Finally Complete!

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Hey Guys!

I have finally completed my Passion Project with Samantha! I have been working on it all term and i have finished it at last! It has been good but there have also been some harder sides to it.

The project kind of turned out the way I intended because all the things we made were how I wanted it, same as the film, except we didn’t get ALL of the things I originally intended. We ended up doing about half as many things as I wanted because of the lack of time and material. Overall, it was great and I really like the way everything turned out.

I reckon that I have done a pretty good job at the organisation of how to get together all the weekends to get everything done. We have been pretty good at organisation and the making of the products. It was so fun!

Next time, I probably could of worked on making more of the items because I only made about three or four of each and I guess I could of made more. I also could of done more research before I started to make the products because half way through, I had to change my plans because of something that I hadn’t even thought about before then. If you want to know what it was, check my older posts.

I learned how to thin ahead more and how to actually make a dog toy! I also learned a heap of stuff along the way but I can’t recall it all now!

 

Next time, I probably would of improved on what I said I needed to improve on earlier!

 

Looks like this will be my last Passion Project post for the year! Bye!ūüėú

 

Feedback On My Passion Project

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Hi Everyone,

I have finally completed my ¬†passion project and now, I need to know what other people think about it. The people ¬†who gave me feedback were Mikayla, my brother, and my dad. First, I actually can’t imply the feedback since I have already finalized the project’s film so I have only taken into account the feedback so that next ¬†time,I know what I need to work on.

I  am only going to mention some of the feedback that Mikayla gave because she gave us feedback more than once at different stages. Since it  is now finished, I will give you the newest comments.

Mikayla

She said  that next time, I could maybe take more footage of us making  the actual things like a time-lapse. She also said we could of narrowed down our ideas earlier because we had  to modify  our ideas along the way a lot.

Dad

My dad said the same sort off things except he also said that maybe to make it easier for us, we could chose  one of the items we made but also make a film about it and just add more detail. I thought that was a good idea and I will be taking  that into account next time I get to chose my homework like  this.

And  my  brother just agreed with what the others said.

 

Like I said earlier, I kind of can’t change my project now since it has already been ¬†completed so I am just taking this into account for next time.

Until next time, Bye Guys!

Production Of My Passion Project!

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Hey guys!

I finished the production of my Passion Project but it wasn’t easy! Here is the WHOLE journey!

First, my partner Samantha came over to my house to begin creating the dog toys, cat toys, dog biscuits and collar tags. First, we went out and bought the little things we needed to use. This was craft glue, fabric squares, wool, sticks, clay and paint.

The first thing we decided to create was the clay figures to put in a fish bowl/tank. Once we had just started to mould the items, we thought of something that we hadn’t even noticed before then that was quite obvious. The paint and clay could poison the fish! We were just like, DUH? HOW HAD NO ONE EVER THOUGHT OF THIS! So, for that day, we were trying to find out another thing linked with animals using clay that we could do instead of the fish¬†bowl d√©cor! We decided on creating little dog collar tags painted rainbow and with the names written on them. The rest of the day was used to create a batch or two of dog biscuits and we found the instructions for a good recycled t-shirt dog toy that you can DIY. We tried to make them with some od clothes of mine but it was extremely hard to cut the strips we needed straight. That was all the time we had that time.

The next weekend, we make a netter batch of dog biscuits since the last was quite burned, this time we made them all by ourselves, we used the fabric squares to create strips, and made two different designs, one was just the braided straight toy, and the other was a circle braided toy. Basically, they are just knotted at the end, braided all the way down, and knotted again at the top. the circle one is the same but you tie the top and bottom ends together to make it a loop shape. they were quite easy to make. Then, we made some cat toys by getting the sticks, making some pompoms and attaching them to the end with a little bell for the cats, and then tying them to the end of the stick using craft glue and some sticky tape over the top to secure the pompoms to the end of the stick. Then, we made the dog collar tags in all shapes and sizes. we took some photos and videos of us making everything, the finished product, and some pics of my dog playing with the toys and eating the biscuits.

The last time, when we finished the project’s production stage, we painted and named the tags and put together a short film of all the footage we filmed and took photos of.

 

The whole process was pretty successful except for the minor issue at the beginning!

My favorite part was creating the cute name tags because it was so much fun to mold, shape and paint the little shapes.

Now, all we have to do is to edit the film and put it together properly and then we are finished!

Zoo Conservation Film Reflection

Hi Everyone,

In the first week of term, the year 6’s started another film project. This time, we had to use this film to persuade others of something, to do something. We had the task to create a conservation film for one of the ten SOS animals on the zoo website. The SOS 10 stands for save our species, as it consists of 10 endangered animals that are in desperate need of help. To chose which animal we were going to lend our voice to, we went onto the zoo website and looked at some facts, videos and statistics about how long the animal will live for. Some of these animals were the Australian Fur seal, the Baw Baw frog, the gorilla and the Tasmanian devil. I chose the Tassy devil as I have always loved them and they are native to Tasmania and no-where else.

Once we had decided which animal our film would be representing, we had to research some facts about the chosen animal and start to construct our scripts for our voice overs. They had to be convincing, entertaining, powerful and we had to make our audience care about the chosen animal, in my case the Tasmanian Devil. Once we had written a persuading script to the best of our abilities, we were to go on an excursion up to the Melbourne Zoo to collect footage of our animal and to possibly speak to the enclosure keepers to gain some more knowledge and facts for our scripts.

Once we were at the zoo, we split into our animal groups and headed off to the enclosures, casually stopping to look at the other animals! On our way there, we went to a small workshop that all the groups attended to do with our animals, and others. We didn’t really learn anything new from the workshop as we¬†had already done a heap of research before leaving that morning. Everything went well until we actually reached the Tasmanian Devil enclosure. When we got there, the devils were no-where to be seen. Not one was visible even sleeping. We realized that Tassy devils are nocturnal, so they were all asleep in their little burrows under logs. Even with no animals, we still were required to film a PTC (peace to camera) at the sight were the devils were held. We got to work and in the middle of one of our takes, a little head and body waddled out and started to sunbathe right in front of us! it wasn’t moving but we were still pretty excited! We took some pictures and then it went back. That was all we saw of the devils that day.

When we got back to school, we had to dump all the footage onto our computers and the next day, start to edit and put our conservation films together! Since we had no footage of the Tassy devils, we only had to load off the PTC and start to look for some videos and photos on the internet. When we had collected enough to cover our script, we had to practice, practice, practice our scripts so we were ready to record our voice overs. Once we had that step over, we put our recordings, photos and videos into Corel, an app that allows u to edit and produce a film, and to start to peace together the audio, with music and line up the footage to make sure it all flows. I was away on the Monday of last week so I missed out on some time when I was scheduled to record so I was put back on having to actually practice and record my voice over, put it into my film, make sure it flows and THEN have my first finished draft done.

Since everyone had completed their first draft already, when the sharing session of the first drafts came along, instead o getting feedback from 5 people which I needed, I had to just walk around and give feedback myself. This held me back even more. So I had to work extra hard at home to make sure that it all fitted and got some feedback form my friends in the morning.

 

This is how I managed to create my film. Now that it is finished, I would like to show you it and insert all the positive feedback I got at the very end about this film. Some or all of the films will be put on the zoo website as the whole point of this project is to raise awareness and make a change.

 

Please comment if you have any feedback!

 

I love your film, it made me care for your animal РSamantha

I really like your film and the photos and your voice overs are very good and you made me care about this animal РMilly

Good facts you used. Great footage. The music you used worked well, you made me care a lot about this animal – Steven

Good, it mad me sad that these animals are dying out- Sophie

I really like the music and how you stop then start it. I think that the zooming in and out fits well with the pace of the music. It made me really care about your animal- Emmy

Your voice overs were where really good and I liked how you displayed your message. Your facts where really good and the images and footage where very powerful. -Mikayla

Well done the facts are sad that makes your care about it, good job -Harriette

I think you had a really good message that came across strong. Your music was really nice and complimented your footage and your script.-Mary B.

I really like your script and it is really powerful. and the music really matches the mood. -Sophie

I loved your P.T.C and how you found very confronting images -Lily

This film was intriguing and visually stunning. All the imagery you used was flawless and your video had heaps of emotion. The voice over was also really easy to understand which made the film more effective.-Bailey G

I really like how you added powerful images and had clear voice overs.-Henry

Your videos, voiceovers and music is good- Ellie

Your Facts were really good, it made me sad, it was very touching and made me want to help. great job Emmaline-Tilly

 

Planning my Passion Project

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Hi Everyone,

 

I have decided on what I will be doing for my passion project, and now I have to plan for what is next to come, the production stage.

 

To prepare for producing the crafty things, we had to write up a list of everything we will need and what on that list we have to buy and what we’ve already got. We have about a 3rd of the things but also need the ingredients for the pet treats. We have the recipe for that and the materials for everything else. Here are some pictures of all the planning sheets we have used to get our thoughts straight and the final checklist for what we have to buy.

 

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Sorry about the last image being blurry.

These is the recipe for the dog treats.

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Here are the Prices we will be selling the items for:

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In the production stage, I am looking forward to the arts and craft bit because it is really fun and I like getting creative with the designs and paint. The specific one I am excited for is the dog beds because we will be making it like a sort of mini kennel bed thing. It will be fun getting the wood and, with the help of Samantha’s dad, nailing it together, painting it and stitching the pillow part out of fluffy fabric. It is my favourite one. I think the most challenging part will be when we sell the items because I am not sure if any of it will sell and fitting in all the things we need to make into the few weeks we have.

 

 

Planning is the most important stage in a project so we have been working hard to get as much stuff planned for that we can so when we have to make it, we will be on top of things and ready to get right into it. We have organised what we will need, when we are seeing each other and who will be helping us, where and why. I hope it is enough to get a great outcome!

 

 

Watch out for my next post about how it all goes and if my planning and hard work pays off.

 

Term 4 Passion Project! – What am I planning?

Hi Guys,

For my term 4 passion project, I decided that, to make it more fun, I would partner up with someone in my class (Samantha).

This is the Criteria:

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Our idea was to use our skills and passion for art and crafting things and animals, we would create some little pet accessories like dog beds (stitched) possibly food bowl (made out of air-dry clay and painted) cat toys, little bird treats and some other things. I thought for the food bowls we could use air-dry clay and then mold, shape and paint. For the dog beds we could buy some really soft, fluffy material to cut, stitch and sell. For the cat toys, we could like, get some feathers, fluffy material and stitch and create a little mouse to connect to the end of a stick and do the same by connecting feathers to the stick. For the bird treats, we could put together some oats, seeds and goose fat like we did at year 4 camp to create some small or big bird treats that you can hang from a tree if you want.

I am really excited and looking forward to making the items because the instructions look really fun and easy. It will be fun to create different designs and ways of crafting cool stuff to raise money for a good cause especially since I love animals so much.

The point/message of this project is to explore your passions and have a deeper understanding of them. The point/message of MY particular project is to raise money for the RSPCA and to learn some new craft skills that I don’t know how to do.

 

This is my schedule used to plan out all my time leading up to  the due date. I have also put in what I would be doing each week blog-post wise. AKA which post I would be doing about what each week. Here it is:

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Stay tuned for the rest of my Passion Project posts. Until them, Bye!

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Choice Day

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Hey Everyone,

 

 

On Thursday, the second last day of term, the 4, 5 and 6’s participated in choice day. Basically, you had to chose one out of about 11 activities and for periods 3 and 4, you went to your chosen activity with the specific teacher and did that until lunch. My activity was Sewing. My first preference was to do the mosaics where you have to smash up tiles to make pictures with, but I got put in the sewing group. I was a little bit annoyed about that since the athletic people who were in Mosaics couldn’t do it so I could of. Then I just though, it can’t be that bad, even if I don’t know how to sew, so I went.

The 11 activities were sewing –¬†it said in the description that it would be sewing while socializing with friends, SimCity – where you had to save the city from pollution on a simulated game, Gardening – where you had to garden and make cubbies, Long Division – literally how it sounds, Knitting – just knitting, Flight school – teaches you how to fly a drone, Bottle rockets – where you¬†have to make and launch bottle rockets, Acting out – you have to come up with a solution to a problem and act it out, and a few others.

In the end, when I went, we hardly did any sewing. It was mostly just cutting our shapes, ( the most common were butterflies, doves, circles and squares.)¬†then using a sewing machine to turn them into a Mobile. It was still really fun but It wasn’t what the description was and I was a little bit annoyed that we hardly did any actual sewing by hand or anything. The activity involved us using templates to cut out paper shapes (double sided) until we had about 7 or 8 different double sided paper shapes, then we had to learn how to use the sewing machines to sew them together to make a little mobile to hang horizontal or vertical.

It was fun to mingle with the other year levels and teachers. I liked how we got to chose what we were doing even if at first it wasn’t our first choice. It was quite hard to learn how to use the sewing machines and make sure the gaps between the shapes were even and that the machine didn’t do a wonky line that wasn’t down the middle.

 

My feedback would be to stick to the description or tell us if it changes because I was quite annoyed when I found out we were doing sewing for about 1/6 of the time and the rest of the time was just cutting out shapes and drawing templates.

 

My favorite part was the actual sewing because it was super fun and a good skill to have in the future.

Passion Project COMPLETE!

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Hi Guys,

I am so excited because I have FINALLY completed my Passion Project!

It has taken 10 weeks to accomplish and I have managed to keep you updated for the whole ride. If this is the first post you have read about my passion project, then I encourage you to read them before this one. Fist, I will upload the finished product so you know what I am talking about later in the post.

I think the whole project went really well except for the little problem in the editing and production stage. In the production stage, it was a mistake to not grab a Mike as well as the Tripod and Camera because in the end, when we looked back on our footage, the audio was terrible because in some scenes, you could hardly hear us talking. In most of the other scenes, it was bad audio because the background noise was really loud and took the quality of the footage down a little bit and in the editing, we had to re-make it about 5 times, some in Corel and some in Adobe Premiere. The final product was in Adobe premiere because Corel wouldn’t work after the millions of times we tried it. It was very frustrating and time consuming. That was probably the hardest part and the biggest bump in the journey for this film.

To me, our film was basically exactly the way I wanted it to turn out apart for the audio and some of the shots. I was so happy about the way it turned out because of the editing and everything.

I feel like the best parts we have accomplished in this project was the team work, decisions, editing and planning. I think we did s great job cooperating (Partially because we are friends) and because we had the same ideas which is also why I said decisions. The editing we did really well because we used some cool editing choices and I was really happy with everything we did. The planning was good because we had a schedule and planned Get-togethers to plan, film and edit with each other.

I think that I could of improved (like I said heaps) is the audio and some of the shots. Apart from that, I feel like we did pretty good at everything else.

Next time, I would of improved those little things and maybe made sure that everything to do with the program I used (Corel) was working before I edited.

Through the whole process, I learned that Corel is not trustworthy! and…

How to work on Adobe Premiere and to work with a time limit. It is very stressful!

Overall, the experience has been AWESOME and so so fun.

Can’t wait till my next Passion Project!

 

 

 

 

Geelong Promotional Film

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Hi Everyone,

These past few weeks in Inquiry, we have been working on a very exciting film with a REAL client! The task was to create a promotional film for Geelong and send off a few of the bets ones to the Client, Tracy from Tourism for the Geelong and the Bellarine. The brief that was Emailed to us was really short and quick. It was literally Geelong. By Kids, For kids. We had to make our films fun, creative and appealing for children and their parents.

There was one film on their website that Tracy wanted us to watch and take notes on to get some inspiration and to follow that sort of feel. There were short sharp scenes and catchy music behind the footage. This was what we tried to apply in our films.

The next step in Completing these films were to narrow down which locations children of all ages would want to come to Geelong for. In the end, We decided 6C wen to Eastern Beach for the Water, cafes, playground, and all the fun activities down at the Waterfront, 6B went to three places, Leisure Link, Balyang Sanctuary by the river, the bike track near there, and Barwon Valley fun park and 6A went to Super tramp and Torquay. We set the date for week 6 and got started on our planning.

The third step was to get into groups of two or three and create a Shotlist for our group. When getting into groups, we had to also pair up with other classes so that at the end, we would have footage from every place. The other people in my extended group were Jasmine, Georgie, Henry, Jacob, Bridie and Ruby.

A Shotlist in case you are wondering is just a list (obviously) of all the shots and scenes you are planning to take so you will know what exactly you will film when you are there so you¬† don’t waste time. This is what ours looked like, it is quite long so I had to take a couple of photos:

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We colour coded each scene so we knew who was in what scene, where it was being filmed and how long it was going to go for. It looks and sounds confusing but it really isn’t.

The next step was to actually film the footage and get it onto our computers. Like I said earlier, 6A went to Super Tramp and Torquay, 6B went to Leisure link and Balyang sanctuary park and bike track, 6C went to Eastern beach. I am in 6B so I went to Leisure link and the river. Everything went really well and we got most of our footage using my camera from home. The weather was great and all of us had fun filming.

Step four was to Share our footage with our group Via USBs. This way aloud us to pass around the USB from each person in the group so that we had all the footage on our computers.

Once we had all the footage, we had to Cull and cut all the films taken so that we could put them into our films and not have massive videos taking up ages of our films. It took a while but in the end, we got there. We had to individually cut or delete each piece of footage taken so you can imagine it took a while.

After we had cut and culled the footage, with some of the videos, we had to convert them¬†because if the footage was filmed on a DSLR, then you need to swap the footage from the type of file it is to¬†the type that can fit into Corel. ¬†That happened to the footage my group took from Eastern Beach because they did film on a DSLR. It took me so long to convert all the footage when I could of been working on the actual film. Because of that,¬†I didn’t have much time to add effects so now that was the only thing I wish I changed. Apart from that, the editing went really well.

Near the end, we had to get some feedback from 5 other people in any of the classes. The way we did this was to set up each person’s laptop around the year 6 space and also putting next to it a little feedback sheet that 5 people had to write their names and some feedback on the Advertising film. My feedback was that I had to change the music which I was already thinking myself and to add in some more editing choices like Slow-motion, Fast forward, reverse and things like that.

The third last step of the whole process is to apply the feedback to our Promo Films and share them with the rest of year 6. I added some fast forward at leisure link, slow motion at Super tramp and some more fast forward at Eastern Beach.

After we had changed our films to fit the feedback, and share them with all of Year 6. We did the same thing as before but with a bigger sheet so we could add some general comments.

My favorite part was to get the footage on our excursion because it was really fun as well as productive. The hardest part was editing the films when all the footage had to be relinked and converted.

Then, the last step in this process was to share it on our blogs which is what I am doing now. Here is the finished product and I hope you can give me some feedback in the comments:

 

BYE! ūüôā ūüėČ

Book Trailer

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Hi Guys,

 

In this Post, I will be sharing with you a book trailer I have read recently. The point of a book trailer is in the title, it is supposed to promote the book like a movie trailer promotes a movie, except it is a book.

The book I have chosen for the trailer is called¬†How to capture an Invisible cat.¬†I won’t really need to give you an explanation because it will kind of be explained in the trailer.

Here it is.

 

 

 

I used an app called Corel. I have used it before so it isn’t new, with the experience, I know that if you have lots of space on your computer, it will be fine, but if not, it is really bad because the whole thing Glitches up and you can’t watch anything. Luckily, that didn’t happen to me.

For this book that I chose, it was really hard to create a book trailer that is actually good for it because there isn’t really much depth or emotion it is just a great book with lot’s of action and adventure. I wasn’t sure how to really convey the message of the book this particular book and now that I have done it, I think it would of been better to chose a different sort of book.

 

I had quite¬† bit of trouble fining the perfect song for this film because it is kind of a weird mix of happy and adventurous music that I would need. To solve this problem, I decided if I can’t find any music, then I should make some! I opened mix craft and started to find the right instruments and things. It turned out really well.

 

Next time, like I said, I would of thought about the type of book I chose before I  actually went ahead and did the book trailer.