Work Experience gained over the last few months.

Over the last few months I have filmed or otherwise worked on several events and for several different companies. The events and companies will be listed below as well as a short upcoming or potential upcoming list, I will then go into how I feel this has helped me or will help me in the future.

BMW-Mini Synter

BBC Big Screens

Coventry Council (producing videos for the Big Screens)

Rocked Up (Music demo session)

Matt Lakey and the Whatever (Music video Shoot)

Coventry Blaze ENL (Scorched Ice TV)

Cities of Conflict Documentary (Dresden)

and potential upcoming

BBC Big Screens (during olympics)

Orchestra recording

NHS video

Radio/Short Film experience in Norway.

 

All of the videos I have helped on have helped me out in some way. The BMW shoot was possibly the most rewarding in terms of quality footage that the group managed to get, but the rest certinanly helped me to look at different areas of video production (sports and music video) more professionally. The Blaze and Council videos were extremely helpful as I would like to move into sports or live event  recordings, I feel I have a good eye for fast paced action and I know that in sports or a live event you only get one chance to capture an action so being alert is a necessity, however Blaze and the big screen videos have shown me that I am up to the task and actually I rather enjoy the challenge.

My next step is to get more footage supporting this style, You may notice that my showreel has a lack of ‘live’ footage there, this was because the quality of said footage was either lost (Coventry Council) or was handed to me at a poorly exported rate (Blaze) this left me unwilling to use the footage in my show reel as it would have dramatically lowered the quality of the piece.

The forthcoming experiences are still orginisation progress with the exception of the bbc work, I have had training for this and I am going through ‘refresher’ sessions before working on the screens during the olympics, I hope that this will lead on to further work and/or contacts within the industry.

The NHS video should be moving on soon, due to my own commitments I have been unable to help move this forward, I spoke to John recently who is in charge of the project and he informed me that the full proposal had been approved so this video should be happening in the near future. It will be my job to get a crew involved in this project, If all goes well this video could lead into a series of videos. More information will appear on here when possible (although after deadline)

The norway idea is something that has appeared in the last few days I am still waiting for full details from Alton but this would likely take place in august/September and would see me spending two weeks helping to run a radio show and two weeks making a short film, In all honesty i’m interested in the travelling aspect but I have experience in radio as well as making short films and documentaries so I’m sure I can be a hand even if it’s just as a runner/researcher.

The main thing I learnt from these experiences was to be more professional in terms of what clients expect and how to react to last minute changed, but also how to be a better camera operator, I now ‘hold’ my shot for longer as I am aware of what a nightmare it can be for an editor not to do so. If given a role I now also stick to it. Too many times in second year people would not stick to their roles causing massive problems in the creation of projects, this CAN NOT happen professionally, I’m glad to see most of our year now getting used to that idea.

My next step after these experiences are unknown, I am updating my CV to apply for new job roles nationwide, I am at a stage in my life where if the job is right I can confidently say I will move to work for it. The challenge is making everyone else believe that and also believe that I am the best person for said job or jobs.

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Website

http://www.wix.com/shaunjacquesuk/about#!home|BlankPage_0

This is my website that I designed using Wix.com. At the moment it is a work in progress but very little of it will change structurly I will be buying the URL http://www.Shaunjacques.co.uk for this site later as an easier to remember address than the one above. This will appear more professional than the site as it is with it’s wix advertising (which will be removed on payment)

Showreel

Deciding what footage to use for the showreel was a problem, I found that a lot of the stuff I had made in my second year or even the first half of third year were unusable and would not show of my skills well, some footage was unattainable for various reasons and I refused to lower the quality of the piece to accommodate it.

I’d like to make a point about the length of the piece. I have seen a good few showreels (including some on the course) That I felt were miles too long and a lot of the footage was of variable quality. I feel that this is the WORST way to attract any interest from a showreel, The plan for mine was to have a series of beautiful images (throwback to second year) that showed off my various ways of telling a story. I always planned to make the video about a minute to a minute and a half. I feel the worst thing you can do is bore somebody with a showreel, and 3-5 minutes just leaves people skipping through from experience. Hell i know people will just skip through my own showreel, which was why I planned a ‘scale’ of beautiful images in the piece which i liked. Although I think all of the shots are worthy, the start, middle and end is where I focused on having the ‘moneyshots’ so to speak, as I knew this would likely be the points people would skip to.

I decided to use commercial music due to the pacing of the partiuclar song, I would like to avoid any legal consequences by getting a new showreel done but with a song designed solely for the showreel.

Below are some showreels I used as a form of inspiration.

My Online and Offline Presence

To continue to get work I need to be able to market myself and make others believe that I am the right person for a job, This can be done in the traditional way such as showreels, networking and the likes (which I have been doing) and also through new and interesting ways such as viral marketing, QR codes and such. Below are samples of my business cards which aimed to mix the two together by allowing whoever was interested a quick way to access my content, at the moment these cards link to my about.me page which although useful does not look all that professional. In my next print off of cards I will link the QR code to my personal website which will be up and running at Shaunjacques.co.uk by then.

Business cards

http://www.about.me/shaunjacques

print screen of website that is available at wix.com but without domain privileges.

As well as this I need to build up a good list of contacts, I have a bunch through previous work and friends made through that and university, but to continue to build them I have started going to newtroking events such as call the shots and creative england.

Horrible photo of me at creative england in

Birmingham

That particular event wasn’t overly helpful as most of the people there seemed to be students rather than professionals, meaning that a lot of the professionals seemed to keep away from the ‘younger ones’ It may prove to be a challenge to stand out at events like this, especially considering my own strengths and weaknesses at networking (I’m not the greatest at starting up a conversation but seem to be ok once I get started.)

Updating my CV and showreel is a priority. To apply for decent jobs I will need to show off my skills and the challenges I can overcome. a list of companies to on the website would be helpful, below is a short design based on some of the companies I have worked with (and includes some from the provisional upcoming list) I realise I have missed out some organisations that may help me out in certain areas (such as Corby Radio)

I would like to avoid placing my CV for a few reasons but I will be sending it off to companies with cover letters for jobs. I will try to avoid the cliche of simply sending it everywhere and ‘hopeing’ for a response, instead I will focus my applications to those that I feel I can realistically do and also any that I already have a contact to help put in a ‘good word’. I am also building my profile up on LinkedIn. I will not post a link to that page at this stage as it is still work in progress, but I can see the benefits of the site. In simple terms it’s essentially facebook but for work oppurtunities. (facebook itself has proven useful in getting work experience by itself)

I have also signed up to a site to monitor my google activities for my name. In this day and age reputation is EVERYTHING and nowhere is your reputation more at risk than online. It’s important that anyone searchin up infomation about me sees the good and not the bad (not personally here i’m thinking more about bad work i’ve made in the past for example) at the moment most of the top results on google link back to me personally (vimeo, youtube pages etc..) I can thank my parents for giving me a fairly uncommon name for that really. but this site will allow me to put emphasis on certain results appearing on google and others being pushed to the background.

some links do go to ‘shaun jacques’ an aspiring comedian

Note that a lot of the photos on google image lead to work of mine or indeed are photos of me. fortunatenly there is nothing ‘bad’ here but it’s important to make sure it stays that way. No one will hire me if the top image for shaun jacques is me downing a bottle of cider for example.

A Farewell To Tyrants Session – Screenshots

a few low quality shots from a session i helped film earlier this week – written account to follow later.