This is the two minute video clip i put together, to explain my views on the digital arts.
In the last few years, my lifestyle has been increasingly influenced by the emergence of new media and digital technology. From having a massive impact on my social activities, it is also my most valued information gathering source. Digital Technology started enhanced my life when I was 19 years old. My interest in story telling which I had always developed through writing, further stimulated a passion for film making. Newly available digital cameras and editing software as well as the emergence of the relatively cheap PC market in the UK, all made this financially accessible.
The Digital Arts course offered by Camberwell College of Arts is attractive to me because of its openness and flexibility. It encourages both artistic creativity and manipulation of various mediums to inspire new digital media projects and art pieces. The College also boasts excellent facilities and resources. Further, I am excited by the opportunity to submit a Project Proposal at the start of the course. I find the freedom of choice in subject matter to be very appealing. The need to work consistently throughout the academic year to fulfil this proposal is also a positive challenge for me. I am incredibly excited, and enthused at the prospect of starting Masters degree at a college with such a rich history, and respected reputation within the creative arts world. I also look forward to the creative potential of collaborations between students on different courses, and even different colleges within the university.
My experience includes include producing and co-directing an animation, working several publications including ‘Black Film Maker’ Magazine, styling on photo shoots and fashion label promotion for a website. I have directed, produced, worked on camera have been production assistant on numerous music videos. I have been a runner on film and TV sets. I also have had experience in broadcast credits on cable TV, aspects of website design, film making, editing and project management. I also have experience in script writing and casting. I have specialised skills in digital photography, digital cameraman using Z1, PD150 and PD170 cameras as well experience with others. Besides my academic qualifications, I have trained in news reading, writing and directing a short film. Also, I have worked on a wide range of productions, including dramas, music videos, reports and live shows. I have in trained in the BBC news reading at YCTV and have written and directed in various short film making courses, including at Four Corners, YCTV, Fast Forward, World Wright. My eventual aims are to specialize in directing and producing films full time on a commercial basis. Also, I intend to partake in collaborative projects with other groups as I am most passionate when working with others.
Although I have been hindered by my dyslexia during my previous academic career, I still managed to achieve higher education qualifications. In fact, I see my dyslexia as an advantage in this particular field. It allows me to think ‘outside of the box’ and non-laterally which gives me an edge within creative industries. The steps I want to take within filmmaking are by no means affected by my dyslexia as they are generally visually and practically based. I feel that my varied experience, drive and tenacity, and getting people to work together, will make me an asset to your college and student body as a whole. My well rounded skills and knowledge will be very useful for my course and classmates, and I also look forward to learning from others on the course.
DIGITAL ARTS MA
• Can the ‘closed’ nature of political information be exploited to create an online community who will share freely and democratise information?
• Explore the commercial, technical and practical ramifications of an international, politics based, user content generated website.
There are several aspects that need to be looked at for the sake of this website. The aesthetic and user friendliness will be rigorously tested through market research and user feedback. The information contained on site including political articles, and documentary footage must all be cleared through research of copyrights and legalities. Also, aspects of freedom of information, the ‘open book’ ethos of the 1960’s and other theoretical, academic aspects of information sharing must be looked at, so that the potential impact of the site can be fully measured and appreciated.
The various resources available to me will have a heavy influence on how I go about researching and executing the website;
-Using websites that provide information on the subjects.
-Using focus groups and user feedback in order to refine the website itself.
-Collaborating with lawyers, business support staff and gaining sound business knowledge to ensure a successful launch of the website and minimise potential business mistakes.
I will need a very powerful, top of the range G5 computer with internet access and large memory. I will also need a Dictaphone for lectures and interviews. I will need to demonstrate a working knowledge pf html and photoshop, as well as other basic office programmes such as Excel. I must have access to web designers, high quality video cameras and studios in which to film interviews etc. Most of these resources will only be required occasionally.
My names Mani, i’m currently doing the Digital Arts MA at the Camberwell College of the Arts.
Just a quick intro, i’ve got a politics, and history background, which is what i did my BA in.
Why’s that relevant you ask?
Well, i’ve always heavily been into filmaking, and have spent 4 years working in the indusrty.
This meant i picked up a great deal of filmaking know how, and technical skills.
So thats basically where my arts/creative side has developt.
I got to work on everything, from documentries, to short films, animations, and music videos.
But i wanted something that would allow me to marry my intrtests of filmaking, and politics, and felt i needed something more substantial than a documentry.
I therefore decided on a politics/news based social networking site (new media being of great intrest to me), the aim of which, is to encourage cross cultural, and ideolodical discussion, between young, intelligent, politically active people.