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Seminar – Digital Media Seminar

In Seminar Reviews on October 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm

The theme for this one was great.
The red pill/blue pill decision of lollies at the start was very clever, and the costumes, set, promo material etc. was all very impressive. They even had glowsticks to raise when you wanted to ask a question.

However, unfortunately. as soon as the seminar began, the theme melted away, and it turned into pretty much every seminar we have seen so far – four people just sit there and wait for their turn to talk. The content that the guests themselves were presenting was fine, the guests were happy to speak and had a lot of information to impart upon our fresh minds. Despite this though, no knew or fresh approach was taken, disappointing for the final seminar. That’s not to say they handed the template poorly – in fact they have probably delivered ‘dry Q&A’ better to date. However I felt that our group was more ambitious with their execution than any, which is crazy to me because we were the second cab off the rank. I had thought by the time we arrived at the last seminar, we would see something new or different.

Credit where credit is due, they had brilliant promotional materials, good guests and a killer set-up…. but I still found myself looking at my watch.


Seminar – Global Media Takeover

In Seminar Reviews on September 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm

These guys did a great job reinforcing their theme at the beginning. I was greeted by a team dressed as flight attendants, an ‘in-flight’ announcement was made at the beginning, and the set was thoughtfully constructed to appear as an airport lounge, fancy coffee table and martini glasses t’boot. Moreover they had paper planes adorning the room, which I found to be very clever, due to that being the chief symbol of their marketing. They handed out goodie-bags with fancy chocolates, and postcards to promote the audience to think about distance and the concept of international opportunities.

The guests were great, and none of them were shy. I was particularly interested in the guest who worked on ‘The Mule’, and I was entertained to se a trailer that was released that same day. They told stories and shared advice, under the direction of the two hosts.

Again however I felt my engagement waning mid-way through the seminar as the format remained the same, allowing no room to play with the theme. In the end, despite the quality lengths gone to in an effort to provide a strong theme, the theme was once again dropped the minute the real talking began.  Whilst the content was very relevant, I felt that guests were often given huge amounts of talking time and that the work done to reinforce the theme was diminished by the theme’s non-importance throughout the rest of the seminar.

That being said both the hosts were pleasant and competent, steering clear of the spotlight so that the guests might shine. Navigating the pitfalls of self-indulgence, they clearly had their priorities sorted. There were only a few minor set-backs, and set-up seemed to be fully completed by the time I arrived.

I enjoyed the effort, but felt that more work could have been done on the format to enhance the seminar – plenty was done on the theme before the seminar but as it was abandoned as the seminar began, it felt odd almost to see a regular old Q&A hosted from the middle of it all. That being said the effort by the group shone through, and should be noted as excellent.

Seminar – Petty Laugh-ceny

In Seminar Reflections on August 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm

That might be my worst pun ever.

We finally had the Seminar, and it went great!

Over the week I filmed a green-screen promo with Evan and Rob, and rubbed out the final details of our performance. I would break in as a burglar, and Rob would try to apprehend me, before being tricked into being my assistant.

I had looked over the questions a few times by then, and was pretty happy with the work our team put in to keep it topical, fun and engaging.
As the team set up the equipment and stage, I found myself in charge of entertaining the guests. Jeff Shenker was first to arrive by far, and I was very pleased with the natural rapport that I established with him early on. We spoke jovially and he was primed for a fun little seminar – exactly what I was hoping for. Next was Anna Gregory, and again I was able to speak easily with her. She seemed very switched on and before I knew it Anna, Jeff and I were having a colloquial round table chat. The other guests arrived whilst I was hiding (a necessary factor in the theatrics of ‘Breaking In’) but they too were reasonably loose and excited.
One of our guests seemed averse to the idea of a silly gameshow (naming no names), but visibly warmed over the course of the preceedings.

I was very proud of myself for the work that I did in my seminar. I watched talk shows in preparation, and studied closely the technique of the previous weeks interviewer. I feel that I was able to keep the talking on track without making myself the focus – a fear I had from the start, after all I didn’t want to get caught up playing burglar and distract people from the guests the team had to work for.
I was able to politely move forward when we were running behind, I was able to tell a few jokes and keep everyone happy and having fun, and I feel I handled the later Q&A with a lot of patience and with a priority on audience involvement.  I had many compliments thrown my way both from the guests and the audience, and was even asked for my email by a seminar attendee who saw my hosting abilities as an asset.

I was very much afraid that I would be seen as pandering to my own ego, despite my reluctance to host in the first place. I believe my operation on the day proves my commitment to the work first and foremost, and I feel happy that I was able to contribute to what was a great day.
I am very happy with how the rest of the team performed too, with an absolute minimum of technical difficulties and problems.

This one was a win for me, and I got Anna and Jeff’s emails as a result. Now I will be able to contact them and use them in my Personal Networking Report, which makes me quite happy as I respect them both and look forward to their advice.

Any Portfolio in a Storm

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

For those of you looking for a Media Practitioner, check out my CV and Showreel!





Seminars – Pulp Fiction Seminar

In Seminar Reviews on August 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

The first cab off the rank! Good to see a seminar in action, glad I went!

Firstly, I see what they were doing with their theme (at least in the promotional material), playing of the overlapping ‘fiction’ part of Non-Fiction & Pulp Fiction. It irked me though, because Pulp Fiction is really not non-fiction at all, and aside from a strong visual theme, the name ‘pulp-ficition’ didn’t really add to the seminar.

I liked the little nut mixes labelled ‘Nut-Fiction’ though. Some people had complaints against this but I thought it was a legitematly cool little idea, and it gave me a smile walking in.

The guests they got for this seminar were great, and it was good to hear what they had to say. However I feel a lot more could have been done to keep the seminar engaging. Also I found it problematic that no-one actually got to ask the guests any questions during the Q&A. A few fellow students had generated questions but were not given the chance to voice them – something I hope we can avoid next week.

Aside from those few gripes, its gonna be hard to beat it! They had great guests, solid content and clearly worked to set it up. I thought they could have made the seminar itself a bit more engaging, but for being the first group, they really stepped up in terms of quality guests and solid-looking marketing. I wouldn’t have wanted to go first, without any precedent, and so I’m glad to have seen them put on a quality show under such pressures.

In so far as our seminar is concerned, We have decided I’m definitely ‘breaking in’ to the set to start the show. A group member also wants to shoot a promotional video of heisenberg and jesse pinkman from breaking bad in a real b-grade greenscreen way so that should be fun!

Seminar Preparation 2

In Seminar Reflections on August 8, 2014 at 12:35 pm

We have arrived upon a theme!
The name of the seminar will be “Breaking In”, referencing “Breaking Bad”, as Breaking Bad has been a wildly popular TV show over the last few years.
This also lines up with the ‘Wanted’ theme, allowing us to focus on a criminal aspect I assume other groups won’t think of – that being petty larceny.
Right now we are toying with the idea of me “breaking and entering” into the set, and then pretending to fake a gameshow for the cops. My group member Jess says she can access RMITV props and set pieces, so we might actually pull that off!
I’m growing a bit nervous with how elaborate the gameshow has become, because I dont much want to get in the way of the speakers by trying too hard to entertain.

Seminar Preparation 1

In Seminar Reflections on August 1, 2014 at 12:20 pm

We have been frantically brainstorming ideas around our upcoming TV Industry seminar, and the stress of being second out of the gate is real.However, I think my team is handling it well and is staying on task.
We have a disturbing lack of guests approaching the seminar date, with two ‘no’s being our only reply. However I have faith the networking team will pull together a great line-up.
We have decided upon doing a gameshow-like seminar, allowing the guests to have a bit of fun and loosen up before some more serious Q&A in the latter half of the show.
I’ve been elected host (somewhat to my chagrin), however I am looking forward to some face time with some industry folks.
We are as yet to arrive upon a theme, but I’m hoping we can address both the TV industry and the ‘Wanted’ theme with our approach.

All in all, I’d say that we are on track!

Like Mic – The AKG C414

In Analysis, Review on March 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

This is a small microphone assignment I completed about the AKG C414. The uploading process seems to have screwed some of my formatting, but its still perfectly legible.


The Fresh-Ness: Creative Project Idea

In Personal Projects on March 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

So essentially my room mate and I were playing around with a few ideas one evening and a pearl came out of it.

What if the Loch Ness Monster grew tired of the daily monotony of being a mythical water creature, and decided to become a Rap Star named The Fresh-Ness?

I have written most of a rap for The Fresh-Ness’ emergence from the lake, and have been toying with a lot of ideas around the project. Originally it was to be a slowly developing side project, but there is a chance it would work for our multiple platform media project. If I can get it to be made as part of that, it would (for better or worse) actually start to get done, as opposed to fading into obscurity like so many ideas before. I’ve already told a host of friends about the project, and some are keen to get involved. If this becomes a uni project, how much can I involve the people interested at the start? These are questions that need to be answered. I am meeting with a group member tonight to pitch the project over a few beers.

If anyone has thoughts or interest in the idea, let me know!


Putting the Me in Media: Another year of bad puns and bad titles.

In Personal Projects, Updates and Reflections on March 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

2014 is here and my course has begun for the new year. Final year, and boy is it scary. Finally reaching the edge of the cliffs and having to face the fact we’ve picked a hard industry to crack. I know I want to do this, but can I?

Well my Media Industries class is intent on helping us face these issues. We’ll be dealing with not only resume building and networking this year, but we will also be looking at the industry itself and how to function within it. To be honest, it has given me some peace of mind to know there is a part of my course that will aim at helping me with real world issues, like getting a job. Gotta pay that rent after all.

We will also be working on a multiple platform media narrative project too, which I hope will turn into something exciting and fun I have some ideas I will discuss in another post, ideas that I will be pitching to a group member tonight.

Our history of film theory class definitely looks like the biggest wrk in terms of basic essay writing and research. A lot of reading will be attached to this course, however I’m a big fan of my tutor for the subject and trust in his ability to drive a useful outcome out of it. I love the film theories class, however my biggest concern is that my friends dont take it as seriously and may distract me from my work a bit too much. I’ll definitely be practicing moderation.

Finally, I have studio recording, a chance to complete the work i did in studio production, and to learn how to get sound down on tracks. I’m super keen for this course, as it would be thrilling to be able to get some musician friends in and to mix some EP’s or something in the future. We recently worked on a microphone assignment that entertained me quite a bit. You can se my work on the AKG C414 in another post.

That’s my year! Hopefully I will be able to manage without being pulled apart at the seams, at some point finding time for an internship, and the coming visitation of my girlfriend, who arrives in may after being in America since late July. Fingers crossed.