Christine Pyke- Progression into the film industry

We got a talk from  Christine Pyke who talked to us about getting into the media industry.

ALWAYS HAVE AN OPINION

She explained the purpose of having a good CV and the sorts of things that an employer in the industry would be looking for:

  • A good CV is well structured, easy to read
  • Must be an accurate and factual statement about you which must pinpoint skills and capabilities
  • Your CV sets you apart from your competitors
  • Needs to be relevant and specific

NEVER RUSH YOUR CV- could lead to errors- your potential employer will question things on your CV and you need to be ready to answer these questions and queries.

This links to preparation being really important. She told us that a good CV is less about what you did for your last employer and more about what you can do for the next.

We annotated some CV’s to see what was good/bad about them. This taught me some mistakes that you should really try to avoid e.g. stating the obvious- “i am reliable and punctual” (you should be anyway!)

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Call sheet- Time keeping skills

On the shoot days we needed to be really conscious about time management. Good time keeping skills are essential when shooting to a tight schedule as to keep on track with the progression of the film.

On one of the sessions before the shoot, the production team needed to create a call sheet in order for the team to stick to a schedule. We discussed what scenes we would film per day and how many shots were potentially in each, creating a shot list to put onto the call sheet.

Here are our call sheets that we used on the shoot to keep us on schedule:

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LOT by Tamar Van Den Dop

Today, at the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, we met the dutch actress turned director Tamar Van Den Dop who talked to us about her career. She showed us her short film ‘LOT’ which was about life in the perspective of a young girl, aged 5 or 6.

I really enjoyed the feel of the film, especially the way the camera took the view of the protagonist. The scene I felt was the most well made was the one where the girl has gone into her grandmother’s house and picked up a glass. She then used the glass to look through, seen when the audience also looks through the glass through the camera. ( 7:23)

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Although the film was in dutch, I still was able to appreciate the way the actors were portraying their characters and their manerisms to fit the purpose of the film.