FMP: Final Product

SEXISM IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY

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Photo sourced from Smite, sexism and the soul of E-sports

The thought of women being catcalled and grabbed at might seem outdated to some and unimportant to others, but it is still something that women working in the service industry tackle every day when they go to work. It’s 2017 and it’s time to shine a light of the dark side of working in this sector.


For anyone that has worked in the service industry whether that be behind a bar, waiting tables in a restaurant or café, or even in the local family friendly pub, you know that sexism is alive and well in the modern world. Working in this industry is demanding enough with abnormal hours, few to no breaks, demanding and often drunk customers all for in many cases minimal pay, on top of all this sexism, and inequality should not be something that women should have deal with at work.

Everyone deserves the right to a professional working environment, women should not be treated any differently just because of their gender, Just last year researchers form the Trade Union Congress and the Everyday Sexism Project published a study that found 63% of women aged between 16 and 24 in the UK have reported unwanted sexual harassment while at work.

Key findings relating to the extent of sexual harassment in modern workplaces are:

  • 52% of women polled experienced sexual harassment in some form.
  • 35% of women have witnessed female co-workers experiencing sexual harassment.
  • 32% have had to experience inappropriate sexual jokes in the workplace.
  • 28% of women have had to deal with sexual comments regarding their body or clothes.
  • 1/4 of women have endured unwanted sexual touching.
  • 1/5 of women have experienced unwanted sexual advances.
  • In the majority of cases, the offender was a male co-worker.
  • 1/5 women reported that the perpetrator was their manager or someone with direct authority over them.
  • 4 out of 5 women didn’t report the sexual harassment to their employers.

And yet in spite of this, very little is being done to stop this growing problem, woman have to go to work every day face harassment or even sexual assault from customers, co-workers and even their superiors. Yet society views the majority of these problems as “just a bit of banter,” or “boys will be boys”

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Photo sourced from 4 Subtle Ways Women Face Sexism At Work 

Women also have to deal with frequent micro-aggressions, these can be described as “small, subtle, and often unconscious actions or comments that marginalize people in oppressed groups.” And although these comments are often “well intentioned” they are incredibly discriminatory and can result in a hostile work environment. An example of a common micro-aggression is “You’re really good at [insert skill typically associated men] for a woman!” When you tell a woman she did something well despite the fact that she’s a woman, you’re telling her that she isn’t as good as a man doing the same job.

A common micro-aggression that women working within the service industry have to face every day is the stereotypical pet names that unfortunately come with the job. These include names like darling, sweetie, babe, and hun. During my time working in the service industry I was only ever referred to by names like these every day, and what men don’t seem to realise is that when they call us anything other than our names, their dehumanising us and attempting to make us feel inferior to them. This is something that women have to deal with from customer, co-workers and even our superiors on a daily bases, if men can be afforded the luxury of being referred to by their own names then why can’t women.

Another area that needs to be addressed is dress codes and all the comments that accompany them. Many businesses institute policies like preferring that women wear skirts as opposed to trousers, however many places within the service industry take it to further extremes. For example many female servers or bartenders are forced to wear often uncomfortably revealing clothing as part of their “uniform” to attract customers. Although some woman may want to dress in a more revealing manner, as is their right, there are often many who don’t, and their choice should not be taken away by a mandatory dress code. The short skirts and low cut tops that are often associate with working in bars or clubs can also open women up to a how barrage of inappropriate behaviour such as unwanted sexual advances and physical assaults. A WOMAN’S CLOTHES DO NOT MEAN CONSENT. An example of a business that forces employees to wear an unreasonable ‘uniform’ is the real life coffee shop chain called Cowgirls Espresso, a “business” that has their all-female staff wear nothing but themed lingerie while serving coffee.

Buzzfeed recently published an article featuring eye-opening stories depicting nine different women’s experiences working in the service industry. It seems that women across the pond are experiencing the same disgusting treatment that we are in the UK. I went out and interview four women who work in this sector and asked them to tell me about some of their experiences.

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Although all of the women were very willing to talk to me and open up about the harassment they’ve received, each of them asked to remain anonymous. This is itself speaks volumes to a larger issue, these women didn’t want me revealing their identities due to fear of reproductions because if their bosses were to find out they would be fired.

THE GENDER PAY GAP

However it’s not just harassment that women have to deal with at work they also have to cope with earning less money than men for the same amount of work. The current pay gap for full time workers is 13.9% overall.

Recent research has found that women often face discrimination at work when it comes to maternity, as roughly 54,000 women are forced to leave their jobs each year due to harsh treatment after having a baby. Under societies influence women also continue to play a major role in raising children and caring for sick or elderly relatives. As a result of this women can find themselves returning to a career in a lower paying job role while their male co-workers are promoted ahead of them.

On top of all this the labour market is still divided with 60% of women across the UK making less than the living wage, this correlates to the fact that 80% of people who work within the low paid leisure and care sectors are women. Men also still take up the majority of senior roles within the highest paid sectors, an example of this is that there are only 5 female chief executives within the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 index.

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Sourced from Mixology: Sexism in the Bar Industry

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

There are many simple things that can be done to combat sexism in the work place. For starters equal pay, that is not too much to ask for, women deserve the same pay for the same amount of work. We still have to pay rent and taxes as well as pay for food, and how can women be expected to support themselves if we’re working just as hard for half the pay. There should also be a zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment of any kind, and this needs to be something that all businesses actually act upon. It’s very easy to say you don’t tolerate something and then do nothing when something occurs. On multiple occasions while working in the service industry, customers and co-workers thought it appropriate to comment on my body and touch me without my permission, while management stood idly by. This is not acceptable, is a customer harasses an employee, throw them out, if a co-worker is sexually harassing one of your employees reprimand them. Unacceptable actions should not keep going un-punished.

And to anyone who has ever harassed a women who worked in a pub or a restaurant because you felt she owed you something, or to anyone who thought it was appropriate to harass your female co-worker just because you feel you can, start acting like human being and treat women with respect. The pretty girl working behind the bar isn’t trying to flirt with you, she’s being paid to be polite and your female co-worker isn’t there to appeal to your desires, she’s trying to earn a living just like everybody else. Assuming that you wouldn’t want anyone treating your mothers or your sisters or daughters the way you treat other women, how about you take a stand to defend half the world population and become a part of the solution and not the problem. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS AND IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION.


 

Unit 11: Preparing for progression in creative media production.

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Understand progression routes and related application progress:

1.1: Critically evaluate my own  strengths and ambitions to support own development and meet identified goals

During my time studying at Canterbury College I have acquired and developed various skills that will help me when progressing onto university or any future job prospects. Throughout this course I have greatly improved my writing skills by learning how to format my writing in a more concise manner in order to get my point across more efficiently instead of rambling on without getting anywhere, an issue that I have struggled with in the past. I have also learnt how to work better in a team as well as working better independently, I have also learnt how to construct an informative and interesting CV. All of the skills I have acquired or improved upon during this course have helped prepare me for my future whether that be at university or in a career.

My completed creative CV highlighting my attributes and skills:

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1.2: Use my knowledge and understanding of progression routes to make applications within creative media production, higher education or other employment

Using my CV I was able to successfully apply to a job that will allow me to further develop my skills and acquire valuable work experience that will help me with a future long term career. Although I will be taking the next year off from higher education I plan on applying to university next year. I will be able to reference this job in my personal statement and refer to the skills and experiences I acquired while working there.

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When applying for the job I first sent an email with my cover letter highlighting my skills and discussing why I wanted and would be suited for the job, I also attached a copy of the creative CV I completed while on the course. I then phoned the business and informed them of my email and let them know who I was as I wanted to make a good first impression.

I was then contacted and Invited in for a formal interview with the owner and her restaurant’s manager. After the interview I was contacted via email and was offered a position at the establishment which I accepted.

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2.1: Critically evaluate a range of communication skills and knowledge required to make application to progression routes within creative media production

When applying for a job or for university it is highly important that you include all relevant information, so listening, reading , and writing skills are greatly important if you want to succeed. This is because if you miss something out or fail to include any important information, that could result in you missing out on important or interesting opportunities.

Throughout this course I have greatly developed my writing skills during each of my creative projects and by carefully reading each of the projects briefs I was able to understand what information I needed to include and what was unnecessary. I was also able to develop my listening and communication skills while working in teams for various tasks throughout this year as well as during interviews that I have conducted as research for my various projects.

Not only will the skills I have learnt and developed this year allow my to be better suited for a job in creative media as well as when I apply to attend university but they will also help me when completing my final major project this year. I have learnt how to use many relevant computer softwares this year such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop, all of which I can use to help me with my FMP and with my future career or university.

2.2: Use a range of communication skills and knowledge to make applications for future study or work

As evidenced above I have successfully used this skills I have acquired during this course to apply for a job, I also plan on using this same skills and experiences to apply to university next year. The above communication skills and knowledge have helped me in constructing my CV, cover letter, and how I present and handle my self during a formal interview. This skills will also help me when applying to jobs in the future and help me with my long term career goals.

Unit 11 (Celia)

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Existing CVs that I think are effective:

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I chose the CVs shown above as my examples because they are clean and organised but not too over the top. Although they are more creative than your average CV they aren’t over saturated with too much going on in the image. They keep to simple colour schemes and clear, easily readable font, and due to the use of typographical hierarchy an order of importance is established within each CV. By using different colours in different areas of the image it grabs the readers attentions and draws our gaze to specific areas such as the colourful graphs and skills charts in each image.

Each of my examples keeps to a similar grid like format, this allows the creators to clearly and concisely lay of all the important information into separate sections without over crowding the image. This way the creator can also highlight what areas of the grid they want to draw more attention to by allocating more space to that section, or having the written element of that section be in a different colour, bold or italics.

Overall each CV is well structured and has been carefully laid out as well as is easy to read and understand, while still being eye catching to the reader.

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5 CV Examples that will influences my own work

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I chose these examples as the inspiration for my final CV because each of them as an elegant and professional feel. I don’t want to go over the top with final CV and want to keep it as simple as possible without it ending up looking boring or dull. Previous CVs that I have made in the past have been too long, extending over two pages and saturated with excessive amounts of text. I hope that by following the examples of these images that I can keep all the relevant and necessary information to one page.

My favourite example is the pink CV with the name Mary Hloomcraft at the top. I like the way the CV is laid out as its clear and simple and not excessive when it comes to images or colour. Its grid like format allows the information to be read easily which would be an issue if the text were in one large block. The large title over each section allows the reader to clearly distinguish what information is where. Instead of pink I would prefer to use purple in my final CV, as the colour purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power and ambition. The colour purple can also represent wisdom, creativity and wealth.

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CV Creation

I have started working on my Final CV, using information from my pre-existing CV which I had already had evaluated during a previous course at the college. Using the creative examples I had collected I was able to format the information in not only a clearer but also a more eye catching way. I decided to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create my CV as it is a software that I have access to at home, I am also comfortable using it and have found that I get excellent results when using this software. I am able to achieve the results that I want with my Final CV using PowerPoint as apposed to an Adobe software which I don’t have access to at home and would take me longer to complete.

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I have completed my updated CV and added it to this post.

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I found that I struggled to fit all the information that I initially wanted to include into the format I had decided on, as I had to edit what information I included in the final product as well as font size to fit it all in. I didn’t want my work to look cramped so I had to spend a great deal of time editing what was relevant and what was not.

I drew inspiration for the CVs I had researched and decided to follow a grid like format to keep my work looking neat and professional. I didn’t want to flood my work with pictures and clipart because I didn’t want it to seems messy and I wanted the readers to be able to focus on one area of the piece at a time and not have them not know where to look. I decided to use the colour purple to accentuate my piece for the same reasons I had expressed earlier in this post. I also find purple in certain shades to be a fairly neutral colour as it is not too bright and overpowering as well as not to dark or dull. I chose to include a skills chart in my CV as it was something I have seem in nearly all of the examples and templates I had researched. I decided to use stars to represent important skills and I coloured them yellow because I wanted it to contrast with the purple theme of the rest of the piece and be an eye-catching area that draws the readers attention. I used a simple font (Calibri) as I wanted it to be easy for people to read and understand. I decided that instead of writing ‘telephone number’ and ’email address’ that I would use symbols instead to conserve space. Another way I did this was by only including my Post Code next to the home address symbol, my address is quite long and it would have taken up a great deal of space making my work look cramped and messy. I feel that switching for words to symbols was a creative solution to this problem.

I feel I have achieved my goals of creating a professional and formal looking creative CV, I showed my final product to my peers and received positive feedback. I am aware though that I will need to re-evaluated this CV in the future when I add more information to it, such as updating references and work experience. I may have to rearranging how I currently have it set out to accommodate more information as it may not fit in with how I have currently arranged everything. I am also pleased to say that this CV helped me to get a job.

Unit 9: Final Products

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Final Product 1: Visual Piece.

We can’t always express how we truly feel, sometimes we suffer in silences under our masks.

 

 


Final Product 2: Written Piece.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

In the space of 12 months two prime ministers have made bold claims that they are dedicated to improving the UK’s current issues surrounding mental health. However whilst they hide behind bold words and no action, suicide rates in the UK have sky-rocketed to the highest they have been in 20 years.

Early this year Prime Minister Theresa May gave a bold and empowered speech regarding the current status of mental health in the United Kingdom. She brought up many relevant points such as tackling mental health issue at a young age and having a suitable and effective support system in place to help children and young people that are suffering in the UK’s current state. May placed emphasis on how mental illnesses and mental health issues that go untreated in children (1 in 10 children suffer from a mental health issue) can result in burdening people with lifelong debilitating mental illnesses. Yet despite the forward thinking approach that May has put forward only 70p out of every £100 the NHS spends goes towards children’s mental health services.

Another bold claim made by May was that she intends to hold former Prime Minister David Cameron accountable for the promises he made regarding mental health. This occurred over a year ago back in January 2016 when Cameron promised to put £1bn towards mental health funding, this being another promise that never came to pass. Just like the claims made back in March of 2015 that £1.25bn would be use to fund mental health services for children and young people. The track record speaks for itself at this point and as much as I want to believe that things with finally take a step in the right direction and the youth in this country will stop having to suffer due to more broken promises, I am left feeling that this is simply more bold, empty claims with non-existent actions to back them up.

Here are some recent statistics sourced from YoungMinds that speak volumes to this countries dire mental health situation.

  • 2.2% of 16-24 year olds in Great Britain experienced a depressive episode.
  • 4.7% of 16-24 year olds screen positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • 16.4% of 16-24 year olds experienced neurotic symptoms.
  • 0.2% of 16-24 year olds have a psychotic disorder.
  • 1.9% of 16-24 year olds have a diagnosed personality disorder.
  • 3.6 of 16-24 year olds have a generalised anxiety disorder.
  • 2.3% of 16-24 year olds have an obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • 6.2% of 16-24 year olds have attempted suicide in their lifetime.
  • 8.9% of 16-24 year olds have self-harmed in their lifetime.
  • In 2011, 194 15-19 year olds and 427 20-24 year olds committed suicide.

These statistics speak the harsh truth that not only our behaviour towards mental health but also the support systems in place need to be drastically improved upon. May talks in her speech about how she believes that the main task at hand should be tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness. Although part of this is in fact true as stigma surrounding the subject has become the norm, it is only one aspect of a much larger problem. Even if we are to work on derailing the stigma that currently perpetuates throughout our everyday lives we would still need a solid support system in place for when we overcome that obstacle, otherwise it would all be for nothing. With new social media popping up every day it make it so much easier for the media to spread this stigma, and when those already effected with a mental health issue having to deal with bullying and belittlement it makes it that much harder for them to reach out.

The blame also falls on those that remain silent, those that stand by and watch others suffer, you are part of the problem. I have known many people that refused to help those when they were in need, wh0 then went on to claim how effected they were when the person in question took their own life. I’m not suggesting you have to be someone’s caregiver but letting them know that they aren’t the problem and suggesting they seek help is a push in the right direction. Every little bit of support goes a long way and can make the differences in someone’s world. This culture we have developed of keeping quiet needs to be put to an end. If you are suffering, speak out, seek help, but we must also have a safe place for people to land when they reach out. We need to have a solid support system in place to make sure that nobody falls through the cracks.

Schools and other learning institutions are areas that require desperate action when it come to the mental health and the wellbeing of children. Teaching children at a young age that mental health issues are just as serious as physical injuries and nothing to be ashamed of could allow us to break the stigma before it has time fester. All schools should also have someone qualified to not only help students through these issues but teach them about them as well. There is no excuse in this day and age to not have at least a basic understanding of mental health when one in very ten children are effected. Schools could also offer support groups for children that just need someone to talk to in a safe environment, especially if they cannot afford professional counselling.

The reality is that there is so much that can be done to prevent such horrible tragedies coming to pass, and as the children of the UK are suffering a great deal due to the governments inaction regarding mental health, we owe it to them to take a step in the right direction. Theresa May has made many good, well-intentioned points in regards to the subject and I remain cautiously optimistic the she will follow through with her promises. With how widespread the media has become and everyone having the world at their finger tips it makes it that much easier to spread the word that mental health is serious and not something to be taken lightly. It is time we took action and left empty words behind.

Children’s learning resource: Character Designs

 

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Final product

This is the final product for this unit. I chose to create a short demo for my game idea, it was originally my intention to make the demo longer and more detailed but due to time restraints I was unable to complete a longer version in time. Also I would have like to have produced a higher quality animation but I didn’t have access to the equipment that I would have needed to achieve this. Overall I am happy with the final product though as I put a lot of time into it and it turned out better than I had hoped. The designs and drawings took a great deal of time and I received lots of positive feedback which really helped with developing my word.

 

 

Unit 9 Project: Words and Young Communities – Pre Production

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Chosen Topic/Theme: Mental Health (Pitch)

Mental Health is defined as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.

I chose this topic for my project because it is one that falls very close to home, I have also been inspired by the excessive amount of news stories and articles surrounding mental health and suicide in teenagers. An area I wish to cover in my work is the stigma surrounding mental health and people’s behaviour towards it. I have noticed through my own personal experience as well as things I have read about or discussed with others is that when someone is suffering with a mental health problems and are in need of help and support, it is often the case that people turn them away or invalidate their problems. However, once someone has been pushed over the edge and committed suicide people are quick to say how sad and effected they are by what has happened and how much it has affected them despite no attempt to help the person when they were suffering. I have also found that many people seem to be under the impression that teenagers or children cannot suffer from mental health problems despite the fact that statistically 1 in 10 children and young people are affected by mental health problems.

I plan on conducting both primary and secondary as well as qualitative and quantitative research. To research my project I plan on extensively gathering information from as many sources as possible to make sure that I am well informed before I move onto the production portion of this project. I will be gathering the majority of my research from the internet as I will be able to ascertain the most information this way. I also plan on looking through various books specifically ones that are psychology and sociology related as they will be the most likely to contain information relevant to my chosen topic. I also plan on conducting research first had by making surveys and questionnaires for people to fill out and I would also like to personally interview people about their experiences related to this topic. When it comes to my primary research I am concerned about peoples anonymity, as this is a very personal subject I want people to be able to open up to me and answer honesty without feeling over exposed. This is why I will most likely take the Vox Pop interview method out of the equation and instead devise a more private method of gathering information.

As part of this project we have to present our final products in two different formats. It is my intention to present one of my final products as a written piece as this is my strongest area. This will also provide me with a wide format with which to express my ideas and concerns regarding mental health and the issues that surround that topic. I would also like the second part of my project to have a visual component, as I believe that this will allow people to better empathise with my chosen topic if they can see something that they relate to. I think given the time frame of this project that it would be better for me to produce a picture as apposed to a video. This will make the final product a great deal more subjective than a video so I will need to make sure I am clear with what I intend to make. Although having something that is open to interpretation could work well considering my topic as there is such a wide variety of mental health issues and they affect everyone differently. So one person might take my picture one way and someone else another.

I pitched my initial ideas to Greg and the class and received lots of useful feedback. They agreed that presenting one of my final products as a written piece was a good idea as it is my strong-suit and will give me a wide range in which to express my views. They also suggested that a news article would be a good route to take as it would allow me to express the seriousness of the topic at hand and also allow me to parallel other articles on the subject. This will also allow me to easily incorporate various facts and figures without them feeling out of place. I have decided to have my piece be in the style of an online article as apposed to a newspaper or magazine article as online articles are more easily accessible as well as more relatable to younger generations. I frequently see online articles being shared on sites like Facebook regarding mental health. These articles can then be shared and reacted to by thousands of people in mere moments and it is this kind of accessibility and audience that I am aiming my project at. I also discussed my ideas about producing a photo with the class and received feedback regarding that as well. I am torn between two different ideas; my first ideas is to have a picture of a person wearing a mask of their face looking happy but because the mask is slightly pulled away you can see their real expression underneath symbolising the emotions we hide from others and that we all have to put on mask to be see as normal and to be accepted when in reality some people are suffering. My second idea is to have a picture split down the middle and on one side the person looks happy and on the other side the person looks sad. This ideas follows the same premise as the other photo but would probably be much simpler to produce. Due to the time frame I don’t want to give myself too much work that I can’t complete. After discussing this with my peers they agreed that the second option would be easier to accomplish in the time frame as it wouldn’t require as much editing. They also suggested that I attempt to make two photos and try my first idea in one photo and the second idea for the other. The class and the various tutors I pitched my project to all agreed lots could be done with the topic I have chose and that it is a subject that needs to be addressed.


 

 

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This is a mind map I made to help me express my ideas for my project. Laying it out like this really helped me organise some of the aspects of mental health that I would like to cover in this project.


primary Research:

I asked 20 people from ages ranging from 17-95 some questions about mental health.

this is the list of questions I asked people:

  • Do you know anyone who has experienced any mental health issues?
  • Have you ever experienced mental health issues?
  • Have you ever supported someone through a mental health issue?
  • Would you support someone through a mental health issue?
  • Do you feel that there is enough support systems in place to help people suffering with a mental health issues?
  • Have you or anyone you know experienced or witnessed stigma surrounding mental health?

This is a table showing my results:

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This is a Graph displaying my results:

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To help me decide on what questions I should be asking to achieve the best results I drafted my ideas and asked for peer feedback regarding the matter. This feedback helped me to determine the number of questions I should ask, not too many so I didn’t overwhelm those taking my questionnaire and not to few so I didn’t get enough information. The peer feedback also helped me to word the questions that I wanted to ask properly so that I could achieve the best results.

The results of my questionnaire differed slightly from what I would have suspected. When I asked 20 people if they had know anyone that had experienced any mental health issues 18 said yes, and then when asked if they would support someone suffering through a mental health issue 19 said yes. I didn’t expect quite so many people to say that they would help but found myself pleasantly surprised, that is until I asked If they had supported someone going through a mental health issue. Now judging by the fact that so many said that they would jump at the chance to help I wasn’t expecting the result that I got. When asked if they had supported someone only 4 said yes, only 4 out of 20, despite the fact that 19 said they would if they knew and 18 said they did know. These results are supported by a great deal of my secondary research. When looking up news articles surrounding mental health in the UK typically surrounding teenagers I found a very similar stance when it came to mental health; people think that something needs to be done, but aren’t willing to actually help. Unfortunately actions speak louder than words.

I have displayed my findings from the questionnaire in the table and graph pictured above. I wanted the results to be easy to read and understand and I think I have achieved that.

Thoughts and Feelings:

Contributing to my primary research, I interviewed various people about what they thought when it comes to mental health. I wanted to understand their personal thoughts and feelings regarding the topic to give me further insight into my project and what I want to achieve. I decided to present my findings in this slideshow with each image having a colourful background as I was inspired by a social network called The Whisper App. The function of this app is for people to anonymously confess things as well as find support regarding their troubles. The anonymous posts a formatted as pictures or colourful backgrounds with the persons issue written on them. I wanted to take this approach when presenting my finding as I often see many whisper app posts about Mental Health shared onto Facebook, and as I was anonymously collecting peoples thoughts and feelings I felt it only fitting to present it in a similar way to what had originally inspired me. I also thought this method of collecting research and information was more suitable and less invasive than using vox pop style interviews, that way it would be easier for people to open up and simpler to maintain my interviewees anonymity.

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Some of what I was told when conducting my research was honestly difficult to hear. Some people shared sentiments that I agree with in regards to mental health in general, but others preferred to divulge much more personal stories of things that they had experienced in their lives, for example the stigma they had faced or insight into a mental illness that they had suffered with. I felt very grateful that they were telling me about such emotional and powerful experienced to use as research for my project. Even though I thought it was best to keep it all anonymous to protect everyone’s identities I still felt honoured that they trusted me enough to let me use their stories as a part of my research. Hearing what everyone had gone through was a great insight into what so many people deal with every day and I was pleased to know that many of my thoughts and feelings regarding mental health where shared by nearly everyone I had interviewed. Hearing each story only served to inspire me more to create a final product that really spoke to how everyone was feeling.

An interesting point that I was able to take away from my interviews is that schools seem to be an area where vast improvements need to be made in regards to mental health. Some of the stories people had told me about their experiences facing stigma and other issues had take place at school, and some people had some ideas of what could be done to improve things. It was both interesting and insightful to ear what people had to say and there were definitely some key points that I would like to include in my article.


Secondary Research:

Facts and Figures from the Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2016:

  • There were 6,581 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland, in 2014.
  • In 2014, 6,122 suicides were registered in the UK. This corresponds to a suicide rate of 10.8 per 100,000 people (16.8 per 100,000 for men and 5.2 per 100,000 for women).
  • The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2014 was for men aged 45-49 at 26.5 per 100,000.
  • The male suicide rate decreased in the UK (by 5.6%), England (by less than 1%), Wales (by 37.6%), Scotland (by 17.6%), Northern Ireland (by 10.2%) and Republic of Ireland (by 6.4%) between 2013 and 2014.
  • Female suicide rates increased in the UK (by 8.3%), England (by 14%), Scotland (by 7.8%) and Republic of Ireland (by 14.7%) between 2013 and 2014. Female suicide rates decreased in Wales (by 38.2%) and Northern Ireland (by 17.7%).
  • The female suicide rate in England is at its highest since 2005.
  • The female suicide rate in the UK is at its highest since 2011.

Statistics and risk factors about young adults with mental health problems.

  • 2.2% of 16-24 year olds in Great Britain experienced a depressive episode.
  • 4.7% of 16-24 year olds screen positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • 16.4% of 16-24 year olds experienced neurotic symptoms.
  • 0.2% of 16-24 year olds have a psychotic disorder.
  • 1.9% of 16-24 year olds have a diagnosed personality disorder.
  • 3.6 of 16-24 year olds have a generalised anxiety disorder.
  • 2.3% of 16-24 year olds have an obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • 6.2% of 16-24 year olds have attempted suicide in their lifetime.
  • 8.9% of 16-24 year olds have self-harmed in their lifetime.
  • In 2011, 194 15-19 year olds and 427 20-24 year olds committed suicide.
Further information can be found on the websites via the links.

News Articles:

Mental illness in the media

Portrayal of mental illness in the media, TV and newspapers

Portrayal of mental illness in TV soaps and Dramas

How suicide affects others


Target Audience:

I used a website called YouGov to gather demographic information that pertains to my research. I was able to gather information on who is interested in various different mental health organisations and causes, to give me an idea who my project would be more appealing to.

Mental Health Foundation:

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 40-54
  • Region: London
  • Political affiliation: Left Wing
  • Monthly spare income: Less than £125
  • Profession: Community and social care
  • Time Spent Online: 31-35 hours a week
  • Time Spent watching TV: 31-35 hours a week
  • Newspaper: The Mirror
  • Magazine: TV Choice

Action Mental Health:

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 25-39
  • Region: The West Country
  • Political affiliation: Left Wing
  • Monthly spare income: £125-£499
  • Profession: Entertainment
  • Time Spent Online: 50+ hours a week
  • Time Spent watching TV: 1-5 hours a week
  • Newspaper: The Sun
  • Magazine: Total Guitar

Action on Depression:

  • Gender: Female 
  • Age: 55+
  • Region: London
  • Political affiliation: Left Wing
  • Monthly spare income: Less Than £125
  • Profession: Law
  • Time Spent Online: 26-30 hours week
  • Time Spent watching TV: 41-45 hours a week
  • Newspaper: The Guardian
  • Magazine: Web User

Mind (Mental Health Organisation):

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 25-39
  • Region: North West
  • Political affiliation: Left Wing
  • Monthly spare income: Less than £125
  • Profession: Civil Social and Charity 
  • Time Spent Online: 36-40 hours a week
  • Time Spent watching TV: 26-30 hours a week
  • Newspaper: The Guardian 
  • Magazine: HELLO! Magazine

Rethink (Mental Health Organisation):

  • Gender: Female
  • Age: 25-39
  • Region:  London
  • Political affiliation: Left Wing
  • Monthly spare income: £1000+
  • Profession: Community and social care
  • Time Spent Online: 31-35 hours a week
  • Time Spent watching TV: 46-50 hours a week
  • Newspaper: The Times
  • Magazine: Take A Break
Further information about these specific demographics can be found through the highlighted links.

The various profiles I looked at on YouGov have helped me to narrow down the specific demographic that I should target for my projects audience. Although the demographic profiles I researched did not have completely unanimous results they did have some similarities. For example out of the five different demographic topics that I researched 3 had an age range of 25 – 39, and the newspaper of choice for 2 of them was The Guardian. Because of this I researched various Guardian articles focusing on mental health to give me inspiration for my own article.

Industry Examples

These are the industry examples of print articles that I found. I drew inspiration from these particular articles because the are from the guardian which was a news source which that appeared more than once during my target audience research. I thought that if people who are interested in mental health are reading articles from the guardian then it would be best to research articles they have done on mental health. I found these articles very informative and helpful in influencing how I formatted my own article, as I wanted my own work to be presented in a similar style so it would be more appealing to my target audience.

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/jan/17/mental-health-good-deeds-good-speeches-resources

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/12/number-of-suicides-in-england-and-wales-last-year-reaches-20-year-high

These are the industry examples of posters I found depicting mental health issues and depression. I chose then as my industry examples as they are similar to what I want to create within my own work. My idea is to have a poster that depicts a persons face with one side happy and one side sad. These examples, although similar to each other have all taken a different approach to this idea, they each present two sides to a persons face and allude to the fact that people were metaphorical masks to hide how we really feel. This is what I want to capture with my own images.

 

 

 


Harvard References and Bibliography

Suicide: Facts and figures. Available at: http://www.samaritans.org/about-us/our-research/facts-and-figures-about-suicide (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Burstow, P. (no date) Mental health needs good deeds more than good speeches. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/jan/17/mental-health-good-deeds-good-speeches-resources (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

YoungMinds (no date) Young adults statistics – mental health statistics. Available at: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/training_services/policy/useful_statistic/young_adults_statistics (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Jehring, A. and kitching, C. (2016) Teen killed himself after sick bullies created fake Jimmy Savile Facebook page. Available at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teen-killed-himself-after-bullies-9256657 (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Turton, P. (2016) Home. Available at: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/684139/Teenager-commits-suicide-six-year-battle-anorexia (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Sacks-Jones, K. (2016) Suicide: There’s a serious problem with Britain’s girls. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/health/suicide-theres-a-serious-problem-with-britains-girls/ (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Forster, K. (2000) Local authorities ’spend close to nothing on mental health’. Available at: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/local-authorities-mental-health-mind-less-than-one-per-cent-budget-public-a7461806.html (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Lamb, N. (2016) The government is breaking promises on child mental health. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/dec/07/government-breaking-promises-child-mental-health (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

CturnerHerald (2016) Charity reveals ’shocking’ spend on public mental health. Available at: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/charity-reveals-8216-shocking-8217-spend-on-public-mental-health/story-29964437-detail/story.html (Accessed: 21 December 2016).

Allen, V. (2016) Local authorities spend next to nothing on mental health services. Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4011924/Local-authorities-England-spend-one-cent-public-health-budget-mental-health-according-new-data.html (Accessed: 21 December 2016).

BBC (2016) Young women at ‘highest mental health risk’. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37504679 (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Available at: http://youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y97VF5UJcc&w=560&h=315 (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Available at: http://youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aieGAaYR1T8&w=560&h=315 (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Mindframe (2014) Available at: http://www.mindframe-media.info/for-media/reporting-mental-illness/evidence-and-research/evidence-about-mental-illness-in-the-media (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Change, T.T. (2016) Media TV and newspapers. Available at: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/category/blog/media-tv-and-newspapers (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Change, T.T. (2016) Soaps & dramas. Available at: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/media-centre/media-advisory-service/soaps-dramas (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

How suicide affects others (2017) Available at: http://uk-sobs.org.uk/suicide-bereavement/how-suicide-can-affect-you/how-suicide-affects-others/ (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

YouGov profiles LITE (no date) Available at: https://yougov.co.uk/profileslite#/Mental_Health_Foundation/lifestyle (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

YouGov profiles LITE (no date) Available at: https://yougov.co.uk/profileslite#/Action_Mental_Health/demographics (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

YouGov profiles LITE (no date) Available at: https://yougov.co.uk/profileslite#/Action_on_Depression/lifestyle (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

YouGov profiles LITE (no date) Available at: https://yougov.co.uk/profileslite#/Mind_(Not_for_profit)/demographics (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

YouGov profiles LITE (no date) Available at: https://yougov.co.uk/profileslite#/Rethink/demographics (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

Gayle, D. and Johnston, C. (2016) Number of suicides in England and wales reaches 20-year high. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/12/number-of-suicides-in-england-and-wales-last-year-reaches-20-year-high (Accessed: 25 November 2016).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 4 Skills (Greg): Show Don’t Tell, Subtext, Dialogue, Script layout.

NOTE: TO BE EDITED AND UPDATED.

Things to be included in this weeks blog post:

  • A short script and a short film I have made (with my group) with minimal dialogue relating to the Show and Don’t Tell theme.
  • A synopsis for the short film.
  • A storyboard for the film.
  • A description of the skills being learned and used.
  • Show an example of these being used professionally.
  • Demonstrate you own example of how you used the skills.
  • Evaluate your use of the skill with reference to the professional example.

Summary:

This week we divided into groups and were tasked with creating a script for a short film as well as creating the film that relates to the theme of ‘Show and Don’t Tell’. Myself and my group worked very well together to divide up the work equally so that it was fair and all the work being produced was off a high quality.


The Skills I learnt this Week:

This week I learnt how to write and properly layout a screenplay/ script with the help of my group. We then used this to create a short film based on the theme of loneliness. It was interesting learning how to ‘show and not tell’ as we were limited to only using a maximum of 5 words throughout the entire piece.  During class we g


Professional Examples:

Short Film examples that utilise the theme of showing not telling:

 

 

Screenplay example:

sample-screenplay-page


My work:

Script for the short film:

FADE IN:

EXT. WALKWAY BY THE DANE JOHN – DAY

On the walkway of Dane John Gardens sat at a bench, a girl walks away from her relationship with her boyfriend purposefully. This leaves the boyfriend devastated.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SMALL ROOM – DAY (FLASH CUT)

The boyfriend is sat on a chair at a table in a small white room.

SCOTT (the boyfriend) is introverted. He is upset and confused.

SCOTT

(Gets out a notebook and puts it on the table. He begins to write rhetorical questions, tears them out of the book aggressively and puts them on the wall.)

His head is down, mid-shot of him writing. This cuts to a close-up of the pen on the paper. This continues with a series of shots with the room slowly getting smaller as thoughts are put on the wall.

Cut to exterior. A text message comes up on his phone from friend. He smiles and puts his phone away, wipes face with relief. Puts phone in pocket, gets up and walks away from camera.

Cuts back to interior. Scott takes the thoughts off the wall in another series of shots. He then takes the last thought down reading ‘Does anyone even care about me?’ and writes something at the bottom and re-pins to the wall. The shot lingers on the page revealing that it says ‘Yes’. Fades to black.

Storyboard:

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Short Film:


Evaluation:


Bibliography and Harvard References:

Future Shorts . (2008). The Black Hole . [Online Video]. 31 October 2008. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5_Msrdg3Hk&nohtml5=False. [Accessed: 21 October 2016].

Mario O. Moreno and Kay Tuxford , (1800), Sample Screenplay Page [ONLINE]. Available at: https://www.writersstore.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay-a-guide-to-scriptwriting/ [Accessed 21 October 2016].

Radek Sienski . (2010). MEMORIES . [Online Video]. 4 January 2010. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85HDu87TGy0&nohtml5=False. [Accessed: 21 October 2016].

SMART Objectives:

Objective: To create an interactive online storybook, following the adventures of two puppies.

S – To create a series of illustrated slides, depicting the adventures of two puppies, in the form of an interactive online game with multiple choices and routes that the reader/ player can follow. However due to time restrictions I will only be fully illustrating one of the routes.

M – When I’ve completed one of my games routes.

A – I aim to complete one of the multiple routes that takes place within the game. Although I would like to complete all route, due to the time restraints I would be unable to illustrate all of the slides by the deadline. But by completing one of the routes I can accurately and concisely show what I want to convey with my game.

R – Yes, my idea is relevant to the project objective because the story I wish to create will include multiple choices that the reader can play through as well as moral decisions and various learning opportunities.

T – I aim to have the project completed and handed in by 7th December.