Manchester Digital

I went down to the Manchester Digital open day at the town hall this afternoon; meet some nice folk who gave some excellent advice which I thought I’d share with yoose.

  • Online Portfolio; pretty much everyone I spoke to mentioned having an online portfolio. This is especially important in the digital/creative world as it helps prospective employers view your work in one place. EVERYTHING should be included (Music, films, animations, twitter, blogs etc). Carbonmade looks like an interesting site to start putting a portfolio together.
  • It’s still a case of who you know; this again was a recurring theme amongst the people I spoke too. It’s definitely not too early to be thinking about contacting employers in preparation for life after Uni. Attending events like the one today are very necessary in building up contacts and networking.
  • Work experience/Internships; the lady I spoke to from the BBC (and there was a hell of a queue to speak to them) said the best way to get in with them is to do some work experience with them. They get so many applications that If you’re known to them it gives you a better chance of employment further down the line. The Beeb have a dedicated website for work experience which you can view here.

It’s well worth signing up with Manchester Digital (It’s free if you’re a student) as they’ll keep you up to date with all the latest goings on.

 

Press Pause Play

‘The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities.

But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent instead drowned out? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era’

Lots more over at PressPausePlay

Pebbles & Boulders

I was watching ‘Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse’ the other night as we’d discussed it in class a couple of weeks ago and I’d not seen it for a while (if you haven’t seen it I’d throughly recommend it as it’s almost as epic as the film).

Just before the end credits roll the director Francis Ford Coppola tells us of his hopes for a new generation of film makers, with people who wouldn’t normally make movies using modern technology to do so. This was in 1979 and the new technology he’s talking about is the 8mm camera. Kind of fits in with everything we’ve been doing (We Think, Rufi etc).

I’m beginning to think that Rufi is a state of mind..