Unit 9

Career Plan and Goals:

Stage one: Test the waters(take what I can get).

Continue work experience and gain contacts.

Stage two: Get sponsored.

Try to get a sponsored job in England in prop making for a year. So preferably a prop shop. I would like to force my way into a small and personal company because there would be a broader range of work. I am also quite big on model making so I’d like to find one that does both.

Stage three: Take it over seas.

Move back to America and continue my film prop making and model making there.

Future goals:

  • Develop a web presence. So a blog, twitter, whatever it takes.
  • Create one kick ass portfolio of work I would enjoy doing.
  • Research how the industry works in America, Move there.
  • Work on 3D models and maquettes.
  • Start a workshop that makes small scale things like maquettes for larger marketing companies.

20 dream jobs.

Weta Workshop

Volpin Props

Mark Woolard

Plowman Craven & Associates

Jim Henson’s Creature shop

Legacy Effects

Framestore

FB-FX

Spectral Motion

The Glue Factory

Spur Creative Workshop

Kerner optical

MastersFX

Spur Creative Workshop

Prop-star

LifeCast

Creature Effects

John Weller

Lakeland Mouldings

Cartercutts

New Deal Studios

Sideshow Collectibles

McFarlane Toys

New Contacts:

Autodromo ltd.

http://www.autodromo.co.uk/Harriet Addyman

Managing Director

Unit 5, West Wales Business Park
Redstone Road
Narberth
Pembrokeshire SA67 7ES
United Kingdom

Markus Blee (elstree thing)

bleedesign@me.com

07771785668

Custom Creations

Daniel Carey-George

http://themodelmaker.co.uk/

1 Prinsep Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 7AB

info@themodelmaker.co.uk

Adrian Getley

adrian.getley@virgin.net

office: 0203 427 2224

mobile: 0787 893 2243

Application materials:

This is an updated C.V. done with the aid of Harriet.

Curriculum Vitae 2

And an application filled out for Autodromo Ltd.

Cover Letter Autodromo

Cover letter I used later for all 12 companies I emailed.

Cover letter, work experience

This cover letter I just used for them all and just changed the names on them. I was going for more of a quantity over quality kind of approach. But hey I still got plenty of results.

And updated C.V.

Curriculum Vitae better

Images I included in emails:

Places applied:

I emailed and sent an application in the post to 12 places. I weighed the quality with distance from me to decide which ones to contact.

1. Autodromo ltd: http://www.autodromo.co.uk/

2. Alchemy 3dc: http://www.alchemy3dc.co.uk/

Jamie – 07786905376  Jason – 07767250088

3. DB props: http://www.dbprops.co.uk/

Dean and Phillip – 01932592733

4. Creatures Inc. Ltd: http://creaturesinc.com/

02089048825  02088401168   07799035738

5. Models and Effects: http://www.modelsandeffects.co.uk/

07767833416

6. Plunge Productions: http://www.plungeproductions.com/

Tim Simpson – 01273421819

7. Robert Allsop and Associates: http://www.raprops.com/home/splash01.htm

Robert – 02086544391

8. SFX GB LTD: http://www.sfxgbltd.co.uk/

Neal Champion – 01932592416

9. Whetton and Grosch: http://www.whettonandgrosch.co.uk/

02088933660

10. Evolution VFX: http://evolutionvfx.com/

Richard – 07957142635   02083329633

11. Custom Creations: http://themodelmaker.co.uk/

Daniel – no number

12. Aztec Modelmakers: http://www.aztec-modelmakers.co.uk/

Alan and Robert Smith – 02089772010

Responses:

Plunge Productions offered paid work for one week. They called me before I even knew they had received my application in the post. Very positive.

Evolution VFX also called after I had left a message. They wanted to squeeze me in, but I had already accepted plunge’s offer. They told me to call back anytime.

DB props. I called and they said they loved my letter and would look for a place to put me in the coming weeks.

Models and Effects called me after I left them a message and offered me a job in oxford with paid hotel for 2 weeks.

SFX GB LTD. answered the phone but had no jobs going on at the moment.

Robert Allsop and Associates asked for a larger portfolio which I sent and then didn’t respond.

Alchemy 3DC doesn’t do work experience.

Whetton and Grosch don’t do work experience.

I never received a response from Creatures Inc. Ltd., Autodromo, or Custom Creations.

Work experience completed:

So far I’ve done two weeks at Elstree Studios on Last Day on Mars and one week at Plunge Productions.

Commission:

I’ve received a request from a friend to make a D20 container. This is what he initially requested:

“Hey I was thinking about your offer. Could you make me a D20, possibly made out of clay or something of the like. About the size of a baseball, hollow on the inside with the top half being removable.” – Dylan Johnson

Because he didn’t have a perfect vision he allowed me to design everything else. I have been giving him updates via my website and facebook to ensure that he is happy with my work. He agreed to pay me materials and shipping.

Website:

I also started a new website for blogging projects with my portfolio and C.V.

https://jaysurma.wordpress.com/

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