“The act of spreading something.”
I have thought of many possibilities and different avenues in where my work could lead me.
Ideally I would like to continue my project and expand my ideas by creating more stories and images like the ones in my final project. I would like to showcase my work for a variety of different organisations that are focused around mental health issues. In particularly, Outsider Gallery which allows artists who suffer and whose work is based on mental health as a way for individuals to express their feelings. The gallery offers both art and music sessions for the individuals to participate and express their emotions through art and music. I thought this would be a great opportunity to display my work in such an environment.
My main aim would be to get my work to reach as many individuals as possible, both to those who suffer with types of mental health and those who don’t. Even though my project has evolved around mental health, I would like to run alongside my career. I would love to break into the film industry, as I have always had a fascination for film and my style of work is best suited for this type of work.
To help aid my career in the film industry I have been emailing and inquiring to a numerous film production companies and theatre. With it being such a tight nit community, I know the opportunities are very limited but by doing volunteer work in local theatres, not only will I gain experience, improving my confidence as well as producing a portfolio that will propel my into a career in the film industry.
I know that I cannot just walk into the film industry so I will be applying for jobs in different areas of the photographic industry which will mean being an assistant. This will assist me in gaining work experience but most of all, hopefully it will provide me with contacts which is a huge commodity in this profession.
Social media is a big marketing tool in today’s society and I am hoping to exploit it the best way I can, by displaying my work, in the hope that someone will notice it. Not only that I have recently encountered a site called Bored Panda. (https://www.boredpanda.com/) which is a blogpost site, where anyone can post something. It also has its own photography section which I thought would be another great advantage in spreading my work as one cannot have enough strings in one’s bow. With hard work and hopefully some luck, maybe I will achieve the goal I have set by working as a stills photographer on film sets.
Evidence of Dissemination
Link to Document: Evidence of Dissemination
Emailing Theatres + TV Production Companies
When looking into further my work after education, I thought of many routes in where I could take this. With my current work mainly focusing on Mental Health , I still found with basing the images on fantasy themes , it still expresses that I am capable of producing such work that can be seen/viewed amongst TV and Theatre. In doing so, a lot of my images I have created from the Final Major Project I have in fact used within my portfolio, with doing this I hope it will attract the audience I want. Recently and further on after finishing university , I will continue to contact both TV Productions and theatre to see if I’m able to gain any work experience , in the hope it will allow me to climb the ladder within that industry.
Evidence of emailing Theatres and Productions:
I looked more into studious that are not too far in and around Kent. With currently not driving, I will need to be able to focus on passing my test first before aiming to reach further afield. I looked into a total of 5 studious. One of the studious listed (Leavesden) is in fact now not used for film production but holds the Harry potter Studious in where the films were made. During this project I have booked myself a trip to visit the studios, with being previously I didn’t ask the questions I should have been doing and will look up and encounter first-hand how a lot of it works on set. A lot of it also involves green screen, but this is another element to film that I have also had an interest in. With the others I looked into , I looked into the contact details in where I was then able to send off an email enquiring about work experience and any questions I had that I wanted answering before entering the industry without having not much knowledge at all of that industry.
1. Maidstone studios
2. El Street
3. Pinewood studious
4. Leavesden studios
5. ITV Studious (London)
It’s stated on their website:
“Elstree Studios is home to some of the top shows on British television today; The Crown, Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother, The Voice, Celebrity Juice, A League of Their Own, The Chase, Pointless, Room 101 and many more.
Known as the birthplace of Star Wars, some of the most famous films in the world have been produced at Elstree Studios; the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, Superman, The Shining and Labyrinth to name just a few from an endless list. Most recently, Elstree has been home to The Danish Girl, Suffragettes, The King’s Speech, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, World War Z, The World’s End and Paddington.
Located 20 minutes from the heart of London, Elstree Studios is without doubt London’s No.1 studio for any film or television production, tour rehearsal or promo.”
Again this is a location that will be easily assessable for me to get via public transport. You can see a lot of famous films/programmes have been filmed at these studious. With it being such a big production company I may find it harder to get my foot in, but I’ve decided to set myself no limits and see where the opportunities take me. With that being said, I also have nothing to lose and the worst scenario is I don’t hear back or they say no.
Contacting via email:
I thought by contacting them via email this will be better as then I’m able to offer them examples of my portfolio. But if I find this unsuccessful, then I will look into phoning the companies as well.
4. Leavesden Studious
As I’ve mentioned, now Leavesden studios is the home of the Harry Potter Studious. But I have booked myself a trip to revisit the location to ask and enquire about all I need to know about film sets. It enables me access behind the scenes and up close of what it’s like to work on a film sets. So to be able to get my bearings around what it’s like, it will hopefully give me an insight into the industry I want to work in more.
Evidence of tripped book (Unfortunately it was full booked up until July, therefore I will do some more research prior to the trip.
When researching more, I came across some information that there are still job opportunities for the studios. Therefore I took it upon myself to further email them and find out about this information more and to confirm exactly what the job roles entail.
What they have to offer at the studio tour according to their website:
“The Harry Potter film series made Leavesden its home for more than ten years. As the books were still being released while the films were being made, the production crew saved many of the iconic sets, props and costumes that were created especially for the films – just in case they were ever needed later on in the series.
Once filming wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2010, the production crew were left with a treasure trove of thousands of intricate and beautifully-made artefacts, many of which wouldn’t have been saved on a typical production.
The team behind Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter wanted to preserve and showcase these iconic props, costumes and sets so that Harry Potter fans could experience the magic of filmmaking first-hand. Many of the original cast and crew returned to reassemble the sets and record their memories from filming, and on 31st March 2012, the Studio Tour opened its doors.
Set adjacent to the working film studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made, the Studio Tour offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, animatronic creatures and breath-taking special effects.”
I forwarded the email to a few theatres that I have either been too or knew I was able to reach/access via public transport if I was offered some experience.
What I included in the email:
What was included:
I’m a current student studying at UCA Rochester. I am studying Fashion Photography, but have a real passion for theatre and film. I would love to get the chance and experience working for local theatres as a photographer to help build up my portfolio. If you have any further information or offer work experience, would you please contact me directly via this email.
I hope to hear back soon.
In the hope off email these theatres, I hope to hear back and gain some work experience to help build towards my portfolio and give me some experience within an industry that connects with film. With already having a passion for event photography, I feel as though I would be a perfect candidate for theatre photography as well.
Over the period off finishing university , I will continue to email both theatres and potential photographers I may get a chance of having experience with to help with stepping my foot in the door and in the hope , it will help me to build up an eye-catching portfolio fitted for the genre in photography I want to work in. With having the experience too, I feel I will gain not only the experience, but a boost in confidence too.
Contacting ‘Outsider Gallery’
The Outsider Gallery can also been viewed in my research section. The Outsider Gallery is
“As London’s first mental health art gallery the Outsider Gallery offers the opportunity for those who are often on the “outside” to experience being on the “inside” – shifting their perspective, and the perspective of them, from “outsider” to “insider” – through creativity and performance. Through art, film and music those who have experienced significant emotional distress and perform their creativity for themselves, for their peers and for the wider public through engagement with the Outsider Gallery and their involvement in the C.R.E.W project.”
“Is an innovative project that uses creativity and live performance to reinforce recovery, promote peer support and enhance wellbeing. Working alongside people who have experienced mental health difficulties through media – music, art and film – the project builds self-confidence and self-belief.
Through performance and presentation, the Outsider Gallery enable peer support, recognition and appreciation, moving away from the sense of isolation and alienation experienced by many with significant mental health needs and allowing participants to feel connected and develop a sense of belonging.”
“CREW provides the environmental for change in perception, a shift in gaze, experienced by both the participants as well as professionals, carers and public involved and engaging with this project. Artists and performers are celebrated according to their talents (their work) and abilities rather than being defined by their diagnosis.”
Even though I have stated specifically above that I would like to work in the film industry, I feel as though with my Final Major Project I can take my work down many other avenues and gain opportunities with focusing on a subject that is so popular within today’s society. The awareness of mental Health is forever increasing, therefore I feel I’m at the exact right time to make use of my work and even continue to further my project and create more stories to expand on my series once leaving university. With my style of work and the subject matter, I want my work to reach as many people as possible, both to those who suffer and those who don’t. Opening it up to all ages.
With finding the Outsider Gallery, I thought this was a great opportunity for myself to display my work with those who also struggle and can view the ways in how other people cope by using art and music as a therapy. With finding out the contact details, I emailed and enquired about exhibiting my work and explaining to them briefly what my project is about and why I think my work will suit their audience.
With that being said, I may in fact meet other individuals and could look into a possible collaboration and building up my contacts.
Message sent within the email:
I am just inquiring to see if I’m able to display my work at your Gallery. I am a student who is recently graduating from university (Fashion Photography at UCA Rochester, Kent). My project evolved around mental health and fantasy. I focused of each characters suffering with different forms of mental illnesses. Displaying the perfect in the imperfect. I also am a sufferer of anxiety and have relatives who also suffer with different types. I found your organisation and thought it was perfect to display the type of work I create. It would be great if we could organise a meeting so I can meet you and show you my work. I hope to hear back soon. Kind regards, Emily Williams.
My Own Website/Social Media
With relation to getting my work out there to reach a wider audience, I looked into the idea of using social media. With looking into what apps work best, I found Instagram is great for getting individuals worldwide to see and comment on our work. Therefore I will continue to use Instagram to expose my project and reach out to as many people as possible by using the correct hashtags etc.
I also uploaded my project to my actual website in the hope it will reach a wider audience. With having no limits to who I want my audience to be, I find that I will be able to look into many different opportunities and avenues with spreading my work further afield and so on.
With looking into different organisations, websites, competitions etc., I continuously kept coming across this one site in particular, Mind.org.
When overlooking the website, I managed to come across a competition in where you have to sign up to pay £2.17 a month to join up and enter. With my outgoing and expenses currently at university I have not selected as of yet to join up, but will definitely be looking into joining up once finishing university.
When researching, Fragmentary was a site in particular that I came across and found rather interesting.
Fragmentary is an organisation that runs a ‘free monthly peer group’ for artists wanting to discuss their own work and further practise. With looking at the current dates, I will be enquiring and asking if I will be able to attend. I feel this opportunity will not only be great for my work but my confidence too.
Enquiring about attending. I think this would also be a great opportunity to meet new people and see their views and opinions of my work.
Metro Imaging (Metro Student Award)
When it came to awards and competitions, I found it relatively hard to find a category that mine fitted into. With my work being very fresh and new, I’ve found it a lot more challenging. But I managed to come across one site in particular called: Metro Imaging which offered a chance to apply for the Metro Student Award.
What the award entails:
“To enter please upload a single image you feel defines your practise via uploader below. Once judging has being completed we will be contacting the winning entrants directly to send their high res files for printing ahead of the September exhibition.
By entering your details you agree for Metro Imaging to contact you with details of our student photographic competition, details of your discount code and services, and occasional updates.
ENTRIES CLOSE 6pm Friday 29th of June 2018”
I thought this would be a great opportunity to apply, being as it wasn’t a specific Genre. With wanting to get noticed, I decided to go with my strongest image from my Once upon Time series and that is the Tinkerbell image. (With having the metadata already applied, I was sure to upload and no that the copyright will be imbedded with my name in the image), therefore I wouldn’t have the worry of someone else trying to credit my own work.
Image used for competition.
Confirmation of my entry:
In the meantime whilst waiting to hear back, I will continue to research into potential opportunities/avenues I can go down. With doing so I hope it will lead me onto the correct path in the industry route I am hoping to achieve.