So far I have been traveling very well with my passion project. I have got some really good footage from Forrest, Torquay, and Anglesea National Park. I think I have upskilled myself by taking pictures on a bike, and also all the different shots in different places that I take.
One of my first few challenges was that my Go Pro’s battery wasn’t charged ( completely my fault ) and that the SD card in the Go Pro was full. My family and I had to solve the places on the run because as most of the places we go to are 30 minutes to an hour long drive it isn’t really possible to go home and then drive back again. I fixed these problems from happening again by having my Go Pro on charge the night before we go, and the SD card problem by downloading and then deleting all of the footage I take to the bike rides.
Since I am editing while i’m going every weekend my family will visit one new spot until the end of term when I will just put some finishing touches on.
Here are a few of my favourite photos/videos:
For my Term 1 Passion Project I am going to be making a film on all the cool different places my family goes every Sunday for a bike ride. I will take either a few photos or a short video, or both of each place we go and edit them together.
I will be using a Go-pro, to film when I’m on my bike and also the head strap that I need to attach to my helmet. I’m going to use my laptop, for the editing and storage of all my footage. I might occasionally use my phone to take some photos or videos.
My target audience would be kids aged 9 – 14 because I think at 9 the kids start understanding things and become more sensible and at 14 the kids start becoming less enthusiastic about being outdoors and active. I am aiming my Passion Project at this age group because I think the kids between 9 and 14 are happy about being active, as long as it is fun and exciting and different. That way they can see all these picturesque and exciting new places they could go to do a walk, or run, or bike ride.
A few things i’m looking forward to is firstly going to all these awesome places with my family, and then being able to show people how much fun it is. I will hopefully inspire some people to go and visit these places for themselves.
Birke Baehr’s story is that as a little kid he grew up thinking that at all farms the cows grazed on grass all day, and that pigs rolled in mud. But as he grew up, and started doing some research on the food industry he discovered some things that he found disgusting, and he strongly disagrees against them. He thinks that company’s advertise food mainly to young kids, by using shiny colourful packaging. Birke wants to encourage more kids and parents to buy local, and pay that little bit extra so you can get local foods; pay the farmers not the hospitals.
Some of the main things I took away from Birke’s TED Talk is that most industrialised food company’s advertise and package their food with bright and colourful plastic; they are aiming towards young children. Another message I picked up on is that if you change one person’s mind about something, and then they go and change one person’s mind etc… you can change hundreds of thousands of people’s minds; hence why he said change one kid’s mind at a time.
He got his messages across to the audience by throwing in a few jokes to completely capture the audiences attention, and keep them focused throughout his TED Talk. He also used some really important research and statistics to scientifically prove what he was talking about. Birke used very strong, and sometimes funny images to prove he’s done a certain thing, or that it really happens in the real world.
Birke used the big screen behind him to show images and captivate the audience even further, and he used the mike even though he had a very powerful and confident voice.
One of the presentation techniques he obviously tried using, but it didn’t go so well for his TED talk was hand gestures. He used the same gesture way too many times in his presentation, and that was the main let down for me. Birke used his stage quite well, he had a few jokes, he had memorised his script so he had good eye-contact. But the presentation technique that I found the best was how when the audience laughed at one of his jokes or reacted in some way, Birke would wait until they quieted down; or if they were taking too long he would say something like “thank-you” or “I know” to signal to the audience that they needed to be quiet again.
Richard’s TED talk was all about the problem of the native lions eating his family’s cattle, and his invention that scared off the lions without harming them. He grew up hating lions because they killed all his livestock, and when they killed his only bull Richard decided that he had to do something to stop the lions killing.
At first he tried fire, as he thought that lions were afraid of fire, but that didn’t work. Then one night he was walking around the cattle holding a flame, and the lions didn’t come. Richard had discovered that lions were afraid of moving light. So he made an amazing light system around the fence of his cattle out of a few electrical devices he had around his house that flashed lights on and off in a pattern around the cows.
Once he solved his family’s lion problem, he went around helping his community solve their lion troubles without violence.
Some messages that I picked up in Richard’s TED talk was how a problem doesn’t need to be solved by violence, how you don’t need many things to solve a very big problem, that one person can make a very big difference, and that if you persist anyone can solve the problem no matter how big the problem is.
Richard Turere got his messages across to the audience by having eye-contact the whole time ( as he didn’t have a script ), and he also did facial prompts ( when he said something funny, he would smile or chuckle; the same if he said something sad but he would frown) and the audience would react to those prompts.
Richard used the big screen behind him as one of his technical supports to show the reality of his situation, and since we are so far away from his homeland we could see how he lived. He also used a microphone to project his voice.
A few presentation techniques that I noticed he used really well was how he used his staging well by moving around a little but not too much, and he also used gestures to compliment what he was saying and also make his speech seem like a natural conversation.
The first of a few messages I took away from Thomas Suarez’s TED Talk was that anyone can create an app, no matter what their age is. Another thing I took away was I now know how easy it is to create an apple app.
Thomas got his messages across to his audience by using strong eye-contact through his whole speech, adding in a couple of jokes to make the audience engage even more, and since his audience was made-up of adults he used words that adults might use in their general conversation.
The technical support he used was his iPad which had some prompts for his speech, the microphone, and the big screen behind him that showed some images that related to what he was talking about and just reinforced his overall messages and speech.
One presentation technique that he used quite well was that he sounded really confident and relaxed; he was talking like it was just an everyday conversation, not a massive audience. Another would be that he used the stage really well; he moved around just the right amount to look natural, and he was standing a few metres off the edge of the stage which meant that he wasn’t in the way of the screen behind him.
This clinic was lots of fun… I got the opportunity to properly understand and go back over Adobe Premiere.
We used Wireless Lapels and Wireless mics in this clinic, in groups filming each other. I made this film of what I learnt with Abi R.
In this clinic we learnt about attaching a shotgun mic to a camcorder camera, and what difference it makes in the sound quality. We also did some videos of my group experimenting with the distance and with and without the shotgun mic. Here is a video of some of the things I picked up on.
This clinic we are going to use a lot in year 6 to edit our films. I screen-casted on the Adobe Premiere Software…
This clinic was all about non-copyright music. We talked about what copyright was, what the process was to get copyright music from the producer, and a good website to download non-copyright music from. This is the website – https://www.bensound.com/
This video is all about me explaining some things I learnt in this clinic…
P.S. Maggie ( My gorgeous puppy-dog ) interrupts my film.