Personal Statement

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I have a passion for filmmaking and the world of the media, this is what has motivated me to study this course as I hope to make a career as a filmmaker, possibly as a script/screen writer or a director. My interest in the media and filmmaking developed from a young age where I would watch films with my Granddad, specifically Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out by Aardman. From this stage I began to watch more and more films and become interested in the behind the scenes of the films, which lead me to become interested in a career in this. I believe I am right for this opportunity as I am passionate and enthusiastic about the world of filmmaking and I have many ideas already planned for short films to work on. I have already researched well into the profession of screen/script writing and directing that I am interested in and I feel with the right start, I believe I can achieve a job role in the filmmaking world. I am prepared to learn new things that will benefit my career choice. On top of the Level 3 Video, Post-production and Special Effects Course I have been doing in Hillsborough College, where I have learnt many skills and produced a series of products, including a short film, a music video and a background for football players and Sheffield United, I have also pursued my interests outside of the classroom. I have done a large amount of reading into professional film production through such things as books, Blogs and websites. I have also looked into the behind the scenes on a selection of films, watching documentaries with the crew. I am particularly interested in anything to do with a director or studio, which is why I have watched interviews and documentaries with Tim Burton, my most influential director, and Aardman Studios. I also listen to podcasts on a regular basis to do with media production. I have also built my skills in editing software such as Adobe After Effects and Filmora, with cameras and lighting. I have built these skills through creating short films to extend my knowledge of kit and software. and also with pre-production document writing, specifically script writing. I have also built and developed many transferable skills both in and outside of education. I have an excellent time management, as I have been able to work to many tight deadlines and get the work in before it is due, leaving me time to check and improve the work if needs be. I also have excellent leadership skills which has shown throughout my education, where I have been able to lead small teams to create engaging and successful products, where I also built and demonstrated my communication and listening skills. Other skills I have developed include researching, which I have done a lot of to prepare for the career path I would like to go down, Motivation, which I have grown a lot over the past four years as I have learnt more about the media careers, and prioritisation skills, as I have had to prioritise some things over others to achieve my goals in this career and course. I am generally a polite, kind, caring and trustworthy person who is friendly to all. I consider other people’s feelings on top of my own, especially those who are friends, as I tend to want to put their problems and happiness before my own. If I find someone struggling or feeling down, I can automatically recognise this and try my best to help in any way I can. This has been a factor of me since I was very young, and I continue to mature and learn every day. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, watching films and TV, listening to music and playing videogames. I am found to be doing any of these things when I’m free as this is a way I can relax and stay calm, allowing me to work harder and to a more successful standard. I am very interested in Sci-fi and fantasy films, TV, comic books, collectibles etc. as I was introduced to these at a young age and they have stuck with me ever since. I also enjoy short films and I like to write my own, which is a large influence in choosing this course. After education, I am hoping to become a successful director/writer of short films as this has been my passion for a long time. I feel that I have some good ideas and this will be a fun and interesting life to lead. As I am heavily influenced by YouTube and it has been a big dream of mine for many years, I would like to use the platform in my career and set up a business that ties with this, to create a series of channels to showcase the many ideas I have. I will also use this business for my short films and for merchandise. This has been successfully done through YouTube before by channels such as Smosh and PhillipDefranco. YouTube has now become a recognised job opportunity and I feel I will be successful at this as it will grow my confidence, allow me to use my skills I have developed and I have a good knowledge of the workings of the platform. I also would like to move to America as this has always been the place I feel I would fit in with my career. As I enjoy creative writing and tend to do this in most of my free time, I aspire to be a successfully published author, as I can create works that I turn into films.

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