Tom Allen

If at first you don't succeed, edit out your failures.


Unit 11: Progression

Evaluation of Portfolios


  • Easy to use
  • Accessible
  • Lots of customization
  • Blogs feel similar to one another.
  • Easy to use
  • Highly accessible
  • Easy to upload photos
  • Hard to upload huge blocks of text
  • not much design freedom
  • Easy to use
  • Accessible
  • Easy to upload photos
  • Hard to upload blocks of text
  • not much design freedom
  • Easy to use
  • Accessible
  • rather bland
  • strange organisation system.

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WordPress –

As shown above it is rather simple to display images of varying size together in wordpress however the images are still rather large and don’t show many all together.

Rating – 3/5

Screen Shot 2017-03-03 at 13.44.14.pngFacebook –

Facebook is interesting as it’s organisation is rather bland and hard to edit, the fact that all pictures a put together in one slideshow is good however.

Rating 2/5

Conclusion –

Judging from my two selected prospects I have chosen to put my portfolio on wordpress as I am used to the software and able to upload blocks of text alongside the artwork.


Unit 11 – post 2 – 11:1.1, 11:1.2



State the subject of your fact file. What is it about? (TV? Film? Special effects? )

Background – has the traditional role has it changed?

I intend to write this document on the career of being a video editor. The job has changed quite drastically over the last decade as technology improved. It is easier to learn how to edit nowadays as the software is more readily available however this has made the career much more competitive. In the beginning of film industry editors cut apart reels of film and glued them together while nowadays people edit completely digitally.

Two examples of major companies within this industry with some background to the companies


Paramount Pictures: Holywood-based, founded on May 8th 1912 (as Famous Players Film Company), Founders: W.W. Hodkinson, Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky, Top 5 highest reviewed films; The Godfather, Forrest Gump, Interstellar, Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the lost Ark.

Universal Pictures: , founded on April 30th 1912 (as Universal Film Manufacturing Company), Founders: Carl Laemmle, Pat Powers, David Horsley, William Swanson, Mark Dintenfass, Charles Baumann, Robert H. Cochrane, Adam Kessel, Jules Brulatour, Top 5 highest reviewed films; Schindler’s List, Back to the Future, A Beautiful Mind, Jurassic Park, The Bourne Ultimatum.

Description of the role

Job description & skills required

Working pattern

Qualifications / training required

As a video editor I would be required to assemble the footage and audio from my employers and chop it together into a final product,


·             Experience with video editing software

·             IT skills

·             Patience and concentration

·             Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines

Job ad

Example of a job advertisement for

Your chosen job.

While I wrote my fact file on being a video editor, through searching for jobs in the industry I have decided on becoming a concept artist instead.


Skills audit

Which skills do you have for this job?

Which skills do you need for this job?

Skills I have –

·             Vivid imagination

·             Sketching skills

·             Able to stick to a brief


Skills I need to learn –

·             3D modelling

·             Drawing in Photoshop or other


My Personal action Plan


Career choice (s)


My target grade for the UAL course


My course choices


Work experience

I intend to get a job within either the videogame or film industry. I hope to work as either a concept artist within the game industry or an editor within the film industry.


My target grade for this UAL course is at least merit as I feel a pass wouldn’t get me very far with the competitive markets of now. To secure this grade I will focus on completing all work to the best of my ability and on time.


For work experience it gets rather uncertain however I will attempt to get a work experience within a film or game studio as an intern with which I will look into improving my art style and design.


Mock Interview – Post 3

This post will be discussing the feedback from my mock interview for the position of a concept artist.

The first bit of feedback that I received was to bring a pen and a pad of lined paper to take notes. This is so I can write down any important info such as phone numbers, emails or websites. The notepad also also looks more professional.

The second piece of feedback was to edit the layout of my C.V. putting the majority of information on the first page to improve its readability. This would improve it by allowing readers to easily see the most recent and most important work that I have done.

A positive thing that my interviewer said was that I had brought physical copies of my portfolio which they said was important because, “You’ll never know what they have and don’t have in the room…”

Another positive thing my interviewer said was that I spoke with conviction and confidence. This is important for if I tried to explain something to a potential employer without my full attention I would come across as if I didn’t care about what I was applying for.

Unit 11 – Post 1 – 11:1.1, 11:1.2

U11 Ass1 Task 1    The TV, Film and Special Effects Industry – General

Technology used by Professionals in TV and Film Equipment and software – give examples

Professionals within the TV and Film industry use a variety of editing software including Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects & Sony Vegas. These programs allow editors to cut apart audio and video to create the product.
They also use equipment such as cameras and Marantz kits to record the footage they edit, other equipment also includes lights, green screens and sets. These allow the professionals to create environments that would be costly to make otherwise.

Laws and ethics relating to the TV and Film industry


Look at an example of what kind of contend determines the age rating.

BBFC – The BBFC is the British Board of Film Classification that deals with what age group a film would fall under. Things that the BBFC look at when deciding a films ratings are; Discrimination, Drugs, Imitable behaviour, Language, Nudity, Sex, Threat, Violence. These things are judged on their message and context, for instance in relation to drug use, a U rated film can have, “References to illegal drugs or drug misuse must be infrequent and innocuous, or have a clear educational purpose or anti-drug message suitable for young children.” While a 15 rated film can have, “Drug taking may be shown but the work as a whole must not promote or encourage drug misuse (for example, through instructional detail). The misuse of easily accessible and highly dangerous substances (for example, aerosols or solvents) is unlikely to be acceptable.” This difference is what defines what films are rated in order to protect younger viewers.

Watershed – 9pm – The Watershed is point of time, determined by the local government, after witch programs with adult content are allowed to be broadcast. Adult content refers to themes such as, Graphic violence, horror, strong language, nudity, sexual intercourse, gambling and drug use, however there are more things that could get a show to be broadcasted after the Watershed.

General Skills required by TV and Film professionals Director – Excellent organisational and planning skills, the ability to make decisions quickly, leadership and motivational skills.
Producer – Creativity and vision, presentation and negotiation skills, leadership and management skills, planning and organisational skills, financial skills and the ability to work to a budget.
Sound engineer – Good hearing, good sense of pitch, timing and rhythm, a knowledge of electronics and acoustics, practical skills, patience, the ability to cope with long hours and tight deadlines.
Editor – Good sense of timing and visual awareness, a mixture of practical and creative skills, a high level of attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines, patience and concentration, IT skills.
Set designer – Creativity and imagination, strong practical skills like drawing and 3d model making, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, research skills.
Scriptwriter – Excellent writing ability, creativity and imagination, storytelling skills and an understanding of dramatic structure, a willingness to accept criticism and rejection of your work, good presentation and networking skills, creativity.
Qualifications and experience requirements to become a professional in TV and film.




Director – Need experience of working in tv or film and an in-depth understanding of the production process, could start out with camera or lighting work and building up your experience over several years.
Producer – Experience in both the creative and business sides of film or programme making, an in-depth understanding of the production process, a network of contacts in the industry.
Sound engineer – Need a good knowledge of music and recording technology, taken a music technology course at college or university, starting as a runner or an assistant in a recording studio, worked on community music events, DJ projects, hospital or community radio, or mixing and recording music in a home studio.
Editor – Experience with editing software, have done paid or unpaid work experience at a production company or edit suite, create and edit student charitable or community film productions, move into video editing from an entry level role like TV production runner.
Set designer – Usually need a HND or degree in a relevant subject, like architecture, fine art, interior design or 3D design, could start as a designer’s assistant, art department trainee or a runner in film or TV and work your way up.
Scriptwriter – Creative writing and scriptwriting, experience in journalism, advertising copywriting, come up with own screenplays and ideas, and trying to sell them to agents and producers, screenwriting competitions.
Where would a TV and film job be advertised? Online –

Social media forums

Company websites

Job fairs locally or international.


Gallery of own work


I have a passion to draw and make digital art and I also use more conventional tools such as; pens and pencils.

Lately I’ve taken to making edits of old cartoons to express myself a little more. I find these edits quite relaxing to make as they give me a chance to think about how I want designs to come out before rather than as I’m drawing or modeling.

Personal Statement

I am Thomas Allen, a seventeen year old with hopes of becoming a concept artist. I am interested in becoming this as I love creativity and I believe that I have many ideas to make videos or games with. If I could not make it in the film / game industry I would most likely take a course in graphic design as I wish to do something creative for a living.

My hobbies include; Drawing, playing the guitar, reading and playing video games. I also enjoy watching films and often make mental notes on how to either improve or recreate a scene. I find that my favourite genres are; Post-apocalyptic, sci-fi & fantasy, however I also enjoy a good action film every now and again.

My skills include a vivid imagination, an eye for detail & a wide range of knowledge, which has allowed me to create character designs for genre pieces. I am also an avid artist and take pride in the pieces I produce. For example, I recently entered a competition to design an urban samurai.

I see myself as a perfectionist when it comes to art and try to understand why a character does what they do before I design them. I am inventive with my designs and take pride in the detail that develop them.

To put it simply, I am a young, open-minded individual with aspirations of working in a wonderful and creative industry.


Thomas Allen

Contact Details:

Address: 13 Brighton Terrace Rd


Mobile Number: 7415 626678

Personal statement

I believe that I have developed a vivid imagination throughout my years as shown by my many character designs in my portfolio. I believe that I have also gained a good eye for detail as I can be quite pedantic when it comes to my designs. As for team efforts I’ll say I’m rather good at taking orders but I struggle to be a leader due to social anxiety.

Skills Summary

Professional Skills

I believe that I am quite proficient with Photoshop, Premier Pro & After Effects.

I am also adept with social media such as Facebook, Twitter & Youtube as well as able to create websites with WordPress.


Sheffield College 2015 (September) – Present

The Sheffield College; UAL Level 3 – Extended diploma in creative media

In the final semester of the first year I developed a product for my final major project. I developed an animated short story using traditional hand drawn images. I showed an understanding of subject context, carried out thorough research which assisted my production skills.
In the second year I am involved in developing my proof of concept into a fully working product. This requires me to show an understanding of subject context, be able to independently carry out research and interpret this information to support and develop my ideas.



King Edwards VII 2010 – 2015 (July)

GCSE English Language = D (Currently retaking)
GCSE English Literature = C
GCSE Maths = B
GCSE Science = C
GCSE Further Science = B
GCSE Graphic Products = C

Work experience

Date: 1/5/14 – 1/7/14

  • Work Experience
  • Pavilion
  • Location: Sheffield
  • Position held = Junior Sales assistant

Description of duties

  • Cash handling
  • Customer service
  • Conditioning of flowers
  • Housekeeping
  • Plant care
  • Assisting senior staff members

About Pavilion

Leading, high- end, independent floral design business specializing in the creation of luxury, bespoke floral designs for both retail & corporate clients.

Previous employment

Date: 20/9/16 – 28/1/17

  • Paid employment
  • Kelham Arcade
  • Location: Sheffield – 92 Burton Road, Kelham Island, S3 8BX
  • Position held = Junior sales assistant

Description of duties

  • Customer service
  • Housekeeping
  • Assisting senior staff members
  • Coming up with promotional ideas


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