Film Production Personal Statement
“You shouldn’t dream your film, you should make it” - A famous quote by Steven Spielberg and a quote that I strongly agree with. I have enjoyed this BTEC Media Diploma course so much because I believe film gives everyone the ability to become imaginative which is a valuable skill in life; it can also be very influential to a lot of people and can change people’s opinions. I was immediately fascinated by the fun and hardworking enjoyment of filming and editing films when I first took my BTEC Media course in 6th form. This lead me to become more inspired about creating videos and start posting my own work on the internet via YouTube, and creating short films that were not part of my school work just for my personal enjoyment. This is what motivates me to become successful in the film and television industry such as becoming a professional editor, director, or cameraman.
Through my experience of filmmaking in school, I have gained a lot of knowledge, learning how much there is to think about with every shot; from continuity, to mise en scene, and the technical skills needed for editing. I have experienced the frustrating re-takes and the relief of a finished scene, as well as the interesting decisions the director and other members of the crew make. My technological knowledge which I have mostly gained from studying Media Studies at GCSE and BTEC include: Adobe Flash for animating, PowerDirector 12 for editing, and Photoshop. I am always developing, learning and improving my skills from pre-production, right through to the post-production process. Furthermore, I am known to be the best editor in my year group, this status has attracted the attention of some teachers and have asked me personally to help them create a video for them and their class, for example my head of 6th form asked me to film his students and edit the video together for their Citizenship lesson, the video was a charity video for Water Aid.
During the summer of 2014 I participated in NCS: The Challenge, this was a 3 week programme on getting teenagers aged 15-17 to participate in various activities and learn valuable skills in life such as public speaking, team work, communication skills, community service and making new friends with people you wouldn’t normally talk to. As part of NCS, we were challenged to raise money for a dance and arts studio for teenagers and people with disabilities called One Love Studios based in Birmingham. We did a sponsored walk and I managed to raise £23 and walk 8 miles around Edgbaston Reservoir. One of my hobbies include football, I am very passionate about it, I love playing for my team: Kingshurst FC Disability team, which is a team that only allows players who have disabilities, this is great as it allows people to still participate in the sport and not get outclassed by more abled players. Football also allows me to gain important skills such as teamwork and communication. I also love watching it and my favourite team is FC Barcelona, my favourite player in particular is Lionel Messi, I love watching him play and it motivates me to train harder and become a much better footballer. Another one of my hobbies includes gaming; I love playing computer games as they’re really fun, I also believe that it can improve certain parts of your brain such as reaction times, tactical decisions, and give you knowledge that might be needed in real life.
I think I would be the perfect candidate for this course and university; I’m hardworking, independent, and great at working in a team. I feel that I will learn a lot of useful skills from this course such as making important technical decisions, new techniques I can use while editing.
My personal statement for a media course at university.