Film School

Lesson 1- Presenting your piece to camera

As I walked into class I knew it was going to be a fantastic morning, why? Because we had something new, something fresh, we had film school.


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Lesson 2- Camcorder Clinic


Another brilliant lesson this was, and I can’t wait to make some awesome videos using the equipment I got taught about.


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Lesson 3- point and shoot cameras


My 3rd lesson with Miss Williamson was really helpful for taking some great shots.


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Lesson 4- Zoom Camera Clinic


Another clinic with Mr Henderson. This time, with the camcorders sibling, the Zoom camera.


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Lesson 5- Audio Booths Clinic

And that’s a Rap for the Audio Booths Clinic!


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Lesson 6- Royalty free music

This clinic taught me how to download royalty free music, which will be very good for my films.


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 Lesson 7- Editing clinic

Ever heard your parents say, ‘Turn it onto the news!’ Then now you can say that!


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Lesson 8- Shotlists and Storyboards

Did you know that 60% of film making is used for planning, 30% is used for editing and only 10% for production? Well, if you find that interesting, wait till you see this!


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Lesson 9- Wireless mics

Ever wonder how actors get such good sound on windy days? Here’s how!


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Lesson 10- Shotgun mics

Shotgun mics, in case you were wondering this microphone does not involve a gun being shot, it means the sound works best from close-up.


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Lesson 11- Green Screen

My last film school lesson over. I hope you have all enjoyed watching my vlogs. Thank you teachers, I have loved this so much!


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Term 3 – Week 7

Here is a photo of my first sewing project, and design book. They both show what I learnt…

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Term 4 – Week 4/5

Here is a photo of my design book from my second sewing project, and a photo of the finished product. it contains all of my learning…


 Week 1

This week I was with Mr Mckie in tinkering. This week though we explored Makey, Makey, which comes in a set that you can buy, and create things with. The first session was about getting into small groups and discovering. The first thing I found out about were the parts. The motherboard is first…

What you are looking at here is the motherboard. it is basically the brain, it connects all of the things together to make something amazing happen. You can control it by using some alligator clips which I will explain later. You may also notice a cord, well that connects the motherboard to your computer, so if you wanted to use a sensor to control your computer you would plug this cord in to connect them to each other, (Note: you can tell if the motherboard is on by seeing the lights turn on.).

The next parts are the alligator clips, they are pretty simple. They basically earth the motherboard to the sensors, so that if you had the cord plugged into your computer, a clip on the motherboard and you touched a button on the motherboard, then it would do that to your computer. you may notice that there are also places where the clips can go on the buttons, they are for other controlled sensors, for example, if you put a clip on the button and a clip on a plant, and then you tap that plant, then it should do that to your computer, however you would still need to earth it.

I decided to try and control my computer with myself connected to the motherboard, so I was using clips to connect myself, and it worked!

Next I tried use a plant, however it did not work, I think it was because the plant was too dry.


Later that week we had to come up with something to make out of Makey, Makey. My group decided to make a DJ desk, and so we got to work, while the other members of the group went outside to get cardboard for the desk and then hot glue it all together, I started on the sound…

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In the end we used the led in a pencil and it all worked out fine, here are some videos of our finished product…

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Friday-Week 5-tinkering


Vacuum, one of the only words in the English language that has a double u in it. It is also what my group and I tore apart today. I pull my plastic glasses over my eyes, CRACK! I slowly take off the glasses, feeling like I have found treasure from the look on my group’s faces. We all cheer as the sound echoes through my ears, when we stop I look around at the puzzled faces of my peers around me and I am brought back to reality again. I smile, and then squeeze my head into the circle of heads to get a look at this motherboard…

(Definition of motherboard-

Internet’s definition-A printed circuit board containing the principal components of a computer or other device, with connectors for other circuit boards to be slotted into.

Abby’s interpretation-The brain, it connects everything to each other to make whatever you are doing work. There are also cords that connect the main motherboard to other parts or motherboards. (Mine’s a lot simpler, isn’t it? Can you have a bracket inside a bracket?)))

It is incredible! There are so many little wires, and places for cords. I place it into the box of motherboards quickly, eager to keep going. The thing I loved about doing this is that it is like cake, you are so excited about that spoonful, and then when you think things can’t get any better, you eat another bite and that is even more awesome. That kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? Anyway, now you can stop using up energy and go eat some cake! Well, unless you want to watch this video first…

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Now I answer that question that is circling in your head, what are we doing with all, of this stuff? We are making our initials with the parts and then when you touch them they play a song. Ta Da!


Tuesday-Week 6-Tinkering


Lucky for us a person in our group, her parents own Calco – timber and hardware, so we were able to order some wood from her Dad, however it will take until Friday, so today we decided to do the programing. Here are some pictures of the programs…

It works because of the link between the motherboard and computer, so that if you touch the right arrow on either the computer or motherboard it will work either way, that is all I could do for this session. So that is this blog entry finished.

Tuesday-Week 8-Tinkering

WOW! It is hard to believe I have not written a blog in two whole weeks! That sounded worse than I thought it would. Ok redo. WOW! I can’t believe I have been away for two whole weeks! (that sounds better) due to sewing I have not been able to do my tinkering project over two weeks. So as you can imagine it has changed a lot! This session, because everyone had glued on their parts, (the wood came in) so we just finished painting the parts. Then it was time to find how to work LED lights. We are going to make it play music AND light up! We found a video that the boys gave us. But I couldn’t really understand it so I think I will ask them again today. It took a while with the painting so by the time they had sent the video we had to (unfortunately) pack up.

Here is a photo of the project so far…

Wednesday-Week 8-Tinkering

It is such sad sorrow, saying goodbye. It is with a heavy heart and tears in my eyes that I finish my last Tinkering blog post for the year…

Yes, it was our last session to finish this off. Unfortunately, we did not get to do the LED lights, because YouTube did not make any sense at all. So by the time we had finished, gluing all the parts people had pulled off, and watched too many YouTube videos that did not make any sense, it was time to pack up.

I really do wish we had finished the project off, it would of been really cool. But some things you just have to say goodbye to.

Besides, this was a really fun project that the teachers set for us, and although my group and I did not finish it, it was great get the look finished.


Week 1

Here is a photo of my energy project…

Here is a photo my circuit project…

Week 2

This week we actually got to make the circuits, we all had to make the same easy one, but then had to come up with a harder one my ourselves. This is the easy one. It is the same circuit as the last picture for week 1. Except with the real thing. here are a couple of videos and photos of it with some explanations…


In these 2 picture you may notice that  they look the same, but look where the alligator clips are placed on the battery pack, and how bright the light is. In the first picture the clips are on a different battery each on a different end, meaning that it is on the same end because, if you have ever put battery’s in before, the second battery you put in usually has to be flipped so it is facing another way. You may notice that the light is brighter too. In the second picture the clips are put on the same battery on opposite ends. The light is darker in this picture too. Why is this so? I think that it is because 2 battery’s is stronger than 1.



I did not get time to try my harder one, however I have thought about it and I think I know how to make it work. What I want it to do is turn a fan and a light on at the same time using the same 2 battery’s. I think this would work if I had 2 alligator clips for each item and then put them in the same end. Here is a better explanation if you did not understand that one…

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On Friday something very exciting happened. We got to play with Little bits. Little bits are magnetic pieces put together to make programs. I was lucky enough to play with the star wars pack. Working along side my group we made some pretty cool stuff. The programming was all connected to the robot, so we just had to put the programs, and the robot together. Here are some videos and photos of the session…




On Thursday and Friday on week 4 we did something new. This was new, but it wasn’t, it was a robot, that was round, it was a Sphero. We got into pairs to experiment, we played around for a bit but then things started to get serious, we had to make the robot go around a 2D shape it was hard, but it wasn’t for I can program, but I have never done it on a Sphero before using blocks, I had done it using the drawing mode though, which is where you draw something and it does it on the Sphero. Anyway, the blocks, you can use many blocks on Sphero I learnt some are even like the ones on the other robots. I tried this program first but it didn’t seem to work…

The reason this didn’t work was because it was facing the same way the whole time so then I tried this…

For this one I started at zero and added 90 each time because I was doing a square and 360 divided by 4 equals 90, 4 because a square has 4 sides and 360 because if you measure the outside of a square it should always equal 360. I ran out of time to test it, but I will next time we do Spheros.

Week 9

The first challenge of the day was to make the sphero go around a shape here is my group’s shape…

We started off my testing all the sides of the shape, so we cold tell how far to make the sphero go. it took heaps and heaps of tries but finally we got there (it took so long because of the sides!). Here is the video…

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Next challenge was to create a maze to go around, ours looked something like this…

We decided to do it bit by bit. It took a long time to do, but we still hadn’t finished getting around yet. some problems were…

  • The blocks in the way
  • The spheros aim (were it is pointing)

But we overcame them all in the end here are some videos of the session…



Term 3 Robotics


Black line challenge:

Today we started a new task but from being away, it was going to be difficult, all the robots looked like they had a costume on with all of the new sensors. Luckily for me we were starting on a new sensor, the colour sensor. Our task was to make it follow the black line, my group managed to make it go straight, but that is about it, this didn’t work because the challenge was to make it FOLLOW the black line not program it to go straight. Then when we all thought it was never going to be possible, there it was the program gleaming up on the board…

So how it works is, the button at the start is, well the start button, it makes the program start. Next is the comment block, I find one of the most useful blocks, it helps you to tell the robot what to do if there is not a block for it. Then the loop brick, it tells the program inside of it to keep going if you look to the right on the loop brick you will notice an infinity symbol that is set to infinity so it tells it to go on forever, but there are other settings to. In side that is a switch brick, it is set to colour sensor and to the colour black, so that it will follow the black line. You may notice the tick and the cross, they both have inside them the motor on, but the comment brick one of them says, “If the robot sees black turn right.” The other reads, “If the robot does not see black turn left.” Now if the robot sees black it will go onto another colour and if it does not see black it will turn left until it sees black again. The tick is there because it says, “sees black” whereas the cross says, “does not see black”. That is it; here are some videos of the program working…

This one is of the robot just going straight…


This one is of it going around a black circle using the program we talked about before…

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At the end of the week, we printed out our programs and wrote in what it all meant.

What I learnt was that there was a comment brick and I find it very useful to use.

What’s next? Next will be a surprise for me as we will be moving onto another challenge probably next time.


Week 4

This week we were moving on, slightly, this time we had to use the colour AND touch sensor. I knew it was going to be tough for I had not used this touch sensor thingy before, so I did what the teachers ALWAYS told us to do if we needed help, ask our fellow pupils, and soon enough I understood the touch sensor. But it was still going to  hard. now et me explain what the robot had to do, it had to follow the black line using the colour sensor, and then at the end of the line using the touch sensor if something was in the robots way it would stop. I tried SOOOO many things including this program here…

I do not think this program worked because I do not really know how to use the yellow bricks.

Then when I thought all was impossible, help came, and I finished…


That is all I got done for Monday-Wednesday because we also had to draw it in our books.

What’s Next? Next I will try to do it on a curvy line.

See what we did with Spheros on my “Spheros” blogpost.


Week 9

In robotics this week, we had six challenges to complete. I had already finished the first three, so I was onto the squiggly line. I thought it would be easy at first, I thought… I can use the same program that I used for the black line oval. However, it was not that easy. I tried so many programs, they all worked at the start, and it was just at the end that the spun off the course. I kept on trying though until in finally thought about a certain brick. Was it doing the right job?

This brick was a problem. However, I did fix it in the end. If you have ever used EV3s before I am sure that, you will know that the motors and sensors all have to be in the input. There was my problem. Turns out that the colour sensor was in input three instead of four.

Here is the end video program…



However, there was no stopping there, I had to make the robot go along a black line using the colour sensor, then using the touch sensor stop, turn around and come back to the start. The start bit was east as I had already done the first bit, so it was just a matter of turning around and coming back to the start. The problem was, the turning around, it just would not turn around properly. Once again, it was a simple problem, it was turning to fast. Frustratingly it took me about 12 programs to figure this out so I did not have much time left.

Any who here is the last program and video…



I was onto the 5th challenge, the black oval that should stop then turn around and go back to the start using both the colour and touch sensors. I thought, what if I used rotations, then I could count the rotations and then after it touch’s a hand it will turn around and do the same amount of rotations back to the start. I got a program but sadly did not get enough time to test it. Here is the program though…



Session 1: 25.7.2017

This past week we have been introduced and working on an AWESOME new program called Scratch.

I have learnt so much from these tutorials…

Here is a video explaining some of the new things I explored this week…

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Session 2

This week in scratch we made our own account which was very helpful and easy. It will help now because the app version does not have all of the right bricks.

Here is a movie of our challenges and tasks for this week…

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Week 5 and 6

These weeks have been joined because we only had one session in week 5, but anyway what a week! We started off with some fun, by doing “about me”, which was amazing and I learnt so much! The about me project is where you have to program things into your scratch that are about you, lots of people added in quizzes and asking questions about other people as we had to make it interactive, I added in games, questions and music into mine this project t took A LOT of work, actually it took all lessons except for one! in this I learnt how to include my own photos which I think will be really very extremely helpful in the future. Here is a screencast on how to do it…

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You are probably wondering what the other lesson was for, it is for a new project called “Animations”, where you have to make other sprites move as if they were animated I used a dinosaur and a birthday cake, then we had to draw the changes in our books that took about the whole session, but I think I will work on this project at home. I will not me blogging for a while now as I am doing sewing this week and the week after is camp and then I will have to go back to robotics because I will have missed out on it in sewing, so…

See you in WEEK 10!

Week 10

This week is our last week of school. So we had to finish the scratch projects we were set by the end of the week. The first activity was the Debug it, I worked through all of the next ones and then decided to explain this one to you…


After we had finished that we had to do a challenge where, For reach character you made your own customized block. I will explain it to you now in a screencast…

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Well anyway, that’s it! See you next term!!





Session 1: 18.5.2017

Today we did microworlds in maths. I created lots of shapes and learnt so much. It was half of one thing and half of the other today. The first half we used humans as a turtle and told  commands for it to do, it took a while but in the end we got there. The second half we were testing and creating programs. Here is a video of me explaining what I made and did…


I loved today, and can’t wait to get further into the project!!

Session 2:

Today in microworlds we had to write our initials with the turtle, but this was hard because some people had letters like b or c…

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I cant wait for next session to start on my c!!




Friday 13th May

Today in maths we were focusing on kites, first we had to try and make a kite by ourselves (I was not successful), but in the end Mr Mckie gave us the instructions once we had made two we did this…

Here are some other ways to prove out theory…

Rube Goldberg Activity’s

This week we are doing another warmup for rube Goldberg we will go around to each of the teachers and learn about a simple machine.

1.5.2017: Mr Mckie

Today we were with Mr Mckie doing pulleys; we each got a sheet and had to get into pairs I was with Ella I think we worked quite well together. First, we read the sheet and then we got to work…

There were three different types of pulleys, the single, the double and the quadruple. Even though they all have different names, they have one thing in common this…

We had to start with the single, here is ours working…



This one worked very well going up and down. Then we did the double, this one was a little bit harder than the single…


This one was not as reliable, but still worked sometimes I do not think it worked very well because the string kept getting stuck in between the two cogs. Then it was time for the quadruple one; this one was going to be a tough one. It did not work for us, but we tried…







I am pretty sure this one didn’t work because there was lots of cogs which means lots of places for string to get stuck in.

In the end the single probably worked best for us because it was so reliable, I think this is because it is simple and not too many cogs!

2.5.2017: Mrs Watson

Today it was Mrs Watson with chain reactions, how exciting. Once again, I found myself picking a partner I chose Poppy; I think we worked well together as well. If you don’t know what a chain reaction is, it is something happening which causes other things to happen we were doing ours with Lego. Each partner got there computer, one for photos, one for the instructions (they were on our computers). So we got to work, finding and building when the lesson was over we hadn’t finished but I am looking forward to doing it in my spare time. Here are some photos of our progress…





3.5.2017: Mr Colbert

This session we were doing knexs, what?! I thought, how are knexs simple machines? But we got to work anyway, I was in a group with Lili, Josh and Oliver. We each got an instruction book with lots of different machines in it, we decided to do the carousel because it looked really fun and creative. We got to work but unfortunately didn’t finish but it looked pretty cool so far anyway. Oh and i almost forgot, you can make simple machines out of knexs for our carousel it was the bottom part, this part…

Here is a time lapse video of us building our carousel…


There is a simple machine in our carousel, the bit we built today, the wheel and axle.

6.5.2017: Joining

Today we were joining all of our simple machines together but first we had to finish our carousel, this is what it looked like in the end…


When we finished we had to get into a group, there weren’t many people left but we managed to find some people, I was in a group with Poppy, Lili and Hannah, I think we worked really well together. It was really hard to join all of our simple machines together, there were lots of little problems along the way but in the end we managed to overcome them all. Here is a video on our machine working and explaining how it works…


I have learnt so much about simple machines during this period of time, and can’t wait to start the project later on!