Orangutans, Gorillas, Philippines crocodile, Lions, Helmeted Honeyeater, Asian Elephants, Baw Baw frogs, Australian fur seal, Lord Howe Stick insect and the Tasmanian devil all have one thing in common. They are all part of the SOS 10. The SOS 10 are some of the most critically endangered animals and they need our help.
Over the past month year 6 have been given the opportunity to visit Melbourne Zoo and film the SOS 10 to create a film to help raise awareness of the animal of our choice.
When we found out about this project we were given the choice of helping one animal form the SOS 10, I chose the Orangutan. We then had to do research about the animal of our choice to put into our script. We wanted the facts to be fairly happy at the start of the script so it can hook your audience in and then hit them with the important information. I found out many facts such as Orangutans share 97% of our DNA or that baby orangutans ride on their mothers back whilst searching for food up until they are around four years old. The script was hard to write because you really wanted your audience to care about the animal and want to help them, you couldn’t just put in cold hard facts and hope for the best. After we finally finished our script it was time to visit Melbourne Zoo…
With our cameras and scripts ready we were all prepared to film, after a talk from one of the members at Melbourne Zoo where we learnt a little bit more about our animal we began trying to find our animal. I wrote trying in italics because we had to walk through many, many animal enclosures before even reaching the Orangutan. The weather was quite stormy and it was spitting rain, it might have seemed like a bad day to go to the zoo but it was perfect for filming because if it was sunny and bright the glare would have made it much harder to film.
When we finally arrived at the Orangutan enclosure there were already many people there so everyone had to be careful not to get them into our film, it was actually pretty hard to film with so many people around because peoples head would always get in the way or some one would bump into you and the camera would wobble or drop. Filming my piece to camera was difficult because there were also other people filming at the same time so it was quite hard not to get there voice in the film and also with the general public around we had to find a place that wouldn’t get int the way and that people could still walk through with out walking through your video. After a very long day of filming we headed back to school and from then on was the editing stage.
The editing side of this project in my opinion was the hardest, whilst culling the footage you would have to find the gold moment in your videos and only have the perfect footage. With the camera I used to film didn’t actually work with Corel so I had to convert my footage which took a couple of lessons but after that it was finally time to record my voice over. There was a long wait to record them because so many people were doing it but when I finally got in I recorded a couple sentences at a time because I I were to record it all at once and I’m about to finish it but stuff up a line I wouldn’t have to re record the whole thing! It only took me five minutes to record so after that I could piece all the footage together!
It took me maybe 5 lessons to put all the footage in the right spot and put it all together. I decided to put my piece to camera in last when I would look back at my film I would find the perfect moment to put it in but as I was about to do that I realised that I wasn’t talking very clearly and that I kept on looking down as I was talking. So I made the decision of going back to the zoo again a re filming it which actually turned out really well because I took some more videos and images that could work for my film. I then had to pick music for it, I ended up choosing the song “Bear Necessities” from the 2016 version of the Jungle Book and at the start of the song it starts very light but then it turns very dramatic which worked perfectly for my video. I was listening back to it and the music was very light when I first started talking but when I said that they were dying the music turned dramatic and serious. I was happy with my first draft and it was time to share it.
When we shared our first draft the only constructive feedback I received was to add in some footage of Orangutans in their natural habitats so I fiddled around with that idea and replaced some clips in my film with clips of wild Orangutans. So a a couple of days later I submitted my final draft of the SOS 10 film.
Here is some of the feedback I got for for my final draft:
The music you’ve chosen suits the film quite well. I like how you change the music as you go into a new topic – Abbi
The music suits the theme really well! You have made me care a lot about Orangutans. I like how the music changes and makes it more interesting and it builds suspense to go into the strong main topic. – Aimee
I love the music and the footage. I love the passion in your voice, it makes me feel that you really care and I want to help them even more. You made me care-Emma
Good music your voice sounds sad great job -Jesse
The music suits your film and the message was really strong – Owen
I really liked the music because at the start it was nice and calm and that was when you said that they were ok but they weren’t. But then when you said all the bad stuff that we’re doing to them, the music was intense which i thought was really cool and made the audience feel sorry for what they’ve done. I also really liked the footage and the voiceovers and the music was at a good volume – Harry Santa
I liked the way the music transitioned from happy, joyful music, to intense music. The footage was really good and your message was really strong-Callan
You have really good facts and your script is good I love the music-Ellie
Bridie, that was an amazing film and especially loved the music that you used in the film and also the way it changed when it came to the part where you talked about what we are doing to them. I thought your film was very out there and showed me how upsetting it is to have an animal like that at the point of dying. It was an amazing film! AMAZING JOB!!!!! – Astrid
Awesome job Bridie I love the clarity of you V.Os – Lily
Wow, I love your start! The music is awesome. Your voice overs are clear, and the tone of your vice is great. The footage is awesome. Is there anything else I can comment on? Oh, yes. I love the palm oil photos. Your content is so great, I love your film. Your PTC is great and really clear. Great job! I want to help- Emmy
i loved your music is was really good and suited your film and the words and facts that you used were really good and your voice was really clear-RUBY
WHOA, I really enjoyed your footage and your message is really clear-elsie
This is a really good film! i love your message and the music really matches the mood and makes you really care about the animal. Great expression and clarity as well. — Emily F
I think that your footage really helped make your message clear. You really told us about your animal and I liked your music. Well done!-Mary B.
I loved working on this project because I learnt so much and I really hope that these animals will eventually be saved, even if it is one animal at a time!