University Post Grad Week 1

I have always been a technical and creative person but professionally getting the right set of skills to push my career forward has sometimes been difficult. In a creative industry such as television when I was starting out I had to take whatever position I could get. I ended up editing news and current affairs. I had always dreamed of a far more creative endeavor such as drama ,but news was where I ended up. It then became apparent a couple of years ago that the standalone news editors role was starting to die. The broadcasters were employing systems to enable Journalists to edit there own stories .

As this was becoming more obvious to me, I started to look at ways of moving beyond my news room experience . What I found was that I had some very specific skill shortages , that would hamper my career growth. One such deficit was in motion graphics namely After Effects and design skills utilising Photoshop.

The role of the video editor has changed dramatically in broadcasting , now you are expected to be the editor have the ability to design and implement moving graphics and to have a multi disciplined approach to your media production duties. The editor is no longer just the editor.

So fast forward to the last week, I have started university doing my post grad in multimedia. It has been a very enlightening week. Why?  for one After Effects isn’t nearly as intimidating as I first thought. It is all built upon key framing , this is something I have done across many different software packages. It feels somewhat familiar to me ,in the way it works. When I worked in London at Bloomberg we edited all our material in Premiere which is the sister application of After Effects . I frequently had to keyframe effects in Premiere which is most likely why After Effects feels less intimidating. Here is an example of an early effects exercise I did.

What I am most looking forward to is bringing my video, photography and love of design together to start bridging over into this exciting new media world. My ultimate aim is to take this further and go onto study 3d animation. My ultimate aim is to design video, effects and edit for film television and online. To be as diverse as possible and to exit the sausage factory I have been involved with these past few years.

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