(Of the overall unit and previous experiences I have encountered in the past few months)
Throughout this unit I have learnt a numerous of different things that I feel will help aid and direct me now into the right route I need to go down. Over the past few months I’ve seen an increase in not just my work, but my confidence as well. Before starting this unit I found I was quite shy and found I didn’t speak up much but now I feel relatively more confident and found that through the work experience and contacting and speaking to individuals who are already in the industry it gave me some experience and knowledge which help boosted my confidence.
Through all the feedback and tutorials I have found that I’ve set my self the path of still heading down the film industry but having a few backup plans. These backup plans I found I’ve ended up looking into is taking the route or either a wedding photographer or an events photographer. The reasoning for being advised this was during the course of the unit I photographed for the REMLA Exhibition (which was held by a few of our students) and was complemented greatly on my images and advised to take this as an option as I was good at it. With been giving that confidence boost, I didn’t see a reason as to why I shouldn’t take up that option too. With finding so far the film industry hard to get into, I will start pushing my foot and continue to do so into the other opportunities and make use of my strengths once leaving university. Not only that but during the exhibition work, I managed to take a leading role within my group. I found that everyone came to me for questions and I was able to feedback to them on what to do next. I also kept my group up to date with new directions etc. Beforehand I would have never imagined myself taking a leading role, so was very happy that I took the leap in doing so as I feel it’s put me in a good steed for the future.
I’m really pleased with my overall portfolio. I feel I’ve achieved exactly what I wanted. Within my work I’ve expressed clearly my passion for working on film sets and not only that my skills in which I can offer via post production. I appreciate the flow of my portfolio and feel it is fluent throughout and in hope of doing this , I hope the potential clients who look at it in the future will see this too.
Who’s my audience now and later?
I’ve found social media has been a great influence within my work and it’s also guided me along with directing me at who my target audience is. With turning my account into a business account, I’ve found it’s giving me direct information which has helped aid me in knowing who my work is being seen by. And as a result I’ve found that a lot of my audience age range between 18-24 which is great because that’s the age range I was looking at to aim my work towards. So it matched up rather well. Even though I’ve stated that was my main target audience , I still advise and encourage people of all ages to look at my work as anyone is able to connect with it as I’ve made sure within my work I’ve created it so that all audiences have a clear understanding and connection with it.
Before starting this unit I wasn’t quite sure in weather I was going down the right route, but now I am feeling a lot more confident in where I need to head. I will continue to further my research once leaving university and getting in contact with as many film companies/productions, events and wedding photography opportunism as much as possible and continue to build up a portfolio which represents my style of work clearly. And in the hope of doing all of this, I hope to reach my end goals and be in the line of work I’ve worked towards since my interest in photography begun.
How has my final Major project influenced what I want to do?
During my final year of university, I decided to continue my work from a previous project in second year. During second year I took on the idea of focusing on fantasy stories and placing them in the modern day to day lifestyles we live in now. With finding that this project (story telling unit) was not only a lot of fun, but I saw my strengths flow through and felt I should continue this style of work within my third year. Not just that, but with having the ambition to work towards the film industry, this would be a great way to create an interesting portfolio catered for that industry.
Therefore I took on the idea of the fantasy world, but instead of focusing on the perfections of life, I wanted to incorporate within my images a sense of destruction and imperfections. With wanting to find a subject that is arising and current in today’s society, I looked into the idea of mental health. With this idea, it was also very important for me to concentrate on the topic of mental health being it is such a personal topic to me. I wanted to be able to express my feelings and in a way for it to help me understand the subject more by creating interesting and unique work from it.
Throughout the year I have shot over a numerous amount of locations, with a variety of different models. I also took on advanced Photoshop. Previously prior to this unit, I rarely liked to Photoshop my images and preferred to keep them simplistic, but being that I wanted to create something out of this world, I needed to teach myself how to create the best images via post production.
Throughout this project, I have learnt an awful lot about where I want to head and it’s taught me both what my strengths and weakness are. A weakness being post production, but this is something I will be able to work on in the near future. A strength is my thought process and expressing exactly what I wanted to in my imagery.
With saying I wanted to work in the film industry, I am still willing to aim for this industry, but may also look and guide my work into working around issues that are of or similar to mental health. Within my work, I want it to impact as many people as possible and help for sufferers and non-sufferers to express how they feel through a photograph and I feel the creative expression is a great way to heal individuals and I’ve found its helped myself throughout this past year of struggle to get through and realise that there is always a way out or form of escapism through art. But not just art, there’s other ways such as music and so on.
I am pleased we were given the opportunity to create any type of work we wanted and throughout I’ve constantly been inspired and feel I now have a great portfolio to help lead me in the right direction for the industry path I would like to take.