Hello English language learners and friends of Blue Noun English Language School in Scotland! Welcome to our blog offering professional development tips for artists and designers working in English speaking contexts.
This blog gives some information about the making of the film. Not because we think it’s a particularly great film. As usual, our blog is intended as a resource for English language learners to gain practical and professional language in a context – this time the subjects are marketing, social media, film-making and creativity.
Professional development tips in Social Media
At Blue Noun, we use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter too, but Instagram is the only social media platform that we’ve found new language learners through – in our hands at least, the other platforms seem to only reach people we know already. While that’s still quite useful for promoting our blog and getting ‘clicks’ on our website, reaching new English learners is obviously our marketing priority.
Although I’m a language teacher, I’m also a visual artist, and Instagram is perfect for communicating about the ethos and fun of our language school through images and short films. I also genuinely enjoy seeing the images from around the world that the many people we follow post. It’s odd to think of a virtual platform of mostly strangers as a community, but it is!
“The trick to good animation is meticulous planning & storyboarding – and I quite obviously did none of that.”
It’s not how I create and I’ve never been able to. I’m a painter at heart and I build on what I can see. I made the little stop motion animation first without considering too much what (if any) text I would write. I take my hat off to animators, film-makers, architects and tapestry makers who have to have everything planned out in advance. I can’t visualise in that way. It’s a real skill and I wish I could.
But what about the pickled people?
I bought the jar of people at our fabulous local Remake Scrap Store – Remake is a charity that diverts useful materials from landfill and sells them at very low prices to the community to reuse. Simple and genius. Every town should have one!
“Remake Scotland is a creative reuse organisation, aiming to divert potential landfill and encourage grassroots creativity. We encourage everyone to make good stuff from old stuff while learning to use tools with confidence.”
Kenny unwrapping his no-expense-spared Christmas present
So who made the all pickled people?
Professional Development Tips: Post Production Editing
The context of the film
Communicating on Social Media
A short film to wish everyone a Happy New Year, describing how we feel about celebrating a new year within our current climate. The last year brought such profound change, disappointment, sadness – but was also filled with heroes, community spirit and new forms of trust.
We wish the last year had been very different, but welcome the new year as new chance for change, and want to wish you all the very best.Happy New Year everyone!
Blue Noun English Language Challenge
We hope you’ve enjoyed our peek behind the scenes on our social media, and picked up some professional development tips.
We cover a broad range of topics in our language school blogs – some a lighthearted look at Scotland, others an in-depth look at art and culture. There’s something for everyone.
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Your Blue Noun English Language Challenge is:
Instagram, what do YOU use it for?
Hint: remember after for to use the gerundive form of the verb (I use it for ____ing …).
Tell us in the comments below. Write as much as you like, and if you would like us to check & correct your English, write CP (correct please) at the end.
Live language learning!