Ihave always had a burning passion for creativity, particularly in the world offilm; my drive to want to develop and evolve in this world is due to theever-changing and ever-growing industry. I find the world of film trulyinspirational, and it gives me the motivation to thrive in my own imagination,and bring some of those imaginings to life. This is why I would like tocontinue studying Film. I currently study Film to develop my knowledge of filmand the drive to make my own films.
I also study Photography to help me broadenmy knowledge of camera use, and to delve deep into the use of camera equipmentto convey stories through shots and angles. Throughout my time studying Film, Ihave seriously enjoyed exploring certain genres and eras of film, such as theSwinging 60’s, with focus films being ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Alfie’, and’If….’.
As a part of my coursework, I chose to analyse The Coen Brothers’Barton Fink, a fine example of dark cult comedy, with so much meaning crammedinto every shot. In my studies of Photography, I was able to look in-depth attechnical aspects of cameras and effective use of the equipment. Thanks to thecourse, and focusing my coursework on the world of film, I developed myunderstanding of camera angles and shots, as well as mise en scene.
I love tocreate short films, with intriguing and unconventional editing techniques tobring life to certain narratives. Experiences in leadership have taught me howto manage a group of people efficiently, as well as creating my own workthrough my own direction and editing; these points combine theoretical andpractical criteria that work together to aid my skills in analysis of otherpeople and myself, as well as motivation to develop further in these subjects.To help improve my own work, I have learned how to use more professionalsoftware, such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects.
By teaching myselfthe basics, and then experimenting with more advanced features and tools, thequality of my work has vastly improved since my first short film. I am alsopart of a youth theatre. Having been an avid member for well over a decade, Ihave ample experience in acting and directing within a wide range of stageproductions and films.
The short rehearsal times have taught me to work to atime limit, and to lead and act with groups of young people. One aspect of mytime at youth theatre was street theatre, which involved huge amounts ofaudience interaction, and performing to the general public at festivals andevents. These experiences have pushed me out of my comfort zone, and helped methrive in the world of creative arts. Independence is something I have alwaysstrived for, and so recently I was accepted for two jobs, one at my localcinema, and one at my local theatre. Both of these jobs have given me plenty ofexperience in money-handling, and the customer service has helped me learn tocommunicate with people in a collected manner.
To prevent stagnation, I havealways kept myself busy, learning certain editing software, creating my ownfilm music and underscore, and regularly taking out my camera and shooting theworld around me to further develop my learning and thinking skills, and myknowledge of film production and post-production. Recently, I was asked to be apart of the filming process for ‘Suspended in a Sunbeam’, an educational filmtelling the story of one young woman’s experience with Child SexualExploitation; it has since been sent to secondary schools around the country tobe used as an educational tool. It also appears on the well-established andwidely recognised film website IMDb. Working as Key Grip for this project washugely rewarding for me, as it offered me hands-on experience in a film set,and a glimpse into the work that goes into the production of a film.
I’d loveto continue studying film, as it’s such an important part of my life; I hope tobe considered for the course, as I feel I’d be a valued member of youruniversity.