English Literature and Film Personal Statement Example 1

Who wouldn't want to spend a couple of hours getting jinxed by Harry Potter, shot by Tony Montana, rescued by Forrest Gump or unplugged from the Matrix by Morpheus? Well, this is exactly what a cinematic experience offers you. For those two hours, you can lose yourself in the plot, the characters or the special effects, and forget about everything else.

When I go to my local cinema I escape, I laugh, I cry and I know I want to bring the exact same enjoyment to thousands that those two hours bring to me.

I have always been useless at acting, I am not commanding enough to be a director, but luckily I found something which combines perfectly with my love for movies, which is editing.

I am currently working as an assistant editor at an online video production company, and I thrive on taking raw footage, and crafting it into something unique and presentable. I see it as a form of art; you focus your attention on the multiple shots, and keep going until you achieve perfection.

'Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.' This quote comes from the 2007 film, Ratatouille and although I'm not a rat, I agree that a great artist can come from anywhere. I plan to focus all my attention on acquiring the relevant knowledge from people, who can educate me on anything and everything, so maybe one day I could be called a 'great artist!'

I really enjoy my job at Stream City, and I have been working here for almost six months now. I have received training on Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe After Effects. With my salary, I am saving up for a Mac, so I can also teach myself the Final Cut Pro software. Over the past few months, I have been cutting trailers in my spare time to gain experience and practice in this area.

Along with media studies, I also studied English Literature at A Level which has helped me with my essay writing. Deciding to move to a new 6th form was initially daunting, however I believe it has made me a much more confident and outgoing person, ready to face university and any challenges which may transpire.

Something else which I enjoy is netball, having played at school, club and county levels. I have also participated in numerous charity runs, including 'Race for Life.'

I didn't get into my first choice university last year due to a bad History grade, which I am resitting in January. However, I am a great believer in fate, and if I had gone last year I would have studied English Literature, and not discovered my passion for editing.

Admittedly, I lost heart in higher education for a short time, but I know now in order to succeed as an editor I have to give myself the best chance by equipping myself with as much knowledge, and as many contacts as possible. So, if you don't accept me at your university, in the great and elaborate words of Arnie, 'I'll be back!'

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This personal statement was written by rachiegreene for application in 2009.

rachiegreene's Comments

My first one was much better but I can't find it! I wrote this one after just taking a gap year, my course changed and I focused more on the production elements of a film course. I aimed it mostly at a cinema and photography course at Leeds, and an english and film course at UEA.


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