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Week 6

Social Media & My Career

As an aspiring producer and documentarian, it is important to showcase my work and get feed back. Social media is a perfect outlet for that and one of the best ways to kick-start my carrier without spending money on advertising or traveling.Unknown-4

Starting my website is the start or the gateway to my social media. It will be the platform for where I can share the various types of work I have made and a point of contact for work. Social media, for example Facebook or Instagram, can help spread my art form and get some extra work on the way.

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The works that I would be putting up will be more incline on social issues. This will include blogs, pictures and videos, documentaries or short films, that is currently taking place in our society. Other projects like music videos or films that I have worked on will be included in a separate page. By doing this, I focus my viewers on my real passion and at the same time I give potential employers a glance into my psyche before they view my other works. This can be good or bad depending on how the employers but Its still good for me. The people that I will be fortunate enough to work with will have a similar understanding and comprehension of what I do, thus making the collaboration smooth.

 

Week 5

Inclusive Design

Living in growing multicultural society, Australia has created so many opportunities for living, yet there still is a marked discrimination of between people of the work place and social projects. Whether its gender, race, religion, age, to name a few, proper work ethics and passion is what I would be looking for in my production team. I would ideally want a team mix of both genders, with a range of passionate individuals.

The clear margin that there more male than females in the film industry is a fact.

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Contrary to this, there has been no solid evidence that women are marginalised or discriminated in Australia due to their gender (Novak, 2015). Sexism, though not as obvious in the West when compared to in Asia and Africa (Fisher, 2012), but this is not the cause here!1425986033931

(The Sydney Morning Herald, 2015)

 

The choice everyone makes is what dictates these facts. For example, there more women in the Veterinarian medicine and biology compered to man simply because they choose those forms of subjects (AVfM, 2016).  Films schools have equal gender graduates but in the past five years, 90% of women directors have had female producers (Maslin ,2015). Maybe people find it easier working with people of the same gender as there is less tension or perhaps there has not been any programs and strategies to get both genders to work as director and producer together. Both genders have to come together to change this mindset of an all single gender production and use each others strengths for the benefits. If film schools could adapt this concept, we could see a big sway of the gender scale back into balance in the near future.

Reference

 

AVfM, 2016 March 8th. Sample from Top Three Lies of Feminism by Milo Yiannopoulos retrieved from http://www.avoiceformen.com/feminism/feminist-lies-feminism/top-three-lies-of-feminism-milo-yiannopoulos/

 

Fisher, M. 2012 April 25th. “The Real Root of sexism in the Middle East( Its not Islam, Race or Hate)”. The Atlantic. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/04/the-real-roots-of-sexism-in-the-middle-east-its-not-islam-race-or-hate/256362/

 

Maslin, S. 2015 December 2nd “We’re right to make a scene about gender equity in the Australian screen industry”. Keynote at RMIT.  retrieved from http://theconversation.com/were-right-to-make-a-scene-about-gender-equity-in-the-australian-screen-industry-51728

 

Novak, M 2015 March 9th. “Pay Gap due to women’s choices, not gender bias”. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/comment/pay-gap-due-to-womens-choices-not-gender-bias-20150307-13y5bl.html

WEEK 2

MY ART & MY INCOME

Its difficult to understand what the media and politicians say about how torn apart the world is at the moment. Wars have been fought before but yet our so called heads of state never learn from the past or do they? People helping people yet why do we only see the violence when scrolling through our smart phones? Can everyone actually live together? What creates social stigma? That is my art!

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My art is to try and understand these stigmas and break it up using the power of film. i want to show how diverse the planet has become and the common ground that all of us as human  share. Least to say, this is not a money making idea nor a permanent income source. Working part-time jobs  now helps me get by but ultimately i would like to have a steady income source. With the talents I posses, i can still produce quality films and and at the same time work, whether a production company or freelance work, to fund myself in my endeavour to make my art.

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Currently, I’m doing my best to get more experience by working on short films and music videos. Some have been paid and some not, but its a start!

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WEEK 3

Copyrights & Contracts

 

This week’s topic was certainly an important one. My knowledge on on “Copyrights and Contracts” and how it works has been significantly improve after much discussion in class. The importance on knowing on how to protect your work and at the same time the boundaries of replicating someone else’s work is paramount in this industry. The first person to make or create something owns the copyright.

But does he or she own it for life?

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This ownership, has a fixed duration time under The Australia-US Free Trade Agreement(AUFSTA)(National Library of Australia, n.d.), which in film is 70 years after the end of the calendar year it was first published. . In film, the producer or the person who given money for the film to be made owns the copyright. However, through copyright licensing, we still use their works with a license granted by the copyright owner, the producers, or through collecting societies.

As a freelancer, its important for me to understand how this process works. It is clear that I am the owner of anything I create despite getting paid or commissioned by another person. Nonetheless, it always beneficial to have a contract to layout an agreement. With a contract, all parties taking part should have no misunderstandings. Even with this, there are still instances where movies like “The Hangover Part 2” (2009) (Gambino, 2011) or “Chuck and Larry” (2007) have been sued for stealing of ideas and concepts. These situations can’t be avoided sometimes but is also an important lesson to all to document their work thoroughly and draw out clear contracts to avoid any complications.

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Reference

Gambino,M. 2011, June 21. Ten Famous Intellectual Property Disputes. Smithsonian Mag Retrieved from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ten-famous-intellectual-property-disputes-18521880/?no-ist

National Library of Australia, n.d. Retrieved from https://www.nla.gov.au/how-long-does-copyright-last

WEEK 4

Secret Interview Techniques

 

I have had a few interviews, from  face to face interviews to a phone call interview.  Most of them were about getting into educational institution, which to some extent is almost like a job interview. Todays lecture notes were on secret technique interviews.

No one can actually be a hundred percent ready for interview but its always best to plan ahead as todays discussion tells us!

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Research, passion and dedication are some of the many things employers look at when it comes to hiring. The one thing that caught my eye was the secret questions or sneaky questions of the employers. Using certain animals or objects or situations to describe oneself subconsciously is quite common in almost any type of job interview. Paying attention during the interview and being specific in answers sets a strong impression in the employer.

Like many, getting interview nerves (Kermode, 2014) is scary, especially for me in that first five minutes. The waiting can also be very scary but it is essential to stay positive Maybe recite the whole of the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme out loud, providing you’re alone or breathing exercises! This article below can help loads in beating those nerves:

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/10-quirky-tips-beating-interview-nerves-job

 

Last but not least, asking a question when its time is another great tip. It gives the sense of interest while setting up a relationship with the employer. These tips are really helpful in preparing for an interview. It will me to create a better opportunity to ensure my next employment.

Reference

 

Kermode,R. 2014, May 27th . Cheeky tips: 10 weird ways to beat interview nerves. The Guardian Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/10-quirky-tips-beating-interview-nerves-job

 

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