A Multimedia Computing (BSc) Student
from Coventry University
Who am I?
My name is Matthew Bingham. I am a Multimedia Computing (BSc) graduate from Coventry University. I started in First Year studying Games Technology (BSc) and at the start of Second Year I switched to Multimedia. The main reason I chose to switch was that my real passion was in Digital Media and I wasn't aware that Coventry offered a Multimedia Computing course. During A-Level, studying both Computer Science And Theatre Studies helped me decide on this line of work. I loved both of the subjects and I find that a role within the new media industry would mix my love of the creative parts of Theatre Studies with the technical parts of Computer Science.
What do I do?
I create different types of digital media from websites to video and music. I can create 2D animations or motion graphics in Adobe After Effects. I can create and see a video project through from pre-production to post-production. This includes script writing, storyboarding, camera operation, directing, sound design, colour correction and editing in Adobe Premier Pro. I have experience in 3D modelling and animation as well as creating special effects for short films.
I recently graduated with a 2:1 in Multimedia Computing (BSc) from Coventry University. I started Coventry University in 2014 studying Games Technology (BSc) but switched courses to Multimedia because I found that I preferred the creative side of computing rather than a programming-heavy course like Games Technology.
Multimedia Computing Year 3 Modules:
Interactive Pervasive Computing
3D Modelling and Animation
Web API Development
Working at the Student's Design Agency
Digital Media Technology 2
Games Technology Year 1 Modules:
Content Design Tools and Techniques
Designing for Usability 1
Introduction to Programming
Mathematics for Computer Graphics
Computer Architecture and Networks
Adobe Photoshop: Introduction to Visual Communication
Overall Grade: 2:1
Multimedia Computing Year 2 Modules:
Digital Media Technology 1
Designing for Usability 2
Developing the Modern Web 1
Real World Project
Programming, Algorithms and Data Structures
Concept Development for Games Design
Certified Adobe Premier ACA: Film Editing and Communication
Overall Grade: 2:1
11 GCSE's Grades A - C including Maths and English
Most of the animation I do consists of 2D animation using Adobe After Effects. I enjoy creating kinetic typography animations as well as short motion graphics that convey information. I think 2D animation is a lot better at conveying a message because with 3D there is a perception that all the models have to be life-like and well textured where as in 2D the viewer doesn't expect it to be life-like and you can make it much simpler.
As far as 3D modelling goes, I use 3DS Max and Maya. I use 3DS Max for modelling and Maya for Animation. Although I am not as competent 3D animation as I am in 2D, some of my 3D work can be seen here.
During our module, Digital Media Technology 1, we were tasked with "Creating a Kinetic Typography Piece of Digital Media." Having never touched After Effects before this I feel that you can see my progression through the "Imagine Dragons - Gold. Kinetic Text" video below. You can see as I get more adventurous with the animations I am creating.
Below is a set of After Effects projects I have worked on in the past including one I am currently working on. I hope you enjoy them.
3D Modelling & Animation
I have over 8 years experience in using Photoshop. I first started using it during my lunch break in year 9 to create sprites for animations I was creating using Flash. Since then I stopped using flash (as did everyone else) and concentrated more on photomanipulation within Photoshop.
I passed my Adobe Certified Associate exam in 2015 and since then my skill with the software has become more refined and more intricate.
Examples of some of my work are below.
I recently undertook a 5 week contract working for Huddle Media as a content creator. My role was to take a brief from a client and create content based on that brief. Usually these briefs would give me a lot of creative freedom as the client would just want a social media post for a specific day such as Bonfire Night or Christmas.
During my 5 weeks at Huddle I created After Effects animations, Photoshop Images, Website Banners and worked as part of a team in running the Warsteiner 1753 Facebook Live event that is held once a month.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Huddle and every day that I walked into the office I walked in with a smile knowing that I was doing something I loved.
If you would like a reference from Huddle Media please contact me and I will give you their details.