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Cory Radford

Media Production BA(Hons)

Reflections and Portfolio link.

Reflecting on different ways to show myself through an online portfolio is something that is difficult, obviously I like my own portfolio and the way that I have set it out. I have purposely stayed clear of the ‘showreel’ as I feel it is a cliche, however, looking back now I feel potentially that I should have created something, just to give the introduction to my portfolio that added ‘WOW’ factor.

On the other hand I am pleased with how it has all panned out, I have had positive feedback from both professionals and peers, this is why I am happy to use the website as my portfolio, to show potential employers what they can expect from me.

My finished portfolio can be found through this link:

http://coryradford.wix.com/creativemedia

or through this QR code which will now feature on all my business cards:

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This is allow people to access the site quickly and easily from mobile devices, it also makes me stand out slightly and keeps me in the 21st century.

Creating my online portfolio…

All the talk is about creating a showreel, this is something I wanted to avoid at every cost. I feel a showreel does display some skills in a sense of editing and filming but it only shows (obviously) what the person who makes the showreel considers to be their best bits.

Considering the fact that I want to focus more on graphic design and photography I did not feel that this type of portfolio would suit me, due to this I have created a website in which the majority of my work is available to be viewed, I have shown people what I am capable of doing as well as showing them the work that I am interested in (graphic design).

This website took some construction, I have created an entire functioning site which allows potential employers to see whatever they need to see to have the faith they need to employ me.

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I obviously have an about page as it is after all, about me. This page lets the portfolio have a depth to it, allowing people to see that I am not just someone who wants to get the job done but someone who has pride in what they do as well as a sense of making it personal.

My main portfolio page is this:

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This allows people to see a vast array of my work and when clicking on the image it takes them to a new page to view the work in more depth, this way people can sort out exactly what they want rather than being treated as a passive audience and forced to watch a showreel which is ten to the dozen. This type of layout also allows me to keep my portfolio up to date, uploading new work as and when I complete it.

Here is an example of how the pages look once clicked on:

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Overall I am pleased with how my portfolio looks and works, it is similar to that of a few of my professional contacts, which is of course a good thing as they are fully established people within the industry.

Living With Meningitis

Below are both the links for my EPK and also the overall website for L.W.M

 

Website:
http://coryradford.wix.com/livingwithmeningitis

EPK:
http://coryradford.wix.com/livingwithmeningitis#!electronic-press-kit/l46kn

 

Reading List

Below a link to view some of my reading for my FMP can be found.

Reading List

Reflection – Living With Meningitis.

May 6th. The day that I can finally show the world Living With Meningitis. It’s safe to say that the last three years has been leading up to this, making it perhaps the most important day of my life to date.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, there has been plenty of ups and just as many downs. There has been a number of occasions where I have been close to the brink of just packing it all in, calling it a day and cutting my loses. However, I didn’t, and now I am days away from releasing my first (at least I class it as my first) professional, substantial, piece of work.

The process, as is probably obvious, has been long. I worked alone in creating Living With Meningitis right from the first sketches of the logo, all the way through filming and editing. This, is the first thing I think I would change if I was able to start again and have a ‘do-over’. I underestimated the work load, and my initial thoughts about having more than enough time were proven to be wrong. Now knowing the true amount of work and effort it takes to make a professional piece of media I would have joined ranks with someone who could have brought something extra to the table. My skills lie heavily within the graphics side of things and I have some skills with a camera; editing however, it’s something I’ve done in the past but it’s not my strongest area and this slowed down my overall process quite a lot.

This being said, I did account for my slight lack of knowledge in this area, and I left plenty of time to edit. The final piece is now done, a day to go before release. I have shown it to a select few, family and friends, to gain their views to see if there are some any areas that needed changing… There was a few, these comments were taken on board and changes have been made. This is another reason I feel that working with someone else would have been beneficial. It would have given me someone to bounce idea off, someone to look at the work at a slightly different angle. Its safe to conclude that I would work within a team if I could do this project again.

Looking back I have enjoyed the production process, I have been able to create logos, DVD covers, professional posters, I have started my own online presence (professionally) now running an Instagram Page, Facebook and Twitter. I invested in an iPad Pro, this has helped the production no ends – Allowing me to storyboard digitally, making amendments where and when they are needed. I have used it to help create the advertising pack and also to promote Living With Meningitis on social media. This is the main aspect I am proud of, I feel it has ran smoothly and my work is of a professional standard, I have an an entire portfolio of advertisements for the production – suitable for any occasion.

Back to the editing process, I initially started off using Adobe Premier Pro, its the software of Adobe’s that I am least custom to (having Adobe credited qualifications in both Photoshop and DreamWeaver) I tested the waters with Premier Pro for a few weeks, making little progress – due to this I switched tactics and used Final Cut Pro. This allowed me to feel more at ease with editing because it was familiar ground. Once I started using this software the editing side became more relaxed (and enjoyable), meaning I was able to create an overall better piece. If I was able to redo the Documentary I would easily skip the two weeks of messing on Premier Pro and dive straight into Final Cut Pro!

Now that the whole piece is coming to an end I can look back and say that I am truly proud of what I have created. Its incredibly personal to myself, but I feel it will do the job that I want it to. That job is to raise awareness around a disease which is often just shrugged off as a common cold/flu. As the documentary will explain and demonstrate Meningitis doesn’t just have two outcomes of death or survive, it has many different in between scenarios. I want the documentary to scare people (in a way) to create a buzz around Meningitis, I want it to scare people into taking proper and right action to see that children are given the fighting chance they deserve.

Overall I am happy with the entire process from start to finish, I was lucky enough to be supported by Meningitis Now, and again lucky enough not to experience any major problems along the way. As previously mentioned the main thing I would change is working in a team/with someone else, simply to spread the load and in turn help create a more polished documentary.

 

Story of my life.

Although, traditionally/ideally I would have created a script for Living With Meningitis, I found that it would have been rather hard to do so due to the fact that I would be meeting with people for the first time and filming them. Prior to my arrival I had not met anyone, nor did I even know who I was going to be meeting. This isn’t because of a lack of communication or organisation, this is because I wanted everything that was going to be said to be as natural as possible.

However, once the filming was completed I was able to create a storyboard, piecing together all of my ideas as well as the footage I now had. The storyboard has been an ongoing thing, creating bits and then adding more to them as the story evolved. As you may be aware if you have seen my previous posts. Meningitis hit headlines thanks to a massive petition. This obviously added fuel to my fire and changed the way my documentary was going to work slightly, in turn, resulting in a change to the storyboard.

Below is the finalised storyboards used to help me piece together Living With Meningitis.

 

Lights, Camera, Action

After getting close to making the final rough cut and pressing on to the finished product, it was clear I needed a few more shots, ones that would tie in perfectly with the already existing nature shots.

I took the Lumix G7 and headed out, finding a beautiful park in the middle of literally nowhere. Below are a few stills from the shots, allowing them to be compared to the originals which were taken on the days of ‘official’ shooting.

By using the G7 I have managed to get the most from images which only contain natural movement and the same slight (intentional) off balance of the steadicam. Using 4k and focus to get a real depth to the images making them interesting and also beautiful.

L.W.M – Progress.

During the planning of Living With Meningitis, way before the filming and editing even started the main ambition was to make more people aware of the massive impact it can have if not treated quickly, this meant that I wanted to include all of the symptoms, ways to catch it and also the effects it can have through personal stories of those who have been in close contact with Meningitis.

Throughout the process of filming and the initial part of editing this was still the aim, as, (after doing some research) I found that not many people were 100% sure what Meningitis was, nor did they know the true effects it could have.

However, as you may be aware, Meningitis has now been in the news… A LOT! Ex-England Rugby Captain and World Cup Winner, Matt Dawson sparked a tidal wave of media attention around Meningitis after his Son was diagnosed with the disease leaving him fighting for his life in hospital.

He took to twitter using his social media following to show people the horrible effects of Meningitis as his son Sammi lay in a hospital bed. Dawson described it as ‘two weeks of hell’ whilst himself and his wife were in limbo over their sons future.

He began posting pictures (seen below)
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and started the ‘hashtag’ #vaccinateNOW. This was started because the Men B vaccination became available as of 1st September 2015 for all newborn children and because of limited funding this would only be rolled back 2-4 months prior to the date of becoming available. This, in turn, meant that Matt Dawson’s son missed out on the vaccination by around about 6 months, much like many other children who has suffered with Meningitis over the last ¬†year and a half.

From this, Meningitis Now started to gain more momentum, and backed by the massive presence of the media people started to become more aware of when this terrible disease can do. A petition was started and was backed by thousands, it became more popular when 2 year old Faye was taken to hospital with the disease and died two days later, all covered by the media. Eventually the petition which had the aim of allowing all children up to 11 have the vaccination had gained a massive 800,000 signatures and is the fastest petition in history to gain that many supporters.

Obviously, this could not go unnoticed and the matter was taken to parliament, the house of commons/lords to be debated. (I had tried to gain access to these events to cover them and include them in the Documentary but this was not granted, however I am able to use the footage captured by the news due to the fair use policy). After days/weeks of deliberation it has been decided NOT to roll the vaccination out to all of those up to the age of 11 – making thousands of people rise up and speak again on social media and in the news.

Although this is not the outcome that many wanted, it has made a difference in a sense that many more people now know what Meningitis is and how very serious it is. This has had an effect of how my documentary was to end. I wanted to finish it with a personal story which would have potentially left some with a lump in their throat and a tear in the eye. However, because more people are now aware of the illness, I feel that this ending would not have the desired effect.

Due to this, I plan on now making the ending revolve around the way it has been in the news and also been in Parliament, using the stock footage and the news footage through the fair use policy, and utilising on screen narration (rather than a voiceover) I want to show people what just one voice can spark, and if we all stand united we have a much better chance of creating a world where Meningitis is less of a worry and far less serious.

Meningitis and Nature?

As you may be aware by now Meningitis is a serious illness which can result in death. With in my documentary I am using various shots of nature, all of which contain bright colours and the natural movements of plants, trees etc in the wind. These shots are taken with a steady cam, making them fluid. However, there is a slight off setting to the steady cam to create an intentional ‘wobble’. This is to mimic the natural movements of the world, and creates a different viewing experience for the audience, in some ways I feel it makes it much more personal and immersive.

The question is why and how can nature link to Meningitis in any possible way? Well, hopefully, that what I am going to explain and justify in this post. During filming with the HQ team of Meningitis Now, I learnt a lot more about an illness that almost tore my family apart. Although I knew the basics, there was so much more to it that I had never even thought of.

Nature carries so many connotations, its fresh, pure, innocent and bright. Meningitis is exactly the opposite, but, it is most common in children aged up to five years of age. These children are pure, innocent, and they all have the potential for bright futures. By using shots of nature, vivid colours and blue sky’s I plan on representing all those children who have lost their lives to Meningitis. They are now part of this nature, especially since the majority of the footage is captured in the memorial garden of Meningitis Now.

At first I has reservations about using nature along side such a hard subject. But I think its worked out for the best. The way that the dark side of Meningitis is portrayed is juxtaposed by the bright and vivid colours of nature, making one and other stand out and work harmoniously together.

Through using this odd partnership I am leaving my Documentary open to the reception theory. I am hoping on audiences watching and all hopefully having their own opinion on Meningitis and also on why the nature was partnered with it. I don’t want to create a generic effect, the whole point of the documentary is to raise awareness of meningitis and to also get people talking among themselves. The more of a reaction we can get from this, the bigger success it has been (in my eyes anyway).

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