CV’s and Creative CV’s

Week 6 10/03/2015

Today we had Laura Lander and Lisa Price come to talk to us about creative CV’s. From the presentation, I gained valuable knowledge on how to set out my CV, as some of the things we went through I either had not included or did not need to include on my current CV.

Going through the CV templates, we looked at what was good and what was not so good, such  as the consistency of the CV and appearance.

For a creative CV, we were shown a few examples, which all looked targeted towards a single type of job, such as typography, and all had their own individual look and appeal to them.

We also looked at what we needed to include in CV’s and how we presented them.

Second Home Studios – Chris Randall


Today, Chris Randall came in to the university to speak to us.

20 years experience. Film photography course. Worked free lance. Was a runner. Worked for red dwarf. After graduated nicer to bham. Self taught animation. 

SHS – 2D/ CGI/ Stop Motion

Broad cast, film production, info graphics, educational, commercial, motion graphics, visual effects, theatrical.

BBC, ITV, C4, TV6…

Pilsner advert took 13 weeks full time.

Try to create a circular path. Clockwork motion.

Lego a model christmas. bullring. Stop motion 2D

Share a story – citv. Stop motion…. Checker boarding!!

Mechanical music marvel. – 18 months. 16 months script. THSH. Animatic went through 8 different cuts. Turnaround of 6 weeks. 6.5 mins long. Nominated for kids BAFTA. 

Sky at night – cgi. Green screen. Binoculars picture.

Factory TM-Manchester



Degree Show Planning


Today for our lecture we had the tech staff in to help us in setting up our space for the degree show. We went through what could and could not be moved in terms of equipment as well as what we needed individually for the show, although most people only needed a computer and backboard to display our work.

After this we allocated jobs that would need to be done in order for the degree show to work. After writing the list people volunteered to do specific jobs and also gave jobs to the people that was not here.

Given the job in partnership with Lucia, we drew out a room plan of where people would like to be stationed during the show and also where the refreshments would be for the people arriving to the show.

Written Evaluation


We looked at how we should write our 2000 word evaluation, which is a written report on our experience and should be both evaluative and reflective.

The evaluation should include:

  • What I am evaluating
  • What was done and how it was done
  • Present findings, conclusions and any recommendations

The reflection should:

  • Record process throughout study
  • Improve performance by using outcome of reflection to inform future practice
  • Learn by making links between theory and practice
  • Help develop professionally

Sam gave us a simple plan/structure to follow, which was:

Title – Name, Student Number and Word Count
Contents – Including any illustrationsIntroduction

To set out the Main, we could either approach it in a chronological way using dates, or by structuring it how we approached them, from concept to pre-production, pre-production to production to finally post production.

In order to get our work proofread, we need to give Sam our copy by April 16th.

Interviews & Networking

Week 7

Denise was absent for today so we had Laura Lander come in to speak to us about Interviews and Networking.

Interviews are important as they help give the employer the information to see if you are suitable for the job, so it is beneficial for us to prepare in the right way.

To help get the job, it is important to remember the 3 V’s of verbal, vocal, and visual, with research suggesting that the visual is the most important.

In order to create a good first impression it is vital to:

  • Arrive on time to the interview
  • Use a firm hand shake when greeted by the employer/interviewer
  • Have good body language
  • Keep good eye contact
  • Be polite
  • Dress appropriately

To help in the interview, it is helpful to research the job you are applying for, such as the company’s competitors and what the job entails. It is also helpful to try to answer practice questions that they may ask and also think of questions you may like to ask at the end of the interview, although it is recommended that you avoid asking about the wage or holidays.

We also looked at networking, which is essential for animators.

There are many ways to network, such as:

  • Shadowing/Volunteering
  • Speaking to employers that visit the university
  • Graduation Show
  • Going to festivals
  • Social Media

Networking is good as you are able to find out what a particular job/company is like and can help you look for work. When networking, it is important that you follow up any contacts that you do make, as leaving it for too long may make the contact forget who you are.

One way of networking is by using LinkedIn, a professional site which enables you to create your own network which expands as you network with more people.

Post Production Takeover


Today we had Sam go through a couple of Powerpoints which included the brief and workflow, as well as editing, which briefly looked over CV’s.

Looking at the brief, we found out that the hand in consisted of our final edited films and our degree show space which was complete. Same also mention that we should all apply for a group extension for the module as we had lost a lot of time already.

Talking about our films, we were told that the files should be either .mov or .avi and that they should be uncompressed to avoid a loss in quality, and using the right codecs would help, using the screen ratio 16:9 and the h.264 codec. In terms of credits, they should be short, and thank people as a whole unless they contributed to the project, such as giving money to buy equipment, and that the date should be in Roman Numerals so that when the film is viewed, people do not see the date it was made. 2015 = MMXV

The Powepoint on CV’s and editing discussed the use of film industry jargon, which included:

  • Assembly Edit – The first go at editing your material, which may be longer than the final film. Also known as the ‘Rough Cut’.
  • Directors Cut – The version of the film you work on alone and includes all the shots you have worked on.
  • Final Cut – The film that is screened.
  • Offline Edit -The final edit of the film that uses a low resolution version of the raw footage.
  • Online Edit – The offline edit which has been signed off but done in the original high resolution footage.
  • B Roll – Footage of the environment
  • Jump Cut – Two consecutive shots that are shot on the same camera but with something in the shot has changed.

Also mentioned was the use of Final Cut Pro against Adobe Premiere Pro, stating that they are very similar tools used in editing although they handle things in different ways and ultimately comes down to user preference, although it is good to say that you have experience with both to put on your CV.

BFI Final Piece

From the various edits I have done for the sting, I feel that the one I have chosen fits best. Although, if the BFI did want to use this sting and did want a few amendments, I would be willing to make those changes.

I have included a fade in and fade out to the final piece so that it doesn’t start and end sharply.