My first client as a freelance photographer and filmmaker was the University of Sussex Students’ Union. In preparation for the new semester and students, they asked me to produce a few promotional videos to support their marketing strategy.
Project 1 was a generic intro video about what the Students’ Union is and does. I created a few different versions of it for various uses. The main video looks like this:
Project number 2 were videos to introduce the six newly elected full-time Students’ Union officers. Those officers are recent graduates or students who took a year out of their studies to represent Sussex’ students to the university.
Producing those profile videos was a lot of fun. I started out with an email questionnaire to find out more about the six officers. With this, I then went on to create a rough storyline for each of the videos. This step made it a lot easier to conduct my individual interviews as they were based around what I learned through the questionnaire.
The filming happened over a few days in early September where I spent a couple of hours with each of the officers. Knowing what I wanted to get out of each story definitely helped to make the whole process quick and easy.
I hope these “moving portraits” as I would like to call them, will give the students a better idea of who the officers are and what they do.
Becky, Activities Officer
Chris, Undergraduate Education Officer
Niina, Welfare Officer
Ijlal, Society and Citizenship Officer
Benjamin, Postgraduate Education Officer
I loved working with the Sussex Students’ Union. Coming from a video production job where I worked in Higher Education for almost four years, made me feel very much at home with this job. Luckily they seemed to like me and the work I did for them, so they got me back for Freshers’ Week. Throughout that week, I documented a few of their many events they held to welcome the new students. More about that later though…