Aidan Rooney Gold Unit 1 Part A

Arts Award Gold Qualification Specification:

  •  identification of a main art form/practice and development of skills within a new art form
  • ◗  development of new arts pathways
  • ◗  understanding of the relationship of their own arts activity to current arts practice
  • ◗  a new piece of art work or arts practice
  • ◗  sharing the new work
  • ◗  how to collect feedback and evaluate their overall development

This could include:

  • ◗  details of their main art form/practice
  • ◗  details of the new art form/practice and why they have chosen it
  • ◗  a skills development plan
  • ◗  evidence of working with a practitioner experienced within the new art form or arts practice
  • ◗  evidence of progress
  • ◗  evidence of the new work
  • ◗  evidence of sharing the new work
  • ◗  feedback from others
  • ◗  a final review, including reflection on the new skills developed and the influence they have had on their main art form/practice

My main art form is Film making, because I like the symbolism you can create whilst also showing people things they might not have seen without documentaries.

The New Skill I would like to learn is Editing because…


I made a movie trailer for my media GCSE’s, and since then have been very interested in documentary making for a while after finding the dogumentary tv channel & Ghengis con films channel on youtube

Generating Ideas

Channels with documentaries, and documentaries i enjoy – a channel that shows the lives of MMA fighters in Miami, in two different series, both centred on fighter Jorge Masvidal and his journey through the sport, and also a multiple season series on the life o fighters a Phuket Top Team in Thailand – Dogumentary TV is a great channel for information on dog breeds, the business of breeding dogs, and dog training all in one – the game changers documentary on Netflix. while it is both biased and heavily disputed, still a very interesting film on the science behind the vegan diet – a great documentary on trying to achieve fitness goals, showing how it is all possible, but how much you also need a good deal of discipline

a documentary on the career of my favourite fighter, and one of the greatest of his time, Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin, starting of at his amateur career up to present day
a great documentary on Lomachenko, who is a two time Olympic gold medallist, and the quickest three weight champion in boxing history, who entered the sport as a young child, and now has achieved being considered the best boxer in the world for the past 4 years, despite being heavily avoided by other top fighters.
less of a documentary and a little less professional too, but these videos – made by most fitness and especially vegan fitness youtubers – are always entertaining and informative, and show a little (as you can see in the thumbnail) of how to attract viewers
a film on the build up, fight and aftermath of Conor vs Khabib, the biggest fight in UFC history

Strengths and Weaknesses

Working With Practitioners

Melanie Jones – Photographer

I completed a photography project with Melanie and part of that project helped me to develop my editing skills.

Melanie is a photographer based in south London, who got her degree in 2005, and has been working in the field ever since then, while also tutoring at different schools and universities since then.

a screenshot of some of Melanie’s work

My strengths

StrengthWhat I have done in the past to show this strength
Working independentlycompleted my silver arts award during quarantine
Working with claymaking a clay mask for silver arts award
Being inspired by other artistslooking at horror masks and aliens from Rick and Morty for inspiration on my mask
Understanding complementary coloursusing complimentary colours in my mask design

My goals

GoalWhy I would like to develop this skill
Creating a professional finished productso i can open up other job opportunities in the future
Telling a story with my artworkso i can make a film/documentary with a comprehensible storyline
Using sound to express emotionso that i can make a soundtrack that can express emotion from myself to the viewer 
Creating a product that has a practical purposeso i can use the product to measure how useful other projects i create can be

Unboxing the lights

unboxing the lights

Learning to use studio lights (and the types of lighting – 1 point 2 point etc.)

my first time setting up the lights

Learning to use the camera.

Planning your project and practicing editing in Photoshop

Using photos off of google for each flag and the fighters i made a poster for a fight i would really like to see between two of the top five fighters in the world

Setting up for the Photo shoot

posing a model for a one-point lighting photo

The pictures

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The final product

my final fight poster, using one photo from the shoot, cutting it in half and editing each half to look different then drawing in a background and adding text over it how fight posters do

Feedback from Melanie on the final product

How I developed each of my chosen skills through this project.

I worked on setting up the lights to take photos, editing pictures in Photoshop using tools such as lasso, and I worked on posing for my pictures.

I worked on making a professional finished product with Photoshop, editing the images I took into a fight poster.

I worked on telling a story with my product through expressions and colours in my poster, and with text to help it along too.

My project plan

To collect research I will:

  • watch similar documentaries to what i plan to make
  • watch possible videos to use in my project
  • look at stories on Viktor Postol
  • look into other Ukranian fighters

To plan, practise, and prepare for my project I will:

  • work on my editing skills
  • practice making a soundtrack
  • do a work placement at a film studio or with a documentary maker
  • look at other documentaries made on the same subject

To create my project I will:

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To evaluate the success of my project I will:

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How my project will use my strengths

How my project will develop my weaknesses

Evidence of Progress

Learning Project

Details of the practitioner I worked with

Details of the project completed with the practitioner

Skills I wanted to develop with this mini project

Preparing for the New Work

Specific research and planning – Learning new skills

Shopping / Visits / gathering materials etc.

The Plans

Creating The New Work

Creation and ongoing evaluation

Overcoming Challenges

Editing / Post Production

Photographing the Work

Click here to see my online exhibition!


Feedback surveys and reaction from others

My Evaluation of this project

How I used my strengths

How I improved on my weaknesses

Unit 1 – Part B

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