Choosing a farm

Ok, so after changing the dates and after asking for further details to the hosts by phone, we have to make a decission among these farms. Today I am going to see my partner and pick just one, the rest would be warned of being a backup plan. We have to consider loads of things in terms of filming. What would be the most attractive visual things? But also in terms of the story, who are the best characters? This is quite presumptuous.

Farm options

As soon as we pick one I will be filling the risk assesment, and we will be getting ready for that specific location.

 

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BBC work experience

I just read a post from Karen at the professional experience opportunities facebook group and I particularly find the wimbledon work experience interesting so I applied for it.

Here it is the BBC dashboard saying that is submitted, who knows if this time I will be lucky?!

bbcdashboard

Final reflection

When this module began in the first term I remember thousands of questions coming up to my mind. This is a third year module that gets you ready for the real world, for the working world. How to have a job when you finish your degree is such a big question and 364 MC is going to help you out with that.

But, I wasn’t finishing in 232 days as they said in the first lecture, and I wasn’t sure what I want to be either. People enrolled in 364 have done ‘201 Professional Experience’ a year ago and probably have keep working since then and have already made their minds up about their professional career. However, I have not done any of those things (in fact I have been enrolled in 201 at the same time that this one). My only actual professional experience has been precisely during  the last summer and I could have continued but I came here.

Nevertheless, what I did have in common with everybody else is that I was looking for being ready for the ‘big bad world’. I am aware I have developed this module in a very particular way. But I think that’s precisely what we are meant to do, to find our way, to plan our journey, to get to know, to get ready before coming out.

So, as I said at the very beginning wasn’t even sure which path I would like to take. That’s why my first research, my first chats with professionals were more like a way to find out what I want to do, instead of being a way to know what exactly I have to do. I mean, when you are researching and knowing about how to start a professional journey is when you actually realize what you want to do. When you are not sure if you have the skills required, you don’t feel identified when you read the profile required of a vacancy, or you listen people talking about how to break into a field and you are not sure if you want to go through that, if you are still doubting… that is not your way.

Through 364 MC I have discovered what I am really willing to do and how to achieve it. In fact, I haven’t discovered just one way to get it, but several options. That makes me feel confident and ready to react to any difficulties, to not to get stuck. Also, I have made really helpful contacts that I may use at some point of my professional career.

I have already started my journey.

Final Reflection

When this module began in the first term I remember thousands of questions coming up to my mind. This is a third year module that gets you ready for the real world, for the working world. How to have a job when you finish your degree is such a big question and 364 MC is going to help you out with that.

But, I wasn’t finishing in 232 days as they said in the first lecture, and I wasn’t sure what I want to be either. People enrolled in 364 have done ‘201 Professional Experience’ a year ago and probably have keep working since then and have already made their minds up about their professional career. However, I have not done any of those things (in fact I have been enrolled in 201 at the same time that this one). My only actual professional experience has been precisely during  the last summer and I could have continued but I came here.

Nevertheless, what I did have in common with everybody else is that I was looking for being ready for the ‘big bad world’. I am aware I have developed this module in a very particular way. But I think that’s precisely what we are meant to do, to find our way, to plan our journey, to get to know, to get ready before coming out.

So, as I said at the very beginning wasn’t even sure which path I would like to take. That’s why my first research, my first chats with professionals were more like a way to find out what I want to do, instead of being a way to know what exactly I have to do. I mean, when you are researching and knowing about how to start a professional journey is when you actually realize what you want to do. When you are not sure if you have the skills required, you don’t feel identified when you read the profile required of a vacancy, or you listen people talking about how to break into a field and you are not sure if you want to go through that, if you are still doubting… that is not your way.

Through 364 MC I have discovered what I am really willing to do and how to achieve it. In fact, I haven’t discovered just one way to get it, but several options. That makes me feel confident and ready to react to any difficulties, to not to get stuck. Also, I have made really helpful contacts that I may use at some point of my professional career.

I have already started my journey.

A bit more of feedback

So I have managed to fix  all the things Chantal told me to change, even if this is a starting point and I am using wordpress. Well, there are some limitations in this free version , for example you can customize a theme in terms of fonts and colors but you cannot personalize the home page of a theme. But, I did my best to make it appealing.

Anyway, I ask her to have another look at it. Here I attach a screen shot of her answer.

 

chantalfeedback2

 

 

Matt Jonshon also gave me his comment on my first version portfolio. Their feedback is really good because they are actually photographers and professionals of photography, they look at photographer portfolios every day, they know what it is meant to have, what actually works, and what the auidence or potential clients want to see.

His feedback is really useful, but unluckily there is nothing I can do right now, I should make better projects and reportages, try to find out a common point or style in all my stuff so that people will see what makes me different from anyone, and be interested in my rather in anyone else. Despite this is something I cannot fix right now I am really glad he told me because that’s something I didn’t think about.

He actually make a comment on the quality of my works, that is not something that I can change right now but it is probably the most worthy thing I could receive.

mattjonshonfeedback

Then he e-amiled me back with more feedback for the moment,  about the organization and specific design of a documentary photographer. He also thinks info is important for a documentary photographer.

mattjonshonfeedback2

Scriptwriting. Meeting Mez Packer

Mez Packer is actually a novelist but I found interesting to have a chat with her because in the Media Playground she run a little workshop related to creativity and scriptwriting. The duty was to make the audience laugh given certain conditions, not use this, use that… So, her experience and advice can be useful in terms of writing stories, understanding the audience but also in relation to networking.

Even my tutor recommend me to speak with her when I first said I was interested in scriptwriting. mezpacker

Contact details

Mez Packer

aa0200@coventry.ac.uk

 

I e-mailed her and we arranged an appointment.  And we have met today and I attach here  the audio .

 

But I am also writing down the key things we went through during the meeting.

What are the key skills of a scriptwriter?

Perseverance. It is about having talent but more than having talent it is about being perseverant and having patience. You have to know how to Deal with the rejections. You have to wait to somebody who likes your stuff. I mean, if you receive 100 rejections maybe this is not for you but if you receive 50 just wait until someone likes it.

How to break into this industry?

How I did? I get published a book. Get something published! That’s the way. Well, there are many ways. I was recognized as a writer and then was asked to write different type of scripts, I am in publicity, and have written a script for an iPhone application. I would recommend you to join a writing development group. That’s for me the beginning.

I would also recommend you to star writing little pieces and then move forward.

1: Flash fiction (http://flashfictiononline.com/main/)

2: Short stories – extend your ideas – read and try writing some short stories. Short stories are definitely a great place to start.

3: Scripts (Writing West Midlands – is a great place to start here in Coventry, but in Spain, or wherever – look for literature and writing development agencies). Start thinking about (and listening to) radio dramas, or writing short scripts and monologues for theatre. Try and network and meet actors, theatre people and think about what you might write for that oeuvre.

4: Use Twitter to find and network with Spanish writers.

5: Send completed work to agents here or in the US and Spain (Spain initially of course if you are writing in Spanish).

 

There is this in Spain but I am not sure if they write in English or in Spanish http://mount-oregano.livejournal.com/16866.html

 

My Reflection after this chat.

It was a lovely chat but above all it was useful. She told me things I haven’t considered yet, she gave me clues to research in Spain.

She provided me the idea of not going for scriptwriting directly, of trying everything related. Just go for everything.

She helped me out with the big question about writing in spanish or english. I am definitely going to start in Spanish.