to edit it in a way which is seamless. Ted say you should “Cut on words. The sound of a word, especially if it contains a hard consonant, can make an edit feel less obvious.” (Staff, 2014) This is a technique which I used very, very often. It helped vastly in creating cuts which didn’t take the audience’s attention away from the subject. However, I perhaps overused it and could have used a variety of shots that linked in with the participants feelings and not always do the same technique.

As parts of my footage wasn’t directly filmed by me, for instance some vlogs and the screen recordings done on their phones, I had issues in retrieving the data. I learnt a lot about the reliability of people, something I should have vexed beforehand. If I have had a longer interview process for my participants then perhaps I wouldn’t have had such issues as I would be certain they would relay the footage to be in an appropriate timescale and not leave me clambering for it. This lead to me not editing to the schedule I had previously decided on, not allowing me to take the proper care and attention to detail I would have liked to. This issue could have been solved by allowing myself more time for post production in my schedule to allow for such inconveniences to take place.

As I have spoken about in my previous blog posts, I had issues with audio in certain shoots with one of the participants. Whilst I attempted to save this and vastly improved some of the audio as well as cutting around some of the unsavable parts, some less than stellar footage had to be used due to it being integral to the storytelling process. If I had hired an editing assistant, they could have perhaps improved the situation further as they would have a larger knowledge than I of how to deal with situation such as the one I faced. This is something I should definitely consider more seriously in the future.

Doyle speaks about how as a producer/story editor you are expected to “act like an exec until you can produce results like an exec” (Freedman Doyle, 2012). So, this means I need to be confident in my footage and my truth that I am telling and be sure in the decisions I am making and keep making them until the final product resembles something of a high quality. I tried to do this to the best of my ability, however I feel this is something I lacked, I didn’t experiment enough in the way in which I edited the footage in fears that I would ruin it. This is something I need to work on in the future and be more headstrong and experimental.

An aspect I found particularly enthralling was creating the title sequence. I wanted to create something that was sleek, said a lot about the topic and introduced the participants. I followed guidelines by PremiumBeat on how to create a killer title sequence. (Premiumbeat.com, 2015) These tips included having a slick font, easy to read titles and to have fun animations that matched your genre. I feel I achieved all of these aspects, using logos and the book opening effect (to signify the diary like aspect of the film) to show the genre, a slick font to show it is modern and professional and easy to read titles by not over animating them and putting them in capitals.

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Another piece of advice from TED was to “Keep things moving. The web audience has a short attention span.” (Staff, 2014). So, I ensured that one situation wasn’t drawn out for two long, changing between what the subject was doing and the subject themselves. Whilst this was effective, I could have perhaps cut to a larger variety of camera angles to keep it more visually interesting. This is something I aim to improve in the future.

As I had four participants filming over a week as well as various street interview sessions, I ended up with over 4 hours of footage to cut down to a fifth of its size. This is a task that cannot be understated of how difficult it was. You become attached to your footage and want to tell the whole story in and out, so you have to be ruthless and really know how to edit a documentary. VideoUniversity speak about editing a documentary and say that you should “look for and collect those magic moments of truth and beauty. Then you can begin to string them together and see what flows.” (VideoUniversity.com, 2015) So that’s exactly what I did. I looked through the footage and cut anything that didn’t add towards creating a magic moment or pointing towards the truth I wanted to show. Then, from there I further edited it down to only footage that flowed in the story arc. Whilst this was difficult, I feel I did an excellent job in cutting off all the non integral parts of the story and the entertainment I want to provide.

Despite post-production being incredibly difficult at the best of times for this production, it has helped me grow as a film editor and producer undoubtedly. It’s shown me all the things that can go wrong and how to plan for them and/or prevent them from happening in the future as well as how to push myself to better myself professionally and technically. I feel I can move onto my next project with buckets more confidence in this field.

References

Freedman Doyle, B. (2012) Make Your Movie. Burlington: Elsevier Science

Premiumbeat.com. (2015) 5 Easy Tips For Creating An Awesome Title Sequence [online] available from <http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/5-easy-tips-for-creating-an-awesome-title-sequence/&gt; [3 May 2016]

Staff, T. (2014) 10 Tips For Editing Video [online] available from <http://blog.ted.com/10-tips-for-editing-video/&gt; [3 May 2016]

VideoUniversity.com. (2015) How To Edit And Structure Your Documentary – Videouniversity [online] available from <https://www.videouniversity.com/articles/how-to-edit-and-structure-your-documentary/&gt; [4 May 2016]

Professional Contacts

Networking.

In relation to networking with other professionals, “in the entertainment business people often say that one must network or not work.” (Filmconnection.com, 2016) This highlights just how crucial it is to network in the industry in which I am in.

Scriptcat lists some ways in which you can network successfully:

  • “Make sure that you are generous with those who deserve your time.” – In the film industry you should be generous with those who would help you in return so you’ll build up helpful contacts.
  • “Show your contacts at every level that you are a talented and generous professional.” – Demonstrate your value and that you are a worthwhile contact for them to have in their network.
  • “Bulid trust” – All good relationships involve trust, you should be a trustworthy individual that will not let down a contact.
  • Make it easy for people to contact you.” – Be available to your  contacts, give/make information available to them that they might find the most useful.

(Scriptcat.wordpress.com, 2012)

I have gone to put this into practice and targeted 10 industry individuals I feel may be able to help me:

John Downes – Writer for @MailSport.TV Sports & UK video editor @mailonline + @MailSport

 James Batchelor –  Editor at @AutoExpress and @CarbuyerUK and Head of Motoring Video. Appears on radio and TV occasionally.

Amy Brookbanks – Showbiz Content Editor, Now + award-winning video franchise GossipCam, Time Inc UK

Alex McCranor – Camera Operator / editor. Available Freelance and for Corporate Video Production in the UK and internationally.

Gordon O’Neill Freelance Cameraman, editor & Producer/Director.

Joe Weller – YouTuber, video editor and producer.

Theo BakerYouTuber, video editor and producer.

Jon Randle – Producer, Video Editor & Motion Graphic Animator. Based in Coventry

‘Rookery Mike’ Sports video editor, co-presenter of a sports podcast.

Marqus Akc’ent – Head of video and creative media @JumpoffTV, Video editor at Radio 1.

I have targeted these individuals as they are all video editors in some capacity and work in a professional context in the industry I want to be involved in. I have found all of their Twitter accounts and through that I found various other methods in which I can contact them, including email addresses, LinkedIn pages and Websites etc. We all follow eachother on the Twitter platform, giving me a way to contact them.

Following these individuals on their contact pages, it gave me the opportunity to see new networking opportunities to get a foot in the door.  For example, through tweets such as the one below, which I see often, I am able to offer my creative help. After seeing this tweet I was able to offer my help. Whilst he didn’t take me up on it, he thanked me and now I am on his radar. Actions such as these I try to make often to show myself as helpful and to be generous with my time.

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Furthermore, by following these individual’s networks I am able to see job opportunities as soon as they present themselves, thus giving me an advantage on other applicants. Messages like the ones that I see below are on various different networks. I have had frequent contact with Marqus, as can be seen through his evaluation of my portfolio. (Reilly, 2016) So, I can perhaps use him as a professional contact when applying to jobs which he is advertising. I try to remain in contact and offer my value to all professional individuals I believe could be gatekeepers to furthering my future.

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Furthermore, I contacted certain individuals offering them my help and asking for the opportunity of shadowing them. One individual that was particularly helpful was Gordon O’Neill, the Freelance Cameraman and video editor. I exchanged emails with him and he whilst he wasn’t able to offer me a shadowing opportunity, something he has offered to do in the future, he gave me a breakdown of his day to day activities/responsibilities.

“Thank you for your good wishes and offers Aidan,

When I am working, specifically editing like you asked, it’s a lot about being flexible and having an open mind. You need to be creative and willing to spill out ideas out of your arse in a moment’s notice! You also need to be technical and have a very, very close eye to attention. I can’t tell you how many times I have made mistakes but all of them have lead to me improving. 

There is no day to day schedule, it’s always different. But one thing I can tell you is that you’ll always be sitting behind a computer and working closely with the production team, bringing their creative vision to life.” 

Having these types of interaction with an industry professional are invaluable to me and something I aim to do much more in the future. I will continue to put myself out there to industry professionals and take up opportunities to demonstrate my value and learn more.

When speaking about the contacts I have targeted and contacted, I was pleased in the contacts I have acquired and I didn’t realise beforehand how helpful they would be in creating work and a professional environment to thrive in. However,  I now realise how imperative this process is and how I must “network or not work.” (Filmconnection.com, 2016)

References

Filmconnection.com, (2016) The Importance Of Networking [online] available from <http://www.filmconnection.com/reference-library/film-entrepreneurs/the-importance-of-networking/&gt; [12 April 2016]

Reilly, A. (2016) Evaluation Of My Portfolio [online] available from <https://aidanreillyyr3.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/evaluation-of-my-portfolio/&gt; [12 May 2016]

Scriptcat.wordpress.com, (2012) The Importance Of Building A Strong Network Of Contacts…[online] available from <https://scriptcat.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/the-importance-of-building-a-strong-network-of-contacts/&gt; [12 April 2016]