Hey guys, so we’ve all finished our Zoo Films and today I want to go through the journey that we had to go through to make our films.
Warning: This blog post is super long! Side effects include boredom and regret for reading!
The first Inquiry session of Term 4 was when the teachers revealed our big ‘Project’ for this term. They said we were all doing like a documentary on a certain animal that is at the Melbourne Zoo. The only animals we could choose were the SOS10, which were 10 animals that were either endangered or critically endangered. We could choose the Helmeted Honey Eater, the Phillipines Crocodile, the Tasmanian Devil, the Lord Howe Stick Insect, the Orangutan, the Gorilla, the lion, the Australian Fur Seal, the Asian Elephant and the Baw Baw Frog. Once we chose which animal we wanted to do our films on, we were told more about the film. We had to make a persuasive film, encouraging other to care and help lend a voice to that certain animal. We had to do a bit of research and confine it all into a script. We had to include facts, some information about why this animal is endangered, and how we can help. We also had to include some music, and you had to try to make the music suit the film. We were all wondering how we would get footage of our animals, then we were told that the next Monday we were going to the Melbourne Zoo to get footage of our chosen animal. We had to bring our scripts to the Zoo, so we could do a Piece to Camera in front of our animals enclosure. I chose the Tasmanian Devil because they are the national animal of Tasmania. Once we had finished our scripts and we had all the equipment we needed, we were ready for the excursion!
On the Monday, we all got on the buses and headed to the Zoo. Once we got to the Zoo we were given information about the day by the man in charge. Once the speech was over we headed into a giant room that happened to have lots of information about the SOS10. The seals enclosure was also next door so there were giants windows with the seals swimming around peacefully. We were given our special neck band and were put into our groups. I was in a group with Tom, Angus, Steven and Nick and some girls. First our group went through the Butterfly House, where we waited for a lady to come out with a Lord Howe Stick Insect, because there was one girl in our group who was doing the Lord Howe Stick Insect, in fact, she was the only person doing it in the whole Year level! So because of that, the keeper decided that they would call a new baby that just hatched after her! After the butterfly house we went through the zoo looking at other animals on our way to the Tasmanian Devil enclosure. After a while we finally arrived at the Tasmanian Devil enclosure. We got out our cameras and looked desperately for the Tassie Devil, but we couldn’t find it, that’s because Tasmanian Devils mainly come out at night, or early morning. On the other side of the enclosure was a glass window that was facing a burrow. While Steven was doing his Piece to Camera, out of luck, the Tasmanian Devil crawled out of the burrow and layed down in the sun. Everyone rushed over, trying to get some footage of the devil. I got my camera and got some good footage of it crawling back into the den. I then did my P.T.C. in front of the burrow and we moved on, making our way back to the center of the Zoo to have lunch. After lunch we went back to the big room and put a token in a glass tube which had a face of our animal on it. We then got back on the buses and went back to school to get all our footage.
The next day we used our footage to start editing our films. I happened to edit my film pretty quickly, so I got my voice over done pretty quickly. I found all my music, got some good images and finished my first draft. After we finished our first drafts, we put out computers in a space in the room and out a feedback sheet next to our computer. We were supposed to get feedback from people. With the feedback we got, we edited our first draft and changed a few things up. I managed to finish my final draft pretty early. After we finished our final draft we got some positive feedback from others. We then submitted our films to the Melbourne Zoo! Here’s the final film:
Here’s some of my personal favorite pieces of feedback I got!
The voiceover was really put out, especially the part where you asked a question with the man’s questioned face. The whole video was really catchy-Georgina. I think this is pretty true because I wanted the music to change from sad to upbeat and I wanted the imagery to suit the voice over.
Your piece to camera is amazing. I like the text you used and the emotion is stunning. I like the footage you used and your music suited it really well – Steven
I feel like the emotion part isn’t so true because I didn’t really intend to add too much emotion because I wasn’t thinking about it. I have to admit that I did use a bit more text than other people so that’s kind of true.
I liked how your music and imagery complimented the great voiceover – Rory
I do like my music that I used as well, so I’m pretty happy with that and as I said I wanted imagery that would suit my voice over and film.
You have a lot of great information about the animal which makes your film very descriptive- Camilla
I did spend more time finding information than I did looking for interesting facts and I do think my film is more of an informative film rather than a persuasive film.
That’s about it, there was a lot we had to do and it was a really fun journey to get to our finished film. I hope you’ve all enjoyed listening about our journey to our finished Zoo films!