So for this project, the class has been split into 3 groups. The 3 sections are about having an end of the year show and wrap party. We have to organise as a group the best possible way to make the events happen.
The groups are
- Show in D’Neg
- End of Year show in University of Ulster
- Wrap Party in QFT
I am part of the group that has to organise a trip to double negative in london. I love the fact that I am part of this group as london is one of my favourite cities in the world and double negative is one of the top VFX companies in the UK.
This is a great opportunity for the class and myself to show our work.
Who are they?
Visual effects for Film with facilities in London, Singapore and Vancouver.
Winning combination resulting in awards recognition from the Visual Effects Society (for Inception, Sherlock Holmes and Interstellar), BAFTA (forInception, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Interstellar) and the Academy® Awards (forInceptionand Interstellar)
Television division DNegTV
Announced the set up of our new Feature Animation Division, created to work with IP creators and filmmakers in the creation of high end animated features
- GoFundMe (crowd fund)
- Kickstarter (crowd fund)
- Movie Night
- Pub Quiz (McHughs)
- NI Screens
- Animation Society Help
- Bake Sales
- Caricature & Portrait Drawings
Talking to Double Negative
Conann has put me in touch with Ciara – who is the junior recruiter for Double Negative. She is the point of contact for the degree show which will be taking place in London in May/June.
I have emailed her and also rang her but have only been able to get in touch with her receptionist. I have left a message with him and am awaiting Ciara’s call back.
There is a lot of organization that needs to take place, however a lot of it cant take place until I get confirmation from Ciara about a couple of things.
- Date and Time
- What size is the space
- Can we ask other companies to come?
- Do they want one big showreel or just separate showreels on everyones phone?
After these questions are answered, then the following questions can take place.
- Dates/Time of the show
- Who is planning on going
- How much will transport cost
- Do people intend on staying in London
- Who in the class is interested in a job in London
- What way will we structure the showreel
- How will we document the trip
I have been appointed the ‘point of contact’ by my group, to get in touch with Double negative.
Below is a screengrab of the email which I sent to Ciara from Double Negative.
A couple of days later, she emailed me back and this was her response. There seems to be some confusion as she seems to think that we are only going over for a tour of Double Negatives studio and that they would come over her for the end of year show. I have arranged a phone call with her for Tuesday 23rd Feb to discuss the option of having an end of year show over in D’Neg.
Today (Tuesday 23rd Feb), Ciara from D’Neg rang me and we had a great conversation.
They would be willing to put on a Graduate Show for us, or at least happy to discuss it with us.
– We would have to get back with a confirmed date that we would like.
– We would be responsible for advertising.
– Going into the studio early to set up and provide materials.
– It would start at 3/4pm and run until around 7pm.
– Recruiters from other companies are welcome, but we would need to ask them ourselves.
– They have a cinema screen so it would be a case of putting all our work into 1 big showreel and screening it on that and then having our own individual showreels with you on an Ipad or laptop (she said not on your phone).
We would need to get back to her with an exact date, how many people are coming over from our class and also how many people would be coming from other companies.
We would also get a studio tour and they would give us a presentation about the company and they are also interested in coming over to our Degree show in University of Ulster.
I know Lauren took a list of people who would be interested in going, about 15-20 i think was the number.
If we can write what date suits them below and we can go from there. My guess would be the middle of May after our deadline and before the degree show?
I do have a phone call with Glenn Matchett (Global Recruitment Marketing Manager) from MPC on friday at 2pm to see if they would be interested also.
Mike Bell & MPC
Instead of just waiting for Double negative to get back to me, Greg has put me in touch with Mike Bell, who is an Executive Producer at Encycle Studios.
I rang him today (Monday 22nd Feb) to see if he could put me in touch with other studios who would be interested in hosting our Degree show over in London.
He mentioned MPC . Glenn Matchit, who is the head of HR there, is a person he is putting me in touch with as he thinks he will be very interested in hosting the event. He is emailing Glenn and CC’ing myself in the conversation to introduce.
Who are MPC?
We are a creative studio.
We craft spectacular visual experiences in any space, on any screen.
We have been one of the global leaders in VFX for over 25 years and counting, with industry-leading facilities in London, Vancouver, Montréal, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Paris, Bangalore, Shanghai and Mexico City.
Renowned for adding visual wonder and creative expertise to the advertising, film and entertainment industries, some of our most famous projects include blockbuster movies such as Godzilla, the Harry Potter franchise, X-Men, Prometheus and Life of Pi, and famous advertising campaigns for brands such as Samsung, Coca Cola, Sony, Three Mobile and Channel 4.
Our broad range of skill-sets provide a multitude of creative solutions, including concept design, pre-viz, shoot supervision, 2D compositing, 3D/CG effects, animation, motion design, software development, digital & experiential production, colour grading for advertising and any combination of these services.
MPC is the sum of the parts: creative partners and a range of creative solutions harnessed through a dedication to collaboration. It all comes together in our enthusiastic and talented people, working every day to be a part of creating some of the best and most inspirational work in the industry.
What have they worked on?
- Batman v Superman
- The Revenant
- Suicide Squad
Source of Info: http://www.moving-picture.com/work/
Glenn from MPC then got back to me and we arranged for him to phone me on Friday 26th Feb at 2pm.
Phone call for MPC
They are very willing to do this. They have done it before with Bournemouth university and a few others.
He will email me early next week with a set date, but it will be around the middle of May, so possibly just before the Wrap Party in the QFT. Thats when they would be looking to do it.
They will not charge for using the space.
The refreshments/beers can work 2 ways. Either we bring them all ourselves, or they can provide that (it will cost for that). If we decide to go ahead and get them to provide it, then Glenn will be putting me in touch with the people at MPC to talk about that.
No problem with inviting recruiters from other companies, such as Framestore, ILM, Studio AKA etc. I am connected now to Glenn on Linkedin and he will be putting me in touch with other recruiters from these companies.
Once we have settled on a date, its best to get the invites out ASAP.
It is important to say that we are an animation course, but we have a wide variety of skills within the class, such as modellers, concept artists etc and not just animators.
Time wise, it can be done a number of ways
9.30-5.30, with a class showreel playing on loop in their screening room and then us standing their with out own personal showreels on our Ipads/Phones. If we where to do it at this time, then we would have to go over the day before to get stuff set up.
In the afternoon from around 1-6pm and then drinks afterwards.
After i had finished my call with Glenn, i then connected to him through Linkedin and this is the message he then sent me.
So like Glenn said he would, he got back to me with a confirmed date, which is Monday 16th May.
I got back to him confirming this date and I requested an evening show, so I am just waiting for his reply.
Glenn then got back to me a couple of days later saying that everything was great and that the 16th May would be going ahead!
He also put me in touch with the catering staff at MPC as we would like to have a few snacks and nibbles there for the recruiters and also for the other companies that come along.
Her name is Sara-Laila and I have emailed her telling her details.
Myself and Bobby Strain were put in charge of organising this show. It was Bobbys jobs to get the other companies to go. So far he has got Framestore to come and also Passion Pictures.
Who are Framestore?
“We are Framestore. We create extraordinary experiences. We combine award-winning craft and relentless creativity with tomorrow’s technologies. We make the impossible possible.
We make moving images, content, design and digital for the advertising, entertainment and film industries. We are global leaders in visual effects, having won every major industry award.
We collaborate from the conception of a project and bring a creative and technological problem-solving approach to our partners’ business challenges. We engage consumers through groundbreaking visual experiences that are driven by insight and innovation.
We’re proud to offer a scalable talent pool for clients and partners. Our global team is connected through a realtime production pipeline, enabling over 1000 colleagues to collaborate on projects, wherever we are in the world.
Our reputation is built on our trusted relationships. We never stand still and work tirelessly with our partners to deliver their vision. Our talent, experience, and innovative technology continue to help our clients push boundaries and break new ground”
Who are Passion Pictures?
Passion Pictures are also an Animation company based in London.
One company who myself and Bobby are really trying to get to come are ILM. Bobby has emailed them a few times but no reply. On Linkedin, I follow and am Followed back by Simon Davis, who is the senior recruiter at ILM, so I sent him the following message, however I am yet to hear a reply.
John Lomas Bullivant
I was then put in touch with John, via Fiona mcelroy. John is a Children’s Media Executive. I dropped him a few emails and thankfully he agreed to come to the show.
My next task then was to gather work of everyone and piece together a showreel which would be played on the big screen in MPC’s cinema screen. Below is the showreel which is a collection of work from everyone who went to London.
And so the day arrived (Monday 16th) for the trip to London. Everyone was up nice and early and off to catch the 6.55am plane.
We landed in London around 9.00am and we just chilled out at the hostel for a bit, went and got some lunch and then got freshened up for the big day.
We went to MPC around 2.00pm to set up everything and to make sure everything would run smoothly and also to be shown around where we would be showing our work. We had 2 separate places
- A large screening room which could hold up to 100 people where our projects would be played on loop and people were free to come and go as they please to watch.
- An open area where you could have a few beers or wine and we would stand around an chat to the people who had come.
Thankfully quite a lot of people came.
- Studio AKA
- John Lomas Bullivant
It was a truly great opportunity for myself and my classmates to talk to these people who have been in the industry for such a long time. To learn and hear about their experiences and how they got into the industry and also the advice they had for us.
Once it was all over, we decamped to a local bar, where we had a few drinks to top of what was a brilliant day!
Today, Monday 18th April, we had our Mock Interviews. I actually do feel comfortable during interviews. I am just relaxed and I don’t pretend to be anyone else that I’m not. I feel that my interview went well
Some interview Tips:
Feedback: I got some feedback from Alec later during the week and he said that my interview went well. I was comfortable and spoke very well. my past 3 interviews have been One Productions in Dublin, Game of Thrones and MPC and I have got the job in all 3, so I have no issues going into interviews.
Once our interview was finished, Alec took my CV.
What is a CV?
CV stands for curriculum vitae, which is Latin for ‘course of life’. It is a summary of your experience, skills and education. In the USA and Canada it is known as a résumé – this is the French word for summary.
This is my CV that I handed over to Alec.
The image below is the changes that I had to make to my CV, going on the feedback from Alec/Greg.
I also had to hand over my Cover Letter.
What is a cover letter?
To be considered for almost any position, you will need to write a letter of application. Such a letter introduces you, explains your purpose for writing, highlights a few of your experiences or skills, and requests an opportunity to meet personally with the potential employer.
I wrote this cover letter as if I was applying for the Aim High Scheme.
What is the Aim High Scheme?
Aim High is a paid, 18-month training scheme to give a new generation the chance to work on local and network television and radio programmes.
A few days later I got some feedback from Alec on my cover letter and he told me to change a few things.
Below is my Old Cover Letter
The image below is a printed version of my cover letter with all the changes tha Alec/Greg have told me to make.
New Cover Letter
So I went away and done a bit more work on my Cover Letter and this is what I have got.
My part is organising the trip to MPC is complete and I don’t think that I can do much more now until we actually get to MPC. One thing however I will be doing, after the hand in for my Wee Onezie’s project, will be gathering the best work from everybody who is going to London and then piecing it all together into 1 big showreel which will be screened up on the wall.
In the mean time I have been having a think about my degree show and have been looking at other examples. We will each have a desk and a board to place all our work on. I am thinking of printing out a section of my best work and then piecing it on the wall, split up into 4 main categories
- Digital Painting
Those are the 4 main headings which my work falls under. Some examples of work.
There is a confirmed 15 people going from my class and our work (one big class showreel) will be showen in the screening room in MPC. I wrote this to my class on the final year facebook page.
Hi Guys. The trip over to London is a few weeks away. Our work will screened on their in house cinema screen. This will be a showreel of the everyone’s favourite piece of work. Aswell as that, they want you to have your own personal showreel on you via iPhone or tablet.
So if you are going to London, can you send me a couple pieces of your best work and I will put it together into a showreel. Just send it via ‘WeTransfer’ to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So far this is the students that are going to London. Sorry if I have left you out, if you aren’t on this list and are intending on going, please let me no ASAP.
Tutors: I know Alec is going, Conann and Greg, can you’s let me no if yous intend to go as MPC will be looking confirmed numbers. Might be good to have you guys there to create a good relationship with MPC for future students.
Aimee, Andrew, Aodhan, Bobby, Cricky, Fiona, Lauren, Mary, Matt Boyd, Micheal, Rachel hynds, Rebekah, Sam, Myself, Niall ?, Peter ?
So now I am just waiting for them to send me some of their work.
I have begun to get a few things printed out. Here is the 3 A2 sheets that I have got printed and I am just waiting on the 23 A3 sheets.
Source of info: http://www.moving-picture.com/work/
Source of info: http://www.nickreiddesign.com/blog&news/BlogImage_DegreeShow.jpg
Source of info: http://www.adozeneggs.co.uk/ckeditor_assets/pictures/102/content_loughborough-university-visual-communication-degree-show-2.jpg
Source of info: http://media.creativebloq.futurecdn.net/sites/creativebloq.com/files/images/2014/07/StandUWE.jpg
Source of info: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow/workondisplay/animation/
Source of info: http://www.rca.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/show-2015/