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Monday, 28 May 2012

Job Roles in the media Sector-Asking a professional

Another way in contacting professional-

Tel: +44(0)20 7316 1900

You can say-

I'm a student from Fareham College, i was wondering if i could get a interview with Paige Toon. As i sincerely love her books and her career as a writer and a editor. I have interest in following a similar path as her, i was hoping if i could get a interview with her to ask her about her career as a editor in Heat magazine. Asking these few questions like
I was wondering how i would get the job and if it require any specific training for it, along if i get a contract What kind of contract will be getting? Also if i was to get paid how would i be paid, monthly or weekly?
I want to find out the way Paige Toon got the job and how it lead her to become a full time book writer.

Please contact in through this email Sedtin@hotmail.co.uk
Thank you

In my opinion, phoning in is always a good way of contact. As you speak to them directly and you can ask away, as they would have no choice but to talk to you. Along you may find out more information than you hoped for, along you would be able to ask them more questions. While if you rely on them to reply to you through email, you would not know how long you would have to wait for them to reply or if they would reply. Though sometime they may put you on hold for a long period of time, if your asking for someone important or specific.  

Job Roles in the media Sector-Asking a professional

Another way of contacting professional-

David Steinberg
MBST Entertainment
345 North Maple Drive
Suite 200
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

I am a student from Fareham College. I am interested in the career of a voice actress.  To be able to make a variety of characters alive for the audience to enjoy.  My all time favourite voice actor is Robbin William.  So I was just wondering how can I get this job such as  what specific training would I need  and if I was get this job what kind of contract will I be getting? Also If I was to get paid, would I be paid weekly or monthly?
Thank you for reading this.

Your Sincerely
Sedtin Wan

In my opinion sending in a letter can show that you are really keen on this job. Also proof that you actually contacted them, as it went through the post. while a email or phone call someone cannot denial recieveing it. However the bad side about this is that, they may not reply. 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Job Roles in the media Sector-Asking a professional

Task 3

If you want to find out about a certain job then, you first of all should look online to find a professional email or you could email the company itself.
Here at the bottom i did one, asking Eddie Tycer(http://www.ed-fx.co.uk/index.html) about being a prop maker.

In my opinion emailing is much handy, as there is no time limit. Along for those people who find it hard to talk to on the phone, they would be able to contact the person this way in confidence. As they would not need to talk to someone face to face or through phone. But the down side is that you do not know when the person will reply or if they would reply.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Jobs in the Media Sector-Editor

For this assignment I have chosen the role of:
-Prop Maker
-Voice actor

Job profile:
They would need to be able to read fast as they will be reading alot of articles within the day. As there job is to read them then edit them, making sure it is up to the standard for publishing.
Job description:
A editor is expected to edit a variety of articles, making sure it is entertaining before it is published. Along doing research for certain articles, also dealing with interview materials.  
They are to help produce ideas for the writers to write. Along helping to commission freelance writers work. For all types of writer a editor is to edit their work and proofreading, making sure it is good enough to publish. Editors will also need to get along with artists and photographers as they are the one's who will produce the image for the article.
Skills needed:
To get this job you will need a university degree, mainly towards english literature or other related writing course, with a strong academic record. 
Along they would need to have a excellent writing skills and good communication skills. A editor will also need a the ability to work on their own or with others at time, but they mainly need to be able work under pressure and meeting the deadlines.
Getting this job:
There is no specific way in getting this job. You simply just have to look at places or look online if jobs are available in publisher companies or a magazine company or others. Then when it comes to the interviews prepare yourself with answers, thinking what kind of questions they may ask. Along looking the part, such as smart wear.
Paige Toons, she was once a editor for the Heat magazine, now she is a book writer.
An average editor salary is £28,000 per year. Though the more you work and experienced, your salary goes up.
Code of practice:
-"2.1 The BBC will have final editorial control over all BBC versions of programmes including all associated online and interactive elements commissioned from independent producers." Editors will be expected to edit online articles and paper articles. 
For more information:

Jobs in the Media Sector-Voice-Over/Actor

For this assignment I have chosen the role of:
-Prop Maker
-Voice actor

Voice Actor
Job profile:
The job of a voice over actors or actress needs to be able to read scripts. Such as for films, commercials, narrate audio books, phone system hold messages and many other jobs.
Job description:
This job is hard to get into as there are millions of professional skilled voice actors and actress. Within this job they are expected to do a variety kind of voice for different situations such as for a animation to documentary. Bringing the characters to life and having a strong confidence voice that create a variety of tones. 
The responsibility for a voice actor and actress is to be able to turn up on time and follow script direction. Such as listening to little changes or changes that the director have said to listen to subtle changes. Along being able to analyses the scripts that they got given so they can figure out how to say the script and bring the character to life.
It is important for a voice actor and actress to know the difference in microphones, such as how they can affect different particular tone of your voice.
Skills needed:
To be able to produce a variety of tones and analyses scripts. Along  being able to say scripts out loud and can speak dialects, as it would be useful and it would work as a bonus. Nevertheless, also being capable of listening to changes that are made to the script or you will slight chance in losing your job.
Getting this job:
Some people get this job by knowing people or through doing a degree within university. Also doing some performing, to understand the character or get into the character more.
However some people seek professional training, gaining a professional coach to help them with their voice and produce a demo album to send to companies.
It is different for everyone, it depends on the job. Such as recording for one thing, you can earn from $200 to  $1000. Though the more well known you are the more you will get paid, such as Robbin Williams.
Though The Simpson characters, for each episode they do they get 400K
Code of practice:
The code of practice according to the BBC-
-"9.1 The BBC will conduct all negotiations with independent producers in a timely and professional manner and will expect the independent producer to do the same." Manners are important in order to work together.
-"12.1 The BBC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to ensure that all the independent producers we work with take seriously their responsibilities with regard to Equal Opportunities and in addition Health and Safety during the course of commissions. The BBC therefore requires that all independent producers comply with all current anti-discrimination legislation, and Health and Safety legislation and the respective Codes of Practice related to such legislation. The BBC may request a written statement of the independent producers own equal opportunities and Health and Safety policies and relevant details of how the policy is implemented in practice." Discrimination is forbidden. 
-"9.5 Where applicable, the BBC will pay the agreed staged payment contribution in accordance with the contract terms within 10 working days of receipt of a compliant invoice from the independent producer." Do not demand for your money straight away.

For more information:

Thursday, 17 May 2012

EPK(Press Pack project)-Proposal

Creating a press pack for the thriller that we created.

Choice-Video Trailer
            -DVD Cover Design

Our thriller is about a business guy who goes into a coma and his conscious haunts him. The people that he knows in reality, such as a woman he saw and left to die and his personal assistant. These people within his dream try’s to kill him, however the audience does not know if he actually comes out of the coma at the end or if he actually dies within his dream. As in reality the woman appears and strangles him, though she is a ghost, is she actually capable in touching him? It leaves the audience guessing and allows them to think of their own ending of the film.  In the thriller the audience does not see any gory scenes, just some blood. This is to fit in with our target audience, 12A.
I have personally chosen to do a DVD Cover Design. The reason is that, a poster is commonly seen a lot and once it’s been displayed it goes away in a short period of time. While a DVD will linger around shops for an extremely long period of time, which gives it an advantage as it can catch a variety of audience attention. Nevertheless the audience would be happier as if they like it they can watch it again for free or if they dislike it they can always resell it. This is also good for us as our film will be advertised elsewhere for free and produce us another variety of audience. Moreover within a DVD it is common to get special features. The audience enjoys it a lot, especially the outtakes. This makes it a bonus for us. As if some clip grabbed the audience attention well, they would mention it to their friends or other people. Meaning that our film will be spoken and it can get people to be interested in it and they might buy it. Once again more free advertisement but through socialising form.
Therefore however the DVD cover looks, it is important and it must grab the audience attention. This way we should pay extra attention to it when making it.
Furthermore a trailer, one of the most important type advertisements as it gets out film out. Trailers can easily attract a variety of audience as trailers are seen within the TV, YouTube or other media plays and cinemas. From this it gathers more advertisement as people will talk about it and ask their fellow friends or other half’s to see it with them. Also it is an advantage for us as weather it is on TV or in the cinema, as the audience does not have a choice in watching it or not. They may judge the film by its name or by its poster, but once they watch the trailer their opinion may change. Or one part of the trailer may stick in their mind and they talk about it to other, making others check our trailer out too. Therefore it is useful to create a trailer for our thriller.            

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Jobs in the Media Sector-Prop Maker

For this assignment I have chosen the role of:
-Prop Maker
-Voice actor

Prop Maker
Job Profile:
Needs to be able to assembles props, figures and other set props for either theatre production or films. They would need to be able to measure and mark cuttings. As they will be measuring materials  and lining them up for further use. Such as making templates for example.
Nevertheless they would also need to be able to use a variety of tools, such as drill press or other machine tools and also being able to Hand make some props. A prop maker would be using a variety of materials from wood to metal, so they would need the knowledge of using each material and being able to use it. Along they must have a good communication skills as they would be working along with others.
A degree in prop making or other art/media production degree will be needed. Such as technical theatre diploma. Or a special specific training.
Job Description:
The job of a prop maker, they are expected to make realistic look objects for either theatre or film production use and also being able to repair props. They would be making a variety of objects such as from accessories to weapons or dolls. It all depends on the script that they are given.
They would be expected to use a range of skills, such as sewing, sculpting, painting, carpentry etc.
 Along knowing their stuff such as the period of time the object was in, to make it more realistic and believable. Such as experimenting with materials and use of techniques.
They would need to be able to listen to instruction in making props, as designs will be given to them by Production Designers or Art Director or Property Master. When the design is given to them they would need to carry out their own research on how to make it and point out what specific tools they would need to create the object. Within the time that they are given and are also within the budget.
For each object they create they would also need to create two of it, just in cast one gets damage within the shoot. Also a prop maker would be expected to tell a actor or actress on how to use a certain prop when required.
Skills needed:
A prop maker would need to be able to communicate with a variety of people as they would be working as group sometimes or talking to other people from different apartments such as Production Designer.
Also they would need to be able to keep to a deadline and under pressure along working within budgets.
They would also need to be creative and imaginative, pay extra attention to details,  in to create a variety of things.
A range of practical and craft skill will be needed to experiment with a variety of materials, such as solving some problems like repairing a object.
Getting this job:
To get this job it would be best to develop your skills through work experience or to receive an apprenticeship. Such as BBC sometimes runs a training program to allow people to gain work experience or other media training.
 Though to get into this industry sometime it is best through connection or knowing the right person or simply through luck. Though there are seasonal work within this industry. From someone i know he worked temporary for Harry potter, he made the coins.
 £8 per hour
It may involves evening and weekend working.
Freelance worker are expected to work immediately sometimes.
They are expected to have the basic prop makers skills, carpentry,painting, sculpting, computer work(e.g Photoshop) etc
Code of Practice:
According to the BBC guideline
 -"unwanted conduct which is related to a protected characteristic (age,
disability, gender re-assignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual
orientation) or unwanted conduct of a sexual nature; and that conduct has
the purpose or effect of violating someone’s dignity or creating an
intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive working
environment " In order to work well together harassment is not allowed nor is bullying.
-"The employee will not be eligible for any pay increase due during the period of
any Improvement Plan. This will be reviewed and the pay increase reinstated
at the point when the employee has consistently met the required performance
standard." There should be no arguing if someone got a pay rise due to their effort being put in within the work.
-"Individuals are expected to be capable of carrying out the work they are
engaged to do at the required standard." As a prop maker they should be able to do their own work and reasonable for it.
For more information click on the link-http://www.bbc.co.uk/foi/publication_scheme/classes/policies_procedures/staff_policies.shtml

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Task 2, researching a poster on how it aimed at target audience

Love Never Dies is the squeal to The Phantom Of The Opera. The story is about the Raoul being in debt and Christine Daae got invited to sing in Manhattan. Which they went as they needed the money to pay off the debt. However they did not know that it was the Phantom trap, to see Christine once again. Love Never Dies reveals the behind story of the Phantom and Christine and the true identity of other main characters. Such as Christine best friend Meg Giry, in secret she is jealous of her best friend life and how the Phantom has only got eyes for her.

They targeted their audience by keeping the main original characters within the film. Focusing on  the reunite of the Phantom and Christine, instead of Raoul and Christine. As the Phantom and Christine Love has more chemistry and twist in it, such as how it is like a forbidden love. 

However the target audience of this theatre production is for people who enjoy theatre and opera shows. But mainly aiming towards people who have seen The Phantom Of The Opera. As they would know the original story, they would want to know what happens afterwards. Such as what happens when the Phantom and Christine Daae went their own ways.  For this theatre production/film there is no age limit to it, it is purely for The Phantom Of The Opera fans.  

Andrew Lloyd Webber advertised this production by saying in a interview that this production has been in development for several years but he did not think it was good enough to let it out. Simply by saying this, fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber will be hyped up as they know they will be watching something spectacular. So they would look forward to it more,making them spread the information around, through talk about it to others such as their friends, colleagues, friends on forum. They may also post it on social websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Situation like this, it creates an free advertisement, spreading the name out through socialising. Nevertheless a trailer was produced to advertise this production, showing that indeed that this production is going to be turn into a DVD and as a film. Along it creates mystery for the audience, as they their love triangle is back. The Phantom never let go of Christine after all, so is she going to be with him. From the trailer it shows clips of some songs. For example Meg Giry song, it tells the audience that this production is simply more than just Christine performing, there will be alot of fun and creativity to be seen. To wow the audience, after all they are in Cony Island, where the freaks live. However the song the Phantom sing and the Christine song, they are both powerful, meaningful songs. The actors and actress made the song filled with emotions, from their characters, making it more breath taking for the audience to watch. Which adds on to the thrill, as if the audience see the show in theatre first then they would want to watch it on DVD, to see the different. Plus on DVD, they will get to watch it over and over again, compare to seeing it in theatre. As seeing it on theatre it would cost alot for seeing it just once. But seeing it in theatre it gives the audience a whole new experience and sensation. Nevertheless it can be the other way round. Where the audience see's the DVD version first then watch the theatre version. Either way, the audience will highly watch it in the other version, as a fan they would want to know everything and see everything of it.
Therefore the poster and the DVD cover is important. 
Andrew Lloyd Webber produced the design well, it catches The Phantom Of the Opera fan attention straight away(The image above is from the DVD), it's quite wowing and at the same time it does not hurt your eyes or think the design it too much. The audience can see the Phantom is there with another girl. It can only mean Christine, the only woman he ever loved. Just those two there it sparks of information and questions. Such as they reunited again.This show is going to be filled with romance and kindness.Though what happens? Do they end up together? Where's Raoul? etc. From the three jokers on the side it means that Christine and the Phantom are in a different location that is filled with craziness and entertainment to see. Since they look different, what people back then would call them freaks, they will be in a certain area. This refers to Cony Island, where the 'freaks' live. The stars/ light design at the back and with the glamorised Phantom mask, it could only mean that this story is once again based back in a theatre or within a show. To add on, the font of the title "Love Never Dies" it is written in gold, in a royal way. The way theatre looks, filled with some gold design that makes it looks posh and royal like. The audience would expect a magnificent show, filled with beautiful sets, costumes and of course actors and actress. Moreover the cover does not have an age limit to it, this goes back to the fact that this story is suitable for all ages. Since The Phantom Of the Opera alone is already loved by a variety of age groups, so there is absolutely no reason why Love Never Dies isn't the same. 

Just by the way the cover looks, it already gives out such information. Fans of The Phantom Of Opera would buy it straight away.
This shows how important the way a DVD sleeve look alone is. As they attract more attention and can be in a more variety of places.      

For example the thriller poster/DVD cover Kaiji (An analyse of this poster is also within this blog). Alot goes on within that poster yet it tells alot about the film, but it leaves the audience guessing on what happens. Which can only mean that the audience would watch it.
Such as the key features like card  the guy is holding, it sparks of mystery and thrill in it, as the card does not look friendly or pleasant. It could only mean, it be one of a kind game and film. Just like Love Never Dies, the stars like light in the background, it is also a key features to the story, showing that the story is base around the theatre/show.  
In Kaiji they advertised the film by the fact that they got well known actors and actresses. As you can see at the top, the film "DEATH NOTE" was written in capital and bold. To catch the audience attention. As where they got the famous actors and actresses from that film, fans will be hyped about it, so they would spread the word out through socialising. Which makes the film even more hit. Since from the cover itself, the story does not seem like a typical story like a love story for example. Where it's some people who get lovely dovely then all hell break loose then they end up back together again. No, from the cover it tells the audience it is about a game and with their serious facial expression it does not seem like an ordinary game or gambling game. It is more like a life or death matter, a more original and unique story in away.  

SomeAdvantage and disadvantage of using some method to advertise

-The advantages of posters is that it can be places in a variety of places such as from shops to billboards. Where anyone can see it at any time, since it does not move when it has been placed in its  location. Also a poster does not require any electronic material or need people to deal with it for 24 hours per day.
-The more poster put of that film, the more people will remember it. As they see it everywhere so it would it stick in their mind. For example, if they get annoyed that they see this poster everywhere, they will complain about that film to their friend BUT they would know the story of that film well since they see it too much. Or it can be the other way round where someone see it alot and wonders what the big commotion about it is all about, it makes them talk about it and they may end searching it up.

-However the disadvantage of a poster is that it is up in the public for a short period of time. Such as when it is out in the cinema, the poster will be out everywhere. Though once it is off the cinema, the poster around the public will be slowly taken down, one by one. Then slowly people will forget about this film, unless they really like this film. In that case, they will mostly buy the poster and put it up in their room, where they will remember it for good.
-Though in the public there are some people that are rascals, where they will sabotage the posters. By spray painting over it or ripping them down.

 -The advantage of a DVD cover, it sells the film out more. As it will be displayed around in some shops such as HMV. So if people haven't seen it in cinema, they may be interested in buying it to see it.
-DVD can be displayed in a shop for a long period of time unlike a poster. As a poster it is only up for a short period of time, when the film is out and hit. Once the film has died down the posters slowly goes.       

- Though the disadvantage of a DVD cover is that the price of the DVD may put the buyer off.
-If the cover does not stand out well, it will has less chance in grabbing the audience attention, unless they seen the film and enjoyed it.

-The advantage of a trailer is that it can be seen in a variety of places such as social sites or in cinemas or inactive billboards.
-People who watches the trailer will intrigued in what goes on in the film, as the trailer will create questions and show a variety of shots, such as love scene, action scene or life and death situation scene etc.

-Moreover the disadvantage of a trailer is that it can give away all the good part within in a film, such as a comedy film. Trailers tends to give away all the funniest scenes.
-Along some scenes that may be scene in the trailer may not be in the film, so it can mislead the audience abit and make them abit disappointed. 

Overall there are more advantages and disadvantages but from reading a view the audience will get the idea and shows that advertising requires quite a few thoughts and planning ideas.  Example, just a poster alone, it creates alot of problems. Such as where to put it, how to design it, colour, how big etc. Along what kind of advertisement is best to use to advertise the film. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

CYMK Photoshop CS3 tutorial

To begin, load up Photoshop CS3 and find an image.

When you got your image load it in Photoshop.

Go to: Image-Mode.

Click on CYMK Color.

When you press on CYMK color this box will appear.
Click flatten.

At the bottom where the “Layer” box is, click on “Channels”.

Now there is 5 layers and this is the ultimate outcome of all the layers together, creating these colours.





If you don’t like one of the colour enough, you can always go to: Image, Adjustment, Curves

I chose to use cyan as an example.

This box will appear, drag the blue line around to see what it can do, experiment with it.

Hint: As you can see, in the box the Channel says Cyan. If you did not click on Image,mode, CYMK Color. The Channel would not say any of the CMYK colours!

Playing with Cyan. This is what I done. 
When you come to the outcome that you like it press ok.



Now go on the main one, CYMK and your image will look darker.



You can edit all of the layers, not just one! 
Happy Editing poeple! :)

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Video installation research

Watching some video installation work, as inspiration. Giving me ideas on how to do my own video installation later on. Here are some small notes on what I personally think of these videos...

Video Installation at Biennale Santa Cruz 2010, by SONIA FALCONE
This video is quite interesting, showing how strips of light can do and how it can be seen differently when it is in different angles. Such as giving out different emotions. With the music going on with it, it makes me remember the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony. Where the people come up and down, pretending to be technology and the use of the light when they hit the drums.

Amazing Sand Art on Ukraine's Got talent - Kseniya Simonova

I liked the fact that the story is being in told in a new way and how one picture changes from another, without wiping all the sand out. It's amazing how people manages to do this with sand and a light box. Stuff that you can easily get your hands on.

Sam Taylor Wood-Still Life

This video is quite interesting, it shows how a bowl of fresh fruit can become within days. It shows the power of micro organisms. Though from this we learn what kind of fruit mould first and the fastest. 
However it does make fruit look less appealing and make you think twice about fruits. As these days all fruit and veg are forced to grow quicker, so they use this chemical. You don't know what harm the chemical can do to your body and if the fruit moulded, you would not know what it would be like.

.Sam Taylor Wood-A little Death

The rabbit decaying it pretty much showing what will happen to us humans as well, once we get buried. As nothing is going to stop the maggot from eating the body. Along the fact that humans and other living species are also biodegradable.

Sam taylor wood-hysteria

This video makes you think, why is she laughing and what is she laughing at. It also shows her emotions. As she laughs it how changes, her body automatically moves without her control. Such as her face slowly turns red. Though the bad side is, when people laugh, they are not breathing. So this moment when she is laughing, she is losing oxygen. 

David Lynch-Alphabet

This video is cleverly done to show the Alphabet, but very creepy in my own opinion. When you think of someone learning ABC, it would be children's, so the video would be cute, but this is the opposite, it is like a nightmare.
However I like the mixture of footage, from a live person to stop motion, slowly entering the letter one by one. Then use of the shapes and the human face making the letter is clever, yet scary. 
showing Alphabet is a whole new way. 
6 min of stuff-Getting Destroyed

This video is quite interesting as it shows things getting destroyed in details. The part that the naked eye does not see clearly. I like the fact that this person kept some part of the clips in its original speed and the rest slow motion, to make it seem more dramatic. Along all the things happening are simple daily use things.

Simon Ellis-Telling Lies

This video is pretty much telling a story by one word at a time. A girl and boy voice BUT both voice are from films, so the voice are several different males and females. Simon Ellis went through alot of films to find the right tone of the word, to show the story emotion.
By watching this video and reading the word along with it, your mind will automatically imagine the scenery. 

Ukrainian independence Building Wide Projector Show

A idea you would never thought of, projecting the independence building with other effects within the independence building itself. It is cool on how many effects it can do and show, without looking daft. However after watching it for few minute it does seem abit dull and abit dragged on.

Kye Wilson-The kiss 
The video is quite weird but I like the idea of it though. How Kye Wilson made this video like an illusion work. When it simply is people covered in a cloth/sheet of material. At first it did not look like that, until the footage was filmed in another angle that's when I notice it was a human under a piece of material.