1 Year on.

It’s scary to think that just about a year ago I was handing in my final media project. Since that time my professional progression has had a slow start but there is a lot of good things hopefully coming up in the horizon.

This page has had a bit of a makeover (Including a new blog name) so let me know what you think and keep an eye out on this page for some updates in the future.

Oslo – NRK/Ulfah Arts

I was fortunate enough to take part in a work experience placement in Norway, this was orginised by Birmingham based charity Ulfah Arts and would see me working and receiving radio based training with NRK, more specifically Arne and Sigbourn from world music show Jungletelegrafen.

We flew into Norway on the 21st  of August and settled into our accommodation, we knew we were to start with NRK the next morning so prepared ourselves for an early night, although we made sure to get some food in and this should be a good point to emphisise that Oslo is an expensive city, fortuantly we were prepared for this due to some training Ulfah arts provided us before we set out, the training gave us an idea of what to expect and also some basic Norwegian.

We went into NRK on Wednesday and got the introduction to the building, radio show and presenters, as a recent Media Production graduate I was very excited and intrigued to see the in’s and outs of a major TV/Radio company and I particularly enjoyed seeing the massive room of TV cameras and lighting.  Over the course of the week we were given training in radio equipment and interviewing techniques, as a tester we went into the centre of Oslo to get some interviews to put into a ‘mock’ programme , this was helpful for those among us that had no radio experience as it allowed them to get first hand experience of getting the sound right, whereas I was happy to get some practice in conducting some interviews.

All of this was preparation for us to be conducting interviews live on air, We would be getting interviews at the ‘Mela’ festival as part of a special live edition of Jungletelegrafen. Me and Nicola were at the family stage while 2 other teams were situated at the main backstage area and the second stage. This was an interesting experience as everyone on our team had never done live radio before apart from myself (and even then only studio based and via telephone) so people were very nervous, I’m happy to say everything went well and if people were nervous on air then the presenter didn’t seem to notice.

Mela

We then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying what Oslo had to offer, Oslo really is a beautiful city and I could spend ages again talking about just the touristy aspect of it.  Our task for the weekend was to try and come up with an idea for a documentary that we would have to make ourselves, This took me a while but I eventually decided to do one based around Film, I then focused that into film scores but later changed to Norwegian film history. These documentaries were aimed to be quite short so I decided that I would make it a beginners guide to Norwegian film for a UK audience, All of our documentaries will be getting played on Radio Youthology.

NRK organised us some listening sessions and Q and A’s with some award winning radio documentary makers to help inspire and educate us before setting us off to make our documentaries, this was very helpful as it allowed me to build up my current knowledge and also made me reconsider my sound design as the sound design in these documentaries were stunning.

We also shadowed Arne and Sigbourn during the creation of the latest episode of Jungletelegrafen this was good to see as we went through every part of the show from the script to the recording.

Arne and Sigbourn also helped us build up our contacts, I interviewed a member of NRK’s film review show and also the producer of Oslo’s philharmonic orchestra, the latter I ended up not using as I didn’t feel it added to the piece. The time out from the group also allowed me to experience the city centre on my own and I spent the afternoon at the Nobel Peace museum (highly recommended if you find yourself in Oslo)

Once the interviews were finished I put them together to make my documentary. Arne also offered great help and feedback along the way to those who asked for it.

In conclusion I have to say I really enjoyed my time in Oslo, the people at NRK were very helpful and treated us well on this placement, there were no tea-making tasks here and although the people in our groups were all at different levels at the start of this experience, we were all given tips and techniques that we could use that we may not have considered before. I’m already missing Oslo and thanks again to all at Ulfah arts for allowing me to take part in this.

Update

Well, one day I may decide to blog again, I have considered it but in all honesty i’ve wanted a break from it after university, I find myself putting a lot of thoughts and updates on twitter so check that out if you haven’t before. @ShaunjacquesUK

Having said that, I will say that I have some freelance work prepared and also a month work experience placement in Norway starting at the end of august, there are lots of if’s and buts to my future at the moment, but this is only the beginning.

Below is my updated showreel, share to people if you like it or feel I’ll be of use.  If i do decide to blog more in the future i’ll probably set up a whole new blog but I will link it to this.

“Keep on dreaming boy, cause when you stop dreamin’ it’s time to die.”

Finding Jobs.

http://www.medianation.co.uk/content/indiesdetail/Broadcast/Indies/362

The above is a website I was sent with a number of broadcast jobs available, this is a regularly updated list that will be very helpful to me as I try to get myself a long-term job or placement.

As mentioned before I have been updating my CV to fully show off my previous experience. I do not wish to add this online for privacy reasons.

Skills Audit

Generic Skills:

Excellent

Good

Average

Skills/Qualification

Work Experience

Work Experience Details / further notes

Media Production

(In General)


 X
  1. Degree in Media Production

Trained in running events at BBC Big Screens

  1. Work with BBC, BMW, The FA, Coventry Blaze, Coventry University, Corby Radio, Source Radio.

  1. Directing, producing, recording and editing content for different media organisations

Hosting radio shows on Source Radio and researching for radio shows at Corby Radio.

Directing

X

  1. Created ‘Grandiose’ in April 2012

Created ‘ACTA’ documentary in Feb 2012

  1. Not a lot of work experience directing projects for other organisations

n/a

Producing

X

  1. Produced ‘Grandiose’ in April 2012

  1. Helped produce a video for Birmingham County F.A in spring 2011.

  1. Produced and organised crew for BCFA shoots.

Editing

X

  1. Edited several short films and documentaries between 2009 – present

N/A

N/A

Camera Operating

X

  1. Camera op on most projects I’ve worked on including several short films and documentaries

BBC, BMW, Coventry Council, Coventry University,

Director Of Photography

X

 Work in some shorts and documentaries

Researching

X

 Work with Corby Radio and researching for my own shorts and documentaries

 Corby Radio

Sound

X

 Work in several pieces including ‘cities of conflict’

Scriptwriting

X

 Co-Wrote ‘Grandiose’ and scripted some other shorts.

 Communication  X  Easy to get in touch with and reliable with phone calls and emails
 Networking  X  Not great at making initial contact with new contacts. not as bad at keeping formed contacts
 Time-Management  X Great at keeping to management-informed deadlines, not so great at keeping to self-imposed ones.