PART ONE – Understanding Progression Routes
Self-Audit and Goal Setting
Developing my Knowledge
This course is all about editing and this is potentially what I would like to do as in college I have been focusing on editing so I will apply for this and decide if I want to do this course or not when I find out what courses accept me.
This is a past work experience that the BBC have offered I haven’t seen any updated ones which is probably due to the national lockdown. This opportunity would be incredible as you would be thrown straight into a work place with a constant flow of work with the expectation of high quality work. This would enable me to work with professionals as peers, which in turn would make me learn from them on the job.
This work experience seems like I would learn a lot in such a short space of time and that would be helpful to get involved in after uni as it would give me more of a basis and experience to get into further work.
My interest for film making started off with me dreaming about becoming a YouTuber from an early age. I am proud of the fact that I am already working on this platform as an editor for a channel with over 300,000 subscribers. Having this opportunity and generating income whilst still in college has shown me that pursuing a career in this industry is both possible and definitely what I want to do. I feel like going to University will push my opportunities further and will help me build a good foundation in order to succeed in this industry.
I have come to really enjoy film making in both cinematography and editing. I feel like my strength at the moment is with editing as I have been focusing on that with both college working taking the lead in editing the variety of projects for both college and out of college work. Going to University would help me improve on these skills as well as also helping me to improve on things I am not so good at either. I would like to go to university to see how I can develop as a film maker and to see how far I can push myself to get the best results.
In my current UAL TV and Film course I have really enjoyed making a plethora of films including the documentary I made about the struggle a young man faced throughout his life. I like my films to have purpose and a message which is why I enjoyed filming this film the most due to it having a hard-hitting message. I feel like the story or topic being explored in a film needs to have a further meaning or lesson to it with some sort of aim of outcome about how they want to influence the audience. I find that I frequently enjoy watching documentaries about various different topics that I am interested in learning more about to see how I can expand my knowledge and that is how what I feel like I would enjoy working towards. I also would like to be able to work on some other films as well that are more general but maybe with more heavy editing, camera work and so on as I feel these would be very interesting to create.
Outside of college I managed to get myself a job working for the YouTube channel WatchData, this was done through me networking and speaking to people on the app discord to eventually get a conversation with the manager of the channel which led to me having this opportunity. The videos are quite basic in editing however, as they follow a template on After-Effects and sound design is done on premiere pro. I have been working for them for over 7 months as of October and have edited over 50 of their videos.
I would just really enjoy and appreciate being given the opportunity to move further in the film industry and to better myself with both discipline and practice. Going to university would take me further and help me be taken seriously as a filmmaker with a degree. Also, I would love meeting new people with the same interests from all around the world as well as being able to network with people and gain more work experience whilst working with professional equipment in a professional environment. I feel like living in a depressed town in Devon is limiting in a number of ways, somehow, I have managed to be creative there but it is hard to picture how I could translate that into work in the local area. I clearly need to get away in order to be more successful in working in the industry. In terms of my future career I enjoy documentaries, fiction films and factual films however I feel like university will help me explore them more in depth to then learn what I will prefer focusing on the most.
PART TWO – Personal Professional Practice
I feel like my weakness for this course has been with my creativity in coming up with ideas for a film. So I have decided to write a script. I feel like writing a piece of a story in the form of a script will help me both develop my script writing skills and help me try to come up with ideas easier. This will in turn help my overall filmmaking as I will be able to have a clearer vision for my projects and be able to hopefully make more quality films.
I want to write a script so I can become more versatile in filmmaking by being able to have various different skills in the industry. I am also looking to test my creativity and see how well my script will turn out.
I want to write a script of dialogue between two people who are talking about their experiences and day to day life whilst on a journey to another planet. I want to go into detail and be able to capture uncertainty of going to a new place and make the characters seem as human and real as possible with only their conversations.
I am going to start writing my script whilst reading the book 451 Fahrenheit to get a sense of how other people write scripts and also get some inspiration for conversations. I am also going to research into tips of how to write dialogue and scripts to try and expand my knowledge on the subject.
I first, researched into writing film dialogues to see the best ways they were written and I came across this website.
The 8 rules stated are as follows:
1. “Enter late, leave early”
What I gathered from this is that you don’t need to start your dialogue or scene at the start of a specific scenario. For example, if two characters are in a room having a conversation, the script doesn’t need to start until things are relevant. You don’t need to start with them walking in and introducing, you can instead start halfway through a conversation. I want to do this in my script starting with a person reacting to an odd sound with worry to instantly display emotion and give the characters personalities.
2. “Remember what characters DON’T say”
This talks about how us as a people don’t always express how we feel or communicate with one another to the best of our ability. This is telling you to not fall into the trap of characters telling each other everything as that is unrealistic, in reality people are sometimes secretive or have ulterior motives for a number of different reasons and this should be reflected in scripts too. I am going to try and explore how people sometimes struggle to communicate or convey their true emotions or thoughts. Also it helps with tension because if you slowly learn more about a character over many conversations instead of them revealing everything at once there’s more content and more room for the audience to build up assumptions that might be proved wrong or even uncertainty.
3. “Use long speeches or monologues sparingly”
What I have taken from this is that long speeches can be quite successful and can be some of the most impactful scenes in the film, however, too many of them can make the dialogue seem unnatural and can slow down pacing. This is telling you to think about how conversations happen in the real world, people interrupt each other and a lot of the time people speak in “choppy, incomplete sentences” so a script needs to show signs of that too.
4. “Use dialect sparingly”
This is telling you to be careful about how much time specific language or slang you use as this can often make the script seem forced and make it feel like you are “over directing your actors”.
5. “Avoid redundancy”
What I have taken from this is that you shouldn’t go into too much detail or repeat information in dialogue that the audience already knows from previous action scenes. Also, if two characters are planning something the example they give is “Sometimes setting up a ticking clock such as “the game is on Friday” can give your script momentum, but a character doesn’t necessarily need to say “Meet me at Joe’s Pub on Friday at 8? The address is 324 Main Street.” as then after if the next scene is the two people in a pub watching a game then the audience won’t be confused.
6. “Stay consistent”
In a script you want to stay consistent with dialect of a certain period, you can’t have some characters talking in more older english and some in modern english if it is set in a certain time period. Also, if you want the script to be more vulgar then you have to stick to that instead of using more tame words for a portion and then back to vulgar unless they are two characters that are very different.
7. “Make your characters distinct”
You don’t your characters to be similar to each other or seem like they are very similar, people are unique and have their own traits, personalities and they will speak differently. You want each character to have different morals, beliefs or opinions and sometimes you want them to clash on certain topics to give each character individuality.
8. “Read your script out loud”
Afterwards, reading your script out loud will help you to hear the pace of the script and see if it flows and works. But the main thing is you want it to sound natural.
I then researched into radio scripts on this website.
This website gave 10 tips to make your script successful the first 3 are:
1. “Grab the audience from the start”
This was saying to not take a long time to get into action and to not keep the audience waiting for the interesting parts.
2. “Write something that is personal to you”
This can be a theme that is close to you, a period, location or a topic because you need to be interested in what you are writing otherwise if you aren’t the script will reflect that. Whereas if you are interested about the topic then you will be able to talk about more and the script will have passion to it.
3. “Vary the pace and length of your scenes”
“A radio play which has five ten-minute scenes, each set in a dining-room, is likely to be less effective than a play which varies its scenes and settings.” This won’t be engaging, having a film where the same thing happens just with different conversations won’t work. What works well to keep the viewer engaged is new things happening, a change of pace, change of location, mood and so on to the audience unexpecting of what the next scene will be like.
I am happy with my script and I am glad I got the chance to write it and focus on that as before I always doubted myself at coming up with ideas. I wanted to be able to come up with a short portion of the script that showcases the the personalities of the characters and the overall mood and style of the film and I feel like that was achieved well through how different characters have they’re own personalities and opinions for example I used the character Clyde to doubt Ethan and say how he shouldn’t have gotten the job in a very straight forward way compared to Jen who suggests that if Ethan isn’t ready then maybe he’s right. The difference between these two characters is that Clyde says what he feels in a much harsher way compared to Jen who is sympathetic and more gentle with her approach. I also managed to create an interesting plot where I could very easily find more to write about as it was just the start of the story and I had the plot laid out already. I did this by making the Captain talk about what their mission was, the potential risks and also have a private conversation with someone where it makes you think that there’s more to it than what he told the rest of the crew. This has allowed me the opportunity where I can now take the story in any direction I want and opened up a lot of doors to potential plots. I also made the 5 pages end on a cliff hanger of the ship being hit by what is originally though as an asteroid as this could either become the main conflict in the story and set up the crew having to either survive the ship as it crashes into a near by unknown planet, I could make it seem like the ship was being attacked, or I could just simply make it a small resolvable issue that could make the segment of them travelling more exciting till they reach the planet in which they need to find the other crew.
My PPP 2 is missing due to the national lockdown.
PART THREE – Applications
After applying to all the Universities I looked at these are the responses I have received back at this time. I am going to book an interview with Ravensbourne and hopefully confirm my place with them after that.
I have now applied for my chosen 5 Universities and I am happy with the ones I have applied for; my first choice was Ravensbourne. This way because I mainly enjoy the post production process the most whilst making a film. Another reason I chose this university was due to the location, living in London would be very interesting for me as I would be moving from a small town in Devon to the capital city and that alone would be a big change. I feel like I would be able to meet new people from many different cultures and be able to get better footage to edit whilst in London. The facilities would also be a big step up as well which is exciting as I will be able to learn more about editing in a more professional environment. My main goal was to get into Ravensbourne University, however, I also wanted to have other options to fall back on in case I changed my mind, so my second choice was Bath Spa University. In the end I have been offered a place at Ravensbourne if I pass the interview and get a Pass in my current College course and Bath gave me an offer where they would accept me as long as I get a Merit. This is the outcome I wanted, and I am glad that I can say I have been offered a place at my first and second choice. I also wanted to be able to write a personal statement that would impress my chosen universities and I feel like it was successful in portraying me as mainly an editor which is what I was looking for to target Ravensbourne however I also spoke about the possibility of trying other parts of film making which gave me the option to change my mind and go to any of the other universities. I am now confident about my future as I now have the offers to go to my chosen universities, I am going to take a year out and see how I feel afterwards as I might either change to another option or decide I don’t want to attend university full stop. However the most likely option I take is accepting Ravensbourne.