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Portfolios: Being Prepared for the Future

For an effective portfolio, you should include your best-quality, well documented, and strongest work. Don’t go for quantity over quality, and do include things which are easy to understand why you included them. All the work you include should be relevant to the employers you are trying to impress. If you want to, you can include a profile or personal statement outlining your skills. Also, it helps to have your portfolio well organized in the correct order – including an index is a good idea. In addition to strong, quality, relevant work, have a variety of works in your portfolio – it shows versatility and keeps the employer interested.

I think the best portfolio format for me would be either online or paper-based, since most of my achievements are academic and my work isn’t anything “3-D,” it’s easy to carry around if necessary. A blog could work for some of my achievements, but it might require a lot of time to scan/upload pictures of individual documents.

In terms of what I have already, I have my blog for this class showcasing all of the assignments and projects we have done, I have my best academic work (tests, essays, etc.) saved at home, and I also have some materials assembled in a folder/online which I used previously for my advisory student-led conferences the past 3 years. I don’t think I’d have to worry about making things to put in my portfolio as much as sorting through, choosing, and organizing the work I have.

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Composition Project

Summary

For this project, we had to define composition, understand static/dynamic composition, the rule of thirds, and single/shifting center of interest, and display these skills through a presentation, photos, or video. Our group chose to make a skit/infomercial type video showcasing these skills.

Video

Image from arstechnica.com

…our video didn’t render properly. Sorry.

What I Learned

I mostly learned about how to demonstrate single/shifting center of interest and static/dynamic composition in a video. I had heard about the rule of thirds before, but explaining it through the infomercial really helped me understand it. We used a green-screen for the infomercial part of our skit and I learned how to use a keyer in iMovie 10 to put in a different background. We forgot to film the camera angle for dynamic composition and realized it as we were editing the footage, so instead of going back and filming again we just found a picture which displayed dynamic composition and I did a quick voice over defining it, which we put into the video.

This is a tutorial I followed.

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