Hard work pays off.. #VFL18

I haven’t updated the blog for a while as all we have been doing is editing and posting the rest of our alphabet.

We finally made it to A! And with our last post we reached 89 followers!

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Its such a good feeling to look at the final project and I’m so happy with how it turns out. It looks professional and has lots of information for an Instagram page. We did originally plan to have a twitter page set up as well but I’m glad that that didn’t work out as we put a lot more work into the Instagram page which made it a lot better! Using Instagram was also a great idea as our project was image based and Instagram acts as a great platform for this kind of project.

Even though the alphabet has come to an end there is room to expand to other cities or maybe even having something like ‘letter of the week’ on our current A-Z of Leicester page. Overall I believe the project has been a huge success as we have gained many followers without following many pages ourselves.



WE UPLOADED OUR FIRST FEW POSTS! After hours and hours of cropping and editing all our photos we were able to post the first few letters of the alphabet.

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We posted all the way up to V which has made me very excited to finish the project finally! We have also received a few comments and many people have liked the posts. We have also received a few follows from people that we have tagged in the posts or places that we have linked using the map feature on Instagram.

Many people have commented about the upcoming posts which is a good sign as it means that we are engaging with people which was our aim for the project. We are now up to 60 followers!

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Editing away.. #VLF18

We’ve had another few meetings about the progress of the page and I think its going well! We’ve added a few more promo shots to the Instagram stories which is great as its keeping our current followers interested in what is coming up during the project.
We’ve taken most of the photos that we need to complete our A-Z but will need a few more before we have all the photos that we need. After the second day of solid photo taking we have realised we may have to retake some and also shuffle a few of our words around to make room for others.

We’ve started the hashtag #azleicester which we intend to use on every post linking all the single posts together and making followers of the page be able to interact with us more. After the promo posts we have gained quite a few followers and now have 40 followers while only following 5 accounts which shows that this kind of account is interesting to a lot of people.

During the photography days we filmed a vlog so people could see what we were getting up to. You can watch the vlog here! 

We’ve also edited a lot of the main posts meaning we are almost ready to start posting our A-Z which is very exciting!!!

Getting started #VFL18

Today we met up and organised the rest of the photos that we need to take and when we are all free to take them. Some letters are proving more difficult than others to find something for but we’re slowly figuring out what the final project will look like.

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For inspiration we looked at websites such as ‘visit Leicester’ and ‘Trip advisor’ as well as taking inspiration from our own outings in Leicester as well as our friends experiences.

We decided to go around and take most of the pictures across two days so that the project moved smoother and we could get on with editing them as soon as possible as this is what would take up most of our time. While we were taking photos we would also get together some content to use as promo and use the ‘Instagram stories’ feature to help us promote the project and keep followers interested while we gathered photos and edited them for the main project page.

So far I’m feeling good about the project as we are on track and excited to get the project done!


Finding a cause #VFL18

Last week we had a meeting about what we were going to create for our contribution to the ‘View from Leicester‘ project. We took notes on the meeting and made brain storms for our different ideas for the project.

We had several ideas that were inspired by the ‘Humans of New York‘ project and the ‘CHEER UP LUV‘ photography project. We decided to take photos around Leicester following a similar style to these projects. However, we felt that these ideas were too vague and wanted a clearer idea of what we wanted to do. So we brainstormed some more and settled on the idea of ‘A-Z of Leicester’ which would be an Instagram and Twitter project based on places of interest around Leicester.

Originally we were going to include landmarks and the people of Leicester but after writing down our ideas for each letter we realised we had more ideas on landmarks and places rather than anything else.

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We still have another meeting to go before we start collecting the photos we wish to use. We also have plans for editing and uploading which just needs to be finalised before we do them.


So far we have created our first post on the Instagram feed which includes the logo that we created in our first meeting. This will be used as promo for the project and to generate an audience and get people interested as well as getting more people involved.


My GIFt to you! #VFL18


I decided to create my GIF using the same video that I used my mash up video and screen grab for. (These children are safe)

There were many clips of the film that I thought would be a good idea to use for the GIF. In the end I settled for the children being evacuated walking out of a door with all their bags and luggage. This proved a good choice as it worked well when I put the clip into Premiere and made the video go forwards and backwards. Then, also in premiere, I placed the #VFL18 hashtag over the video in a white font so that it was clear and easy to see against the dark black and white background.

I then made this short clip into a GIF and voilà! A cute little GIF was born!

#VFL18 Mash-up Video

When looking through the British council film archive I had many ideas for mash ups and parodies that would be funny and interesting for me to make and for people to watch.

One of my favourite films on the archive is ‘These Children are safe’ I enjoy this film as its one of very few that mentions the war. It shows the evacuation of children from the cities to the countryside and is a really sweet and interesting short film that is definitely worth the watch if you have a spare 20 minutes.


My main inspiration behind this video was the differences between culture then and now. I also showed the differences between children and students. The music and images I then swapped over from the videos which made a funny comparison between the two. I’m happy with how well the children dancing went with the house music that I placed over the top.

For the comparison video I used some footage I took at a RatBoy concert of people moshing and dancing which I thought would be funny to go alongside the audio of the children singing. I’m really happy with how this video turned out and if I had more time would have created more comparison/mashup videos from other sections of the ‘These children are safe’ film. Maybe for my final #VFL18 project a series of these types of videos would be a good idea?

Getting started.. #VFL18

So today I was properly introduced to my new project ‘View from Leicester’. I’m excited to start this project after hearing about previous years projects and what we are expected to do.

Today I was also introduced to the ‘British Council Film Collection‘ Which holds hundreds of old films made during the war. I watched a few of them today and found them actually very interesting to watch. I love old time classic British films, just the way they are created and how they come across to an audience is utterly unique. After watching a few I got ideas and took some interesting screenshots of certain shots until I had one that I thought I could link with our new project.

I then headed over to photoshop and using the colours already in the screenshot I added some text and the hashtag that we are using to link to the project. (#VFL18)

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I like the way the screenshot makes it look as if the woman is looking at the text on the screen. I also like the way the modern writing contrasts with the vintage feel of the screen grab. This gave me an idea for my next piece. Watch this space..

Putting my best foot forward

I struggled to decide on a idea for my video assignment but after watching some old videos of mine I decided to stick to the one where you film your feet for the day.

I took inspirations from videos such as the man who took a picture of his face every day which has the same sped up and lots of images effect as my video has. I created my video throughout the day and recorded me with my friends at uni and walking around the uni buildings as well as going back to my flat, changing shoes and going out to lunch with my boyfriend. These videos I then sped up, cut down and pieced together the videos in Final Cut Pro to produce the final outcome. I then found some cheery music to go along with it on BenSound.com to make the video more interesting and look more put together. The video was then exported onto YouTube and is available to view here! 

I enjoyed creating this video as it has a lot going on in just a short space of time and shows the story of my day in a different and more unusual way. I was even thinking of doing a similar video when I go to Hong Kong in March. I really love making memory videos, especially for trips that I go on. I edited a video together from my time in Amsterdam when me and my best friend went to visit our pals who live over there. We had a really great time and making the video was great fun and its so nice to have a way  of remembering the trip whenever I want. When I go to Hong Kong in a few months I’m going to be making a similar video and also, after completing this video may also film my feet walking when I’m visiting all the amazing places in China.

This video was fun to make and look back on and has also given me some great ideas for future videos that I may make and upload.

A NOTEable story

When asked to make a gif using post- it notes I had many ideas. The first was an alien shooting a gun but that did’t go as I had intended and was much harder to draw the same several times in a row than I first thought. As someone who is known for being an awful drawer I don’t know what I expected the final outcome to be but even when I thought I had a decent final gif when I actually made it it was sub par and really not what I had envisioned. One thing I learnt to draw as a kid was a dog. My mum taught me how to draw two things as a kid and so I decided to use these in my gifs.


I used post its for my first gif as this was what was written in the assignment, I had to not use the first few I drew as they were even worse than the ones I did use (Above).

After I created the above GIF I realised that it wasn’t good enough and really not what I had in mind when starting this assignment. So I thought about why I had created and the inspirations behind it. So I chose to do the one other thing my mum had taught me to draw which is Giraffes. This time Instead of post-its I used my memo board so the too GIFs would look a bit different but ran with the idea of the drawing winking. This one turned out a lot better than the original.

output_uGedZ3Overall I think this assignment has made me realise that I’m in no way an artist. Although I would consider these my best drawings they’re by no means Picasso standard.  I tried my best and thats the main thing, I do like the different textures I used to draw on and am happy that I actually managed to create the overall GIFs. If I was to attempt this assignment again I would think up a better way to make the drawing move such as the alien shooting a gun or laser but to attempt this I would have to either animate the GIF and draw it online. (Or just get better at drawing)