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Meet the four students who we will be following for the 2013/14 year
to put your life and your goals in
perspective, giving you an unbeatable
mindset. I no longer ride mountain
bikes, my main passion for over 8
years, but instead focus on making
sure I really get what I want in life.
I studied media at GCSE and studied
photography and video for a year
at AS level before switching to a full
time video course. In July 2011, I had
a serious downhill mountain bike crash
initially rendering me paralysed and
having a massive impact on my life.
Learning to walk again and rebuilding
your body isn’t easy but allows you
My career aims aren’t set in stone, but
I don’t ever think they should be. I try
to shoot a wide range of projects that
allow me to gain experience and build
on my skills in ways they perhaps may
not have otherwise developed. Over
the next year I will be working incredibly
hard in order to get into my third year,
whilst at the same time developing and
creating a new showreel and CV that
will hopefully allow me to get a foot
within the industry.
I ’m a 19 year old media student, studying at Weymouth College, a partnership
College that works alongside Bournemouth University.
The Foundation Degree in Commercial Video with Multimedia, I think, was the
perfect course for me to follow to achieve where I want to be for my career. The
course caters for a maximum of 16 students so we have a close relationship and
work together as a team for many of the projects. The location could not be any
more ideal, being in the heart of Weymouth it gives us the advantage of having
beautiful scenic surroundings but also offers work opportunities with local clients so
we can build relationships with them and also be recognised around the community.
One of the most memorable projects from last year was
producing a music video - after having completed all the
preproduction work, at the last minute our actors fell through.
We knew that we now only had a few days to find new actors,
shoot and edit the whole production but even though the entire
process was very tiring and stressful, it is one of my favourites
just because of the sheer momentum and the outcome we
achieved in such a short space of time.
I am 19 years old and I enjoy
filming and photographing
pretty much anything. I have a
passion for horror films which often
worries my parents, I’m not too
sure why. I think my interest in film
making started when I found myself
watching the bonus features on
DVDs before actually watching the
film. I realised the time and effort
that goes into creating these films
and I thought “that’s what I want
to do”. I started learning about
the media industry at Weymouth
College studying BTEC Film and
Television in 2010 and since joining
that course I’ve been enjoying every
aspect of my study of the industry.
I didn’t really think about what I
was getting into when I joined the
foundation degree. I thought it
would be just a continuation of the
BTEC course but I was very wrong.
It was a whole new level. We have
worked on all kinds of projects
including working with real-world
clients such a local radio station
that were having their launch event
on Weymouth beach in May and
wanted the whole event captured
and edited into a video showcasing
the talent and the atmosphere of the
N ow 23, it wasn’t until I was offered a role in “Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2” that
I got an insight to filming on location, design, green/blue screen and lighting - and
realized I wanted to actually study a course on the media industry. I joined a FD media
course followed by BND Interactive Media where I got Distinctions for both. During that
time I gained experience and skill in manipulating images and an intuitive knowledge
of this kind of software in general which makes picking up new ones very easy for me.
Armed with my grades and the passion I had, I went on to bigger things - university.
During my first year I gained a great deal of technical knowledge that I intend taking full
advantage of to help me in my future career. For example, we were given the opportunity
to film a 2-day festival for local radio station, Air FM. Our involvement in the project was
filming everything from the talent performing on stage, interviews, backstage preparation
and capturing the general atmosphere from the crowd. All the projects we have
completed on this course have given me so much experience as well as more of an idea
of the amount of work that goes into it all.
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