Film Edinburgh a no go — 25/04/2017

Film Edinburgh a no go

Obviously Film Edinburgh was a no go. Here is the email i received from Rosie:

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Work with Film Edinburgh — 07/02/2017

Work with Film Edinburgh

I got a reply back from Rosie at Film Edinburgh.

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So we talked on the phone. It went well I think. She explained what the job would involve; updating their locations database with newer photos and sometimes going out and taking photos of locations.

I now just need to wait for her to give me a start date.

Unsuccessful with Sound Studios! — 25/01/2017

Unsuccessful with Sound Studios!

I went down to both Canongate Studios and Finiflex but was unsuccessful at both. Neither of them do work experience for much of the same reason as RED. They also said that the best thing to do was go to London as there is more work there.

After having no success with the sound studios in Edinburgh (and not wanting to go down to London) i’m going to go into some video production companies. I’ll start with The Leith Agency  (leith.co.uk) and Freakworks (freak-works.com).

I’m also going to look for a work placement in theatre by asking local theatre groups if they need any assistance with the sound design for any up coming shows they have. While this is not part of video production it does have many similarities with lighting and sound and especially sound design, therefore i think it would be good experience to have when looking for a job in sound design in the future. I will also let me achieve the goal of this work experience. The two groups I will contact first are The Edinburgh Makars (edinburghmakars.com)and Leitheatre (leitheatre.com).

Film Edinburgh —

Film Edinburgh

I contacted Rosie Ellison at Film Edinburgh looking for some work as she sent out an email saying she as looking for an intern. This is the message i sent:

Dear Ms. Ellison,

I am very interested in the opportunity to work with you at Film Edinburgh. I remember the talk you gave at the college last year and found the role Film Edinburgh plays in the local industry fascinating and was impressed at how you managed to run the office on your own. I would love the chance to help out wherever and whenever I can and hopefully learn more about the local film industry from someone as experienced and as knowledgeable as you.
I have some experience working as a production office runner for Mentorn Scotland as well as working with the public and arranging location agreements on my own projects. I know this isn’t much but I’m a dedicate worker, I learn fast and I have a professional manner. I don’t currently have a job so I could work anytime during the week and I’m eager to get some work to keep me busy outside of my own projects.
If you would like to find out more about me to see if I’m suitable for the job I’d love to meet up and get you a coffee sometime this week and talk more about how we could help each other out.
Kind Regards,
Cameron
Along with my CV attached.
This was on Monday. I still haven’t heard back yet.
Amended CV — 11/12/2016
Unsuccessful at RED —

Unsuccessful at RED

I went down to RED Facilities to ask about a work placement. I met the studio head Max Howarth. He said that they don’t do work placements there but he took the time to sit and have a chat with me and show me around the studio. We talked for around 40 minutes and he gave me some really good advice regarding how the industry works and what skills are important. He told me that the technical knowledge is not as important as your social skills when working in a studio. He also said that the best thing to do, and the thing he would do if he was in my position, was to move down to London and search for work at one of the Soho post production houses as a trainee or apprentice. He suggested that I also try doing sound for theatre as it would give me good experience designing sound effects and would look good on my CV even if it isn’t paid employment.

Useful links on Sound Design — 07/12/2016
Employability Report —

Employability Report

My goal is a career as a sound designer. This job involves making the sound effects for for a  variety of media and arts sectors including film, television, theatre and video games. Sound designers source different sounds and often create and record original new material to create the desired effect. When they have all the desired sound effects, sound designers edit them in a computer using the latest software and then work with the re-recording mixer to smooth out all the effects tracks. Sound designers may be employed by Audio Post Production Houses, or work on a freelance basis.

To do this role, you will need to:

  • Have a genuine enthusiasm for sound and film
  • Have a good understanding of acoustics
  • Have an expert knowledge of sound recording and editing techniques
  • Have excellent listening skills
  • Have creativity and imagination
  • Be able to work conceptually
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Be able to work under pressure to tight, changing deadlines
  • Have good organisational and financial skills
  • Understand the relevant health and safety laws and procedures

I have all of these skills to some degree, however, there are some in which i need to significantly improve if i am to have a successful career as a sound designer, such as having a good understanding of acoustics and an expert knowledge of sound recording and editing techniques. This is mostly due to a lack of experience working in the post production sound industry. Therefore in order to improve my abilities i am going to undertake a short term work placement at a local post-production sound studio to help further my understanding of the industry and thus increase my chances of being employed in the future.

Being a sound designer is not an entry level job. It takes years of working your way through the various roles in the sound industry before you are experienced enough to be a professional sound designer. I think a good place to start would be as an ADR recordist. This is a more realistic starting point for somebody who has little experience of the sound industry. Working as an ADR recordist will develop my understanding of the skills and knowledge that are essential when working with sound as well as provide great networking opportunities. I am therefore going to look for a work placement in one of the local sound studios that specialise in ADR and voiceover recording as i believe that is the best way for me to start my path to becoming a professional sound designer.

Employment Opportunities — 05/12/2016

Employment Opportunities

After some internet searching I found the 2 best studios in Edinburgh for ADR. These are the 2 places i will be going to first to ask for a work placement as i think these are the best suited to my goals and the ones in which i have the best chance of getting.

RED Facilities (http://www.redfacilities.com/) – Located in Leith their website claims they are one of the leading audio post producition studios in Scotland. It is also within walking distance of where i live which is nice. CONTACT :-

61 Timber Bush, Edinburgh, EH6 6QH

0131 555 2288

doit@redfacilities.com

Canongate Studios (http://teamharmony.biz/) – Also located in Leith they have a long list of impressive testimonials from many  well know companies such as BBC, ITV, MGM and Warner Bros.  CONTACT:-

9 Waters Close, Edinburgh, EH6 6RB

0131 555 4455

al@canongate.com

SWOT ANALYSIS —

SWOT ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

  • COMPETENT TECHNICAL ABILITY
  • ASSISTANCE FROM COLLEGE
  • NETWORKING THROUGH COLLEGE
  • NO OTHER FAMILY OR WORK COMMITMENTS

WEAKNESSES

  • NOT ENOUGH INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
  • NOT ENOUGH CONTACTS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY
  • CAN’T DRIVE
  • NOT THE CHATTIEST OR MOST SOCIABLE PERSON
  • LACK OF MOTIVATION AFTER PROLONGED FAILURE

OPPORTUNITIES

  • LIVE CLOSE TO MANY PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND STUDIOS
  • ABLE TO TRAVEL TO GET WORK
  • WILLING TO WORK FOR FREE TO GAIN EXPERIENCE
  • SELF EMPLOYED PROJECTS AS EXTRA INCOME AND BOOST PORTFOLIO AND NETWORK i.e. ADVERTS, THEATRE, WEDDINGS
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES GAINED THROUGH THE COLLEGE

THREATS

  • MANY OTHER PEOPLE AFTER THE SAME JOBS
  • THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE BETTER THAN I AM
  • LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS e.g.. DRIVERS LICENCE
  • LACK OF INCOME MAY FORCE ME TO FIND JOB THAT MIGHT GET IN THE WAY OF ANY OPPORTUNITIES