Below is the link to the pdf of my blogbooker.
I feel this module has been very productive for me in gaining links and producing material for my portfolio. I was able to work on more projects than I was last year, and also to a higher quality, Despite also having to dedicate a very large portion of my time to my FMP and 361MC.
Creating specific pages and using social networking for my professional work proved extremely useful for connecting with people and being recognised. A producer/ rapper Dot Rotten, who has had chart success with his song Overload, followed me on my twitter page and Direct messaged me complimenting my work. I also asked if he would be interested in working with me on any visual projects, however he said that he wasn’t currently working on any vocal projects but that we could potentially work on an instrumental project. However since then we have not been in contact, which is disappointing. But this module has taught me that not every connection will be successful, however I am still able to take many positives from this particular experience.
I feel that with the skillsets I have it is difficult to define myself in a professional context, other than a freelance media producer. As of now i am not exactly sure where my career path in freelancing will take me.
I have built on my skills in camera in terms of filming however I would like to and I am working towards to improving my photography skills and expand my services to fashion photography which I feel is much more artistic.
I have found out since shooting my first big event that people will often ask where they can see the photos or want them on the spot. It came to me that another service I could offer was in-event printing. In my pursuit to become more professional, I have purchased a canon printer so I can print out photos on demand for people during events. I have also had stickers printed with my business information to attach to photos I print possible further business and contacts.
In conclusion, I plan to continue down this route offering my services such as photography, videography and I intend to build on my music and producing to allow me to incorporate it in my work.
Music for my FMP Finding Me
I feel this module has further taught me that to be successful as a freelancer, and maintain a constant income, I need to be dedicated to as many projects as possible. In addition to this building and expanding my network and links are just as important. However I have realised that this dedication to promotion and building networks is easier said than done. This being said I have begun researching and applying for roles within production companies, unfortunately a lot of the job descriptions look like the roles will be more like admin work rather than on set.
Throughout this module as well as linking with other media professionals, I attempted to work with people within my university community on their projects.
Since its launch in 2013 I have been working with a media blog run by a fellow student at coventry university, Boohema. The blog is called Master Class Media.
“An informative yet entertaining blog to inspire young people. MCM is run by a dedicated and self motivated team (aged 19-21) whose aim is to showcase the ins and outs of the media industry and entertain the youth.”
Through shooting interviews and other promotional video for them, I have been able to make additional links with other people within the industry. In march I was scheduled to shoot a interview with a upcoming actor from London named Nathan Hector, Unfortunately on the day, MCM informed me that they had to reschedule the shoot for the future (which hasn’t happened yet). However I have still been in contact with MCM and will continue to offer my services.
Nathan Hector’s Profile
Throughout the year I have also assisted others in my Media Production class as well as others in the CSAD. Mariam Musa recently launched a youtube channel, where she offers make-up and beauty tips. I was able to assist with lighting and helped her shoot her first video, which now has over 300 thousand views.
In addition to this I also worked on a short film with Fred Maganga and Kazeem Jimoh, called a little bit of sin as a part of my addvantage module. (Professional Film Project) To create a 5-minute, well thought out conceptual piece about the way religion affects people.
Another Project I worked on during the year was another promotional video, this time with my twin brother Martin, a second year product design student. He was working on a clothing brand project named Artisan, which focuses on mixing London street fashion with sportswear. He produced storyboards and concepts which I was able to play with. We went to shoreditch in East London to shoot the video in addition to a concept photoshoot.
While shooting we came across a group of grime artists shooting a music video, as I had my camera equipment I shot some additional footage and sent it over to the main videographer. Unfortunately due to time constraints and difference in quality, (I used a 5d) he wasn’t able to add my footage to the video.
I created a website to serve as my portfolio. My work is showcased throughout the site, It has a brief profile on me aswell as my contact details for potential clients.
Starting out doing event photography was initially quite daunting. However after several hours of practice, research and shooting my first event, a christening for a friend, i was able to gain some confidence (and some good shots). This pushed me to attempt to shoot bigger events.
Last year after working with a fitness professional on a promotional video for his insanity classes. I was contacted by group called Awedis. Established in 2000, they have been organising and delivering events in aid of local charities and other good causes.
In december they allowed me to trial as their photographer for their annual Christmas dinner and dance. Using my canon 600d and a canon flashgun, I was able to shoot a decent set of photos whilst learning.
i have shot two events so far as their photographer. However a hectic period producing my FMP in april caused me to cancel shooting for their Quiz night. However my time so far working with Awedis has been very positive, I feel I have grown as an event photographer in terms of my technical skills. As well as providing me with experience and adding to my portfolio.
I plan to continue doing photography for awedis and i scheduled to shoot their upcoming Masquerade ball in the summer.
Other than working on music projects and photography, I looked into making professional links with companies and anyone starting out new businesses, to offer promotional videos and adverts at a good rate.
I was recommended by a marketing student at Aston university on placement with a student letting agency called House Hunt. They wanted me to create a short promotional video for the company to attract new customers. They were very clear when communicating what they wanted, providing me with a treatment, including locations and potential shots. On the first day of shooting, we travelled to the University of Birmingham and the surrounding areas where House Hunt’s properties were. We then arranged another date for shooting, this time for a virtual tour of a newly renovated student house for their rightmove website.
House Hunt was very pleased with the quality and content of the video and more recently i was contacted in regards to producing new videos and taking photos of properties.
“I would like to personally thank you for the promotional video you have created for us, House Hunt is really pleased with the outcome and we will be uploading it to all of our social media sites and our website. We already have great feedback from the video and hopefully it will bring in more customers. It will be great if we can keep in touch and you can do some more jobs for us regarding photography for new and upcoming properties we have available, these pictures will be used to update our current pictures on our website. We also have some changes in the office and it will be great if you can come back and do another video for us in the future. Again, thank you very much.”
Concentrating on my portfolio, I wanted to work on as many projects that would be visually impressive, whilst still being something I enjoyed. As I have mentioned before Music is one of my passions, and I usually jump at the chance of working on music videos and other visual projects for music.
The first project I worked on was also used as an artefact for part of the 360mc module. I created a spoken word poem and music called Who’s To Say. It reflects my opinion on current society and the idea of how technology and celebrity culture has taken us away from the ‘true’ beauty of life.
I wanted to somehow represent this concept with a short narrative. The video starts with a female watching reality TV, and then progresses to see her go outside to explore where she is met by a surprise firework display (symbolising the beauty of the real world). For the video I wanted to explore with low-light techniques to build suspense, and then break this up with the colours and lights of the firework display following the theme of the song to give maximum impact.
I made another useful link as the year progressed. I met a music group/duo called Motive, through a interview video with a blog called MCM (Master Class Media). Motive is a rap duo from London, initially launching as a music/comedy group, they managed to create a large buzz, creating a parody video for a UK remix of Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Otis.
Throughout the year I maintained contact, and we agreed to shoot two music videos. We then met up as a group to discuss and plan out the two shoots, and within the following week we shot the first scenes for one of the tracks.
In the next few months we were able to arrange further shoots including a studio scene and an a apartment in canary wharf. Since shooting, the videos have started post-production with editing still going on now, and are set to release later on in year in-time for their EP launch.