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Working as a Receptionist / Runner at Pulse I have obtained an extensive knowledge of how the company runs as a whole. I have had a prime opportunity to build working relationships with members of each of the departments and the company executives, as well as experience liaising with Pulse’s directors. The day-to-day running of the office is always high pressured and fast paced, with high level communication and organisational skills being imperative. I have been fully trained on PMI by the accounts team, and have the responsibility of undertaking a monthly credit card reconciliation to keep on track of the office budget. On top of my general reception duties, I have taken on extra responsibility assisting the film, TV and music video departments. This work has included, assisting in the writers’ room by taking notes with director Michael Haussman, writer Larry Volpi and exec producers Thomas Benski and Jude Law. I have also worked on music videos with directors Bradley & Pablo, spent time researching archive footage for the new Netflix series York, as well as transcribing the Sky Arts series 'Rock and Roll' and Carine Bijlsma directed documentary on singer D’Angelo. The longstanding relationship I have established with the film department also goes beyond my usual office hours, with my regular work expanding across script coverage, proof reading scripts, researching up-and-coming documentary filmmakers and reviewing short film pitches. From this collection of work, I have formed a solid foundation of research and development experience that I feel is invaluable for progressing into a researcher position.
My work has been published by Vogue, Q Magazine, DIY Magazine and NME Magazine. Most recently, I directed a short documentary on the European Elvis Championships 2018 that plans to be released in March 2018. You can view my work at www.amberlittle.co.uk
Assisting the production company Ignition on their documentary series on the Apple Music Festival at the Roundhouse, I gained valuable on-location experience over ten days of working with high profile artists such as Elton John, Britney Spears and The 1975. As part of a small team, my tasks were highly varied, allowing me to work both organisational and creative roles. My general responsibilities included assisting on backstage interviews, logging camera shots, ensuring release forms were signed, and coordinating interviews with members of the public. Due to my technical experience, I also worked creatively as a camera operator during many of the live performances. From this, my footage went on to be credited as part of the documentary series.
During my internship at Somesuch, I worked in a fast-paced and high-pressured environment. Working on the production of a Mercedes advert, I began assisting the casting director and then went on to lead the castings myself. I had the responsibility of shooting and editing these recordings to be sent to the client, with strict deadlines. Once cast, I was the point of call in the office for the actors and their agents and in charge of organising costume fittings. After finishing the internship, I was called on again to work on reception, this involved being front of house and liaising with guests, as well as organising couriers and taxis, and creating itineraries for a producer trip to South By Southwest Festival.
I interned at DNA films offices, working particularly on the development of film and TV. I was asked to critically review submissions and feedback my thoughts in weekly group meetings. I was given insight into the producers’ roles in the new Alex Garland film ‘Annihilation’ and the highly anticipated ‘Trainspotting 2’. I also took on some PA responsibilities on top of the company’s usual intern assignments, taking calls from studios and directors for the producers, being at the front of house, and diary management.
The course focussed on art history and critical thinking in the arts, but also incorporated a practical curation aspect which involved a high level of organisation, meticulous planning and problem solving. As such a varied course, it has given me a broad spectrum of skills including exemplary written and verbal communication skills, which can be applied directly to research and development. For my final major project, I directed and produced a series of short documentary films on Postinternet culture and its impact on contemporary art, interviewing five artists whose work has been directly inspired by the cultural shift that has been brought on by the technology immersed society we live in today. This gave me valuable first-hand experience of documentary filmmaking as well as developing my self-management and timekeeping skills. Since graduating, I have since returned to the university to give a presentation to the third-year students on my film.