BLOG 2: Experiences

During my developing career so far, I have always driven myself on my experiences.

My desire to have and reflection on my experiences is a massive reason for my decisions. I personally believe that in order to properly develop my skills, I have a personality trait of trying to always take part in any practical experience offered. This is because due to being a student film-maker, being able to take on work and then reflect upon them is an essential part of learning how to develop my career in this industry.

Therefore, for this blog, I am going look over and reflect a selection of my previous works to see what I have learned from such experiences. In order to effectively reflect upon and analyse these, I have decided to refer to Gibb’s reflective cycle. The reflective cycle was created by Graham Gibbs in 1988, encourages a style of thinking which structures a progression of thought upon an experience. This will help me explore further into reflecting upon my career.

Dye, V. (2011) ‘Reflection, Reflection, Reflection. I’m thinking all the time, why do I
need a theory or model of reflection?’, in McGregor, D. and Cartwright, L. (ed.)
Developing Reflective Practice: A guide for beginning teachers. Maidenhead:
McGraw-Hill Education (pp. 217-234).




Twisted Dark Film Competition Entries:
In January 2017, comic-book publishing company ‘TPub’ held a film competition to produce a 10 minute short film using a script based on some of their comic stories. With a budget of £100, I decided to create two entries ‘Deception‘ & ‘I Did A Terrible Thing‘.

Over the course of three weeks, using several of my local contacts for both cast and locations, I put together the entries with myself taking up nearly all jobs on set apart the occasional help by some great friends or family members.

In evaluation, each entry had their own independent strengths and failures. In retrospective, I wouldn’t say I am fully happy with either film, with the knowledge and skills that I have collected since the shoot, however, with the limited access of resources and time in which I had to film it, I believe that it was a great learning experience regards to time management and on-set routines in order to keep production smooth yet effective.

One less successful area of the production can be seen in the film ‘Deception’ in relation to the lighting used in the film. Due to all limited teaching on how to properly light a scene at the time of shooting. This is because I had only learnt lighting techniques by being on other people’s set, and additionally only owned a single LED panel. Therefore, for future productions, I look to further expanding my understanding of key lighting, in order to more effectively understand this essential part of film-making.

The Late Date:

The Late Date is my latest (at time of publishing) short film project which I directed and was DOP. The short film was an assignment as part of my course at SAE, in which we had to create an observational non-dialogue narrative following the activities of a character. 

For this project, due to mild complications in the planning stage, from my team member telling me that we were filming at the Big Society bar, three days from then, I had to quickly write, cast and plan the whole shoot in a short period of time.

In reflection, I am glad with the quality which this project was released in, as it shows my significant improvement in my use of cinematography and lighting in comparison to the previously mentioned projects like ‘Deception’.

However, the film is not without flaw. The most noticeable issue is on a few occasions with exposure. This relates to the presentation of several shots becoming mildly over-exposed. An effective lesson from this is not the benefits of taking the time on-set to look back over some of the footage to make sure that they look correct, but additionally it provides another lesson for myself on the importance of understanding the DSLR and noticeably learning to use it’s ISO and aperture correctly in future projects.