5 things you need to do to succeed as a freelancer!

When you decide to become a freelancer there a few things that you need to make sure you are doing in order to increase the chances of being successful in your new venture. It is incredibly rewarding to be your own boss and the opportunity to control your own work hours, however it requires a lot more energy to be a sustainable career.

Artswork Media team member Liam Macauley provides five top tips: 

1. Be social

You need to be on the relevant social media sites and updating them regularly with relatable content, in the current market social media is one of the best places to market your services. With many social media adverting programs you are able to target specific people with your posts meaning you are pushing your services to those who will actually become clients.

2. Network 

This can be a scary idea, however if you attend networking events it can be a lot easier to talk to potential clients as they are also there to find people to connect with to help their business. There are many events and groups who focus on a specific industry, for example I am part of E.O.N which is the Event Organisers Network (Bath and Bristol) which means I get to go to all of their events which bring in various businesses and individuals who are in the events industry which my specialism.


3. Use your connections

Every person you know is attached to someone who could use your skills. Make sure your friends and family know your contact details which they can pass on to anyone who mentions that they need a photographer/videographer. This can seem like you are bothering them to push out your services however when they are able to refer you to potential clients then it is a free and easy form of marketing.


4. Build relationships

When you are working for yourself you need to make sure you make strong relationships with as many clients as possible so that they will become a long term client which is important when work is so flexible and not guaranteed. Having a regular client which will bring in a constant revenue for you is key to not only paying for your living costs but also a way to reduce stress as you will not have to stress as much to find more work.

5. Keep up to date with taxes

When you are working for yourself you have to deal with the taxes yourself to prevent any fines from HMRC. If you are confident enough to keep track of all of your finical records then it is very possible to do it all yourself, however if you struggle with numbers or large amounts of data then it might be worth hiring an accountant who will handle that side of the business for you at a fee.


By Liam Macauley: Artswork Media Team Member 2017/18. You can check out Liam's event filming and photography work here



5 Ways to Become a Professional Editor Overnight

Here are the 5 things you need to know to become a professional editor:

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1. Know your resources:

When working with clients it is often the case that you wont be provided with all the elements you’ll need for the edit. And, when you’re starting out, finding footage, music and sound effects to use in your edits can be tricky; so its crucial to know how to access royalty/copyright free content. 

As companies utilise social media more and more, the ‘share-ablity’ of content is paramount. Avoiding copyrighted media will help you avoid any issues when it comes time to share your final edit. 

This is a good practice for new editors to get into before progressing to a stage where either every element in your project is provided to you or, you are in a position to pay for copyrighted media.

These are a couple of royalty free sites for you to check out here and here

2. Analyse everything:

Eventually this will become second nature to you as an editor but until it does, you should make a conscious decision to analyse every film/tv show/YouTube video/trailer and any other media you watch, all from an editing perspective.

What did you like? What didn’t you like? What would you have done differently? How did they achieve that effect? Why did they choose to cut there?

By finding out what you don’t like, you can apply this to your own edits and know what to avoid doing.

3. Be adaptable:

Freelance editors will work on a variety of different projects throughout their careers- and many editors work on varying client projects in order to fund passion projects that they work on in their free time.

Being adaptable to work in different genres/styles/projects gives you greater opportunity to work with more clients, and will help you fund the projects that are close to your heart.

Adaptability is also applicable to editing software; while there are a small number of industry standard NLE systems (Non-Linear Editing) used by professionals- the software is always changing and enhancing to be the most widely used. 

Keeping up with which software is currently most popular and ensuring that you have a good foundation of knowledge on a variety of these systems, will put you ahead of other freelance editors and, once again, give you the opportunity to work with more clients.

I explored some of these NLE systems and the future of editing in this research video.

4. Know your personality:

A career as a professional editor means long hours in an editing suite, on your own. It therefore makes sense that people who are more introverted and people who get their energy from being by themselves would be well suited to this job. 

This however does not mean that extroverted people wouldn’t also be just as well suited; The difference would be that, if you find you get your energy from being surrounded by other people, then it is paramount your achieve this in your downtime. 

Figuring out your personality will help you know how best to organise your workload and your free time to ensure you don’t burn out.

5. Practice:

Like any other skill, becoming a professional editor takes practice. The beauty of editing just for your own personal practice, is that you can practice on anything; Download online videos, use old footage from past projects, even videos you’ve taken on your phone. 

The content of these videos isn’t particularly important- it’s what you do with them. You can use these videos to help get you used to your editing software, try to recreate a transition that you saw in that TV show you were watching or play around with colour and music to change the genre of the video.

Practice and experimentation is never wasted time.

By Lori Smith

Top 5 Best Spots in Bath to Capture Beautiful Photos

Molly Bray, from Bristol-based production company: Artswork Media, tells you the best places you can take photos of in Bath.

Bath is one of the most beautiful places to photograph, with the 18th-century Georgian architecture, and vast green countryside that surrounds it, there’s nothing about this historic city that doesn’t scream ‘AMAZING!’


Here is a list of the top 5 places in Bath that you simply MUST take a photo of!

1. The canals:

The canals in Bath are a peaceful and tranquil place to adventure to, whether you spend a whole day exploring the many different routes you can take to walk along them, or if you’re simply taking your family there for a picnic.

2. The Crescent and Circus:

With the Crescent built between 1767 and 1774, and the Circus, built in 1754, and completed in 1768, these buildings are among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom.

3. Parade Gardens:

Parade gardens is a beautiful park at river level, placed at river level near the weir.
Enjoy a picnic or get together in this beautiful location and let the sound of the weir take you into a state of pure relaxation. I love this place and I think you will too

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4. The Abby

The Abby is another historical landmark of Bath, and you can even take a peak inside for free! There are even tower tours every now and again, which you do have to pay a few quid for, but it’s absolutely worth it for the breath taking view of Bath that not many know about.

5. Victoria Gardens

Victoria gardens and the surrounding gardens are simply breath taking. There are plenty of places for you to sit, or play football games, you can even bring a BBQ if you wanted! There is also a botanical garden and a lake nearby if you’re looking for further places to explore!

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Don’t think it can get any better? You’re wrong! All the places I’ve listed on this blog are completely free to visit for most of the year! So if you’re a student, or simply someone who wants to enjoy the Bath experience without the Bath price tag, then look no further!

By Molly Bray / Artswork Media Team Member 

5 Essential Sites to DIY Your Own Iconic Film Scores

Film scores are vital to the success of films as they help the shots to flow seamlessly together while emphasising the story taking place. Unfortunately, most indie filmmakers don’t have a big enough budget to have someone create a score for their specific film or scene. They therefore miss out on having their own specialised music that fits perfectly to what is happening in the plot. However, with these 5 websites even indie filmmakers can have phenomenal scores to accompany their films.

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Artswork Media is off to Cannes!

How do you get your film into Cannes? Bath Spa University's Creative Media Practice student Poppy Baines has the answer! Poppy discusses the creative process of making Touch at Artswork Media this year. We're delighted to announce Touch will be screening at Cannes Film Festival on 23rd May, 2017! 


1. Can you explain your inspiration and drive for making your short film Touch?

I have always been interested in how sensitive the human body is and how different people react to touch, it is such a personal feeling that is unique to every individual. Much of my work is inspired by conceptual artwork that explores femininity. I am constantly inspired and empowered by the strong creative network of friends that I have, and wanted to make a piece of work that explores a strong personal desire for a woman to touch. I wanted to push boundaries by showing the female with both feminine and masculine traits, which is something that isn’t seen in Hollywood films still. 


2. Why did you choose Super 8 as your film medium for the film?

I love reminiscing about the past and watching old family VHS tapes of my childhood, its much more authentic. 

Due to my love of the vintage and retro style, I was very keen to shoot on film. Super 8 was a medium that I had never experimented with before but I had an old Nikon 8mm camera picking up dust in my bedroom, then when I met Jamie (cinematographer) and we spoke about celluloid and he was interested in working on my project, the decision was made! The Straight 8 competition (that I highly recommend entering) also helped me choose Super 8. 

Theres something special about film, you cherish it much more and it involves a different version of film making that you are taught. 

3. What's the most important lesson you've learning while making this film?

I ended up loosing 2 of my iPhones on the beach during the recce and the shoot, so for next time I will make sure to either not bring my phone with me or to make sure its in a safe place away from the Welsh stormy weather and the fast tide!


4. How has making the film at Bath Spa University's production company Artswork Media helped you? 

Over the past year at Artswork Media, I have learned enterprising and creative skills in every area of media production which has massively helped me realise my true passion for conceptual art films. The brilliant Artswork Media team (Dr. Ruth Farrar, Rob Brown and Jamie Harding) have helped me develop as a filmmaker. The year has been very full on. It's encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone which means I've now successfully obtained a huge portfolio of industry projects I have worked on here at Artswork Media. 

In particular, Jamie has been amazing in every aspect of the production here at Artswork Media and I doubt my film would be going to Cannes without his and Artswork Media's help! 

5. Finally, what advice would you give to Bath Spa University students who would like to get their student films into film festivals such as Cannes?

Share your film idea on social media and with the creative community at Bath Spa. If I didn’t push my film and talk about it every second (literally) for months I wouldn’t be going to Cannes next week. I ended up raising over £800 through crowdfunding. Part of the money for the film also came from Bath Spa's Enterprise Showcase Fund, which is money donated by alumni of the University through its Development Office - who stepped up again to pay for my film's crew to travel to Cannes for the screening.....and bought them business cards!' I am very grateful for their help. I needed every penny of it because shooting on Super 8 is very expensive!

I would also advise students to make sure you are certain on your idea and really research into similar films/styles. This helped me with art direction of the film and to cater the film for a specific audience. I believe that making a successful film is all about the pre production. So PLAN, PLAN PLAN! (Oh and make a detailed schedule!)

And…finally enter your film into as many festivals as you can and step out of your comfort zone! Believe in yourself. Good Luck! 

Lovely London Light Installation: Photographic Review

Our team members Kerrie Norman and Lois Boyle recently ventured to London to experience a creative light installation:

At the weekend we visited PACE Gallery London, where teamLAB, a Japanese art collective, have just opened a new digital art exhibition. As we are a both interested in digital interactive media, we couldn't wait to get involved in this immersive experience. 

The exhibition, Transcending Boundaries, explores 'the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks.' 

The installations are displayed across three rooms using projections of various imagery. The main room shows a digital waterfall on the wall which when hits the floor, transforms into flowers and butterflies. Its interactive edge enables audiences to touch these butterflies so they fall to the ground. 

In another space waves are the main feature where the attention is detail is mind blowing.

These digital installations are well worth the visit, with their luminous colours and contemporary forms, that create a multi sensory experience.

The free exhibition takes place at Pace London, Burlington Gardens from the 25th Jan- 11 March 2017.