Category Archives: OUDF 602 PPP

We have Behance already

Klunk Creative on Behance

Greg’s just informed us that we already have a comunal Klunk Behance that we can link our LinkedIn accounts too, and more importantly add our new showreels also.


Printed Business Cards


The shadow doesn’t make the serrated edges look good in this picture; however in real life they look very slick. Limited run and hand made. Costing £1.50 for 9 double sided cards was pretty sweet so the plan is to get on with some more next week.

Me Showreel

I wasn’t looking forward to this endeavour, but now its done Im feeling quite proud. Very odd to see an accumulation of 2.5 years worth of work in one, short segment. I would be happy to send this off as required for an Ma degree, but may get some feedback first to see if Ive missed anything.

Final Graphic Design Tweeks

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Above is the final designs for the business cards. there is a design for the back, but I was thinking of printing the same design backwards to give a strange effect. Cheap, easy and bit different. The idea is to do a limited press of them until we have had a sit down with Greg to discuss our future plans past uni. We decide to invert the color in order to get a better result with the end hand made product.

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Above is the new and improved C.V.. I need Greg to have a look tomorrow eve on his return. The font is too small and squeezed into the bottom right. It also has more private details on the top  which have been cut off, leaving the overall un-cropped document looking un-balanced, with too big a blank space on the left. Im sure Greg can sort it easily in 10 minutes. All the graphic design on both business cards and CV was produced By Greg Hardy. I submitted the relevant information and input on their design and layout.

Last 24hr check list

Todoist 22:05


The last 24hrs of available work time before final work is submitted. Feels strange.




Like all these accounts, I’ve only just set them up a few hours ago. Ive got the basics down with all of them, but they still all need profiles completing to 100%; some more than others. oDesk is one where I fully understand it all but need to spend a bit of time sorting it. Theres a test and quiz’s you have to take that are time consuming.

Out of all the new services Ive signed up to today, oDesk seems like the most useful in terms of actually getting work, the premise seems inviting and something I could get into.

The idea is that Danny, Michael and I all connect on this and start up a new agency?????


Billy Clay   Film Producer   Freelancer  United Kingdom   oDesk


Wiki :- oDesk is a global job marketplace with a series of tools targeted at businesses that intend to hire and manage remote workers. Based in redwood City, CA, oDesk was founded in 2005 by entrepreneurs Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis.

Online work industry??? Wiki also states…

Staffing Industry Analysts puts oDesk into a category of fast-growing staffing businesses that it refers to as “online staffing” platforms:

Online Staffing — A type of Talent Exchange consisting of an online platform where contingent workers, contractors, freelancers can offer their skills and services for limited projects or even on-going assignments and where organizations and individuals can post their requirements or put tasks/projects out to bid.” 

Staffing Industry Analysts estimated that the total global market for “online staffing” was approximately $1B:

Fifteen years ago, this industry segment did not exist. But today (after an acceleration starting around 2007) it generates about $1B+ in global revenues, consists of over 50 firms, and is growing at high double-digit growth rates. Six major players account for about half of the total industry segment revenues in 2012, but it can be expected that future market/industry expansion will also be based on now-smaller or not-yet-formed players.” 

While there is awareness of the largest players in this segment (oDesk, Elance,, other players are developing often along evolutionary paths (e.g. Work Market, Workana, Onforce, NextCrew, et al).

In March 2013, Staffing Industry Analysts, projected that the “online staffing” segment would grow to $5B by 2018.

Online marketplaces often manage the payments and make money by charging membership fees and/or “marking up” on the billings of the contractors/freelancers. The mark-ups can range from 5 percent to 15 percent. In general, these mark-ups are significantly less than the mark-ups of traditional staffing firms, which usually—technically—enter into an employment relationship with their workers.



Ive not signed up yet because Im negotiating a joint business account with Danny Cooper, need to source the correct material and what not. Still it looks like its a worthwhile networking tool so I recon we’ll have one up and running in the next month.

Online Portfolios on Behance

Wiki :- The Behance Network is an online portfolio platform for creative professionals across multiple industries, including photography, graphic design, illustration, and fashion. Organizations such as the AIGA, adweek, and  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum have partnered with the Behance Network to create galleries of creative work. Behance powers online galleries for several art and design institutions, such as Art Center College of Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and School of Visual Arts (SVA). The company has also been vocal on the topic of crowd sourcing.

In July 2010, Behance announced a collaboration with LinkedIn to provide portfolio display capabilities on LinkedIn profiles.

In December 2012, Behance was acquired by Adobe.





Recommended by Michael Dale.

Creativepool connects people through the things they make and the work they share.

We pride ourselves on understanding what makes the creative community tick, and invest in the ongoing development of new and useful tools and features to help creative professionals create, inspire and connect.

Billy Clay a Film Producer in Dog Kennel Hill


My account is setup. Its very minimal and I honest don’t exactly know what it does. Ive done some research and found near to nothing explain how it really works. I have worked that you make pools, creative ones ; connecting you with other like minded creatives or employers. Im going to ask Mr Dale for more info on this one.



LinkedIn like Avatar


I did have one before, but never used it. Now is the time to start a fresh with some intention of actually using it. Ive made some connections and will make a load more over the next few days. LinkedIn gives you some sort ego boost with the beefed up digital CV vibe, its positive.

Your Profile   LinkedIn

Wiki :- LinkedIn (pron.: /ˌlɪŋkt.ˈɪn/) is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of January 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 200 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories.

How to make a good showreel


I have been gathering all my footage to make a showreel and thought before I put it all together I may aswell read up on what and what not to do. The below info sang home.

Best Material First
The person watching your showreel has waiting for an excuse to press STOP or FAST-FORWARD so your first set of images has to get them to sit-back and watch.

Forget building to a climax. Your first 30 seconds needs to be the best 10 seconds you have as it may be the only 10 seconds they watch.

Montages work well at the start of reels – immediate and quick visuals to signal a range of work and a reason to keep watching.

Tracking submissions
Log every showreel you send out and keep a database of Who What and When.

If you hand out a business card with your website on it make a note of Who and When.

When you update your showreel you’ll know who needs an updated version.

Be proactive about your career.  Time between gigs is not ‘down-time’, its time to work on your showreel, send out DVD’s and make some phone calls.

One size doesn’t fit all
Your showreel needs to not only show your skills but also how your skills match the particular jobs you’re after. No single showreel serves every need. It’s smart to have a bank of showreel items that you can flexibly swap in and out of a template.

Research the recipient of your showreel – producer, agency, production company, funding organization etc.. What are they looking for? Drama, doco, visuals, narrative, conservative or edgy? When you know the answer to some of these you’ll be able to select the best showreel assets you have that best match them and put them upfront.

This customizing of your showreel might be as simple as re-arranging the order of films or clips or it might be an entirely different showreel altogether. In either case  a showreel that knows who its audience is and plays to them will be far more effective.

Contact info
The single most important part of your showreel is your name and phone number!

Don’t hide it away or make people look for it. It should be clearly displayed on the DVD cover and on the main panel of the DVD menu.

Don’t put your phone number in the showreel video itself. If someone likes what they see in they will look on the cover or the DVD menu or the webpage for your number.

Short and sweet
Number 1 biggest mistake is a Showreel that’s too long. Have them want more rather than turn off early.

If your reel has a montage of clips to show cinematography or editing skills then 3-4mins is a good maximum length.

If the showreel is focused on Directing then you may want to also include whole short films to demonstrate narrative construction. But this should be in addition to a central showreel showing a range and you should stick to films that are short and sweet with perhaps trailers of longer works.

For Directors a montage of key scenes may also work well to convey your best work in the most efficient amount of time.

Resist the temptation to use your favourite song on your showreel. Using a well known popular song looks amateur.

If the viewer doesn’t share your taste in music then you may put them off before you get a chance to impress.

Very often viewers of your showreel will mute the soundtrack so its good to aim for a showreel that works without, and doesn’t rely too heavily on, music.

Online Video Quality
Encode your showreel for the best possible visual quality whilst maintaining as much playback and download efficiency as possible.

Because YouTube is so massively popular it sets the ‘lowest common denominator’ benchmark for what people expect from web-video. So you HAVE to look better than YouTube to be seen as more than ‘Amateur’.

Learn how to get the best out of compression technologies such as H.264. And balance visual quality with playback performance and download speed.

Personal photo
People often forget names but less often faces.

Put your face on the DVD cover and on your website.

A Showreel is a collection of parts from a variety of projects;  include a breakdown that details the productions that make up the showreel.

The breakdown can be printed on the cover or included as a sub-menu on the DVD.

A separate page with your CV and Showreel breakdown should be included on your website.

Your showreel is You.
People will read your Showreel as an extension of you.

Regardless of content a professionally presented showreel will make you look like a professional.

Sending a client to your Showreel on YouTube suggests you aren’t serious.

Sending a client to your own Website says you’re a professional with a vision.

More than just a video montage
Think of your Showreel video as one part of a bigger picture

Your Showreel ‘package’ is a collection of materials, not just a video clip reel.

CV’s, Storyboards,  Vision statement, Cover letter, Drawings and Artworks, Scripts,
Writing Samples, Essays – your Showreel video is just one part of the bigger picture.

The Video may get their attention but it might be the extra stuff that gets you over the line.

There’s still a place for DVD
Online is King, you MUST have a website, but the humble DVD is still important.

The DVD is physical, sits on a desk and feel substantial.

DVD has a ‘shelf-life’; it has the opportunity to passively hang-around as opposed to online showreels which need the viewer to be proactive and immediate.

Always have a showreel with you. You should be ready to drive people to your showreel and sell yourself anywhere anytime.

Get a business card. A simple, uncluttered way to put your Name, Contacts and Website into the hands of an important contact.

Encode your showreel for keeping and displaying on your mobile phone. It will always be with you and ready to show to anyone.

To Do List

ppp to do list


If my calculations are correct, once this relatively short list is completed that will be the last submitted work I will have towards this course.

Website and Branding


I am member of klunk. Theres three of us. We try and take on a range of media related jobs over the last few years we’ve acquired  quite a number. Greg on Graphics, Danny on Animation and myself on Film.

Here are our business card designs below. My role would now be Film Production.



Man like Michael Dale


Mr Dale has taken Danny and I under his wing a bit. Numerous video meetings, telephone calls and emails have produced a a like minded business relationship.

For Michael, someone who has succes behind them to take intrest in both myself and Danny as potential is amazing. He has suggested that we go under his company Ignite.

Michael is open to ideas and it could be that we start under a new name or possibly speak to Greg and see what his ideas are with Klunk.

New website recommendations 


It has been suggested that we create accounts for these websites… (a particular one that I need to start in regards to the new venture).

I will check these out and get back on with linkedin. No Facebook, bad for the soul.

The Result

Danny and I are happy with the result. More importantly so is Michael Dale. Its the intention to get Michael’s narration over the animation instead of my own; and some licensed music. This is to be completed upon my arrival to London in June.

Brief successful. Michael is so impressed with our work he wants us to come work for/with him on a new venture. What exactly? Were in the works of figuring that out now. I will blog into further detail…



A tad more streamlining and…

Our original idea was to make the animation with 3D and 2d assets, however after starting with 3D assets we realised quickly that it was going to take far too long in the open window we had to complete the project, so. We decided to go with a simpler text based animation. After showing some examples to Michael he was happy to give us the go ahead after we went through some of the core ideologies that Errand Boy focuses on. After another long brainstorming Skype video chat we came up with the final script…


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The original document is longer, too long for a blog post. All original docs will be found on my submitted PPP disk.

Errand Boy Animation

After few more emails and another long but productive video chat with Michael gave Danny and I gave a bigger insight into what exactly the Errand Boys wanted. The scribbles below are what notes I took during our meeting. later that evening we were working on some music and wine got knocked over them  😦  Can you decipher the Klunk code?..?

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Good job I typed most importnat of it up. After the original note, the document develops into our thought processes  and means of construction etc…

30 Second Animation – Errand Boy


A guy (symbol representing guy) as the main character; listed scenarios that clutter his day – Has to/Got to/Want to –


Something beautiful & honest


When your pleasing someone, your doing their thinking for them


Errand boy is not a service that lets people think less


Creating more space for people so that have more time to get on with what they used to do, live life and prosper.


Support and help, let people get on with their lives.


Letting people know that fucking up the end of the world – not shaming.


Giving people more time to be conscious  – creating more space for life


Space for the Wu to enter


Creating a window to be productive – giving richer life


All energies welcome


Life is changing all the time


Not putting down or shaming the person without the time to get stuff done..


Emphasizing that they’re here to help… Not being bullied into the service


Errand boy is the eye in the storm


We love you, know what you’re going through, we wanna help.


Fuck up’s happen to everyone, we wanna help out. Its ok to get help.



A guys wife leave him for the weekend with 2 kids. He’s been left with a massive to-do list. He’s flustered, and sweaty.


Even though he has kids and things to do the wife being away leaves potential for fun. i.e getting the lads round.


– Pick up the wifes dry cleaning

– Drop off bike

– Can’t get to the laundrette

– Can’t pick up pug from the dog salon

BUNNY – happy bunny & sad bunny – We could have a bunny meter in the top right of the screen. The Bunny’s face changes expression depending on the mood



A dude is walking through the park. He is walking his dog/rabbit (?). Its is a fine day. The sun is shining and everything is irie.


When a girl rides past on a bike it reminds him of an errand that he’s been putting off.


As his mood sinks bit by bit, the weather starts to get worse; the deeper his mood sinks, the gloomier the scene becomes.


He has plenty of other more important things to do. This gets him going. He starts thinking of the other pressing matters.


Go to the laundrette, pick up the dog food, order the tickets for his daughter etc.


This opens up a web of shit. Why is he is purchasing the tickets? Because its his daughters birthday…That means a cake too. Oh shit that means a present, what does she even like anymore?


Jobs begin to pop up around him, swirling round until they become a tornado spinning around him, its get faster and faster as more to-do’s and life issues swamp him.


Suddenly his nice day in the park has become a miserable, gloomy experience.

He is left lying on the floor, overwhelmed and confused. Hes been obliterated by everything he has to do.


Errand Boy come over and helps him from the ground. He gives him his hand, helping him up. As he stands up the weather converts back to its happy, sunny state.


The issues are no spinning around him, but in slo-mo. Errand boy stands with him and erases them out the sky by simply pointing at them.


Errand boy lets him know thats its ok, hes only human, that Its ok to ask for help.


All of his worries and chores, disappear, he is left with one he can actually do.


Errand boy bids him farewell and leaves him to walk the dog in the glorious sunshine. He is now a happy bunny.



Using a mixture of 2D and 3D assets made in Cinema 4D and Illustrator.

Production assets




Errand Boy






Weather assets?




Tufts of grass



Errand Boy Workings

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After the original brief as given to us, I started a creative relationship with Michael Dale (there will be a follow up blog on exactly who and what he does). We ended up emailing ideas constantly between ourselves and my Cousin Henry (business partners)…

Outlook  errand boy


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students.leeds ERRAND BOY EMAILS


After quite a bit of chat and discussion we ended up cutting down the intended run length and going for something shorter and punchier. This was down to a few factors, one of them being time frames and project scale. It became apparent very soon that by myself , on top of FMP and my dissertation that there was not enough time to make a full fledged 3-5 min video; especially one they would be happy with.

After talking to Danny we decided to make it into a Klunk Project. He hadn’t found anything appropriate and I was a bit of wits end with finding some middle ground with the Errand Boys. With Danny on board we had another video chat with Michael and managed to get ideologies across into what could be represented by animation. I felt a bit safer with Danny onboard and also knew that we could have some thing respectable over to them by the deadline.

PPP Brief

The info below is from a the original Errand Brief for myself to work from.

Errand Boy Video Brief


February 2013

Billy, as discussed,


We would like you to come up with and produce, from start to finish, a comedic, viral video for our new venture Errand Boy. You are welcome to, if not advised to work in a team, including as much help you need from my business partner Michael, whom you have already been emailing.




The short must be filled with great reactions. The footage must flow, yet be alive, it must connect with everyday life and people. We need to capture everyday, real, unexpected reactions.



2 – 5 minutes,


With the ability to cut down to an ordinary advert style piece.



Online and social



– Premise is to be set around a wedding day going horribly wrong. Groom forgets wedding dress, best man forgets/loses wedding ring etc. (story is open to ideas, as long as it applicable)


– Errand Boy Logo must be present, animated or on members of staff clothing, moped etc.


– An ending animation, explaining the service, possible cost, website, contact etc.


– The film should not hurt any religious sentiments, people of any colour, caste, or creed.




After working with Sam Hudson for a couple of weeks doing the script for my FMP, he mentioned that he had a stage show on at the Uni and needed help with the light and sound. I gave a bit of thought, he was helping me out my project so it was only fair to help him out; plus I may learn something along the way.

There was two separate jobs, sound and light. At first I was in charge both then later got Danny Cooper involved who just did sound, leaving me to the lighting. You can see in the image above that what we were doing was on the big mixing desks, bringing audio and lights in and out at the correct times. Danny and I were quite used to using desks like them previously in regards to sound setups so it wasn’t too hard.


We fluffed up in rehearsals a bit , but nailed it on the night. It was refreshing to do something slightly different but we also made some contacts too. It was hugely constructive to be doing this work whilst I was on the actors hunt for my FMP. We ended up using the manager from this show, Huw, as Allister in my short Higher Education.

Overall I’m very glad we did it.

Filming opportunities


After todays tutorial, My ‘showreel to be’ was a point of focus. I have a good bit of footage but can always do with some more. I need to get as much filmed as possible over the next few months leading up to and into May.

When I see other course tutors in regards to finding the last couple of crew members for my FMP I can get my foot in the door with offering my services for students or tutors over the next few months when things become a bit busier, things that need filming.



My first choice in masters would be Film making at Goldsmiths. The open day is the 27th of March and the admissions details are below…


MA in Filmmaking  Goldsmiths  University of London

Fluffed up…Kinda

BBC Careers   Job Advert


2 weeks ago the Production Talent Pool opened up for admissions. I was on it straight away doing all the questionnaires. The last four questions were quite tricky with up to 500 words for each answer. I had filled them out and was waiting for my mate sonia to have a loom at them this eve to see if my english was at its correctist (lol). I hadn’t really been able to look at properly over the last week as I was down in london.

So gone to look at it today and the application closing date was yesterday 😦

I was only really applying to this for the sake of it and see if they would accept me, kind of a back up, or possibly defer it for a year. I would be really punching myself if this scheme hadn’t started in May, as that is when Im finishing up Uni. I had already told myself that this scheme was not plausible because of that, so I dont feel too bad; but there’s a lesson to be learnt that will come in handy when applying for more serious masters degrees….



BVE 2013

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Managed to get a couple of the London crew to come BVE with me. Never been to an EXPO before  but seen many on TV and the internets, very exciting stuff. First off, I felt like a real filmaker. I had my little pass on with my name and company details. People displaying kit wanted to talk to me, everyone was in it for the love of filming and mad equipment. Even though me and my pals were more on the amateur side, we felt at home.

First off I did come across as a bit of a noob at points. People were asking me technical questions I simply didn’t have an answer to. This only happened twice, but it shouldn’t of happened at all. This is something I really need to work on. I need to know my 5D like the back of my hand. I dont want to be caught out with those types of questions in an interview.

SteadyCam gear is something I really need to research and look into. Full rigs for Big cameras  as well as smaller ones for my own DSLR. Theres an image above of one particular steady rig with a business card at the bottom of it, that also works as a monopod thats right up my street.

On a more fantastical level, the helicopter rigs were out of this world. On a More manageable level, pictures of the white one for the GoPro, is something attainable as we have a couple of go pros in the house. All the helis have also motivated me to try and get my brother on it. He has always been good with remote control anything. Hes just getting into film making and I can see him being a real G at heli filming.

Even though I want rid of all my Apple products asap, there were a few manufacturers including Rode and Manfrotto that had some really interesting add-ons for the iPhone. Pictured above is the Rode mic that clips onto the iPhone, with one of representatives saying it was better than the H4N zoom mic (!!?).

Overal it was a great experience. Getting hands on with kit I have only seen on the web. Finding out exactly what kit I need for my own rig and most importantly, it was super inspiring.




BVE London 2013


  • Discover UK and international suppliers in your industry.
  •  Be first to see inspirational new products and launches.
  •  Secure special discounts and show-only offers.
  •  Network, share your ideas and keep up to date with the industry.
  •  Interact with industry experts in seminars and demonstrations.
  •  Learn what 2013 has in store with unmissable free seminars.

Ive already got my ticket…

Info-mercial scenarios

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Over the last few weeks I have been primarily  working on my dissertation. I have stayed in contact with Henry and Michael from Jogpost and they have given me some ideas to work with…

Henry has briefed you already but I’m just going to lay things out as I see them to give you as clear a picture as possible from my perspective.

We are going for that “YOU MUST SEE THIS” “OMG Hilarious!” “JOKES!!!!!” viral comedy video effect.
With the intention of slipping in brand awareness underneath. We want something REALLY funny.
These are 3 possible scenarios buzzing around my head at the moment. Just see them as a loose framework for your own expertise to unfold. 
I would love to hear about which scenario you think you could do the most damage with ie: get the most hits. 
And get the most out of production wise. 
Scenario 1:
The chain of events:
This all starts with the guy collecting the wrong wedding dress. (errandboy could have solved that)
Maybe his wedding shoes are both for the left foot so he’s walking around in socks (errandboy could have solved that)
The phone rings the best-man just remembered he gave the wedding ring to the stripper he fell in love with the night before when he asked her to marry him and it needs collecting. 
We’re basically just looking for a litany of hilarious comedic disasters.
Things just go from bad to worse and much worse etc etc. 
The groom is on his last nerve.
He locks the key inside his father in law  to be’s expensive car that he’s been lent (Errandboy could have collected the spare). 
He breaks into the car and the old lady across the road reports him.  
He ends up being pushed into a jail cell, with no shoes on. 
He turns to face camera with a bunch of really beefy dudes with funny homoerotic expressions on their faces standing behind him and the tag line comes up “we’ve got your back” 
implying he might get bummed or just beaten up depending on the state of the viewers mind. 
Scenario 1:
The wedding:
We base the whole thing around a wedding that’s about to go horribly wrong.
The bride gets the wrong dress.
The best man forgets the ring.
The bride’s father forgets his speech.
The vicar forgets his robes. 
The caterers forget the cake.
The groom wakes up naked on Brighton beach and he needs his tux delivered to the venue.  
(Investing as much comedy value as possible.)
Then a couple of errand boy reps are seen laving as the whole thing goes off perfectly.
And we’ve got your back message hits you with a bang.  
Scenario 3:
The Diva:
(maybe a guy in drag doing a Lady Gaga impression) 
She wants all this unbelievably weird stuff.
Wardrobe forgot to pick up her lamb chop dress from the butchers.
Her favourite wig needs fetching from the airport flown in specially whatever. 
(My problem with this scenario is its funny but hard to relate to, the brand message may be lost)

As I have explained to them, I think that they all have possibilities but they should be moulded into one, especially scenario 1 & 2. Another issue I have bought up is cost. Having all the ‘costume’ and actors will cost monies. Saying this if they can accommodate for lots of people and source most of the costumes then it could be doable. Location is another issue that shouts at me straight away. They are currently editing a brief for me to work from.

BBC Academy – College of Production


Trainee schemes – Production talent pool

Once you are a member of the PTP you will have the chance to apply for the BBC’s Production Trainee Scheme, an intensive 12 month paid traineeship. The PTP is now the only route into the Production Trainee Scheme.


I can apply to get into the production talent pool by clicking a link the link above from the 18th of February.

The work starts as of May????

Most suited for myself will most likely be the…

Runner – Television
A Runner provides general support to a television or multiplatform production team. You might need to fetch props, deal with on-screen talent, assist in filming, or conduct basic research. You will need to possess great people skills and be organised, flexible and bursting with creative ideas. Runners generally aspire to move into creative roles, first as a researcher and then assistant producer.

General FAQs…


How to get your first job in film

Mike put me on to this from the guardian…
Film director Christopher Nolan on the set of Batman

Think you’re the new Nolan? Secure your first job in film by following these top tips from First Light. Photograph: Warner Bro/Everett / Rex Features

Film is notoriously hard to break into, but with energy and perseverance, a career in the industry can be very rewarding. Here are seven tips from film company First Light, a UK-wide organisation that uses film and media production to develop skills in young people up to the age of 25.

1. Be positive

Have a positive and enthusiastic attitude, no matter how menial a task may seem. Many graduates think that being a runner and making the tea is beneath them, but this is the best way to get your foot in the door. Look at the positives:

• As a runner you have the opportunity to understand the wide range of roles out there, and how they fit together – this is a skill that will be useful when you are higher up the ranks

• Use it as an opportunity to network and make contacts in the industry. If you make a good impression, they might remember you the next time they need a pair of hands

• Use your initiative – see what needs doing without being asked first, and you’re more likely to work your way up the ladder faster

2. Make films

Want to be a script writer? Write scripts. Want to be a director? Get a group together and direct a short film. Industry bods are more likely to take you seriously if you can actually show that you’re passionate rather than just talking the talk.

3. Know yourself

When you’re networking or in an interview situation, you need to be able to explain, succinctly, what you’re about. Do you eventually want to work in the camera department, be a director, or write scripts? Are you passionate about documentaries, or dramas? What skills do you possess that would make you a valuable part of a team?

Have you heard of an elevator pitch, a scenario where you end up in a lift with an executive or studio head and have two minutes to pitch your idea to them? While it’s very unlikely this will happen (and lifts don’t often take a whole two minutes!) the point is that you could bump into someone important at any given time. Rather than bumbling away at them, have a brief and compelling pitch which could generate interest in your idea.

4. Work on your CV and covering letter

First impressions count, and often somebody’s first impression of you will be on a piece of paper sat on their desk. Your CV needs to be: easy to read, clean and simple, well-written (with no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors) and include only information relevant to the role at hand. Your covering letter is then a chance to expand upon some of the relevant points and spell out how you fit the person specification (if there is one) or what you think they are looking for.

5. Beware of exploitation

There is a lot of unpaid work around. While it may be a beneficial way of getting your foot in the door, many young people simply can’t afford it. If you are going to undertake unpaid work, make sure your employer doesn’t exploit you. We recommend that:

• Unpaid work should last no longer than four weeks – after this the employer should pay you at least minimum wage

• The employer should provide travel expenses

• You should expect to receive training, dedicated supervision and flexible hours

Arts Council England and Creative and Cultural Skills have published a guide to arts internships, highlighting the legal obligations for employers.

6. Network

It’s not as hard as you might think. Grab a drink and introduce yourself to someone. Make sure you ask questions about them as well. If you come away with a useful business card then follow it up and make contact, even if it’s just a note to say it was nice to meet them and to bear you in mind if any opportunities arise. Be careful not to pester people though because it might put them off.

7. Use social media

It’s more important now than ever before to interact online in order to find opportunities and jobs, engage with prospective employers, and generally keep up-to-date with the industry. Last-minute runner jobs are often posted on Twitter – so get involved.

Live Briefs


After researching competition briefs I was underwhelmed. I understand that placing in one is great on a C.V. but producing something that is actually going to be used and help in one way or another seems to be more of an exciting venture.

I have contacted two relatively small companies (in comparison to the competition briefs), one I have no ties with, e-cigs uk, as I have just puchased one from them bet let down by the ammount vital information that cant be found on their website…

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The another my cousin Henry a young entrepreneur in London. His flyer company Jog Post @ was picked up on Dragons Den, so I’d thought I’d call him.


After speaking it turns out he’s starting up something new, which is another sort of courier service. Hes given me a few details and would like an infomercial putting together. If e-cigs get in touch that can be another side project.

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Competition briefs


Had a looksy at some of the briefs and not too excited 😦 The Absolut or Coke ones could be alright, but as a student I dont think I have to sell my soul just yet.

However there has been some more manageable and interesting ones on the DandAD site…


This exercise one for the Department of Health is a main contender…

The British Society of Cinematographers



The British Society of Cinematographers is a professional Society formed in 1949;  its prime objective being to promote and encourage the highest standards in the art and craft of cinematography.     Its membership is by invitation only and comprises talented and experienced Cinematographers, many of whom have received Academy Awards (Oscars & Baftas) and other accolades for their work.   It also encompasses experienced Camera Operators among its Associate Membership and distinguished friends and patrons from the film and television industry.

Membership is invitation only, but they do offer club member ship @ £120 a year and you get…

Benefits of being part of the BSC club include: Networking socials with BSC cinematographers and other Club Members in London. Free entrance to a series of exclusive events, from ‘in conversation’ screenings of classic and modern films plus state of the art technical discussions. Discounted subscription to the British Cinematographer magazine. Please note: BSC Club Membership is open to all in the industry and carries an annual donation of £100.00 in return for which members are invited to BSC screenings and many of the Society’s social events. BSC Club Members have no voting rights nor can they use the initials ‘BSC’ after their name.

They also provide training …   and have a publication which should be a good read.

Relevant to myself as one could do with some cine training, also it would be of importance to network with some of the best cinematographers in the country. Any advice issued would be of great help.


British Film Institute



The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to:

Encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and the moving image generally, and their impact on society, to promote access to and appreciation of the widest possible range of British and world cinema and to establish, care for and develop collections reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the United Kingdom.
The BFI became the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive.

We’ll connect audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema; preserve and restore the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations; champion emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK; invest in creative, distinctive and entertaining work; promote British film and talent to the world; and grow the next generation of filmmakers and audiences.


There isn’t a membership as such but aligning myself with their procedures and what they do have to offer is a no brainer. They offer funding and great help with locations and crew etc which is completely relevant to myself.

Documentary Film Makers Group

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The Documentary Filmmakers Group – DFG – is the national organisation working to promote documentary filmmaking talent and innovation in the UK.

A single aim links all our work: to encourage, stimulate, promote and support the growth of a strong community of documentary filmmakers and film audiences.

We have been running since 2001, operating as a non-profit organisation. Our presence, our activities and our community continue to expand, showing that there is real demand for a group dedicated to serving the needs of documentary film in all its aspects.

Through our unique partnership with the award-winning Mosaic Films, DFG provides a combined level of expertise that positions us to collaborate on a range of exciting training and film production initiatives in partnership with Channel 4, Five, and ITV, amongst other organisations. In keeping with our mission statement, these initiatives are designed either to promote talent, diversity and equal opportunities within the documentary filmmaking industry, or to promote innovation in a particular strand of documentary programming.


  • Resources
  • Special Events
  • Advice
  • Discounts
  • Community


Once signed up as a DFG Member, you can access exclusive information and resources online at, including:

  • Industry news and announcements
  • Contracts and downloadable templates
  • Tips and Guides
  • NEW: Access to the video archive of DFG events
  • Festival Listings including open Calls for Entry and Submission Deadlines

You can also submit your own events, share your own news and comment on the issues and opinions raised in our new range of industry-focussed editorial.


Starting with our first series of Doc Talks in March 2010, DFG is launching a new strand of professional development events aimed primarily towards meeting the needs of DFG Members, including a development of our increasingly popular Mini-Meetmarket initiative in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest.

You will be entitled to priority booking and – if a fee is payable at all – to a heavily discounted rate.


Doc Clinic is an advice surgery available exclusively to DFG Members, giving participants the opportunity to work through their specific issues with an industry professional in an intimate environment. Previous clinics have focussed on project and proposal development.


As a member of DFG you can benefit from:

  • An exclusive discount on all DFG 1 and 2-day Short Courses;
  • A whopping great discount on passes to industry events like Sheffield Doc/Fest and Televisual’s Intelligent Factual Festival;
  • A discount on the EDN’s invaluable Financing Guide;
  • Special offers on cinema tickets, DVDs and books


When you join DFG, you don’t join a top-heavy organisation that tells you what’s best for you. As part of our commitment to strengthening the documentary filmmaking industry, we give all members the opportunity to join the DFG Steering Group: you can attend regular meetings, pitch suggestions and ideas, and even become a DFG Roving Ambassador in your country or region. It’s YOUR chance to shape DFG – and the documentary industry – for the better.


This relevant to myself as currently I don’t have access to any resources, advice or discounts in regards to documentary film making. Also a key part would be the access to the community, finding people in the same situation and networking.

Link to their website….

Dock Street Market arts preview


Last night (01/11/12) Greg and myself went down to Dock Street market for a private view. Tied with Leeds College of Art we thought it would be good to get some contacts and possible co-labs. We ended up meeting most the artists who had work on show and other people involved with promotion plus the owner of Dock Street Market.

From this I have about 6 email addresses of people that want us to work with them or for them; from displaying work to promoting nights and future co-labs. Our little endeavour could not have been more successful. We got Klunk Creative out there and now have plenty more work to be getting on with. One thing that let us down is that we didn’t have any business cards to hand out. This needs sorting asap.

Final Cut X request

I have had compatibility issues with editing software over the last couple of years at college. College uses Final Cut 6; I understand it is necessary to know it as it is an industry standard, but coming towards the end of 2012 its super out dated. I know how to use it, but dont want to use it. For the level of editing I do, FC X is fine. I know it lacks on the technical side but if I want to do anything techy, I’ll do it in after effect then import it in.

Having FC X in college will certainly aid in production this year.

Heres my proposal…..(slightly cut as it originally a pdf)



Leeds Light Night 2012

For Leeds College of Art and Leeds City Council we (Klunk Creative) produced the above promo video for Light Night 2012.

Doing this little project seemed like a no-brainer… good promotion for everyone involved especially us who need it the most.

Criticism was that it could have been done a lil quicker (less than 5 days) to catch the social media wave. This would have been

achievable if I had…

1. Used final cut pro x, not 6. Due to video conversions & rendering times

2. Done it at home. This would have eliminated conflicting ideas and direction.

Creative England

Services – From supporting the development of full-length feature films through iFeatures2 to seed-funding the most exciting new digital SMEs, Creative England’s remit is broad and growing.

In particular they provide support for – Funding, developing talent, business support and growth, film culture, Locations & production support.

I cannot find a more important association that I should be a part of. This seems to tick all the boxes for young film makers. I think that funding, location & production support would be most relevant to myself.

Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

I need to start writing, making sense of ideas I have. One place to look to would be the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

It is a trade union of professional writers established in 1959. It represents writers working in television, radio, film, theatre, books and multimedia. It negotiates a series of Minimum Terms Agreements governing writers’ contracts and covering minimum fees; advances; repeat fees, royalties and residuals; rights; credits; number of drafts; script alterations and the resolution of disputes.

It relevant to me as hopefully this time next year I will be needing the information provided from the guild, wether it be making my own contracts or simply trying to find work or someone to write me, or help me with a script.

Becoming a member will keep me up to date with industry related information needed to become and stay successful. I can become a student member now and full member once I have received payment for a piece of written work under a contract with terms no less than those negotiated by the Guild.