This is the FLIP version of my Project Proposal.
This is a digital portfolio of the work that I have produced on this course showing off the different things I have done, including sound work and video compositing.
This is my CV.
This is the cold call letter I wrote to apply for the job of Junior Runner at the BBC that I was interviewed for.
My YouTube channel is where I upload videos of all the work that I have made and show off the skills that I have gained.
I think my digital portfolio and YouTube channel are the best showcases for my work because it includes my extended project from my first year on this course which was sound based and that is the area that I want to work in and continue to gain skills in. However my portfolio could be improved if it included all of the work I have made, but because the site I used only allows me to upload a certain amount before I have to pay I had to choose the projects that I considered to be more important. My YouTube channel shows off a lot more of my work from both years on the course but does not have my extended project from last year.
I think my CV and cover letter are the weakest because I am not good at selling myself and praising the work I have done and the skills I have so these are not as good as they could be.
For the first part of this task I had to find three university courses that I would apply for if I was considering going to university.
These are the university courses that I would consider because they are all related to what I want in my career and I think they would provide me with useful skills and understanding in the sound area. Also, I think the experience I would gain from these courses would be very useful to me.
There are two types of traditional routes into employment, these are apprenticeships and internships. Apprenticeship allow you to work in an area and gain skills in that area whilst also being paid. This makes apprenticeships a very good option for people who want to work in a particular area but don’t have the necessary skills. You can apply to apprenticeships through the government website or you can go directly to the company.
An internship is slightly different to an apprenticeship as not all internships offer paid work, but they still allow you to work in an area to gain experience or to acquire a qualification in order to progress further in that area. Internships can also be applied to through the government website or there are agencies that will help people find internships.
Out of these two routes I would want an apprenticeship because I would earn money while learning and I think it is a good route into the film industry because I can make contacts that might allow me to get a job once the apprenticeship has finished.
There are also some non-traditional routes of gaining employment. One of these is entering competitions where the main prize could be something like going to visit a company that does work in what you are interested in. Also, the exposure from putting your work into a competition could result in you getting noticed by a company and them offering employment. Another non-traditional route is putting your work on social media where it could get seen and shared by many people and could eventually lead to someone who needs someone with your skills offering you the chance to do some work for them. Networking is another way f getting employment as you or someone you know may know someone who already works in the area you want to get into and you could ask them if you could do something like shadowing or do a bit of work experience which could result in you getting a permanent job. Finally, you could do cold calling which is where you contact a company and pitch yourself to them to try and make them see how good you would be for them.
Cold call letter
As part of this task I am looking at myself and my skills. I will do this by looking back at work I have produced that has been about me to learn what skills I have and what my strengths are. I will also be taking some career tests to see what kind of careers my skills and personality would be suited to. I will also be talking about what career I want and the path I will take to get there.
Previously on this course I have done some tasks that aimed to find out more about me and skills I have and how I have acquired them. One of these tasks was Who am I? This task was about finding out what I enjoy and what I know about those things and then thinking about why I like them. This task made me realise some things that I had never thought about before, such as my favourite types of video games being ones that are very story and character driven, such as The Walking Dead Telltale series and The Last of Us. My interest in story driven games has lead me to develop skills in writing and I enjoy writing scripts and creating characters, for my FMP last year I made an episode of a podcast because I wanted to write a story and create a world for it to fit into and create characters that were interesting to me and would serve the story.
Another task I have done is I created a timeline of all the key tasks I have learnt skills from on this course. By doing this I could see how I started to develop an interest in sound and how I started building my skills in that area. This also showed me my development in my writing skills, starting from the Age of Napoleon project where I created a character and wrote passages in the dossier as characters. This developed my writing skills as I had to try and use language in a way that was appropriate for the time period, which was the 1800’s.
The third task that I did was a Myers Briggs personality test. The results from this test were accurate in what I already thought about myself and did point out some strengths that I believed I had. These strengths were; being creative, determined, passionate. I believe I do have these skills however I think I have to be completely interested in something for these skills to be fully functional, because if I am not interested I become demotivated.
I also took two career tests to see what jobs my skills and personality make me a match for.
The job that I want to have one day is Sound Designer because I have enjoyed all the times I have needed to create sounds on this course and I want to keep being able to do that. Some of the skills that are required for this job are; listening skills, creativity, communication skills, organisation, imagination, being able to work under pressure. For this I feel I would have to develop my communication skills because I can get very nervous when talking to people and this affects how well I can put my ideas across, also I think I would need to improve how I work under pressure because I do not like working under pressure as everyone gets stressed and that effects my mood and my ability to do the work.
Part 3- Career Path
This career path is one possibility of me achieving my goal of becoming a Sound Designer.
I have updated chapter 1 and the practitioners report in chapter 2.
In chapter 2 I have started to add in reviews of the resources I have used for my secondary research.
For this task I had to create a timeline of all the key pieces I have produced during my time on the course. The reason for doing this was to showcase all the skills I acquired over the two years and to see why and how I came to be interested in sound.
This task involved undertaking primary research by going out into Canterbury and recording sounds from different areas and noting how they made me feel. I did this because I wanted to explore how specific areas produce sounds that evoke different feelings and emotions and also develop my understanding of how different locations that are close together can produce different sounds as for my Final Major Project I want to do something that will create different feelings for the audience. I planned to collect the sounds from the high street and the Dane John Gardens. I also recorded sounds from some other areas to be able to get clearer sounds of cars driving past. I recorded my research using a zoom to record in the areas I wanted and also made notes of some sounds that I could hear.
The first part of this task was planning out what I wanted to do and how it will help me. I did this by answering three questions; what do I plan to observe? How will this help me? What methods will I use to document my observation?
After I had done this I went into the Dane John Gardens and recorded sounds in different areas of the gardens. I first went up to the mound and recorded the sounds of traffic going past from up there and also the wind. I then recorded sounds by the fountain and an area with trees and leaves to allow me to record the sounds produced in different areas of the gardens. The sounds from this area made me feel calm because it was quiet and I could hear nature as it wasn’t very busy.
I then walked through the high street and recorded sounds from there because this is the main area that people who are not from Canterbury will associate with Canterbury. The main recordings I got from this area were stall owners yelling to try and get customers but I also got people passing by talking and a busker playing music. I also got the sound of a fire engine driving past without its siren on. The sounds from the high street made me feel very anxious and alert because there was a lot going on and it was all very loud and frantic.
After the high street I went to the cathedral and while I was there I noted down what I could hear through the recording on the zoom and then noted down what I could hear without the zoom on to see if that had any effect. With the zoom on I was able to hear much more and in clearer detail than without the zoom. For example without the zoom I was able to very faintly hear peoples conversations if they were far away but with the zoom I could hear what they said much clearer and was able to pick out that they were speaking French. I was also able to hear seagulls more clearly when I had the zoom. In this area there was a much calmer feel as it was quiet and a lot of people were just sitting down having lunch.
Then I went to the Marlowe theater and was able to record the river flowing past as well as birds. I also recorded some people talking. This area was also calm as there were not many people and I was able to hear nature.
By doing this task I have learnt more about environments and the effect sounds can have on the mood of these environments, and also how different areas of environments could have contrasting moods based on the sounds. I think I could have gone to a wider variety of areas to get more recordings from areas that are loud and see what effect they have and also found some areas that are very different.