Reflective Video – 201MC Professional Experience

One of the final tasks for 201MC “Professional Experience” module, involved making a video no longer than 2mins reflecting upon my own experience in the “real world”.

The idea behind it was to reflect, identify challenges that relate to our chosen profession, learn to collate our research and supporting material into a coherent whole, articulate our own desires and ambitions in a media world, realize how much can be told in a 2-minute long video and to be aware how different styles of film-making affect the viewer’s understanding.

My idea was to introduce four different scenes, one being awakened by sound of someone’s footsteps and getting up to work on this video, then cutting to three other different short scenes relating to confidence, purpose and patience, each with different actors and then cutting back to the first one working on the video but making sure all the scenes link to each other. However, due to leaving it to the last week, and equipment not being available (really wanted to test Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6k), also the location being too far for my actors (housemates who had exams), I had to think of a plan B.

Plan B, was a simple idea, walking upstairs in very low light not being aware of where it might take but learning something new with each step, each floor, each struggle. If I had to do it again then I would’ve portrayed doors as opportunities.

Looking back at it, the first idea was too big, and I’ve learnt that big doesn’t always mean the best, a simple small idea can be more appropriate depending on the project.

I tried my best to show on the video what I’ve learnt through my various placements this year, and if it still isn’t clear then I’ve done a bad job.