Skills building

The 29th September 2016

Friday is my deadline for all of my work to be done for my first 3 weeks of college. Ha, there’s a lot more work than I thought there would be. It’s mot that I’m struggling with it its just that there is so much to do and I’m kind of procrastinating through it all. Not ideal and I will get it done. It’s just that I’m probably going to not be sleeping tonight so that I can get it all done.

On Tuesday I had visual and audio theory. In audio theory the class where playing with Photoshop. It was actually pretty fun. Our task was to make Naomi Campbell into a boy and make it into a magazine cover.

I used the following things when making this magazine cover:

Magic wand tool

Create new layer

Brush tool

Eraser tool

Liquefy tool


Blending mode

In visual theory we are leaning about films. This includes the kind of characters used and the storyline of films. We are analysing a film trailer of our choice. I chose to do the conjuring as horror films are my favourite genre. So far I have learnt that the film covers the typical pattern of film making. The beginning, rising action, climax, falling action and the resolution. (Beginning) the family move into the house, (rising action) the family to begin to notice something unusual about the house, (climax) the family begin to get haunted by the spirits in the house, (falling action) the family ask for help from Ed and Loran, (resolution) the family and the house ae exercised and  live spirt free.   




Skills building

21st September 2016

Last Wednesday was my first photography lesson. I’ve always liked to take pictures but I’ve never been into the technical side of photography. Starting Tuesday I am going to be taking on night classes at Truro college to improve my skills.

In photography we had to study a photographer from a list that we were given. I chose the photographer Elliott Erwitt. I had never heard of this photographer but, I really like the kind of photos he takes. He takes photos of every day things but adds his own twists, his photos are taken in black and white.
huff-craig-s-smokng-edinburgh1This is an example of the work that Elliott Erwitt does.




I have also started graphic design. Graphic design is something that I’m really going to need in the future, luckily for me I actually know how to do some graphic design stuff so it’s not a complete blur for me. My skills for it are going to have to be improved a lot but I’m sure the more classes I do the better that I will become.

In graphic design the class had to make a poster. We were given the image and text to create this poster, but, we were allowed to design it how we wanted to. To create this poster I have used to type tool to display and edit the text. I also used the move tool so that I could move the text to where I wanted it to. I then used the cmd + T so that I could I rotate the text. 

I’ve had another sound lesson, sound for me isn’t great but I think I’m getting there with it, well kind of anyway. I’m using loops to create some kind of sound. It’s kind of terrible but its something so it will have to do.

Work experience. I never have done it and I don’t fancy going to a company and being like “hey please hire me, I’ll try not to cry while I’m here!” Luckily the first people that I need to work for are the college. I’m in a group with two people from my class called Shelby and Damien. We need to interview the games design class and ask them how they are liking college. We haven’t started yet and we have around 2 weeks to do this.

College overall? It’s getting better. I’ve met some pretty cool people and I’m enjoying the course. It’s a big step up from from school. There’s a lot more work to do but I have more freedom and I don’t need to wear a uniform. To be honest the whole I don’t need to wear a uniform is kind of annoying. I’m already starting to repeat outfits and running out of things to wear but, I can dress how I want to dress and not be forced to look like someone that I don’t want to be.

Skills building

The 15th of September 2016

Audio visual, sound and websites

The first thing that I have done in my audio visual class is learn how to edit and make music videos- this -I need serious improvement and practice in this section of media!

First of all we learnt how to edit a song that we were already given. We were also given the footage of 60’s and 70’s music videos to work into the song.

After we had gained experience of creating and editing we were able to create our own music videos. I used the song “send me home” sung by my favorite band Asking Alexandria. This song is about being lost and returning back to home. From listening to this song I had the idea of cutting families being reunited into the chorus of the song…

So send me home, I have lost my way
And I don’t even know if we’ll make it through today
Take another step, take another breath
I fill my lungs with the deepest regrets
And I don’t know if I’ll make it home again.

I used Disney films to do this because I thought that they would be the most suiting in he kind of situation that i was looking for. Kind of a clash considering Disney films are all family friendly movies and Asking Alexandria are a metal/ rock bands who spend most of their drinking and smoking!





Now, I don’t know about you but i can see 0 similarity here.






I’m using a screenshot from tangled here. In this scene Rapunzel is reunited  with her family after she got snatched from them at birth. I thought that this would be a good scene to have through the chorus. I also thought that it went well with the song.

 I have also learnt how to create sounds and music for film. I spent this lesson messing around with the music and sounds available on the computer. This is a skill that I’m definitely going to have to improve on.

A youtube channel has also been made, i can hardly talk properly in person, let alone in front of a camera so this should be fun!

 I must say that I am more into the theory, writing and photography side of media as I am more confident in this side of media but I am enjoining learning about the other parts of media. I think i just need to feel more confident in these parts, because, as they are new I have pretty much no confidence in the sound or editing parts of media. However, I am feeling slightly more confident around the others in the class, its been extremely hard coming into lessons in college as I didn’t go to my lessons in year 11 due to personal reasons. I personal think i am getting on pretty well in my classes though. i am slowly making friends with these people which is hard because I’m used to getting so much crap off people. but college is becoming a better experience for me.

I seriously lack  any kind of creativity at the moment. I think the late nights are early mornings are seriously getting to me. I’m sure that as soon as i start to get used to the early start my creativity and energy is going to come back but right now I’m falling asleep on the bus and dosing in and out of a day dream when I’m in class.