How To Showcase Your Work – By Alice Stansfield

Showcasing your work!

Over the last month I’ve been going through my university interview, nerve-wracking as they are I found stress can be avoided through preparation, creative preparation that is. For example I create mind maps and tables of strengths and weakness of each university I’d visited to help me decide where to apply and once apply I worked through each prospectus with a pack of sticky notes highlighting things to ask about and what I think they might ask me about, what they are looking for and so on.

Then came the actual interviews. The majority of my interviews didn’t actually ask me to bring anything in particular surprisingly, but being a Creative I wanted to show them what I’m capable of. If you are interested, which I’m guessing you are if you’ve read this far, I am applying for Film and TV Production courses mainly in the South, and so I presented to them a showreel and portfolio. I am not claiming I am an expert with making a showreel, portfolio or taking part in interviews, but I wish to share my tips which I hope are helpful to at least one person. (So far out of 5 of the university I have applied for I have had offers from 3 of them and the other two I haven’t heard from since I interviewed there today and one yesterday.)

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PORTFOLIO: The majority of my portfolio was made up of extra curriculum projects, either my YouTube or work experience so I thought it was crucial to include to show my extra work and dedication. However, even with out these extras I still could have found ways to have something to talk about. My portfolio was mainly a ‘show and tell’ tool. For example I was asked what sort of films I make so I turned to the page where I received an A* for a Batman and Robin filmed I’d made, followed by music videos and a web-series. I didn’t include all my projects, instead just included a range of genres to show how I expose myself as much as possible, and the importance of experimenting. When I was asked about my work experience I’d mainly included pictures to show me working that I’d asked other people to take on the day and so on.

My tops tips would be:

1. Include extras, not something you HAD to do.

2.Don’t include everything you’ve ever done, concentrate on including a variety.

3.Limit your writing, use it as more of a flick through and point to get the ideas across.

SHOWREEL: Looking at over 40 hours worth of my old footage I went through outtakes, to shots I don’t remember shooting, home videos all the way back to stuff I shot on my first Nokia. Eventually I decided it was taking TOO LONG and I wasn’t being strict enough of myself. Most the time I found a shot of my best friend who looked so sweet in a particular shot, but it told nothing of my filmmaking skill or script writing, therefore I had to learn to scrap what was useless to me. From work experience I have been told you are lucky if a producer watches 40 seconds of your work, so they recommended to me making a 60 second showreel that established quickly a range of projects then explained in more detail, depending on the genre you’re going for. I experimented through YouTube, of course my home! I made a 1:30minute showreel for anyone to watch and asked for feedback. I was told it was a good length but didn’t need certain shots and sound wasn’t very good, so I went back and edited. THIS WAS SO HELPFUL, I can’t recommended feedback more! Finally on my fourth draft I’d finished! I used royalty free music, my friend made music for me because I wasn’t sure what universities would think of me using particular songs and I wanted to be able to say that everything was from scratch and linked to me in some way, but if you don’t have a friend lovely enough to give up their time and create then I recommended this site for royalty free music: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/

My tops tips would be:

1.Think of every aspect, sound/shots/editing and make sure it shows your best work. If one particular shot gives you hardly anything to talk about then scrap it.

2.Try not to have too much sound on it, for example don’t jumble lyrics of a song to your own dialogue because someone watching it may ask you to talk them through it and you want everything to be clear.

3.Create drafts, get feedback, improve, ALWAYS!

I wish you all luck with universities, jobs, ideas the lot and hope this was helpful to at least one person out there. Thanks for reading, please leave a comment or tweet me @HisLittleEmoo, because as you know I love feedback!

Uckfield FM starring Rebecca Walling – By Alice Stansfield

Young Rebecca Walling of East Sussex has landed herself the role of ‘co-presenting a show every Tuesday from 7-9pm’ called ‘Showtime’. The show features ‘music from films and musicals’. Rebecca continues to say ‘we do film and theatre reviews and things as well.’ Tomorrow (Tuesday 27th November) the person Rebecca usual presents with is away and so for the first time she will be running the show solo. She said she is ‘rather nervous’ but is sure she will be fun and I’m sure we all wish her the best of luck.

Alice: 

How did you get to be on Uckfield FM?

Rebecca: 

I got involved because I was interested in broadcasting and so saw Uk fm as a good opportunity. We asked around and a family friend knows one or two of the presenters who put me in touch with the chairman, Mike Skinner. I explained my interest and sat in on a few of the shows, and when I came to see Phil on Showtime I really enjoyed it and we got on really well. Then I started to become more involved in bits and pieces until finally I was trained up on the equipment and co-presenting with him!

Alice:

What’s it like recording?

Rebecca:

Well we don’t really record shows because we do everything live which of course can initially feel quite daunting but it’s great fun once you get into the swing of it and start interacting with the listeners on the chat room or through requests.

Alice:

Have you done anything like this before?

Rebecca:

I’ve not done anything like it before, no. It’s my first step towards getting experience in broadcasting and radio which will hopefully fair me well for the future. And of course I love doing it because the show’s right up my street in terms of content and I get on really well with the other presenters as well.

Alice:

What do you enjoy talking about the most on the show?

Rebecca:

What I enjoy most on the show is, when we get the chance, doing film and theatre reviews because film and theatre is something that I’m really interested in and enjoy sharing my views with the listeners.

You can listen to the show live on Uckfield FM’s website so be sure to tune in tomorrow.

http://www.uckfieldfm.co.uk

I am sure Rebecca would love to know what you think of the show so please comment below or email aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk and I will forward your feedback.

Thank you for reading.

By Alice Stansfield your friendly neighbourhood vlogger: http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo

Feel free to Tweet me if you have any questions or feedback:  @hislittleemoo

Email me for anything extra: aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk

Featured Creative – Bryony Hacker – Visual Artist and Campaigner

17 year old Bryony Hacker has just completed her Extended Project Qualification. So what topic did she choose to study? Make a short film, like someone I know; study how to make a bridge; write a very long essay about wars in History?

No to all of those actually. She created a National Speed Limit sign out of Deer Skulls that she had collected on the side of her road. This road is the A22 on Ashdown Forest. Her aim was to raise awareness about dangerous driving on this road towards deer. She targeted teenagers at the college who are learning to driving or already driving to talk about her issue.

Bryony currently studies art photography at college in Uckfield and is aiming to go on to Art Foundation next year. This project not only raise awareness, but allowed her to create a sculpture with her artistic skills.

I spoke to Bryony after her presentation to her fellow students about the project.

What inspired you to create your sculpture?

I live beside a road which has the most deer collisions on in the UK. It has around 300 deer that die yearly on the road due to car collisions. Human fatalities happen as well (about once a year), but most people don’t know the figures because every thing is ‘dealt with’ by the forest rangers and the police. I wanted to raise awareness of this, even if I had to do it in a very visual way. All the sculls found on the sculpture have been deer hit on the road literally on my doorstep.

How long did it take to collect skulls and make the sculpture?

My brother and I collected the skulls when we were little.. every few months from about the age of 7, we walked along the road with tesco bags. Every time we went we collected about 3 bags full, so I guess i’ve been collecting on and off for about 10 years. I didn’t use all of them in the sculpture! And I’d say it took about 10 hours in total.

You have much news coverage planned, for example the local news paper, is this helping to promote this message?

I am intending to be in 2 local newspapers in the next few months, and hopefully in time get onto the BBC news. I think this would be fantastic because then people all over the country would know about the danger, and would maybe take more care when crossing the road; instead of driving way over 60mph with no realisation of what could jump in front of them. When the media coverage is finished, I think it will be very memorable still to drivers on the road.

 

Although the project is finished, Bryony’s campaign has not. She is starting a petition to have the speed limit lowered on the road. If you wish to know more about how you can help please comment on this post or email aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk and I will contact Bryony directly.

Thank you for reading.
By Alice Stansfield your friendly neighbourhood vlogger: http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo
Feel free to Tweet me if you have any questions or feedback:  @hislittleemoo
Email me for anything extra: aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk

Review: ‘Skyfall’

2012

What ever happened to saving the world from world domination?

Here is my review of the new James Bond film, ‘Skyfall’ (2012), throughout my improvised honest opinion review I compared the film to the new Mission Impossible film ‘Ghost Protocol’.

2012

I would love to know what others thought of the film and the James Bond series, is it coming to it’s end?

More review videos soon.

AND – CREATIVE OPPORTUNITY – any animators out there? Looking to promote someone’s work in return for a small 15 second or less animation to use at the start of a video, they will be full credited, promoted in an article, video and more. Please comment or email me if interested in any way, or can offer any other skills (stop motion, music, etc.) aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk or Tweet me @HisLittleEmoo.

THANK YOU!

The Assassin, The Grey Man and The Surgeon – A New Book By D C Stansfield

Here is the book cover designed by D C Stansfield, photograph starring Joseph Jameson, photographed/edited/printed by Alice Stansfield.

(Picture above features Joseph Jameson mentioned here: https://creatabot.co.uk/2012/10/09/robin-epq-short-film-by-alice-stansfield-2012/)

D C Stansfield has completed his first ever book – and, what’s this!? HE’S BEEN PUBLISHED! On the new form of ‘book’, an ‘Ebook’ on Kindle! Named, ‘The Assassin, The Grey Man and The Surgeon’ it’s the first book in the series of three which he is hoping to write if the book is popular enough.

Why do I sound so excited? Well D C Stansfield is my father and I am a very proud and inspired daughter to have another creative in the family. So far the book has received 99% 5 Star satisfaction on the UK Amazon store, with only 1% voting 4 stars (which is still high!)

A short summary of the book (adaptation of the blurb):

It was all going so well for Peter Lee’s drug empire. The only small annoyance had come from a little old lady who owned of all things a small corner shop. She had refused to accept any of his little parcels and wanted to go to the police, so she’d been given two bullets, the ‘double tap’, both to shut her up and to send a message to everyone else in the network.

Unknown to Lee she was married to a specialist, a man who, in a former life killed men for a living. He had two friends, one a gatherer of information, the master in his field, one a breaker of men, who was so vicious that it was rumoured that each time he hit a man he cut him. Each of these three men had spent thirty years and more playing the ‘great game’. Inside the security company called ‘The Firm’ they were legends known only as The Assassin, The Grey Man and The Surgeon.

Now living at the edge of the secret world and about to disappear into history, this atrocity had brought them back centre stage but the question is, do they still have what it takes to go up against today’s hard men?

I am currently reading the book and already stuck in, loving it, although can’t get the vision of my dad out my head which it amusing when you follow the storyline. We are a very proud household to say the least.

But how does one promote a book when one knows nothing about ‘publishing and advertising?’ Well, my dad came to the right place. ME. YouTuber/Tweeter/Tumblr/Facebooker/Genereal-confident-girl-in-emailing-companies/Currently-doing-media-work-experience and Creatabot blogger. (Most of the words are made up I will admit, but my point still stands). Therefore I’m spreading the word as best I can. Although, don’t feel I need to as sales have rocketed as one might say! It’s going rather well for it’s first WEEK out on the web!

Here you can watch a video where I give you all the details on the book, and in a couple of weeks I will be doing a full review of my opinion and it won’t be bias because he’s my dad I’ve told him I want to be honest. I am encouraging others to join me, read the book in my ‘by the end of November challenge’ (meaning read the whole book by the end of November) comment or send me your review on aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk and I will be making a Review video with honest opinions from as many people as possible. I’d love you to be one of them.

In return, I will be mentioning your YouTube channel, blog post, website etc on my video so promoting everyone as we go. If you don’t want anything promoted or want to remain anonymous that’s fine too. If you have any questions for the author himself I’m sure I can persuade him (in other words, he’d love to) personally email you.

In summary –

The book is called ‘The Assassin, The Grey Man and The Surgeon’.

It’s available here on Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Assassin-Grey-Surgeon-ebook/dp/B009NUUI8M

Free Sample Sample: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Assassin-Grey-Surgeon-ebook/dp/B009NUUI8M#reader_…

It costs only £1.53 and is available on the American Amazon (.com rather than .co.uk).

My email is aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk for any questions and honest reviews.

Thank you for reading.

By Alice Stansfield your friendly neighbourhood vlogger: http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo

Feel free to Tweet me if you have any questions or feedback:  @hislittleemoo

Email me for anything extra: aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk

‘Robin’ – EPQ Short Film by Alice Stansfield (2012)

5 months of planning, filming, editing and as of today releasing – I am exhausted!

An EPQ is an Extended Project Qualification, recommended to A level students to gain extra UCAS points and research into a topic they love. My title was ‘How have the ‘Batman’ comics been adapted to screen?’ I wanted to focus on specifically the narrative of a Batman comic and how Directors and Screenwriters adapted these original comics into the new films we have today, which almost rewrite the superhero genre. Within this project I made a log (written analysis documentation of all my research and shows my process of making my short film); an essay answering my question; presenting my EPQ (which I did today) and finally my short film.

I am a seventeen year old student who is dreaming and pursuing a career in film production. This film is not, I admit and repeat NOT my best work. Let me explain, I put my heart and soul into this project, but an EPQ is all about ‘process’ and ‘reflection’ therefore I needed to make mistakes to improve and show my thought process. The reason I have released my short film whilst I still feel doubts with it is because I have learnt from the issues included in it: audio quality and fight scenes for example are two areas I feel are major flaws, but now I can improve on them. Without doing this project I would not be able to create better videos in the future. I have future videos currently in editing and already I see a mass improvement.

My Christmas currently consisits of: a green screen, a filming production light set, final cut pro X and a boom mic. Yes, I have learnt how important professional equipment is. Although, I would like to pop out I spent no money on this project, there was no budget. Proof that you can make a film purely through connections (for example knowing someone who works at a local police station such as I did) and through trial and error.

Today I presented my EPQ to over twenty people at my college, and even manage to get a round of applause, which I much appreciated. Therefore today I felt was the right time to release my film to the people of the internet. At the top is my film and here are the links to other videos leading up to my short film. I really hope you enjoy and comments on YouTube as feedback are most appreciated.

By Alice Stansfield your friendly neighbourhood vlogger: http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo

Feel free to Tweet me if you have any questions or feedback:  @hislittleemoo

Email me for anything extra: aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk

Music and Lyrics – Creating a Music Video

Here I am, A YouTuber who makes a lot of videos, but never my own music video. In the past I made one in a group of a song I wrote, then again in a group with my lyrics and now on my own I have produced my third music video of my lyrics (music by Joe Humber) uniquely to my YouTube channel.

So what is the story of my new song ‘Our Story’ beside the music?

Before Summer 2012 I wrote a song, originally unnamed but referred to as ‘The Next Chapter’, and proposed it to my friend Joe to record and make into an actual listenable song rather than words on screen. He agreed. One day travelling back from London I checked my Facebook messages and found he had sent me a demo of the song. I listened, and fell in love with hearing my lyrics as music. Immediately I told him this is what I wanted for the video and he set to work improving. Recording also took place with my friend Molly, however due to Joe moving to University his computer got damaged and we no longer have the file of both of them singing. Upset and annoyed by this misfortune I still decided to release the song with the video since we all worked hard.

A few viewers have asked me what the song is about, I say the answer is in the lyrics.

Moving on the the process of making it. When making any production it must go through three stages: pre production; production and post production.

PRE-PRODUCTION: This automatically began subconsciously when I wrote the song. Ideas for what to film were everyone in my mind, bubbling up ideas. Originally my storyboard was to use post it notes (as seen in the video with the love heart Molly draws) as messages that the couple used to send to each other. However, the lyrics didn’t seem to fit as dialogue for post it notes so I didn’t want to use them but didn’t want to add to many words to the screen. Instead I decided to portray the lyrics naturally with Joe and Molly acting as a real couple going through their ‘story’ – meeting, love, laughter, happiness, arguments, tears, missing each other, anger and so on.

PRODUCTION – Unlike most projects, beside vlogs, filming only took a few hours of one day. Stopping in-between shots due to weather conditions (however the rain was good pathetic fallacy) filming was otherwise successful. Most ideas came on set. Often in preproduction I’ll storyboard everything and have a shot list, but with this I decided as the cast was a minimum we could create some unique and improvised. First we filmed the fights in the house; moved on to the scenes in the field after a lunch break; walked along the roads; and finished at another house for more shots. The majority of filming took place in the field with the paper, ripping up the story. This idea came on the day when I was on the bus over to our location and I’d brought Romeo and Juliet book with me, I thought it worked well.

POST PRODUCTION – Editing went well, as I had a new laptop it was more of a practice using iMovie, although personally I prefer and wish for Final Cut Pro, but due to the expense I’ll wait for Christmas. However, the wonders of video editing could still be explored on iMovie through tutorials, but it’s so easy to use you don’t need guidance to be honest. I made different versions of the videos (which I advise when unclear on final outcome) and decided on what I preferred and didn’t.

Your original idea will always be different to the outcome, sometimes this is good sometimes this is bad, you need to find the balance.

With this I feel I found a balance, I came with what I feel it a good outcome for an experimental video.

Attached to this article are other music videos I have made of which I would love feedback to see how I can improve.

Hoping to post more soon!

By Alice Stansfield your friendly neighbourhood vlogger: http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo

Feel free to Tweet me if you have any questions or feedback:  @hislittleemoo

Email me for anything extra: aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk

Robin EPQ Trailer – By Alice Stansfield

Here is a short trailer for my EPQ short film based on Dick Grayson becoming Robin.
Music by the awesomesauce music man Harry Volker.

EPQ stands for Extended Project Qualification normally taken at AS level to gain another qualification. If you’ve been following my vlogs (video blogs) on my YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo?feature=mhee (which just reached over 100 subscribers) then you will know all about my project.

I’ve been making a short film based on the original Batman comics focussing particular of the character of Dick Grayson, who for you non-Batman-nerds was the first Robin, The Boy Wonder.

I wanted to take the originally screen portrayed camp Robin from cheesy to dark. Therefore I set his story all in one day and his meeting with the Batman’s enemy The Joker in Robin’s early days at college. This is the story of how Grayson becomes Robins.

This is the trailer I recently released on the project to receive feedback to go in my project folder.

Soon the final shot film will be public. If you want to know when and for more updates follow me on Twitter: @HisLittleEmoo.

My Experience of Saturday Film School – By Alice Stansfield

Screenwriter?

Film maker?

Camera man?

Actor?

Director?

Producer?

Film lover in general?

Then this video has something for you.

I attended a course by Raindance called Saturday Film School up in London. After taking notes on the all day course last weekend I decided to sum them up in a video to help share the information. Enjoy!


The course was a great way to spend a Saturday. I managed to get a voucher off a website after finding out about the event via Twitter so it was much cheaper. I think I was the youngest there amongst around 200 people but everyone was really smiley and was a great way to get connections by talking to everyone there who had a love for film and a talent in the industry.

I sat next to a women, for example, who loves film and came to the course as a present from a friend. She works at a hospital that is used on film locations often and really loves that side of the industry. It was great to hear from someone who isn’t in the industry but still has a passion for it.

I hope to visit again and attend a longer course to really build up my skills!

By Alice Stansfield your friendly neighbourhood vlogger: http://www.youtube.com/user/HisLittleEmo

Feel free to Tweet me if you have any questions or feedback:  @hislittleemoo

Email me for anything extra: aostansfield@hotmail.co.uk

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