#reflect

For the past term I have been working on my Passion Project. And as I have been saying, I created a short film/montage of Noosa (where I went on my holiday).

I am pretty proud of the shots that I got, and achieved what I had originally set out to do. The finished product has come out mostly the way that I planned.

The whole experience was a success like the editing, the shooting, the planning, the lighting, the equipment supply, ect. The only challenge that I faced during the process was that THERE WAS NO SURF. No surf means no waves, no waves means no surfboards, no surfboards means no good surfing shots, but I’m not complaining. The weather was perfect all the time, it was amazing.

If I were to continue this project, I would probably learn more about different editing programs to use, or just editing in general. I could also learn more about the different angles for shots, when to use slow-mo, things like that.

Here are a few photos from Noosa:

 

Costa Rica Country Investagation

For the past few RVE sessions we have been focusing on one country of our choice. I chose Costa Rica, as shown above. We were challenged to complete a double-page spread about the countries social behaviours, religion, flag meaning and customs.

Costa Rica has some differences from Australia…

  • Just before New Year’s eve they have a “Festival Of Lights” held in San Jose; featuring parades with tropical floats, fireworks, clowns, cartoon characters and goblins all in one great big street carnival! In Australia we don’t have many annual festivals.
  • They speak a different language, Spanish
  • In Costa Rica their most common religion in Roman Catholic (76.8%), and in Australia our most common religion is Catholic (25.8%) Here is the Costa Rican religion chart:

There are also some similarities between the two countries…

  • Both countries don’t have a staple food, we eat anything really
  • In both of our flags we have red, white and blue
  • Both countries wear casual clothes
  • Both countries celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve

If I lived in Costa Rica I would really look forward to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Christmas because there would be lanterns lighting up everything, it would be so pretty. And New Year’s Eve because I would love to be a part of the Festival of Lights!

Building Views Reflection

For the building views problem, we were given a tub of blocks to build a building out of. But as you may have guessed, this wasn’t any old building that we had to make. On the activity sheet there was a 4 x 4 grid:

Those squares were where we put the blocks. Below that, there were several problems. To solve those problems, you had to build a tower. Here is what one of the problems looked like.

Let me explain. As you can see, there is a 4 x 4 grid, the same as the building sheet. Basically, say if there is a “3” on the bottom left corner of the grid, you would put 3 blocks in the same place on your real grid. And if there was a “2” on the top right corner of the grid, you would put 2 blocks in the same place on your real grid. The aim of the problem was to draw the front and side view for that grid, by looking at the building you built. Like this:

The next step to this activity was to do the same thing, but to try and find the maximum and minimum amount of blocks that we could use to build the same building, without changing the views. My strategy for finding the maximum amount was to fill the whole bottom of the grid with blocks (but obviously not the slots that have 0 in them), and then see if we could add any extra blocks anywhere. For finding the minimum amount, I basically did the opposite of finding the maximum. Tried to take as many blocks away as I could, without changing the views from the front and side. After we competed either the maximum or the minimum we checked with our peers to see if they had the same answer as us, or if we could improve.

 

The most challenging part was doing building 5. That is because of the rules. It was the same as before (Where you had to build grid and then draw the side and front view) except you weren’t allowed to build it. So, you had to imagine what the building would look like.

What I have learnt during this unit is…

-That you should make sure to go back and check your thinking to make sure it all makes sense and is correct

-Colours can make a difference when your looking from different views or patterns

I really enjoyed this unit, and hope to continue something similar in the future.

My Self-Sufficient Space Station

For Mr G’s clinic in Inquiry, we got to choose where we thought would be suitable for humans to live in the future. I chose a self-sufficient space station orbiting earth. We got a sheet with information about each topic. Then were told to make a video log about why we chose that habitat, but Blythe being Blythe, she did something different. I did a news report. Here it is:

#update

As I said in my last Passion Project blog, I am doing an artsy, montage video that explains my trip to Noosa (in Queensland) and what I did.

I have explored different editing apps such as imovie, pocketvideo and I’ve also experimented with the “time laps” and “slow mo” feature that is provided on the camera app.

I have not experienced any difficulties in my project yet, but I am prepared and ready for any problems that may occur during the process.

The next step for my is to work out what I am going to use to film. I am 99% sure that I will be getting a water proof phone case, for the shots underwater (and will just use my pgone for all other shots), or the other 1% chance is that i will hire a waterproof camera.

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The Lost Princess

For this session of RRR we watched a short film called Lost Princess and it was about privacy online, and how to avoid getting in bad situations. There were 3 characters, and each were caught in a dangerous scenario. These stories are true, and has happened to people although different children acted them out.

Out of the 3 characters I chose Kieran, an 11 boy who is addicted to gaming online. Everyday after school he would go home and game, even way after him parents went to bed. This continued until he was 15 years old! He even dropped out of school because he wanted to game. Eventually, he realised what he was doing with his life,and how he could improve. He joined a clinic to help people like him, and started doing the things that video gaming made him forget.

Here is Kieran:

It negatively affected his life in a way that he would no longer hang out with friends, almost never went outside for fresh air and hardly talked or socialised with anyone!

They way that this problem came to an end was that Kieran realised how much time he spent on him games, and what his life had become. Dropping out of school, losing friends, now he must fix this.

To prevent this from happening, I would listen to parents when they say to get off your games and spend some time doing the things you love. Overall, I believe it makes you a lot happier, and gives you more free time.

The message that I took away from this film was that the internet can be an awesome place to play games, contact friends, ect. But the online world can be a dangerous place if you share your private information, let people know your phone number, email or passwords. If anything suspicious is happening, someone asking for you private information or to meet up when you don’t know them personally, tell a trusted adult.

I really enjoyed this film and would recommend to everyone.

#description

For my term 3 passion project I am planning to create a film. I about 3 and a half weeks, I am going on a trip to Noosa (in Queensland) and I am making a film about my experience, and how amazing it is. The film will be like an artsy, montage with music in the background.

To edit my film I am going to use the app “imovie”, and I am going to explore the different filters, speeds and clips. I am going to explore different styles of music that may or may not match with the film.

My film is aimed for people aged around 8-18, or for people that like travel diary entries. But overall anyone at any age could watch my film, and maybe hopefully enjoy it 🙂

I am most looking forward to the filming part of the process. Mostly because I know that I will love going to the places (like the beach, going on walks ect.) Overall I am very excited for the whole process and am looking forward to see how it turns out.

Here is the video that inspired this idea:

 

#reflect

This blog post is going to be a reflection on making my skim board!

I originally set out to build a small surfboard, but then thought realistically about the decision. My dad suggested that I make a skim board. After he had explained what a skim board was, I agreed. I don’t think I could say that I completely achieved my goal, but I am definitely very pleased with the finished product.

Towards the end when I had to film me trying to ride the board, it was 11 degrees and it felt like we were in the middle of a tornado. It was very, very cold and sand was blowing on the back of our legs. The water was freezing.

When it actually started to get quite dangerous, we had to go and use the footage that we had, witch wasn’t much. I probably needed more footage, but it was very unlikely because of how cold, windy and dangerous it was. In the end, I stuck with what I had.

If I was to continue with this project, I would probably go and ride my skim board again and learn more about how to ride it and work it. Another thing I would learn if I continued was how to clean off the wax and things like that.

In my video, my dad rides my board! Will he be a pro,

Or will he be a flop?

Watch the video to find out!