Monday, 25 October 2010


Hollie Williams 
22, Victoria Road, Bulwark, Chepstow, NP16 5QN
D.O.B- 26/08/1992
A responsible young adult, with excellent communication skills. Capable of working on her own initiative, but equally efficient with team situations and activities. A quick and responsive learner, capable to research and learn of her own initiative. 
Enthusiastic and committed, can demonstrate excellent self and and time management abilities and thrives on new challenges and opportunities. 
Personal Skills: 
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels
  • Ability to deliver presentations/lead discussions
  • Computer and IT literate
  • Time Management skills
  • Determination and Focus
Employment history:
 I have been included in many television productions, these include Casualty, Pobol y Cwm and Gavin and Stacey for the BBC. These achievements are something I am very proud of as they enabled me to interact with different people and because of the very strict time schedule involved with television productions I am confident that my time keeping skills are accurate and I can work with a team to achieve these goals.
    I have recently finished 6 weeks work filming the television series ‘The adventures of Sarah Jane’. Within this placement I believe I have gained an insight into the working life of the media, and gained important skills such as, working within a team. Currently I have become involved with a small comedy series called ‘Whites’ starring ‘Stephen Fry’, this can be viewed on BBC 2 on week nights. I enjoyed this time immensely and am anxious to pursue a career within this industry.
  I also worked at a ‘Home base’ a D.I.Y store for a short period of time before completing my A Level’s, this job helped to develop my people skills. I also feel, working in a shop, helped my development my technical ability, for example using tills. 
I’m currently working for Caldicot Castle and Cardiff castle as a Medieval ‘sing server’ at banquets. This involves serving traditional Medieval meals to guest, and singing Medieval songs during courses. 
Below is a picture of myself (to the left) serving in a traditional welsh ladies costume, working at Cardiff Castle, serving guests ‘mead’ (a medieval liquor) on arrival to banquets. 

Qualifications/ education/ course training:

Current academic study: UWIC (University of Wales institute Cardiff) studying Media Studies and Visual Cultures on the Llandaff campus. 
Attended Chepstow Comprehensive School 2003-2010
The Dell Primary School: 1995-2003
GCSE achievements: 
Maths - A
English- B:  lit - C  Writing - B
Science A: Chemistry- B, Biology- A, Physics - A 
I.T - A
Welsh - B
History - C
Drama - B
A Level’s in Media Studies, Welsh Second Language and Drama
Grade 2 Clarinet, English College of Music
Grade 3 Piano, English College of Music
National Diploma in Law
Full clean UK driving license
Hobbies/ interests:
My interests include Karate, I am currently a Brown Belt, studying towards my Black belt. I enjoy karate, as its a good way to keep fit, and also a good way to protect yourself. I enjoy Clarinet and Piano where I have achieved Grade 2 and 3 respectively. I’m also keen to pursue outdoor activities, I have a canoe and Jet Ski, which I enjoy greatly. I feel being outdoor’s helps to improve health, and canoeing is a great way to exercise. I’m a very friendly person, who enjoy’s spending time with my family and close friends, participating in hobbies and interests. 

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Hopes and Aspirations

My main hope in the future is to gain a good degree, studying ‘BA (hons) Media Students and Visual Cultures, in Cardiff school of Art and Design at UWIC University. With this degree I hope to further my Media experience and pursue a career in the television and film industry. 
Having studied Media Studies at A level in Comprehensive school, I gained an understanding  and insight into Media Studies. I enjoyed every element of A level, particularly the creative side such as coursework, producing magazine covers and DVD covers. This interest made me realize my future career, therefore throughout the summer, I gained experience into this industry, working for the BBC filming 'The Sarah Jane Adventures'. 

The Sarah Jane Adventures is a Children's 'spin off' from Doctor Who, starring 'Elizabeth Sladen', 'Tommy Knight', 'Daniel Anthony', and 'Anjili Mohindra', and guest appearances occasionally from the 'Dr' himself 'Matt Smith'. 
This was a great experience for me, as it gave me an insight into my future 'career'. My role was 'crew' based standing in for one of the principal actresses (soon to be featured). 
I worked with the company for about 6 weeks, Monday- Friday, working 11 hours everyday, traveling to various locations in and around Cardiff. Although the hours were very unsociable and tiring the cast & crew were very friendly which helped when filming in desolate locations in all weathers! I feel lucky to have gained this experience, and think it was an important factor in my decision of 'future career'. 
My hope for the future is to work my way through the industry gaining as much experience in different 'fields' as possible. Hopefully, this experience will then help to gain a job within a media industry. (fingers crossed the BBC).  

Being involved in the television industry for a short time, helped me realize my ambition to further my knowledge of media and pursue a career in the Television industry. <<< here's the link to the new Series 4 SJA teaser trailer.  

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Glossary of terms

Semiotics- The study of signs. “ Semiotics is concerned with everything that can be taken as a sign" (Eco:1976:7 in Chandler D, 2002:2)
Genre- in a study of media texts it is used to divide texts into easily identifiable categories. It is a way of classifying media products according to the elements that they share. “..”
Stereotype- A ‘typical’ image with exaggerate features that appears so many times that becomes convention. This representation of characters can be positive but it also simplified and judgmental. 

Form- The structure and style of a text. ".." 

Encoder- Source through which meanings are made ".."

Denotation- A literal link between the sign and its referent. ".."

Connotation- Adds value to the denotative sign by offering additional meanings. ".."

Preferred reading- Dominant meaning intended by the encoder. ".."

Ideology- A system of ideas/ beliefs and myths. 

Dominant Ideology- A selective and partial view of a 'hegemonic' group in society. ".."

Text- A message ".. in a form that is physically independent from its sender or receiver" (Chandler 2002:2)

Textual Analysis- The process of accessing meaning within a text. ".."

Langue- Language- rules of sign systems (grammer)

Parole- Speech, articulation of signs - Speech or writing. 

Polysemic- Multiple meanings to which the decoder contributes 

Conventions- Both the cultural and social dimensions of a sign depends upon a shared culture

Formalist filmmakers- see the screen like artist's canvas, and create a world within its frame using their own rules

Realist filmmakers- However work as if they look out of a window that frames a small part of a larger world. 
Camera angles: 
Mise-en-scene- This French phrase literally means ‘ Put-in-the-scene’ and refers to everything that can be seen in the shot including characters, lighting, iconography. “...”
Tracking/ reverse-tracking shot- The movement of the camera using a dolly or steadicam to allow it to smoothly followed a character or action. In reverse track the camera moves backwards and the character/ action moves smoothly towards the audience. “...” 
Diegetic sound- This refers to natural sound that is part of the Mise-en-scene or ‘Sound you can see’. “An explosive sound as a gun is fired”. 
Non-Diegetic sound- Sound super imposed upon the Mise-en-scene or ‘Sound you can’t see’. “Music to establish a mood”.

Tzvetan Todorov- He suggests that the primary function of the narrative was to solve a problem and that Characters pass through a series of stages of linear narrative where events follow in chronological order. “...” 
Roland Barthes- (1915-80) was a writer who continues to influence the study of the ways in which meanings are produced by text through signs and code systems (semiotics). 
Vladimir Propp- (1895-1970) researched the roles of characters in folklore and fairy stories. He wrote an influential book ‘The morphology of the folktale(1928)’ which sets out this findings. This has been applied to media texts to discuss the important function of character in narrative. 

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