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University of Southampton Student Jessica Kwok discusses her recent online placement with Film Buddy.

I am delighted to announce that I have recently completed a Film Placement hosted by Film Buddy and I would like to share my experience.

The placement that I applied for was an online film placement in which I would create a mood board for the Pilot episode of a television programme.

Although this Pilot episode has already been filmed, it has given me a good opportunity to gain experience in terms of forming a vision for a film or a television programme.

After submitting my work to the director, I was quite surprised at the comments that I received. I knew that the work I produced was to the best of my ability; however, I thought that I would merely be receiving constructive criticisms on what I did well and what I could improve on.

Some of the feedback the director has given me was:

‘Your mood board is the best I’ve seen since we launched this as an online placement. You have analysed the details of the script perfectly and your suggestions on colour tones and setting are very close to how I envisaged it when writing.’

‘The synopsis also explains the concept very well, in fact, it’s better than the one I did for the actual pitch, which went on to raise the finance for the production.’

‘If you had sent me this as your interpretation of the script, I would have seriously considered hiring you. Well done.’

When I read the comments, I was astounded that the director would consider hiring me and that I was able to successfully pitch my ideas. My vision for the Pilot episode was very similar to the director’s and I was able to communicate my creative suggestions.

Overall, I had an amazing experience creating a mood board for this Pilot episode and learned to be all the more attentive to small details within such large artistic projects. I enjoyed this placement through developing a mood board and producing a vision for this Pilot episode.

Lastly, I would like to thank Ben Sweet for giving me the chance to take on this placement and for encouraging me to be persistent in looking for various opportunities that can help me gain experience.

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