ARD504 Creative Futures 2 – Influence BoardsT


double negative


influence board bibliography

Here I have created three influence boards based on my favourite VFX companies. I have chosen to create my influence boards on VFX companies because I am hoping to work in visual effects in the future. Visual effects influences me in the way that I look out for what companies are successful e.g. who’s winning awards. I also look out for how visual effects is changing as it’s an industry that develops further every day and it’s important that I learn and hear about these changes. The influence boards are based on three different VFX companies; Blinkink, Double Negative and MPC (Moving Picture Company). Out of the three companies I have created influence boards on it’s my goal to work with either Double Negative or MPC, maybe even have the opportunity to work for both.


I was able to visit Blinkink on our trip with the university to London last year. Blinkink is an animation company that specialise in stop motion. Although stop motion and animation are not what I specialise in I do like to look at how Blinkink create and produce their work.  They influence me in the way that they work. Their workload is a lot more because as a successful stop motion company they have a lot of high demand for work. Because they’re only a small company there’s only a small amount of staff so there’s a lot of work for them to do. As a team they work hard and they have made a small production company well known. Blinkink became much more well known due to John Lewis using their work for their advert named, The Bear And The Hear.

Double Negative

I was also able to visit Double Negative on my trip to London last year. Double Negative are a visual effects company that are well known throughout the media industry and are always busy helping out with a new upcoming film. The have recently won three awards for their visual effects work on inception and were also nominated for Best Visual Effects for the BAFTA awards for their special effects work on Interstellar.

I’m influenced by Double Negative because they are a visual effects company. I like to look at how they’ve progressed through the work they do on the films they work on and I like to see how they change and improve things. Double Negative also influence me to try harder and keep working on things. They have a team full of experienced VFX artists and each and every one of them will have started where I am now, trying to learn the in’s and out’s of visual effects software, feeling like my work could be better and not really 100% sure where I’m going to be in the next few years. It helps me knowing that everyone in Double Negative have worked their way up and I know that with the right kind of attitude I can do the same and hopefully work at Double Negative in the future.

MPC (Moving Picture Company)

Again I was able to visit MPC in London on my university trip. This out of all the visual effects companies we visited was my favourite. I really liked the building, the environment and all the workers at MPC seemed to be very happy to work there and enthusiastic about visual effects. MPC is a VFX company specialising in the making of special effects in films. They have worked on films such as Harry Potter, Man of Steel, The Hunger Games and An American Sniper. These are all well known films that have been successful and noticed for the visual effects work in them.

MPC influences me in the way that I create my work. I want my work to be of good enough standard to be able to gain recognition by MPC when I apply for work there once I’ve finished uni. Throughout my final year of university I want to create a film reel made up of compositing that’s good enough to be able to be accepted into MPC’s academy. This is a year long course in London that teaches you VFX skills and gives experience in the VFX environment.  I strive to be accepted into this program after I have finished university and this is why MPC has a huge influence on the way I work.


ARD504 Creative Futures 2 – Collaborative Work






Here are some images of me modelling to help my friend and classmate Molly with one of her assignments. The idea was to re create a book cover. I’m not completely sure what the book was called but I know part of the story was about a girl who had lost her mother, and in the story she jumps over a river onto a river bank to get some white flowers. These flowers reminded her of her mother because she used to put white flowers in her daughters hair. My role was to model at the girl who jumps across the river. I felt much more relaxed modelling this time as it was my second time modelling with Molly. I think the images are great and I’m happy to say I don’t look so bad either which is a huge confidence boost. I’ve found that modelling is a good way to help out a friend and to also make connections, I know that if I need help Molly will be more than happy to help me out which she has done on countless occasions. It’s also a good way to learn from other people as you get to take in and learn other peoples styles of photography and you can try it out yourself and apply it to your own work.

ARD504 Creative Futures 2 – Personal Development

Throughout my second year in university I have come to realise that I am definitely more interested in the post production of film that I originally thought. After our trip in London in my first year I began to look more into post production and thought of what career path I would want to take if I were to go into post production. After doing the compositing assignment in the first semester of my second year I soon realised that I really enjoyed compositing and would much rather work in the film industry doing compositing than working behind a camera (which is what I originally thought about doing).

I have also realised (as much as I don’t like to admit it), I enjoy working on photography assignments. In the second semester we were given the choice of whether we wanted to do film assignments or photography. Naturally I chose film as that’s what I’m more focused on as a career path. However, I soon realised that creating and working on a film on my own was hard and wasn’t that much fun. After talking to my tutors we decided I would do half film and half photography (this would be, one non narrative film and four photography assignments). Since changing my mind on my chosen subjects, I have been able to appreciate that photography is much better than I originally thought. I am glad that I was able to learn this through my own mistake as I have since been able to work on photography again and appreciate it much more.

Throughout this year I feel I have developed a lot in the way I make my decisions. Rather than making quick decisions I will stop and think of how I will do something and if I’ll enjoy doing it. I’ve learnt that it’s much harder to work on something when you’re not enjoying it and I should always choose something I enjoy as I am more willing to put 100% into it. I’ve also found this year what I want to be in the creative industry (compositor) and I’ve found a company I wish to work for in the future (MPC).

ARD504 Creative Futures 2 – VFX Film Reel

As I am a part photography, part film student I have learnt to enjoy working with visual effects, mainly with compositing. I have created a film reel full of compositing work I have done and am quite happy with how it looks. The main reason for creating this film reel was to send as an application for and intern-ship with MPC. MPC is a vfx company that work on big films such as Harry Potter, Man of Steel ect. Unfortunately I missed the deadline date for the intern-ship but I’m able to apply next year with them for a graduate course and hopefully then I’ll be able to work with them.

I am however glad that I have started a film reel that I can work and build on which I will be able to send to companies when I am applying for work when I have finished university.

ARD504 Creative Futures 2 – NEC Photography Show

My university was able to gain places in the NEC Photography Show for my cloass to go and visit, unfortunately I was unable to attend the show in Birmingham. I have however looked up what the NEC Photography Show is.

This is a yearly show that travels around the UK which is dedicated to photography. They have talks from professional photographers that are able to talk about their work and how they have grown as a photographer. The show is produced by Future, an international media group and a world leading photography publisher. They first began doing the shows in in 2014 as they realised that there were no shows around that did anything to do with photography.  They encourage photography enthusiasts to come to their shows to learn about what’s new in photography and what is to come in the future. Along with big brands such as Canon, Nikon and Olympus, the NEC Photography Show has become successful over the past two years gathering hundreds of photographers from across the UK to join in one big event to celebrate and improve the future of photography.

I am disappointed I was unable to go but I know what the NEC Photography show is for next year and I look forward to attending future shows.

ARD504 Creative Futures 2 – Gemma Roberts

Gemma Roberts is a graduate from Glyndwr University and she came to creative futures to talk to us about how she has created her own business using the practices she studied in university. Gemma was a fine art student that liked to create things with paper. For her final project she decided to create a different range of paper flowers, mainly with a wedding theme to them. This gave Gemma the idea that started off her own business.

Gemma learnt to promote her work through advertising on facebook, creating a professional account which would gain her customers. She also has a display in a wedding shop window which helps her get customers. Gemma told us that it is important to work to a customers needs and make it personal to them, this will make the product better for the customer which means a customer is more likely to recommend you to a friend.

I didn’t really learn much from Gemma’s talk that I can apply to my own practice but it was good to know that people are able to put their own learning practices into a home business if we put our minds to it and promote the correct way.

ARD504 Creative Futures 2 – Greame Park – Hacienda

Greame Park, currently a tutor at Glyndwr University, previously worked as a DJ in the Hacienda in Manchester. He started off Dj’ing in 1984 although he didn’t originally plan to become a Dj. Greame started off his Dj career in a music shop when his manager asked him to Dj for him in a club he planned to buy out. This started Greame’s new found passion for house music. House music wasn’t a very popular thing back in 1984 and some people weren’t too keen on it. Greame then grew a name for himself as a house music dj and was invited up to Manchester to play in Hacienda. Greame mentioned that the first time in Hacienda came as a shock to him as he’d never seen anything like it. People were dressed differently and acted differently to the way they did at his usual dj’ing spot. He soon come to know why and this was down to ecstasy. Greame mentioned that house music in clubs with ecstasy worked hand in hand and he believes that it was all part of the making of house music.

I learnt from Greame about the types of house music they played back in 1984 and he compared it to house music now. I found a lot of similarities between the house music of 1984 and the house music today and I’ve found that it’s quite repetitive and easy to dance to. Here’s an example of today’s house music in the link below.

I also learnt a valuable life lesson from Greame, one that he has learnt himself. He told us, ‘If anything happens to you by luck, make the most of it.’ What he meant by this is that it was by luck that his manager at the music shop had wanted him to dj in his new club, if he hadn’t Greame wouldn’t be the well known dj he is today. I will try to remember this quote and remember to make the most of every opportunity I get.