Assemble a portfolio of own work which demonstrates a personal visual language relevant to the brief
We were tasked to create a showreel that demonstrates our digital work, our own personal visual language to showcase our abilities and work we have created so far. I applied to study Film Making and Digital Film at a selection of universities and a few of them required showreels to be submitted in the application process. I took the time to assemble a showreel showcasing film and video work I had created on the course and some of my own film work, as it was important to include a wide variety of shots and diversity. I edited to music and synced the cuts and transitions with the track to enhance the visual narrative. My showreel can be found below:
Showreel from alienmom helen on Vimeo.
Demonstrate success of research and development
To strengthen my research and portfolio further, I have used WordPress to embed videos into blog posts. I achieved this by embedding the video into the HTML editor when constructing a post, to make the video appear and be playable in my post, rather than to take you to an outside source.
This was an effective tool that I made use of throughout the course, especially working on a digital media course, many of my sources and research were videos or films.
Using all these features within WordPress has really strengthened my portfolio, I can demonstrate and organise my research and contextualises the work I have produced on the course.
I have been able to upload drawings, mind maps, notes and sketch books to log my progress in research and development of my work and portfolio. When I produced a finished piece of work (e.g. a video or animation) I am able to contextualise the work by linking back to my research within blog posts.
Being on a creative digital media course, I have been able to construct visual mood boards as inspiration for work in the research stage. This has been invaluable in helping inform the tone of pieces of work I have gone on to create during the course. Digital mood boards have been an effective way to collect visual references, colours, compositions, film & photography styles etc
These blog posts act as a digital sketch book, enabling me to record and express ideas both written and sketched traditionally and digitally. Through this process I have developed an effective working method that has enabled me to have produced a strong portfolio of work.
Similarly, using a blog as a digital sketchbook has enabled me to produce in depth research that is text based, useful within the early stages of film production and photography production as I had to research briefs and artists and map out shooting schedules. I utilised the use of text formatting tools and layout to present my research and development in a clear, structured presentation.
Using text formatting tools I have been able to create clear distinct titles and subheadings to organise my research that is both useful to me and to anyone who might visit my site.
Being able to insert active hyperlinks into my blog posts have been a vital feature in the researching process, as I am able to list my sources and references.
I have often included images onto my blog from outside sources, to make mood boards and to strengthen the quality and variety of my research. WordPress makes this easy to do so, and enables you to include captions where I often include a link or the copyright info of the original image.
Above is an example of how I implemented images, links, text into my research and formatted into a layout that makes logical sense for the purpose.
To showcase my work I have created a website to serve as my portfolio, the site can be found here:
As I progress to university to study Digital Film, my video work is my priority, therefore I chose to feature my latest film that I created during the Digital Sound & Image Unit. It was important to create a strong portfolio of work, that looks visually dynamic and striking but also be functional and explain my intentions and provide contact details.
My landing page features my latest video work, its bold and the video takes priority, I believe this is an effective way to show my work.
I included separate pages to showcase both my film and photography work, as these are my strongest and most relevant bodies of work as I progress to university and pursue goals within the digital film and media industries.
The colour palette I chose for its natural and complimenting colours, on advice from my tutor who noted that my images work well on a black background, I decided to implement black as my background for the whole portfolio. The images looked contrasted and bold against the black and achieves the desired effect.
I used a gallery to show my work, as it allows easy and clear browsing of my work, important as it keeps the visitor engaged.
My about page needed to be clean, simple and state my intentions clearly. I used sans serif fonts and a muted colour palette for the text on my portfolio. My intentions were to create an industry standard portfolio.
The layout to my portfolio is clear, retains a lot of empty space and uses simple, clean lines. I didn’t want to distract from my digital work, which is the purpose and most important part of my portfolio.