Professional Practice


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18/1/23
Week 1

Today was the first session of TMA1434: Professional Platforms Art and Communication module. It was focused a lot on future forcasting within our own lives as creaties but also trend forcasting and looking into the future 100’s. 
When looking into our future selves, we were given random dates including 10-13th March 2023, 10th-13th March 2025 and 10th-13th March 2055 - the same date but years apart from each other. We then had to write where we saw ourselves/hope to be at those times. 
10th-13th March 2023 - continuing Masters degree, happy with current module feedback.
10th-13th March 2025 - Ideally done a lot of travelling and be in a job I am happy with.
10th-13th March 2055 - I would be 55 years-old so hope to be happy with what I have achieved in my life, potentially with a family, life experience, feeling generally content and looking forward to the future. 

What is The Future 100’s?
A chart topping list of predicted trends for the upcoming year ahead. They are usually released within the first month of the new year and contain a whole host of topics from culture to beauty, travel to technology and food to retail. I had never heard of The Future 100 prior to this session but I have since really enjoyed looking back and seeing how accurate they can be. The first ever Future 100 was for 2011 and has continued to be published ever since. I have noticed when viewing The Future 100’s, they do have a very optimistic approach. Largely focusing on the good, innovative and progressive factors of the year ahead, they do inspire and start the year with a positive mind set as the year is often filled with uncertainty. 

For task 1, we were asked as a group of four to choose a number from The Future 100: 2022’s report and work as a group to dissect its meaning as well as the influence it will have as us, being creatives - specifically photographers. We chose number twenty-four which is Green Mapping and created multiple slides of information, each contributing our own thoughts and ideas.

Task 1 - group work

Screenshot of group work slides


Screenshot of group work slides


Screenshot of group work slides


Screenshot of group work slides


Screenshot of group work slides





Task 2 was to be completed within our own time. Using the number we were told to write down in the session, we corresponded this with a number in The Future 






Task 3 - TED Talk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtfaccGmCCs






Task 4 - Speculate what insights the Future 100 2023 may offer in relation to your creative direction, personal interests and ethos.





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20/1/23
Photography Trends of 2023 Research

After the sessions on the Future 100, I was wanting to direct it more towwards my own specialism and subject area. I took time to research into the predicted photography trends of 2023.



https://photographycourse.net/photography-trends/


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25/1/23
Week 2 - Film Texts


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1/2/23
Week 3 - storytelling

Interaction
noun
: the action or influence of people, groups, or things on one another.

Encounter
noun
: an unexpected or casual meeting with someone or something.




PART 1A - Visual Thinking
From the moment you got out of bed this morning illustrate 8 ‘interactions that occurred enroute to sitting in the Create Lab

For my story board I picked out the key parts of my commute to university. It begins with my phone alarm going off, getting ready for the day, driving to the train station and catching the train. Once at university I have my lunch and prepare for that weeks session by either typing up notes or doing some extra reading. I then have my weekly lecture at 1:15. (see storyboard below)



PART 1B - Visual Thinking

‘Place your mobile phone somewhere you cannot reach it. Write down the name of 3 apps you use regularly’
- Instagram
- Tiktok
- Hayday

‘Which of the apps do you associate with you as a practitioner?’.
As a photographer, I would associate myself with Instagram the most out of the three most used above. It is a place I can share my own work but also be inspired by other peoples practice - not just friends but global creatives. 

‘Select one of the apps in your minds eye and imagine you are about to use it to do something. Draw that interaction using eight frames. You must not touch your mobile phone’.



I have used illustrations to tell my story. I think it is a more successful way of understanding the context and how it flows. It becomes more sequenced as the viewer is moving from one frame to the next. 

‘Now interact with your phone and test the app. What do you notice?’

‘What do your observations tell you? How do you record any gaps?

PART 2 - Visual Thinking
For this task, we had to select one of the eight within the storyboard above and dissect it and view it from a new point of view/angle. Redrawn below.


PART 3 - Visual Thinking
‘Write down 8 words that are relevant to your current research interests or ideas that you want to explore in the future’
1 - Time
2 - Routine
3 - Connections
4 - Family
5 - Mundane
6 - Memory
7 - Relationships
8 - Quiet

‘Which would be the most suitable typeface to reflect each word?’



PART 4 - Visual Thinking
‘Select one of your words and mark it with an *. Consider the chosen *word. How might it be animated, photographed, drawn, sculpted, sewn, collaged, printed, etched...?’

MEMORY


https://www.npr.org/sections/pictureshow/2020/04/27/830806858/artist-explores-grief-memory-and-loss-through-photographs

I really like this concept of reworking the physical image and creating somethhing new. Deconstructing and changing the meaning. Amy Parrish uses archival photography to explore memory, loss and grief. Motivated by the sudden loss of her grandmother, Parrish uses paints and wax pencils to physically conceal areas of the images - encouraging the viewers to wonder who is missing. Although their identity is hidden, it starts the conversation of who they once were, being revealed by only their actions or gestures we see. 

I believe this work titled ‘Check The Mail for Her Letter’ is a successful representation of memory as she is able to re live those moments she treasures as they are brought into new light and shared with the intent to be viewed. 




https://aestheticamagazine.com/family-ties-reframing-memory-various-artists-peltz-gallery-london/

This project is exploring memory using projections of archival photographs. 

   
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/541417186464636026/




‘Sketch / Capture 8 ideas for re-imagining this word on A3 paper’.


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8/2/23
Week 4 - Sara
Themes.
Write 3–5 sentences describing themes of your
work. This can be contents, characters or stories.

The theme of my video will be based around routine and the mundane. I wanted the theme to still be relevant to my current practice as I enter the final module for the major project. I decided that it will be beneficial to me to explore routine through video as I had never worked with any video editing prior to this task. It will give my practice a new pathway and option for future ideas and plans of exploration as I delve deeper into the everyday, now from a videography perspective. 

I plan to have the focus around my grandads routine whilst at home. I chose this concept as it flows well from my current work exploring the home and also is an asily accessible location for me to visit multiple times in order to shoot the video. I will be filming parts of my grandads daily life such as making a drink, watching tv and reading a newspaper. I want it to be quite calming and peaceful with little to no text, conversations, talking and or loud music. It may include some audio that is recorded seperately within the home and would be added in later during the editing process. 

Order.
What comes first. What is your starting point.
This is an important thing your audience have to
know to being their journey.

End.
Conclusions. How can you end your piece. A resolve,
question, conclusion or next steps.

Middle parts.
Central themes. This includes objects for
discussion, narrative threads, composition and
structure.

Structure.
Form. Draw a simple diagram to represent your
film.

Workflow.
What resources do you need, and have access to.
Stages of work. A map or diagram to represent
your production.

Storyboards.
Create a visual storyboard, on paper or digital


Task- 
Decide on a project theme. This can be an individual, piece of history, theory, cultural identity or otherwise. How will you collect your materials? Are there
archival sources available? What technologie will you use? How can you find these?

For a project theme I am wanting to explore routine. It is an aspect within almost everyones day to day life, being completely unique to the individual.


-----Software training-----

TMA1433 Software Training
Part 1: After Effects
https://vimeo.com/795511940/8a2f562c48
Part 2: Audio Editing
https://vimeo.com/795513502/e19bafd040
Part 3: Visuals
https://vimeo.com/795514015/13f59010e7
Part 4: Render + Export
https://vimeo.com/795514775/007eb8210b

For this week we were given multiple videos to watch in our spare time that completed software training for Adobe After Effects. There are four parts to the training, each covering the most important and relevant parts when learning After Effects. Part one is an introduction to the software, showing the layout of the timeline and the structure of the main page. I found this helpful and realised the layout was quite similar to Premiere Pro - in terms of having multiple areas to work simultaniously. Part two is focused on audio. This was the video I found most helpful as I hadn’t really worked with audio editing previously so it really benefitted the my own video - especially as I will be using royalty free music. I did find that although it is a different software to Premiere, there are similarities throughout which I could blend into my current knowledge with Premiere Pro.








Although I found the After Effects software training very helpful towards my practice, I will continue to use Premiere Pro for the editing of my video submission within this module. It is a software I have much more experience with as I worked on it during my Bachelors degree last year. I find it really simple to use, expecially for a short-length video that isn’t going to be filled with overly manipulated effects. I am certain that my training and knowledge with Premiere Pro is reliable and authentic as I completed software training during my BA that was held by my lecturers during in-person training sessions. I took notes from this which I can always refer back to as well as using the ‘Adobe in a Minute’ YouTube channel that creates short, helpful videos that explain multiple shortcuts, hints and tricks of using all kinds of Adobe softwares. I find this channel to be really reliable and beneficial as they use walk-through tutorials to turn technical information into simple steps.


https://www.youtube.com/@Adobeinaminute/videos


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15/2/23
Week 5 - Ecologies and Networks

In todays session we looked into human connections, relationships and networks as well as the Brass Art, Touch ARA virtual application. 




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Film Editing Task w/ Sara

I have been using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit my video for this module as I have some experience with it already so I am able to understand the basics of the software without needing to start from fresh. I chose to continue using Adobe Premiere Pro out of all of the other softwares available as I was using it quite often during my Bachelors degree, in which I was creating a short film. During this time we had software workshops from lecturers during face-to-face sessions. This gives me confidence in the software as I know is it reliable and I was being taught by experts who use Premiere Pro frequently within industry. 

I find Premiere Pro very effective for organising my files and allowing me to visualise them infront of me whilst editing the rest of the clips I have imported. By having the main four windows on my screen at all times, I am able to move quickly and effortlessly between my work flow. I have also found that using keyboard shortcuts speeds up the editing process, making it more efficient. I can work on multiple tasks at once which makes my work more coherant. One of my main reasons I continue to use Premiere is the source window. It enlarges my clips and allows for me to create in-points and out-points of the clip, which I can then easily drag and drop onto the timeline. It also has the options to drag audio only or video only. This is very helpful when using music, pre-recorded sound or additional sound effects within the project.


Screenshot of editing with Premiere Pro 

When editing on the Premiere Pro timeline, it is really easy to drag and drop clips into the space. As well as this, I am able to add cuts, alter the speed, change the audio and layer clips together. The timeline also tells me the length of the final cut which is really important when cutting at specfic time stamps and needing timed audio to the video.


Screenshot of Premiere Pro timeline


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Audio


Initially, I planned



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Week 3 Task
One Hour



Audio
What audio sequences do you want to appear?
For my video, I want the audio to be created from clips within the home. 

I have also considered using royalty free music.

What do you have, where can you find, or create
missing audio, what resources, archives and
equipment do you need?

Sequences.
Do you have complete sequences, what do you
want to film? What appears in your film, and
in what order? How are you going to edit your
footage?

I have been testing my concept by filming within the home. My tests include a routine from within the home such as mundane and focusing on the everyday.

Animatics
This is a simple edit of your storyboard. Will
this be useful to you, if so, how can you
create, and test it?

Titles, interstituals and captions.
What is your film title? Do you have opening
credits, sections and end credits? How do
these appear within your narrative? What
visual styles can you usc, how to create these.

I don’t have a film title as of right now, however, I will be brainstorming and coming up with options I can decide on.

Post-production.
Do you want to include effects, colour correction,
titles and grading? What software is most
suitable, do you have mood boards or
style frames you can reference.

I don’t plan to use effects, titles or grading within my edit. I think it will feel out of place and not relevant within the final edit.