Work Skills

Task 1 – Learning Plan

Smart Target

Smart Target 2

Task 2 – Swot

Strengths as a film maker: Analyzing film, background research, reviewing.

Weaknesses as a film maker: Practical filming (using equipment), understanding the technology, editing (limited ability)

Strengths as a potential employee: The ability to meet deadlines, capable of independent work.

Weaknesses as a potential employee: Limited experience, May feel uncomfortable working with certain equipment.

Opportunities: Individual work, technical side (develop more camera skills), co-ordination (working with unknown and previously collaborated people).

Threats: Experience, Lack of knowledge/understanding of technology.

Why should you develop strengths? To understand that we can always do better. To set goals to achieve.

Why is it important to work on or find your way round weaknesses? It is important so that we don’t become frustrated and grind to a dead end. If we try to do things which we are incapable of doing or are not as trained as well as we think we are, then we risk creating a video that is ‘weak’. It is important so that we can be pleased with our work. If we know that we are weak at something but try to work with it, then we will become stressed because we will not be proud with our own work, if we failed in trying to work with weaknesses.

Task 3 – Mindmaps/Lists

Skills required to be a successful filmmaker: –

.Script Writing

.Meeting Deadlines

.Co-ordination with others who you have previously not collaborated with

.Background research

.Work under pressure



.Understanding technicalities

.Analysis of self and others work


.Camera skills

.Understanding of film, it’s history and it’s many genres

Why are these skills important for your career/learning?

.You can identify what you are good at and identify what you want to do

.So you can work on improving yourself and set goals to achieve

Qualities required to be a successful filmmaker: –





.Eye for improvement

.Understand equality/lack of discrimination


.Ability to ‘Kill your Darlings’ (Do not become overly attached)



.Understand other peoples perspectives (put yourself in others shoes)

.Acknowledge criticism (Do not get angry over it)

Why are these qualities important for your career/learning?

.Qualities are what makes you individual and separates you from everyone else

.Without qualities work would be boring, slow and unsatisfying

Where can you find information about the sort of skills and qualities that will be useful in terms of your learning and progression to employment or higher education?

.From an employer

.Looking at CV websites

Where can you find information about UCAS?

.The official UCAS website –



.Open days

.UCAS conferences

Task 4 – Goals and Lists

Long Term Target (Skills): To have produced and finished an individual long term film project outside of College . I want to use an original idea for this film. I will write out the script and make a shotlist to follow for when I film it. So the first step would be coming up with an original idea that I am pleased with. Then I would develop the story and finish it. I would then have to write the script, chapter by chapter. I would then make a shotlist for the script. The film might be around fifteen minutes. (Winter 2016)

Long Term Target (Career): To have worked on my weaknesses, try to understand the technology better and improve my practical skills. (Summer – Winter 2015)

Short Term Target (Career): To have gained several work experience over summer’s, for several reasons; in order to see what working in a film environment is life. To find out what kind of work best suits me. To improve my CV. To develop my skills in both Film and in general. (Winter 2015)

Short Term Target (Skills): To have produced my own script work. Also produce one review every week/two weeks. (Winter 2014)

Task 7 – How To Apply For a Job

1) How – Go to various places (e.g. shops) and ask if their are any jobs available. If so drop off your CV and wait for a return email/call if they are interested.

1) When – Various

1) Why – If you hand in your CV without talking to anyone it may be considered as rude and it may be chucked away. You may know the people who work their.

2) How – Online Application

2) When – Various

2) Why – If the job is too far away, then you may want to find out if you get accepted before traveling to the distant destination. Otherwise it may be a waste of time.

3) How – Visit employees in person and inquire about available jobs.

3) When – A good time many be when you are on work experience, with the employee.

3) Why – If you talk to them in person, then it may be considered formal. The employee can see how presentable you look. They can see that you have made an effort and gone out of your own way to see and talk to them. If you are on work experience then you would have built a relationship with the employee. They know what job skills you have and have seen you working.

4) How – Email

4) When – Various

4) Why – If you email the company, then it may be easier for them to respond because emails are less time consuming.  It means that it is also easier to re-contact them, or be re-contacted by them. With CV’s, first opinion is very important. So if the CV isn’t up to scratch, it will be chucked away because they are skimmed over and not read.

Task 8 – Job Adverts

You enter your specific job which you are looking for, your location of job and what type of job it is (paid, voluntary, work experience) into the filter.

You then click on the specific job which suits you.

You then read over it and click on apply.

Task 9 –




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