For those who can’t speak for themselves, we must stand up and provide them with a form of communication. Many cannot be understood the way we are. And some of these are in danger. Or should I say endangered?
The SOS10. 10 animals that are critically endangered, life running out for them. We must help them.
Zoos Victoria have a great conservation program for these animals. But that alone is not enough. We must raise awareness, to form the biggest army of all, fighting the worst enemy. Extinction.
Who are the SOS10?
- Baw Baw Frog
- Lord Howe Island Stick Insect
- Philippines Crocodile
- Western Low Land Gorilla
- Asian Elephant
- Australian Fur Seal
- Tasmanian Devil
- Helmeted Honey-Eater
Among others, these are some of the most endangered animals on earth.
So we as Year 6 took it into our hands.
To create a film that would make our audience feel something, whether anger, care, sadness or guilt. We had to form a connection between the audience and our chosen animal. Yeah, that’s right, only one. But 74 kids were able to cover 10 animals… with room to spare!
The Planning Process-
I’ve talked about this a lot this year. It’s all about planning. Planning takes up 60% of your entire process. So this stage was important.
Firstly we had to choose our animal. I have connections with a lot of these animals, but one that stood out was the Philippines Crocodile. I went to Kakadu a couple of years ago, and I find crocodiles fascinating. Also, I didn’t hear about many people doing the croc, so I decided to give it a fighting chance and lend my voice.
Now, we had to make our audience car, so to do that we needed facts. So… RESEARCH! We looked up facts, stats, attributes and watched countless videos, read documents and looked at websites. I documented everything and anything I could find, before creating a script for my film.
The structure of my script typically went a little bit like this… Almost like a persuasive piece.
First paragraph- Intro. Introduce your animal.
Second and third paragraphs- Facts. Make your audience feel something.
Fourth paragraph- Threats. Bring in why this animal is endangered.
Fifth paragraph- Conclusion. Sum up why, how and when. Tell the audience how they can contribute to the fight.
So, I wrote my script. But, the only problem was, it could only go for a minute and a half. Okay, so 91 secs wasn’t the end of the world, but that was our target. I hacked off around almost half of my script to fit it into those guidelines.
The Production Process-
Wow. This one only takes around 15%. We went on a super fun and exciting excursion to Melbourne Zoo, to collect footage and learn more about are animal.
I had a couple of problems. There were 3 Philippines crocs at the zoo, but they were all behind glass (understandable…). So I got a reflection. Very annoying… I’ve got some footage reflecting the camera or people.
Next problem- we had to film a piece to camera, you know, just talking live. Noise! Uh! There were lots of people around, but I was pretty lucky because at one stage there was only our group there.
Another problem- Public. We obviously couldn’t get the public in our films. But there was nothing we could do. I just had to wait it out.
The excursion was heaps of fun and I learnt a lot. I also got dome great footage.
The Editing Process-
Editing is around 25% of your time. There’s quite a bit you have to do in editing, Editing is like a box filled with all this different stuff. Kind of.
I culled my footage before sharing it on the K drive with everybody else.
I modified my script a little bit, but not much. I was one of the first to record my voice over, and I had to make sure it was clear, especially with pronounciation. I only did a couple of takes on each paragraph, which was good. It took around 5 minutes.
Next, I put in my footage. I was glad I had recorded my voice overs first, because then it was easier to match the footage in. Speaking of audio, we also could have music, preferably not with words though. I chose two soundtracks. One was a sort tropical, happy, upbeat tune, to fit with my factual side of content. Then I chose an instrumental version of Yesterday.
I love that song.
It fitted with when I explained the bad side of things. I got lots of feedback that it worked.
It’s kind of part of editing I guess… We got feedback from 5 students. They answered questions like…
Does the music work?
Is the message clear?
Is the footage good?
We implemented this feedback to make our films even better. And then we went again. This time we got countless students to give us positive feedback, as this was out final draft… we couldn’t change it.
Some feedback I got was…
(Feedback from myself) Actually, I shouldn’t say some feedback. I got a lot!
Here we go…
I liked the film and your message was very strong and clear about that animal. Harry Sadler
I think the music choice is really good and it reminded me of Mario galaxy 2. Don’t know why but anyway-Alex.
This film was amazing. The footage matched perfectly with the voice over and I liked the use of text on screen. The music also suited this film as it gave a vibe of the tropical Philippines.-Bailey G
You had a clear voice and a strong message it made me care about your
Animal. I liked your imagery too. Great Job. -Issy
I like how you had two different PTC. Your facts made the audience care and the use of two different types of music was a good idea. The credits was interesting because of the moving images. – Abbi
Good music great footage good facts it made me care about the animal great voice – Jesse
Great voice-overs. You used a lot of emotion. I love your choice of music. Your piece to camera’s are very clear. And I love the footage you used. Good job – Steven
I love how you have two different types of music in your film. It started off really happy, and when things went sad, the music also turned sad. I also think the footage you used suited with the voice-overs. -Georgie
The footage was really good and the music suited the mood – Harrison
The music was really good and your script was very well written and you footage was really good. I also liked how you had more than one PTC-Callan
Your voice over was super clear and your facts were really cool! The way that you had two differnt PTCs really helped strengthen the message! – Bridie
I like your peace to camera. I also like your facts. The end was also great- Mia
I love your start it is amazing. Your language is amazing and your script is amazing!! You have made me care about these crocs more than I ever did. I didn’t even know anything about them before your film. Good job Emmy! – Aimee
The script was brilliant, especially at the beginning. The footage really matched the powerful voiceovers, and I liked your piece to cameras. The music suited your film. Well done! – Angus
Tom- The footage is strong and the message blew me away!
Thank you to everyone for that.
Anyway, I had fun and it was a cool project.
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