The Picture Post

Why start a blog with something pretentious? Just by writing this word, you feel I’m already talking at you… but is that the point of a blog? The endless drivel of someone who would rather write than talk. I never set out to be creative or clever about blogging. I see it as an aid to look back on my experiences. (Ofcourse the module says I should write one) but it’s more than that.

do pictures say more than words?

I started out by being honest about my experiences. Even though I’ve been at placement less than a week, I can already see this as a career for me. Put simply, theres a difference between actually doing something than listening about a possible career. Doing is better than doing nothing at all. When you learn in classroom you get two different occurances. Those who enjoy the theory, who find it difficult to put it to practice or those who excel at practical elements but are limited by the theory. I’m the later. Even though I see theory as a necessary evil. For me, I will need to adopt the theory to progress further.

By talking to the teachers at College they seem to suffer with the first. They provide the knowledge of theory but the execution is handled by media technicians. I asked what they would recommend? They suggested studying a PGCE after my course.

“Blogging” is all about reflecting on your experiences. It’s a great tool as it acts as a metaphorical time machine. With pictures and words trying to fight for space it’s a technique which I’m still perfecting. From the first weeks experiences, I’ve learnt two conflicting mediums (pictures and words) can work together. Similar to “Theory” and “Practicality,” to progress I will need to understand the connection between the two.

Have a little patience

In my last post, I mentioned that sharing ideas can often lead to skills you didn’t have before. Usually my patience threshold is non-existent. However, I found myself compelled to help the students as the problems during editing were relatable. Through discussing what each student wanted I was able to understand there specific needs. An example of this was in how to create a title for the end credits. By showing the guys the necessary directions to create titles, I became confident in how to approach what the teams wanted.

Patience is a skill I find difficult to understand. I decided working within Primary education out of the question. I have little patience when explaining certain things; however I was beginning to understand the importance of it. I wasn’t feeling angry or frustrated, I suddenly felt compelled to help.

When the second year began, you begin to ask the daunting question ‘What career do you want?’ At the time, I had closed the doors on many options. These included Events Management and owning my own production company. They all appeared unachievable as I hadn’t experienced managing any events or owning a business. I wanted a career which was dependable and enjoyable. Years before, I had floated the idea of teaching but had never taking it seriously. Suddenly, I was faced with the same idea again. So began the necessary steps towards teaching.

Spending the most part of Christmas 2011 plotting what I wanted to do and finishing a script. I came across an advert working for EF a company which specialises in teaching English to foreign students. Although I have no experience in teaching I felt it would act as a spring board towards it. I applied for the job and in a matter of days had a telephone interview. The job entailed working with 14 – 18 year olds (roughly the age group I’d like to teach). I’d look after them with other Activity Leaders taking them out to excursions and around Winchester. I got the job. 🙂

I saw this as the start of my journey towards teaching. I made a mental note to gather as much experience within this field as possible.

Working at Peter Symonds has been a real eye opener. Even though I’m only into my first week, it’s already reaffirmed my belief in teaching. Assisting the students in there edits has proved challenging and exciting. It’s great seeing other people’s works as it’s often reminiscent of the works I created in College. I draw upon the connection of the past; using the knowledge I gained at College and University to help the students.

The first week introduced me to A Level Film Studies in its purest form. The conclusion of weeks of production preparation to the inevitable end of the finished product. Again, it is difficult to describe on paper your reaction when you see a film come together. All I can say “It’s awesome!”

It all begins with Everything

A massive thanks for stopping by da blog! Expect plenty of updates, thoughts and feelings based upon my experiences on placement this Semester. I’m at the University of Winchester studying a BA in Film and Cinema Technology. Bit of a mouthful, I know.

Standard stuff. Beyond Volunteering will trace my journey from my placement to beyond. Hence the title. Who knows what will happen in 5 years? I’d love to be working in Post-16, teaching film and media studies. My interest started at the beginning of my BTEC, 5 years ago. I studied at the Isle of Wight College in Moving Image. My interest grew whilst working with a great bunch of people. We would work on documentaries and dramas together throughout our two years. Looking back, this was a time when I was unsure what to do. Career wise or going to University.

The notion of moving onwards felt unusual and didn’t feel right at times. I knew I loved film, but I thought about diversifing into Journalism. Maybe I wasn’t ready for further education. Doing journalism was the biggest mistake I’ve taken. This reaffirmed my enthusiam for all things film. I thought I’d include some background to why I’d love to teach it. Not only is it rewarding its also a massive challenge. So far each day has proved exciting and dynamic.

My role at Peter Symmonds College is to help out with editing AS Crime Drama’s and Lifestyle Documentaries. If the students have a problem I try to help out. There’s several different groups in various different stages of production. Sitting down with the students, I begin to notice the quality of the material shot. One diffculty appears to involve students putting the footage into a structure. Working within a similar environment at Univerisity, I can relate to having the same problems myself. Sometimes its difficult putting together a story, if what you have is different from how you saw it.

It’s a difficult to write on paper or on a blog. It’s easier to talk about an idea than actually creating it on a computer screen. I knew from past experience the techniques I had learnt. By suggesting these to the students I began to learn one of the most important lessons I will ever learn. Patience. But thats for another day…

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