I through my own direction and editing;

I
have always had a burning passion for creativity, particularly in the world of
film; my drive to want to develop and evolve in this world is due to the
ever-changing and ever-growing industry. I find the world of film truly
inspirational, and it gives me the motivation to thrive in my own imagination,
and bring some of those imaginings to life. This is why I would like to
continue studying Film. I currently study Film to develop my knowledge of film
and the drive to make my own films. I also study Photography to help me broaden
my knowledge of camera use, and to delve deep into the use of camera equipment
to convey stories through shots and angles. Throughout my time studying Film, I
have seriously enjoyed exploring certain genres and eras of film, such as the
Swinging 60’s, with focus films being ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, ‘Alfie’, and
‘If….’. As a part of my coursework, I chose to analyse The Coen Brothers’
Barton Fink, a fine example of dark cult comedy, with so much meaning crammed
into every shot. In my studies of Photography, I was able to look in-depth at
technical aspects of cameras and effective use of the equipment. Thanks to the
course, and focusing my coursework on the world of film, I developed my
understanding of camera angles and shots, as well as mise en scene. I love to
create short films, with intriguing and unconventional editing techniques to
bring life to certain narratives. Experiences in leadership have taught me how
to manage a group of people efficiently, as well as creating my own work
through my own direction and editing; these points combine theoretical and
practical criteria that work together to aid my skills in analysis of other
people and myself, as well as motivation to develop further in these subjects.
To help improve my own work, I have learned how to use more professional
software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. By teaching myself
the basics, and then experimenting with more advanced features and tools, the
quality of my work has vastly improved since my first short film. I am also
part of a youth theatre. Having been an avid member for well over a decade, I
have ample experience in acting and directing within a wide range of stage
productions and films. The short rehearsal times have taught me to work to a
time limit, and to lead and act with groups of young people. One aspect of my
time at youth theatre was street theatre, which involved huge amounts of
audience interaction, and performing to the general public at festivals and
events. These experiences have pushed me out of my comfort zone, and helped me
thrive in the world of creative arts. Independence is something I have always
strived for, and so recently I was accepted for two jobs, one at my local
cinema, and one at my local theatre. Both of these jobs have given me plenty of
experience in money-handling, and the customer service has helped me learn to
communicate with people in a collected manner. To prevent stagnation, I have
always kept myself busy, learning certain editing software, creating my own
film music and underscore, and regularly taking out my camera and shooting the
world around me to further develop my learning and thinking skills, and my
knowledge of film production and post-production. Recently, I was asked to be a
part of the filming process for ‘Suspended in a Sunbeam’, an educational film
telling the story of one young woman’s experience with Child Sexual
Exploitation; it has since been sent to secondary schools around the country to
be used as an educational tool. It also appears on the well-established and
widely recognised film website IMDb. Working as Key Grip for this project was
hugely rewarding for me, as it offered me hands-on experience in a film set,
and a glimpse into the work that goes into the production of a film. I’d love
to continue studying film, as it’s such an important part of my life; I hope to
be considered for the course, as I feel I’d be a valued member of your
university.

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