Task 1 – Learning Plan
- Copy all your SMART targets from ProMonitor into your blog. Combine, update and refine them as necessary.
This shows you can take responsibility for your own learning. (9/4.5)
(cannot log in to ProMonitor unfortunately)
Task 2 – SWOT
Strengths as a filmmaker
- I would say that being thorough with my planning is one of my strengths. I find that going into filming with a wide range of detailed shot lists and carefully drawn storyboards makes the filming process faster and more efficient. Also, I make sure every part of a project is backed up with relevant research, which helps stop me from drifting off the brief.
- Another one of my strengths is my willingness to listen to and consider other people’s ideas or critiques. Everybody’s minds work in different ways so even if I think my idea is good, by including other people’s opinions I can create a final product that more pleasing to others rather than just myself.
Weaknesses as a filmmaker
- My main weakness is my fear of speaking up. Although I have a newfound confidence in my abilities, I am still quiet and struggle to get my voice heard, so when I’m trying to direct cast and crew it takes a lot to get people to take me seriously.
- Another of my weakness’ is scriptwriting. I have realised that i subconsciously avoid using dialogue in my films, mostly because music and sound are a simple and highly effective way to portray emotions in films, and I find them easier to use. I don’t feel able to write a script yet that wouldn’t sound unprofessional and wooden.
Strengths as an employee
- I am personable, which is good because it means that I will get on well with fellow colleagues as well as customers/clients. Fitting in well to the working environment will be good for the employer because they won’t have to deal with any issues of things not running smoothly.
- I am always willing to complete a task given to me to the best of my ability. I don’t like to disappoint, meaning that everything I do is checked over multiple times to ensure that it has been completed properly.
Weaknesses as an employee
- Although not liking to disappoint is one of my strengths, it can also be a weakness. it causes me to be a bit of a perfectionist and I can have trouble sticking to deadlines because I’m having to constantly make sure that the work I produce is as good as I can get it.
- Another weakness is that I’m quite quiet. This means that when I have a problem I tend to suffer in silence and figure it out on my own rather than speak up and ask for help, for fear of inconveniencing someone.
It’s important to develop your strengths because they are what’s going to catch the eye of potential employers in the future so you need to be able to show them off. Also these strengths are what give you confidence. Being good at something and feeling comfortable in the situation are what you thrive on, so the stronger you feel, the more faith you have in yourself and so the more you can develop as a person.
It’s also important to constantly be working as your weaknesses, because they are what will hold you back from reaching your full potential so you have to loosen the grip they have on you. Freeing yourself from these problems will be an uplifting experience and give you new motivation to strive for the best without these constraints.
Task 3 – Mindmaps/lists.
Skills required to be a successful filmmaker
- understanding lighting – You need to know how different types of lighting (e.g. cool blue vs warm yellow, harsh shadows vs soft shadows, lit from below vs above) can change the effect of your film, and you need to be able to create your desired effect using the equipment that you have, including reflectors, diffusers etc.
- colour correction – You need to understand how to use at least the basic colour correction software to manipulate your shots, because colour grading can dramatically change the tone of a film (as well as making it look more professional).
- Efficient at setting up – You need to learn the equipment and how it all fits together inside and out so that you can set it up quickly and systematically. The less time you take getting equipment out, the more shooting time you have, so it’s important to know your film gear well.
- Understand how to properly use the rules of thirds – Even if you have expensive cameras, amazing sets, and great actors, if you don’t know how to set up a shot your film will look mediocre at best. Effectively using the rule of thirds can majorly step up the quality of your film.
- Pre-production – making easy-to-follow storyboards and shot lists means that not only can you make your idea clear to yourself, but you can also make it clear to the rest of the cast and crew, meaning that everyone knows what they’re doing and can contribute fully.
These skills cover a wide range of jobs in film, and if you get comfortable with all of them you can discover which part you find the most interesting and pursue it as a career. Mastering the rule of thirds might lead you into cinematography, while colour correction might lead onto post-production and editing.
A lot of these bullet points make reference to knowing how to use the equipment you have. The more you get to know the gear the more you can experiment with it and also the more options you have.
Qualities required to be a successful filmmaker
- Confidence – If you aren’t confident in your abilities you will be easily discouraged from any challenges faced, and so will never be able to aim high and reach your full potential. Also, being confident will allow you to stay in control of situations, and this will attract clients as they will trust you to get the job done.
- Open minded – You need to be able to accept input from everybody without judgment because everybody has their own unique ideas that may be better than yours and could greatly influence your work, but you never know when you’ll get this information or who it will come from.
- Good communication – Useful for two reasons. 1) It will help you to connect with other people in the industry so you can create a network of useful contacts. 2) It will help you express your goals and means you can work well with a team that will help you accomplish them.
- Drive – It is important to have ambition, and to have motivation and will. These qualities will ensure that you are able do whatever it takes to rise up high in the film industry. Lack of motivation means things don’t get created and goals don’t get achieved.
- Personable – Being seen as a well-spoken and approachable person will help you to earn respect in the film business. It will allow you to gel well with a team, meaning you will always have people to support and help you.
All these qualities are important to have, because they present you as being a well-rounded individual who can be trusted to do a job well, and having a good rep like that in the film industry will help you find employment.
To find out more about the types of skills and qualities that will be useful in terms of your learning and progression to employment or higher education, it will probably be most useful to look online. There are countless articles and websites that offer information about this. A good website I discovered is targetjobs.co.uk, where they offer advice on a wide range of subjects regarding careers including career planning, interview techniques and networking. On top of that, they also advertise a large number of potential employers, internships and graduate jobs. Another simple way to find information on all this is simply by asking parents, teachers, family friends etc. because they have already experienced all this and can give you advice relating to what worked for them.
In terms of finding out about UCAS, there is plenty of information on the UCAS website, and as well as that there will always be someone at your school or college who can talk to you about it.
Task 4 – Goals and Targets
Long term career goal
To work my way up to a job role in some part of the creative industry that holds significant power and authorisation. E.g director.
Short term SMART targets
- Figure out which part of the creative sector I want to work in. It will most likely be film but I’d like to see more options before I settle for one.
- Start getting a couple small, low down jobs in said creative field. I won’t get to one of the top jobs straight away, I’ll have to work for it by starting small and proving my worth.
Long term skills/education goal
To improve my ability to hit deadlines. While it sounds like something that can be fixed easily it’s actually a problem that I’ve always dealt with for a while and will require a lot of effort to break free from.
Short term SMART targets
- Create set timetables whenever I have lots of work to complete. Planning out my weeks/months and the physical act of writing out everything I’ve got to do will hopefully give me the motivation I need. I should start doing this as soon as possible.
(When you have discussed these goals and targets with your tutor, enter them on to ProMonitor.)(9/4.1, 4.2, 4.3)
Task 5 – Evaluation
Self assessment is important in terms of career and skills development because it makes you look back at how much you’ve changed and allows you to see where you need to improve on so you can continue to better yourself.
It is particularly important to assess your strengths because if you are aware of what you’re good at, you can continue to develop them, and this gives you a specialised skill-set. It is also important for your happiness, because by looking out for your strengths you are proving to yourself that you have worth and this boosts your confidence. I’d say assessing personal weaknesses should be top priority, because knowing your weaknesses means you can work on improving them and turning them into strengths. In a workplace you want to be seen as a competent and valued employee, and your weaknesses may paint you in a bad light, so you need to stop them from holding you back.
As well as strengths and weakness, you also need to assess skills and qualities. If you know your personal ones, you can apply for jobs that you know are suited to you, meaning you can excel in your work. It also shows a self awareness that will appeal to potential employers.
A SMART target is a goal you set for yourself that you know is realistic and achievable within the deadline that you give yourself for it. The goals you set yourself need to be relevant to helping you improve your skills, strengths, or weaknesses, that will allow you to go far in the workplace.
At the beginning of the year we typed out a long term and short term SMART target, both of which we aimed to achieve by the end of the year. While I could see the benefit of doing this and it certainly helped me to focus my thoughts and look towards the future, I didn’t find it all that useful. We set them at the beginning of the year before I’d really got a foothold in film and understood the way I worked, and I discovered through the course of the year that some of the targets I set myself did not mesh well with my life. When I leave college I will be constantly assessing my progress, strengths, weaknesses, skills and qualities, and only after I know myself better will I start setting myself goals. These goals will be physically written down to keep me focused on the goal.
One goal that I set myself this year that I did not achieve was to make a short film outside of college. The reason for this was simply because I was too busy. I had not fully anticipated the workload we would receive over the year and it turned out to be an unrealistic goal because I couldn’t get any of my films past the planning stage.
Task 6 – Records
At the end of the year, print off all the goals and targets you have recorded on ProMonitor and WordPress.
Task 7 – How to apply for a job
Sending in a CV
This can be done online via email or in person. You would usually do this if the company has no jobs openings at that point in time, because they may do in the future and when they have a job that fits your skillset they’ll already have your information and will hopefully consider you for it.
On company websites they will advertise job openings, and will usually ask you to complete an online application forms. This is an easy way to quickly apply for a job and means you can apply for lots at the same time to ensure you get a job.
Application forms can be picked up from the companies shop/office directly, if they are local to you.
Knowing people in businesses, is helpful for getting jobs as they can sometimes manage to get you work in their business or at least give you a referral to their managers. This means you can often get jobs that weren’t even advertised by the company.
Task 8 – Job adverts
Explain how to find two different film-related job advertisements. Copy them into this section of your blog. One might be advertised on the internet, one might be advertised in a newspaper or a relevant trade magazine. Write a few notes by each advert to explain where you found the job and how someone could apply for this job. (5/1.2)
Task 9 – CV pt.1
Task 10 – CV pt.2
Evaluate and review your job application (CV and covering letter) after you have been given feedback. You will need to consider the following:
- What were the strengths of my application? Was it suitable for its intended purpose?
- What could have been better? What (if anything) do I need to add to my CV or change in the future?
- Did I include all the relevant information to begin with?
- What have I learned as a result of doing this task?
- What will I do differently in the future to ensure I maximise my chances of being offered an interview/job? (5/2.4)
..and that’s all she wrote, folks. Nice one.