Creative | Manchester

About

Aleena Sharif is a creative individual based in Manchester, UK.

Words from the creator

Hello! Firstly, thank you for taking an interest in my website. On it, you shall find everything from blogs about personal experiences and interests, to professional advice – and of course, my portfolio. Essentially, my website showcases all kinds of things I have been involved in and what I do. My aim is to inspire like-minded creatives, as well as encourage professional development and business opportunities through my innovative approach to working.


External Projects & Links

See what I have been involved or featured in…


Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review

As I work within the creative sector in Manchester, the client saw me as appropriate to portray one of the ‘real working people’ who make up, and contribute towards, the economy. I was specifically selected to feature via March 2019’s issue of the Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review.

See the Introduction on page 10 or download a copy above via Issuu.


MCR Greater

MCR Greater is a campaign created by me and my team whilst working at SharpFutures. I was the Project and Social Media Manager, Ihtezaz Anwar the Website Developer and Lewis Marsh the Graphic Designer.

The campaign was created to encourage young people into the creative and digital sectors in Greater Manchester as well as enable them to learn new skills, build up their network and help them find courses or opportunities that will help them into their desired careers.

Find out more about the project and team by clicking here. Alternatively, submit your event or opportunity to be listed and promoted via MCR Greater by clicking here. Read our blog ‘The Story of MCR Greater’.

MANCHESTER > GREATER FOR CREATIVE, DIGITAL AND TECH LEARNING

#MCRGreater is a free, collaborative listings website for Creative, Digital & Tech learning across Greater Manchester. 

Created and managed by apprentices and graduates, the campaign is promoted to schools, colleges, universities, students, apprentices and new entrants into the sector on an ongoing basis.

#MCRGreater aims to provide an easily searchable resource to assist the promotion of events, supported by organisations including BBCITV, Manchester City Council and Manchester Metropolitan University

The design is made up of the skylines of Greater Manchester and the branding is not led by any one organisation or employer.

The ambition is to support making Manchester Greater for Creative, Digital and Tech Learning. 

If you have any questions please email us.

Be part of something Greater!


A Royal Appointment: Meeting the Duchess of Cambridge

Three SharpFutures Apprentices; including myself, were selected to meet the Duchess of Cambridge; Kate Middleton, at the Football Museum in Manchester. We were chosen to represent the ‘Future Leaders and Innovators’ working in the creative sector.


Aleena, Lewis, Amy & Rose meet Kate Middleton.
Photograph by Ben Blackall.

Visit England: Northern Powerhouse Film

At 1.35, I and my team feature in this award-winning film by Motiv productions to showcase that Northern England is Great. We represented apprentices in the creative digital sector. This film also won ‘Best commercial production 2016’ by the Royal Television Society.

Watch the Visit England – Northern Powerhouse Film from Motiv Productions on Vimeo by clicking here.


The Manchester Robot Orchestra

I attended a coding event ‘We Are The Robots: The Robots are Coming’ at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016. As a result, I feature visually and musically throughout the promotional video.

One of the many sounds I created (using Littlebits, a Korg SQ-01 sequencer – and random pieces of scrap machinery) features at 0:44.


Visiting Tiger Aspect’s Head Quarters & Behind The Scenes Exclusives

After working on the social media graphics for new sitcom ‘Boy Meets Girl’, I was one of three Placements selected to visit Tiger Aspect’s Head Quarters in London.

Not only was I taken for a tour, but I also got to meet and speak to the animation team whilst they demonstrated their work. As well, I sat in on a highly confidential storyboard session of upcoming productions by Tiger Aspect. Then I watched behind the scenes videos of Rowan Atkinson voice acting for a new series of Mr Bean.

In addition, I was invited to watch an exclusive, private screening of Boy Meets Girl with the cast and crew – before the release date.

Take a look at the graphics I co-designed and created with my team by clicking here. Also see them via the Official Boy Meets Girl Facebook Page and Official Boy Meets Girl Twitter.

BBC Two’s Boy Meets Girl (Tiger Aspect) was also named Best Comedy Programme at the Royal Television Society’s Awards in 2016.

It was nominated for two other awards in the categories of ‘Best Script Writer’ and ‘Best Performance in a Comedy’. See the awards here.

‘Boy Meets Girl’ cast winners

Volunteering for Manchester Together

I volunteered to provide social media support for Manchester Together & to represent SharpFutures POD – see 0.38 & 1.59

Notable people met

Below are names of notable people I have been chosen or appointed to meet (via working and professional circumstances), often through projects I have worked on.

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, (past) Mayor of Manchester Carl-Austin Behan, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, MP Nick Bowles, Councillor Sean Anstee, Together Mcr’s Tony Walsh alias ‘Longfella’ poet, Musician Jenna G, Actor Denise Welch, TV presenter Matthew Wright, TV personality Craig Phillips, Founder of The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester Sue Woodward OBE, Designers of The Sharp Project and Space Studios Manchester; Malcolm Garrett and Keith Jobling

and counting…


Interesting facts about Aleena

This website was built entirely by me using WordPress. I hope you like it!

Websites

My creative career path was not planned, but rather quite an unexpected journey I still embark upon.

Careers & Aspirations

I am proficient in using a variety of coding technologies and software designed for beginners such as the MakeyMakey, Littlebits and Raspberry Pi. Ask me about playing music and games using fruit instead of a keyboard, creating an interactive drawing or making sound effects and music!

Coding & Tech

True story: nachos once got me into a bit of trouble at work…

Fun & Random

Aleena Featured Anywhere Else…

Aleena features in many of SharpFutures’ videos and also photographs taken at events by or for various clients she has worked for.

SharpFutures POD to JD Sports – Aleena – 6:35
Me at 0.16 working for ‘The A Word’ providing event support, at 3.33 working from the BBC & at 5.13 for social media support at Festival of Manchester
Me & the SharpFuture POD team at 0.57 providing event & creative support to the Festival of Manchester

SharpFutures meet Andy Burnham at 0.36 & I feature at 5.03 hosting coding workshops for kids & working via POD for clients
Hear me speak of MCR Greater; a project I was managing at 1.29