Building a Website: Scope and Strategy

The objective of my website is pretty straightforward: help me to acquire an internship pertaining in some way to film or television production for the summer of 2014. Therefore, in creating my website, I will be incorporating different aspects of both the personal website and the digital portfolio.

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My audience will be primarily potential employers, and so I must work to include any work I have done in the past that will better my chances of setting myself apart from other candidates. This will include photography I have done in the past (unfortunately I won’t be able to use that which I was hired to do for Milliken and Company, but I’ll still be able to include a lot I’ve done on my own), any suitable video projects (such as our class assignment), and the podcast assignment. This would create a nice range of multimedia works which would target a variety of employers. Because I don’t know exactly what I want to do in film, I’m not really picky as to which field I enter for the internship (whether it be postproduction, screenwriting, cinematography, etc.), and so including such as wide range of material would at least help me apply myself to a variety of fields. (Not to mention I’ve got very little room to be picky as I attempt to enter the film industry anyway).

My website will have 4 pages (if possible), including a home page in which I will include my mission statement and perhaps a small bio, a page for my resume, a page for my photography (displayed in a gallery), and a page for my other media projects (such as the video and podcast assignments). In including all of these different works, I can better demonstrate my capabilities in editing, photographing, interviewing, etc.

As I was looking for a website builder online, I narrowed it down to the popular Wix, a site called Moonfruit, and Magix Website Maker. Wix has a wide selection of templates while Moonfruit, though it may not have quite so many, offers (at least in my opinion) better looking templates. Magix is a free software that allows you either to pick from one of its many templates or start from scratch. I downloaded the software but hit a snag when I was unable to upload photos. (I let the page run for half an hour before giving up on it). Think I’m going to stick with Moonfruit.

As I said, I like a number of Moonfruit’s templates. I want to keep the site clean-looking, relatively simple yet sophisticated, and easy to navigate through. One of the sites Moonfruit ‘likes’ is Watdesign, and I particularly like the layout of this website:

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It’s simple and professional but still retains some personality, so I think I’ll probably choose a similar template in order to achieve the same effect.

Because I’m interested in art and took AP Studio Art and AP 2D Design in high school, I’m also considering adding a portfolio including some pieces of my art work and am planning on incorporating some watercolor artwork that will serve as the background of my site (as demonstrated by the sites below) in case I want to apply to some sort of internship pertaining to art or graphic design.

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