Sunday, 29 December 2013

End of 2013: Summing up my last few months

2013 has come to an end and I couldn't have asked for a better conclusion to this overwhelming year. One of the biggest moments of the past few months was being part of Team Revive; a group of young, enthusiastic individuals working to digitally rejuvenate Crystal Palace Park. With the support of Carve, Open Cinema, Living Networks and Bromley Job Center we all went on a great journey of overcoming our weaknesses, discovering our strengths, enhancing our creative and social skills, network with important personalities and most of all: made friends with each other.
Our project has even been published on press including Reprezent Radio and the Croydon Guardian!
There are plans on taking a step further with Revive: to be set up as an official brand! A lot of our team members have agreed on being part of the Revive brand as mentors/ freelancers for the next batch of people to come; including myself! So fingers crossed on that one!

The Revive Team
Our Finale show took place in Channel 4 studios on the 19th of December where all participants gathered to celebrate the end of the project - but also, the continuation of Revive. I was chosen to be interviewed on stage along with another two Revive members. To my surprise, another four members and I received a Special Mention Certificate from Carve, recognizing the effort we put into the project.  Very chuffed about that!
Viewing our finale short films
Being interviewed by Eva Ferri at Channel 4 studios
The after party gathering! 
Special Mention Certificate
To express my gratitude towards Carve Productions, I made this illustration work which they got ecstatic about. Finally got to show my Photoshop skills again!

It is very worth watching our Finale video produced by the Film Team which is packed with funny moments and a lot of information on the project! Also me being interviewed. Enjoy!

A promotional short for Crystal Palace Park

I was fortunate to finally show my more 'creative' side on this project with some branding work. Here is an ident I created for the park, with a touch of Charlie Harper aesthetic.

Crystal Palace Park logo variations...

Leaflets design..

..all printed and folded to be given to guests!

A few weeks back, we had our Half Way Through event where everyone involved in the project and its supporters gathered in Ravensbourne University (North Greenwich) to take a glimpse of the team's progress.

Revive Facebook and Twitter page
Half-Way Project Presentation at Ravensbourne University 12/11/13

We got to use an App called 'Aurasma' and had to produced a short film to be used with it. My team's short film was 'Captain Revive'. It's embarrassing but the person in the outfit is actually me! 
Captain Revive 'Trigger Image'

Check out our Promo video for a small taste of what the Revive Team was up halfway through the project!

I am overly very satisfied with the Revive project and  feel very fortunate to have taken part in it. It has greatly boosted my confidence in running projects and has given me a glimpse of what it's like to be working in a business. I am hoping to carry on working with Revive as projects like this can help the youth make their first into the media, which they so much desire.

I received great support form Carve during the project including CV and career advice, confidence boost, compliments on my work and networking. I am hoping to collaborate with them in 2014  for a potential 3D Animation related project to come.

In other news, I've been trying to keep myself as active as possible by doing some volunteer work. 

I helped produce a very quick animation sequence for The China International Film Festival in London..

Produced this 3D sculpture portfolio with Dayle..

And volunteered for Crisis charity during the Christmas holidays in the Arts and Crafts activities. Working for a charity like this opened my eyes to how much of a difference being involved in art can be to Crisis guests. It was very satisfying encouraging them to get artsy and see them so focused on something as simple as drawing and clay modeling. Seeing their smile and receiving their gratitude was worth more than any other gift. All it took was a great spirit, your smile and a badge with your name on.

Finally, I made great friends with James while working in Revive and I am now helping him out with the branding and art direction of his personal project. An idea which involves the encouragement of  more 'real life' engagement with people; similar to the Free Conversation event we both attended a few weeks back where we got to chat with random people walking past us on the street. Something everyone should try out!

That is it with me for now. I am hoping there's more to come in 2014. I will keep you updated!

Happy New Year everyone!