Social Media and Your Career

When asked how we could utilise social media to display our works, majority of us said that we would present our work and promote ourselves, and also use it for a way of obtaining constructive criticism and feedback. We can also use social media as a business objective to update the community on news and things such as promoting events, to hire people, to network with others in your niche and more. Different social media outlets include, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIn and more, its just about finding the correct outlet for your specific desire. Social media isn’t only for ourselves, we can also create exposure by sharing other professionals work, which will ultimately lead viewers to click onto our page. The lecture also talks about being professional online and creating our brand voice. Ultimately we shouldn’t put anything in writing that we wouldn’t want someone specific to see. i.e. future employers. It is important to have a friend Facebook and a work Facebook. It is vital or our future that we keep work and play separate, that way we know when to be professionals and when to let loose a little bit.

Link to Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsPW6Fj3BUI

American History X has influenced me as a filmmaker, as the first time I watched it, I remember falling more in love with film. I loved what the film was about and every bit of the subtext. I loved the way the film was shot and the cinematography. I especially loved the use of black and white and the lighting of the film, to display the film was about racism. A. Coconi (2012) states that American History X is no doubt the most successful attempt in cinema to counter racism condemn neo-Nazism and bring forward themes of equality and justice. However, while offering this valuable American History lesson on screen, a number of racist crimes are committed, a series of racist remarks are made and plenty of disturbing narrow-mindedness becomes evident. In other words, it takes a highly racist film to make a point against racism. American History X has influenced my drive as a filmmaker as I strive to make films like this in my future career. I strive to make films that have an immense deeper meaning. I don’t want to make a film that you don’t have to think about. I want my films to touch people and resonate with them in a way where they are thinking and telling people about it. Story elements are so important within film as they help to fully complete the story. JL. Godard (n.d) said, “A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.” Story elements draw the audiences in and make them feel like they are actually there with the characters. When I include story elements into my films I want to make them realistic and close to home with certain audiences in order to make the film resonate on a deep level with them. I want my future films to mean something and convey a deeper message than what is on the outside.

References:

  1. A. Coconi (2012) ‘American History X: A Racist film about Racism’ http://www.unsungfilms.com/5419/american-history-x-a-racist-film-about-racism/
  1. JL. Godard (n.d) ‘ 101 Great Filmmaker Quotes’

http://filmmakeriq.com/2011/07/101-great-filmmaker-quotes/

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Secret Interview Techniques

This week’s lecture speaks about secret interview techniques, what we’ve already been through with interviews, what we will go through when applying for our future careers and how to tackle the interview itself. The lecture content tells us that we wont always find jobs in the most conventional ways and to apply and take risks with applying wherever we can. When we apply for a job, we are always waiting for that phone call back to tell us to come in for an interview. That’s the daunting part. Companies conduct interviews and ask us to come in so they can begin to get to know us and have a better understanding of who we are as workers/employees and people. Basic Interview questions will range from questions about that specific company, past experiences work related or not, and personal questions in order for them to get to know your personality better. During the interview process and after you present your portfolio they will basically interrogate you to see if you will work well and are suited to their company. After the interview process, we all play the waiting the game in hope to obtain a call back saying that we have been a successful candidate.

When thinking about my brainstorming process, I can honestly say its not good, I normally obtain ideas from other films, pictures I like, real life events and to be honest, anything really. Unfortunately when I do think of something I don’t tend to write them down and I now know that I probably should be, as I am studying a film course. When thinking about how I could expand on my ideas, I love talking to family and friends about my ideas and collaborating with them to help me find and create a story that I enjoy enough to start possibly writing. I would also like to start reading more as I have never been a reader, I have always watched films and I feel that reading could really help to expand my mind and imagination to different ideas and concepts. However usually when I do start to brainstorm I usually consult my best friend who is also studying film and I love collaborating and brainstorming with him about film ideas. We make each other so excited about film and writing and it really helps me.