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Personal Planning and Reflection 2 Report
May 9, 2011, 11:20 pm
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

The first day back, we were thrown straight into the unit launch of our first project entitled, Future Cinema. This was an interesting and challenging unit to start with. We were encouraged to think about how cinema could evolve into something different, than it is now. This unit was split into group projects, which was formed in a way to how everyone in the class was thinking. In my group, Kavi and Gina and myself, all had a similar aspect of an idea of what we thought could be future cinema. From the day we formed our group, we had our idea finalized within an hour of what we wanted to create and present at the crit. Our aim was to construct a cube environment, in which the audience is surrounded by visuals. This idea came from the word ‘immersion’, which is basically immersing the audience into the film and allowing them to interact within the virtual environment. Throughout the development we were unable to deliver everything we set out to do, one of which was the size of the cube. This was down to the available space we had being too small for projectors and cameras to be positioned. We ended up making a miniature scaled version of the cube to represent our idea. Combined with Kavi’s coding skills, Gina’s musical accompaniments and my visuals, we were able to create a dynamic installation that represented our idea of the future of cinema. Although we did have a few stressful moments throughout the development, we all still worked really well together. It’s normal for group work to get intense at times, which is why I thought it was a good thing.

As soon as the Future Cinema unit was complete, we were straight into the second project. The second unit was called, Performance Video. Now the title of unit suggests itself really. I did have a rough idea of what this unit was about. We basically had to create a video that had an element of a live performance. Again this was all a bit challenging, like the future cinema unit. I decided to work on my own for this unit, because I knew the work would have needed to continue over the Christmas holidays and I feel it’s hard to do group work over the holidays. My initial idea for this unit was to combine both visuals and audio and partner together to be controlled on one device. I was gearing towards making an iPhone application, but I didn’t know much about making applications and I didn’t have enough time to execute the task as well. Phil suggested to me about making a basic interface using a cardboard box and picture frame and using that as a way of representing the iPhone application idea. I went away and did this but I did struggle at one point about how much freedom this basic interface would give me when putting a performance together. I already had visuals in mind and I could see problems ahead about how I would go about making specific visuals and bits of audio trigger with a blank interface. Throughout the development of this task, I did come across this iPhone/iPad application, which a lot of people were using to do live audio mixing with. The application was called TouchOSC, which allows you to create your own custom made virtual mixing desk. So I knew there and then that my initial idea of creating an iPhone/iPad application had kind of been done, except know one had combined both visuals and audio together using the software. I decided to go ahead and buy the application onto my iPhone and make my own custom made mixing desk. Once I got to grips with using the TouchOSC software, I then mapped my template to my audio files in Ableton Live. This enabled me to control the audio on my iPhone and it worked really efficiently. Now that I had that worked out, I needed to research how I’d map my template to Modul8 (visual software) as well. Mapping my custom TouchOSC interface in Modul8 was pretty easy, but I still wasn’t able to sync Ableton Live and Modul8 together for my idea to work. I later discovered I needed to use a tool, which was already built into my mac called the IAC Driver. This tool acts as the communicator between the two pieces of software’s. This allowed me to control the audio in Ableton and the Visuals in Modul8 together to make a live performance piece.

The next unit was New Perspectives for New Contexts. This was an essay-based unit and is the first one we’ve had since we’ve started the course. It was a bit daunting at first because I haven’t written an essay since early 2008, which was over 2 years ago now. The one thing I liked about this unit was we were able to choose the topic to write about, as long as it formulated an argument. I chose to talk about the future of James Bond films and the use of CGI. I’ve always been quite opinionated about it, so I thought it made sense to choose this topic. It was a bit hard to get going but after a while, everything seemed to flow well and I was able say quite a lot. It was tough getting back into the habit of referencing again. I’ve never really been taught to reference properly in essays, up until now, but I think I managed to pull it off to a good standard. I have to admit I quite enjoyed this small unit because it’s nice change from the practical elements from the other projects. Over the summer I’m going to start thinking about a topic and preparing some stuff for my dissertation in the third year, just because we haven’t done much essay writing previously and I’m not sure how well this essay will turn out.

Our final unit of the year is the Professional Project. This is possibly the most challenging one out of all the units I’ve done on the course so far. The aim of this project is to get us to work with a client and produce a piece of work for them, as if we are working professionally in the industry. When Phil explained this unit to us, it was sounding quite intimidating. There was a huge amount to take on board at the unit launch, I almost felt as If I wouldn’t be able to manage it. This projected started off slow for me, due to the fact I wasn’t able to find a client right away. Phil suggested that I should work with the fashion students on a project for the fashion show. Although he said I would have a lot of creative freedom if I did go ahead with the fashion show, but I wasn’t convinced. I was determined to find myself a client on my own and produce a piece of work that I’d be passionate about. After a few weeks I fell fortunate of getting to work with a charity that I fully support called, RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf). They also run a campaign called, Don’t Lose The Music, which is more specifically the area I’m involved in. I didn’t really have a formal interview with charity about doing some work for them. I sent the campaign an email, a few days before I phoned them up. I thought I’d do that first, so that they can expect my phone call without any prior warning. When I phoned them up, they were aware of my offer and were considering other options of work for me to do. I spoke to one of the campaigners, Rebecca, about making a video for the campaign and she sounded very positive about this and said I should go for it. I am now currently making a short video for the campaign, which is promoting awareness about people listening to mp3 players in noisy environments and the consequences of their actions by turning up the volume. This project is still on going, but it’s going steadily.

The Personal Planning and Reflection this year has been more careers based. We’ve been discussing about what sort of jobs we’d like to do after we graduate. I have always thought about what I’d like to do, career wise, and I’ve often had a lot of ideas buzzing around in my mind. As I’ve progressed through this year I’ve started to think, maybe the industry that the course is affiliated to isn’t for me. I’ve found a lot of things I’ve done on the course have put me off working in the specific industry it’s training us to go into.

Overall, it’s been another challenging year. I’ve definitely learnt a lot and I’m starting to get a better Idea of what I want to do in my third year and after I graduate. Although I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t want to work in the industry that course is focused on. It’s not a negative thing though because at least I realize now that actually it’s not for me, but I’ve gained a lot of good skills from various projects and I can still apply them in other areas of work in the media.



Future Publishing
April 19, 2011, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

Before we broke up for Easter, we had some graduate students from our course that came in and talked about what they’re doing in the work place. I found this really useful because it showed there is a work out there for us students in the media industry. It was also a good for getting insights into what typical job roles are like, e.g. Runner. If I didn’t go to uni I think I would have most probably have started out as a runner for a film company.

One of the graduate students who came was in-fact a Runner, for post-production film work. I have to say my pre-conceptions of being a ‘runner’ was completely wrong. I didn’t anticipate how tough and demanding it is to do that job role. It was definitely a wake up call for me to realise, actually that is not the path I want to follow. If you know exactly where you want to be in the film industry and you have a huge passion for it, then being a runner is probably worth while. For me, I don’t think I’m passionate enough about the film industry to want to stick it out being a runner for a long time.

However, we had another graduate student from our course who is working for a publishing company called, Imagine Publishing. I instantly liked the sound of the work he was doing. There are a lot of work opportunities available in this business and it’s continually expanding as the industry steadily evolves and adapts to new ways of publishing. If you think about it, the publishing industry has had to expand itself so it can offer it’s publications available for download on the web and on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Now, I remember studying magazines back when I was doing A-level Media Studies. We looked at how the publishing industry works and researched different publishing companies. The one that stood out for me was, Future Publishing. I’ve just looked them up again recently to re-fresh my memory of who they are.

We are a media company of around 1,200 employees, working in offices in the UK, US and Australia. In the UK, we have a portfolio of over 70 monthly special-interest magazines, 60 websites, a growing number of events and an expanding customer publishing business. We have our headquarters in Bath and we also have large offices in London.

 At heart, we’re a publishing business – but not just any publishing business. Integrating new media with magazine publishing, our brands capture the excitement of the fast-moving sectors they operate in, providing a direct line of communication to a wide audience, at a time when they are at their most involved and engaged.

I’m going to register and see what job opportunities arise. They have journalist/writer jobs, but you need some experience writing for publications. They also have photography jobs, but nothing is vacant currently, however, I’m going to enquiry more about this.



An Idiot Abroad

I’ve been back home for about a week now and the one thing that’s been absent in my life, while at uni is TV. Just watched an episode of An Idiot Abroad, where Karl goes to India. I thought I’d post a blog entry on this as it’s relevant to my professional project and also my future career.

It’s relevant to my professional project because it’s a documentary programme, which is something that’s caught my interest since the beginning of this unit. I would really love to be apart of the next series of this program.

It’s also relevant to my career, because I’ve explored Photojournalism, which is basically documentary work. Plus with the video capabilities on DSLR cameras, I wouldn’t be surprised if alot of professional photojournalist took to making documantery short videos.



Evolution and Future Photojournalism
April 5, 2011, 12:32 am
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

I’ve been doing a bit more research into photojournalism. I found this website with some facts about photojournalism.

Love To know

Evolution of Photojournalism

In the past, photojournalism was a highly specialized field that required proficiency not only in photography, but also in journalism. While the two disciplines are still inextricably linked, recent innovations in technology have made it possible for a new, amateur, do-it-yourself brand of self-published photojournalism to emerge. No longer does an aspiring photojournalist need to have connections at a major newspaper or magazine to publish his or her work. Today, almost anyone can set up his or her own website and publish at will. That being said, more traditional forms of photojournalism are still around, although the competition to land jobs in the industry is very intense. The article will provide the essential photojournalism facts for anyone interested in exploring this interesting field.

A Time To Change

Most people would agree that photojournalism is in a period of great change and evolution. Life magazine is no longer around, and much of the romantic notions that accompanied the Golden Age of photojournalism have gone with it, but the field still remains vital and even more apt to be timely and relevant with the exponential technological advances that are occurring every day. In a few years, photojournalism might be unrecognizable compared to what it is today, but seeds of the discipline will surely remain.



Mind map
April 4, 2011, 12:06 am
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

I did a rough mind map of the sort of  jobs I want to do. I’ve tried to make them integrate together as much as possible. For example: The Photography path, I can implement it into photojournalism and possibly do photo manipulation as part of the work as well.

As I’ve been quite drawn to Photojournalism recently, It’s not the only thing I want to do but it’s a job for me to kick start my career in the media industry.



How to become a Photojournalist
March 30, 2011, 3:46 am
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

Video of Anthony Maddaloni – A Photojournalist

http://www.maddaloniphoto.blogspot.com/

After doing research over the past couple of weeks on Photojournalism, I do have an idea of what the job is like and ways of kick starting a career in this role. Like, Anthony Maddaloni, mentions that there are many ways of becoming a photojournalist. I have an idea of how I want to get involved in this type of work, but it’s going to require lots of persistence.

After looking at his blog, I’m not really inspired by his photography. I think it’s more to do with the subjects, which just seem to be only people. I think there are many areas that Photojournalism cover, and he is very specific about what he documents.



Photojournalism: Words about Pictures
March 30, 2011, 3:28 am
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

I found this blog entitled Photojournalism. It’s been created by Dominick Tyler, a london based photographer. More specifically he’s a photojournalist, who works for editorial and commercial clients worldwide.

Photograph by: Dominick Tyler

“No one who lives in London can have a good reason for buying rubber bands. Why spend money on a resource that is so freely available to even the most short-sighted urban forager. Brightly coloured to aid detection they are strewn along pavements in any and all seasons. Once Londoners were all apocryphally aware that they were, on average, never more than 10ft from a rat, now we are also aware that the rat is probably chewing on several rubber bands.”

Photograph by: Dominick Tyler

In the article, where I found this image, he basically discusses the convergence from moving to a compact digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC LX1. The image above was taken with a Ricoh GR1.

“I replaced the Fuji with a Ricoh GR1, which was the other hot compact of the day that has since evolved into a near-identical digital versions. The Ricoh had aperture priority and exposure compensation dials on the top panel allowing a fair degree of manual control and an understated matt-black-ness that whispered “I’m a discerning pro, incognito”.”

I’ve just been browsing through his blog and I like his work. The more I see it, the more I want to get involved in this field of work. I’m starting to really feel I’ve found a job that I want to pursue.




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