About me

Mike with camera

My name is Mike Struthers and welcome to my online portfolio. I am currently a third year student studying for an honours degree in Creative Computing.

The areas I have loved working in are animation and motion graphics, although I have had some experience in compositing, directing and editing of my short film 'Damage'.

I would love to gain more work experience/placements so I can learn even more about the creative industries.

If you are interested in finding out more, check me out on Facebook, Twitter or drop me an email.

Videos

Here are all my latest projects and my Showreel. Click on the tabs below to find out more.

Motion Design

This is a motion design I created for a 3rd year project at university. I'm enjoying working with animation.

The Creative Environment from Mike Struthers on Vimeo.

Marathon

I completed the Loch Ness Marathon in September 2013, raising money for Diabetes UK. I created this short video and also composed the background music to raise sponsorship.

Loch Ness Marathon Promo Video from Mike Struthers on Vimeo.

Animation

Here is an ident I created to animate my logo. I had fun working with foley sounds too.

Showreel

A compilation of all the work I have done during my time at Edinburgh College studying HND Television.

Damage

Major Project - Edinburgh College 2013

Camera: JVC GY-HD 110
Editing: Premiere Pro CS6
Audio: Audition
VFX and Compositing: After Effects

Damage: Makeup

This video shows the makeup tests for the Damage project.

Guitar

My first project at the minor phase of my course studying Television at Edinburgh College.

Imprint

My brother is a singer, songwriter and I filmed and edited this music video for his song 'Imprint'.

Work experience

I have taken part in numerous work placements from Editorial Assistant/ Runner at a Post Production House such as 'Freakworks' and '2020 Productions', to working as a crew member at Wickerman Music Festival at the South West of Scotland. I was even lucky enough to work as a Floor runner on "Sunshine on Leith" a feature film. From these experiences, I have gained valuable skills such as team work, communication and working in high pressure environments. Check out what I learned by clicking on the tabs below.

Wickerman Festival

19 - 22 July 2012 and 25 - 27 July 2013

ROLE: Camera Operator/Vision Mixer/ENG

RESPONSIBITIES: Working with a crew to film and provide live feeds to screens for the audience to see, vision mixing, organising interviews with bands and people around the festival.

SKILLS DEVELOPED: Working under pressure in live environments, organisational skills, making quick decisions.

Sunshine On Leith

20 - 23 May 2013

Film Production

ROLE: Floor Runner

RESPONSIBILITIES: Locking off members of the public during filming. Assisting with day to day tasks on set. Ushering and supporting artists from the Crowd Base to the filming location. Helping provide refreshments for supporting artists and crew.

SKILLS DEVELOPED: How to work independently, as well as part of a large team of people, people skills, and communication skills using call sheets.

2020 Productions

25 - 29 March 2013

ROLE: Editor Shadow

RESPONSIBILITIES: Shadowing editors, getting a sense of the workflow and how 2020 Productions functions. I also was set a task of producing a 30 second animation revealing the 2020 Logo. The animation was built in After Effects CS5.5.

SKILLS DEVELOPED: How to analyse and criticize projects in order to improve and make a better quality video. I also learned to keep things simple in terms of complexity less is more.

Freakworks

25 - 29 June 2012

ROLE: Editing Assistant

RESPONSIBITIES: Assisting/ shadowing VT Technician and editors/ Machine Room Duties.

SKILLS DEVELOPED: Workflow of editing and finishing TV programmes and Adverts on industry standard software such as Final Cut Pro 7 and Avid Symphony 6.

Messfest

HMV Picture House

25 - 29 June 2012

ROLE: Cameraman/ Vision Mixer

RESPONSIBITIES: Operating one of three cameras providing projection for the live bands. Mixing the live feeds from the cameras through a vision mixer onto large screens for the audience to see.

SKILLS DEVELOPED: Working as part of a team, good communication skills in a high pressure environment.

Tweets and stuff

Gallery

I created a poster for the Loch Ness Marathon that I took part in September 2013.

There are also some photos from my College project 'Damage'. There is more information on
my blog.

  • Jamie and Mike Marathon
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Mike with Camera
  • Paper script
  • Video camera

More stuff about me

I love music. I have been playing guitar both acoustic and electric for 13 years. During this time, I have played performances in small venues and as part of a band.

I enjoy playing basketball. I play as part of a small team which practices every week.