work skills (to be done with pro portal)

Over the first year, we complete a number of additional qualifications designed to build your skills and abilities. One of these courses is called Work Skills, and it gives you the space to explore target-setting and self-evaluation, both of which are crucial for a filmmaker, and also CV-building, which is important for all employment.

To begin with, select and copy everything below this line, and paste it into your own blog under a post titled ‘Work Skills’. You will then fill in each section. 


Task 1 – Learning Plan

  • Copy all your SMART targets from ProMonitor into your blog. Combine, update and refine them as necessary.

By christmas I would like to have completed the post production for a severn minute extra curricular film with the BFI.

By the end of this year i would like to have written 3 scripts for the first season a tv series i have been writing called incanted and possibly started to film the first episode.

Task 2 – SWOT

  • Create a SWOT analysis which describes at least two of your strengths and at least two of your weaknesses as a filmmaker and at least two of your strengths and at least two of your weaknesses as a potential employee.
  • Why is it important to develop your strengths? Give two reasons and explain.
  • Why is it important to work on or find ways round your weaknesses? Give two reasons and explain.

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Task 3 – Mindmaps/lists

  • Create a mind-map or list of all the skills that you think you will require to be a successful filmmaker. Skills are things you can learn and do such as test a new camera system, learn a new editing technique, refine your scriptwriting or lighting skills, etc..
  • Why are these skills important for your career/learning? What would happen if you did not have them)? Give a minimum of two reasons.
  • Then create a mind-map or list of all the qualities that you think you will require to be a successful performer. Qualities are things like being motivated, reliable, non-judgmental, inclusive, etc..
  • Why are these qualities important for your career/learning? Give a minimum of two reasons.
  • Where can you find information about the sorts of skills and qualities that will be useful in terms of your learning and progression to employment or higher education? Where can you find information about UCAS? Where can you find information about employment? Who can help you with this?


thing for col2 These skills are important to learn as in the industry you would be expected to have all these skills and to use them fully otherwise you are not as likely to receive a job. These skills are also important in everyday life as they will help you get along with people of all backgrounds meaning you will probably have a nicer life in general.

you learn these skills through practice and through courses and training in the industry. you can find skills that will aid you in going on to do further education through university pamphlets and by emailing people and asking them what they are looking for.

Task 4 – Goals and Targets

Identify two long-term goals. One should be about your career and one should be about your skills or education. For each long term goal, describe at least two short-term SMART targets. (Remember: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-based!)

When you have discussed these goals and targets with your tutor, enter them on to ProMonitor.

my longest term goal is to produce /direct/ be in a film that will bring joy and magic to generation after generation of people.

I would like to get the highest grade I can in college.

Task 5 – Evaluation

At the end of the year you should evaluate all the goals and targets you set at college this year and recorded on ProMonitor. You should do this by answering all the following questions:

  • Why is self-assessment important in terms of your career and skills development? (In other words why are doing SWOTs and setting targets and reviewing your short term targets and longer term goals useful)?
  • Why is it particularly important to assess your personal strengths and your personal weaknesses? (For each, give two reasons and explain.)
  • Why is it also important to assess your personal skills and qualities? Give two reasons and explain.
  • What is a SMART target?
  • Describe the ways you used to track your targets and goals during the course of the year? Did you find this used useful – why/why not? What ways will you track your goals and targets when you leave College?
  • What goals targets did you achieve? Was it easy to achieve them?   Did you achieve them in full? Give two reasons why you think you managed to achieve them.
  • To what extent/how did your short term targets help you work towards your long term goals?
  • Were there any goals or targets you and/or your tutor set this year that you did not manage to fully achieve? Was this because they were unrealistic, did you run out of time or did something unexpected happen or was there another reason? Give two reasons why you did not achieve, or fully achieve all the targets you set (if appropriate).

Self assessment is important as it gets you to look at what you have done and really think about what parts of it work for you and what parts don’t so that you can adapt in the future.

looking at your strengths means that A: you know the best way to help out in a team and B: you know how to make your work look good and are able to show pride in your work.

looking at weaknesses is helpful because A: you know what to focus on when improving and B: you show that you have your own standards that you are working towards (you have a goal)

looking at skills and quality’s teaches you the best way to honestly sell yourself and also gives you confidence in your ability’s.


Task 6 – Records

At the end of the year, print off all the goals and targets you have recorded on ProMonitor and WordPress. (9/4.5, 4.6)

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Task 7 – How to apply for a job

There are numerous different ways to apply for a job (e.g. applying in person, sending Curriculum Vitae also known as a CV, filling in an on-line application and filling in a paper-based application).

  • Describe 4 different methods of applying for a job, give details about when and why each method might be appropriate. (5/1.1)

speculative application – send an application to a lot of company’s that you are interested in working for regardless of whether they advertise and see if you get a reply.(follow up if you don’t receive a reply to show enthusiasm.)

recruitment agency – if you sign up with a relevant recruitment agency and wait for them to get back to you.

apply directly – On the company website there will normally be a contact us page with a section to get in touch about working for them.

just walk in – particularly in the film industry there are cases were people have just turned up to a shoot and given a hand and left with a job the down side is it will work for very few jobs and could leave you being escorted from places and you may just be ignored and not get a job despite your work.

Task 8 – Job adverts

Explain how to find two different film-related job advertisements. Copy them into this section of your blog. One might be advertised on the internet, one might be advertised in a newspaper or a relevant trade magazine. Write a few notes by each advert to explain where you found the job and how someone could apply for this job.

email: you can sign up to websites to get emailed filming opportunity’s.

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on the website jobs may be advertised.

Task 9 – CV pt.1

Mintcake Post

Look at the mock job advertisement in the link above, then create and upload:

  1. A list of documents you may be asked for or need when you apply for a job (e.g. driving licence or passport number, copies of GCSE/A level results, other qualifications/music /acting/ grades). State where your keep these documents.
  2. A draft CV that would be suitable for this job.
  3. A draft covering letter to go with your CV.

Check your drafts carefully and then show me or Dom both the draft letter and CV. Using our feedback, make any necessary amendments. Keep both drafts, save them as PDFs in Microsoft Word, and upload them to this blog post. (5/2.1, 2.2, 2.3)

Kit Taylor

address: 6 The Promenade Walney Barrow in Furness LA14 3QE


phone: 01229 475229


Age: 17

Experienced with the following editorial software: Adobe Premier Pro, Adobe After effects, Blender render, Unity, Cryengine 3, Windows Movie Maker 7.0, DaVinci Resolve

I am a multi – dimensional person with academic, scientific, practical, creative and imaginative sides. I have enjoyed making films since the age of 6 with my friends after my mother bought me a children’s video camera and allowed me to use her computer to have a go at editing.  I have participated in animation workshops at Forum 28 in Barrow and with Signal films (also in Barrow) and have since enjoyed making several animations and games on my home computer using Unity, Cryengine3, DaVinci Resolve and Blender. I have attended Kendal College as it had by far the best reputation for the arts and so gave me the best opportunity to build on my passion, making multiple films of improving quality. I have also been a part of the BFI film academy that singled me out to receive a 1 on 1 BAFTA mentor for three months in the future.

I have made many short films of various genres with my very patient and willing friends including horror, comedy and quiz shows. I used adobe premier to edit my most recent film and have gained a good basic understanding of the creative cloud software. The software that I have started using was Windows Movie Maker version 0.7.  I gained invaluable experience in using more professional equipment and further experience in film making skills such as directing, acting, camera, scene setting, makeup, editing and visual effects when I attended a week long film making course with Signal Films in Barrow. I was a member of the team that won the Silver award at Kendal Film festival for the short film titled ‘The Orb’. I would really appreciate the opportunity to concentrate more on my passion for film making and to further my experience of editing.

You will find me a very conscientious worker, reliable, hard working and enthusiastic to contribute where I can.


opening letter:

I have looked around for editing jobs to progress my film making and post production experience and editorial post at Mintcake seems exactly what I’m looking for.  I am serious about pursuing my career and feel working with yourselves would give me the best experience in this competitive field and hope you will consider me for the job.

Task 10 – CV pt.2

Evaluate and review your job application (CV and covering letter) after you have been given feedback. You will need to consider the following:

  • What were the strengths of my application? Was it suitable for its intended purpose?
  • What could have been better? What (if anything) do I need to add to my CV or change in the future?
  • Did I include all the relevant information to begin with?
  • What have I learned as a result of doing this task?
  • What will I do differently in the future to ensure I maximise my chances of being offered an interview/job? (5/2.4)

my job application has the information but lacks in layout. though I have mentioned my experience in editing it would be made more prominent by opening with information about editing. so in the future I would focus on layout and prioritizing the role they are offering. I have mentioned the software I have used and highlighted my experience in the field. to further improve I would add a reference. (to be altered after feedback)

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