Started video creating when I was in college studying media and film studies. Once I moved to London for an apprenticeship at EMI music, that's when I advanced my skills in editing programs and DSLR cameras. After that I work on a couple of TV/Film sets and spent a few years gaining more experience and confidence. Over the years I have gained runner skills, working with a range of cameras, data ingesting. So my repertoire since coming to London has really grew and has built up my industry knowledge. I even did bar work to keep money coming in, but mainly to improve my communicational skills. Which I do feel I lacked when I first moved to London. After three years of living independently in London I decided I would go to university as I wanted personal time to advance my creativity in filmmaking. At Kingston university I was really knowledgeable already. Thanks to that I was able to experiment with new things, particularly animation which became a focal point in most of my projects. This time away has now focused my goals and I now know where I would like to go in my career, creatively and professionally. Now I see myself as a more well rounded individual who is better prepared to take on the professional environment.Locked Pro Plan feature
Moving-Image Workshop (MIW) technical fellow; and digital media workshop (DMW) & journalism technician at Kingston University. In the MIW I am responsible for maintaining and setting up the filming, sound and animation studios. Guiding students using technical equipment such as, film cameras, lighting and editing software. In this department we help students with their projects and try to advise the possibilities they can reach and what they can't. DMW responsibilities are to assist students with printing, especially wide format printing, fixing any issues with the printers or students files. Advising students about hackspace for creating circuitry and coding. Also helping maintaining the broadcast journalism studios and checking tricaster, multi-camera software, is working proficiently. I also assist the NCTJ journalism exams making sure computers and printing a working during the exams.
Worked in pubs part time while I was studying and I am very thankful as my time working there. Serve food and drinks and since I was experienced and trustworthy I was able to be on shift floor without the need of a manager. Pub experience has given me the communicational skills I lacked when I first moved to London. This experience prepared me for any job in my chosen industry and the importance of listening and speaking clearly. Furthermore being conscientious in your job and showing that extra care to customers.
This was an agency that would give me temp work around London. I had a range of jobs running for Sony DADC, Deluxe Post production which were reoccurring jobs I did weekly. Worked at bloomsbury publishing in their post/mail room. This company was able to give me a range of more experience that built up my adaptability with a different job responsibilities.
I worked at a various Mitchell and Butlers pubs in London, serving drinks and food. Giving the best customers service that was expected but also being conscientious. I even got up to training as a team leader because I was trusted to handle shifts myself and even close tills and count the money. Training new staff members was also a responsibility as I was very meticulous when it came to cleaning, especially when closing down. This was the start of my bar experience where I started gaining confidence in myself and were my work ethic grew. Communicational skills grew here also and this helped when I would do my freelance, agency work as this was a part time job.
Technical responsibilities was to ingest all film footage from the day into hard drives and then back them up. Then run these copies to Halo post production in soho every couple of days for editing. On location shoots I would handle float and supervise on the shoots when needed. This was my first TV credit as a production runner and was for a TV series for CBBC called 'School for Stars' Season 3.
Responsible for creating promotional video content for the labels musical artists, creating content on programs like final cut and photoshop. Filming interviews, live events and behind the scenes for music videos. Plus taking care of the equipment and the administrative roles, such as raising purchase numbers. EMI was the start of how I learned everything that I know today, giving me the foundation of knowledge that advanced my ability to create videos.
An art filmmaking course to help push and explore my creativity further; I needed more time in education to explore my options and skills. Here I was introduced to animation techniques that was in my capability and became a focal point in many of my projects. My time here gave me more creative freedom as a director of photography and even directing my own films. This time has given me the confidence I needed to go into the professional environment.
The course was a part of my apprenticeship with EMI music were I would work for four days a week and one day studying at Ravensbourne college. Here I learnt the fundamentals of interactive media, having it partnered with actual work experience was beneficial to my development.