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Passion Project Reflection

I think that I have completed my passion project exactly how I wanted it to be because I just wanted some really nice, pretty pictures and all in one slideshow with some gentle, slow music that builds up to fun and energetic music.

Towards the end of this project I found it really hard to choose the right music so that it would fit perfectly. But in the end I think I found some really good music that is just right.

I think I put the pictures into a good order that looks like everything is in the right place because I put all of the waterfront pictures first and then changed the space by putting all tree pictures together so that it would flow better.

While I was editing and came across problems I just googled it and then tried this on my own laptop, most of the time it worked but sometimes I would accidently watch a video about the wrong model of premier.

If I were to keep going I would go and take some more photos but  after taking them I would edit each intervisual picture with a filter or by cropping it.

Overall I had so much fun going and taking all of the pictures and also editing them all together.

Billiard Ball Maths Project

Over the last few weeks in project maths we have done the billiard ball activity.

In this activity you are on a pool table and there is no middle pockets. The ball will always start from the bottom left corner. The first thing that we had to do was guess how many times the ball would bounce before going in, but with a twist each bounce has to be on a 45 degree angle. Sometimes this could be quite challenging because if you did not quite get it straight then your whole grid would be stuffed up and you will most likely not get the correct answer.

This was very hard to just guess the exact pocket that it would go into so we started to look for patterns and strategy’s. I found a lot of different patterns but they were only to predict one number such as a 1 by 1 grid or a 5 by 8 grid size. Some of my patterns were…..

3 by …..= The answer is one more then the second number except for 3 by 3 because for every 1st and 2nd number that is the same it will always equal 0. And much more

After having a think about different patterns we then started to think about one formula that will work to predict every single pocket! This was very challenging. I started to do this by guessing and checking. I then checked with the teacher and he said that I got the two part correct. I just did not know what to do with the 2, I just knew to use one in the end formula.

This helped me a lot because then I started to think about everything I could do with a 2.

After re grouping with the class I worked out what the formula was…..

You need to simplify both numbers or half them as much as you can but both the same amount. You can also not go into minus numbers or decimals. Once you have done that the most that you can you add the width and the length together and -2. For example……

10 by 8= simplify down to 5 by 4 is the most you can do now 5+4=9-2=7 which is your answer.

I think this was challenging to find the formula because you needed to test so many different things and then you would finally get it. Below is some of my working out.

Passion Project Update

Over the past few weeks I have done a lot! I went out and took all of the pictures and then edited them all together.

I went to the water front and took lots of pictures, next I went down to the river and took some. I was really trying to focus on getting long lines and seeing the best angle I could get. This was sometimes challenging especially because I went down on a very windy day and it nearly started to rain. I took a lot of photos of the fence on the water to make those long lines. For example….

I also tried to make some of the photo blurry and the other bit really focused. While I was down at the river I took a lot of photos looking up trees and getting some perspective shoots. I think that I got a whole verity of different pictures.

The next weekend I started and finished editing them all into one film. This was pretty easy as I just put all of the water front pictures at the start and the river pictures at the end, but made them flow. Sometimes I wanted to flip the picture but it did not let me so I googled it and learnt how to flip pictures in premiere. I used the same transition for all photos so that it looked neat and matched. I tried to make some of the photos change at different points in the music, so that it will look smooth. I just made a slideshow of the pictures with music.

I learnt a lot because I worked out what looked good and what did not! This was hard to get all of the right angles and features. I also tried to go by the rule of thirds, this helped me a lot.

I think overall I have done a pretty good job and the next step for me is maybe to take some more pictures and edit the actual photo. Below are a few of my favourite photos.

Building views

This term in maths we have been working on building little buildings with blocks and then we had to look at them from the side, front and record it.

Sheet 1:

This is the 1st sheet that we got given. It has one big 4 by 4 grid to make the buildings on and below it had the example shape [floor plan] that you had to make.

To make it you had to put the same amount of blocks stacked up on each other as it said, that’s what the numbers mean. Then look at number one and make it on the 4 by 4 grid. We needed to kneel down to see it from the same level just to be sure i then drew the pattern made out of blocks, you just drew the biggest amount of blocks stacked up on each other for each row. Which looked like this.

We did this for 4 buildings. There is 5 buildings.  For the last building we did not make it we just had to visualise it in our head. I thought both were quite easy because you just had to look at the side and front then record it. It did take a while.

Sheet 2:

Next we were given sheet 2. Sheet 2 looks like this. You got the option to make it with blocks or you could just visualise it, but I made some of them.

It already showed us what the blocks looked like so we had to map out where they were using a [floor plan]. We had to make each one with 15 blocks. This was a lot more challenging because it was reversed so we had to make the map of where they went and that showed us what the patter was. My strategy was to start with how ever many blocks were in the left column then just put them in the front row then I would do the same for all rows. I then looked at the side view and moved some back according to the biggest number in both the side and front view. Next I just added in some more blocks where ever, making sure that they were no higher than the highest stacked up row. I made this equal 15. This is what I did for all four buildings.

I continued doing this except we had to put as many blocks as we could and the least amount of blocks. I found the least amount of blocks hardest because you had to take blocks away while moving them so they could become less.

Then we had to start back at 15 blocks and move as many blocks as we could, these are called variations. This was very had because sometimes I forget if I had already put one some where. To record this I just had a tally at the bottom of my page instead of drawing them all.

Finally we played around with this on our laptops using maths 300 soft wear. Using maths 300 we could do the same thing. Here is a photo of it.

Overall I liked doing this activity and it got more challenging as we went through the different sheets.

Conservation film

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This term we were given a list of ten animals that the zoo makes every year. They call it the ”SOS top 10”. We then had to choose one i chose the Little Australian penguin. Next we had to write a script for the film that we are going to make. Below is my script.

The Little Australian Penguin


Penguins, cute, small and great swimmers. The penguin is a 30cm bird and only weighs up to 1kg. These amazing little creatures need our help even though they are at a least concern status for being extinct. I don’t want this to become any worse because if it does we might not have these little guys.


The Little Australian penguin is a species not at a lot of risk….yet. If they are out in the wild by themselves, they are at a lot of risk from hooks, fishing line, nets and other fishing waste. Plastic waste such as bottles, cans and other materials can also be harmful. We need to change this.


The Little Australian penguins are the smallest penguins in the world, which can be found locally in Victoria and in the southern hemisphere. Yes, there are still a lot left but if we keep littering there won’t be.


These cute little birds are very small but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care for them. The little Australian penguin is other wise known as a Fairy penguin.


Many people know what fairy penguins are because of the colony in Philip Island. This is a big tourist attraction. Every night at Philip island the penguins from the beach and go into their barrows to sleep.


We need to stop littering and start fixing. If we all pick up whatever rubbish we see we can start the chain reaction. We can also start to bring and eat nude food.


This will help because eventually our rubbish ends up in the ocean. If we don’t and we keep littering the little Australian penguin will become extinct within the next ten years. By doing this the penguins will be safe and won’t become extinct. Just think about it NO MORE PENGUINS!


While I am at the zoo I am going to film this bit.

Penguins, cute, small and great swimmers. The penguin is a 30cm bird and only weighs up to 1kg. These amazing little creatures need our help even though they are at a least concern status for being extinct. I don’t want this to become any worse because if it does we might not have these little guys.

I am also hopping to film in front of the penguins water enclosure. I think this would be cool because if the penguins are in the water swimming it would look cool.

Passion project Description

For my third passion project I am going to do photography. I chose to do this because I have always liked photography and I just got a really cool camera from my grandpa. I also want do improve my skills with it so that I can use it when we go away to Vietnam over the Christmas holidays. To do photography I am going to take the photos and then put them all into a mini film that will show all of them in a slideshow presentation. I think this will be cool because it will show the photos and I will learn a lot.

I am going to take the pictures at the Barwon river because it is very close and looks beautiful. I might even go down to the water front just for something different.

I am planning on using my camera to take the pictures and my laptop to edit them into one film. I am going to use premier to put the film together because it is a very good program and I can now add transitions because I have recently learnt how to. I think it will be pretty straight forward to put them in a film. I know that I will definitely learn more about the camera and taking photos like getting the best angle, look and how to make things look bigger or smaller.

I am making this film for ages 10 and up. This is because it will not have detailed information or ideas in it just a slideshow of the pictures that I take. I am looking forward to taking photos and learning more about my camera.

Hong Kong RVE

Last lesson we got the challenge to make a two page spread about a country of our choice. I choose Hong Kong, like shown above.

Hong Kong also has some differences….

  • Their staple food is rice and ours is pork and beef. They also eat a lot of seafood. We eat a verity of foods and love our barbecue’s, most of the time we eat or staple food/ pork and beef barbecued.
  • They do not play many sports, but they do play golf and some times a little bit of soccer.We play lots of different sports like football, dancing, tennis and much more.
  • A lot of them Hong Kong people believe in local religions.As our most popular religion is Catholic and all of the other catholic religions. Below is Australia’s pie chart for religion’s and beliefs.

Every country is different but also has similar things…..

  • We both have red in our flag.
  • We both eat seafood.
  • Both countries wear casual clothes.
  • Both countries speak English.

We have a lot of similarities, but if I lived there I would love celebrating Christmas because every Christmas is very special. Every corner in town is lit up by lanterns and lights. I think that would be just magic and so pretty. If I lived there I would just like to play some more sport because every time I go onto a golf course I get in trouble for being to noisy or loud!

Our Town Through Time

Surf History

Torquay’s connection to the Olympics

Have you ever wondered why Torquay is so famous for Surfing and how it became famous?

Well I did, and I am going to be talking to you about how and why Torquay is so famous.

Torquay is the home of Surfing in Australia and even has a special Olympic connection, as part of the Melbourne Olympics, an International Surf Carnival. It was also hosted at the Torquay Surf Beach in early December 1956.

On the day of the Olympic competition there was high excitement as the famous Duke Kahanamoku arrived for the Opening ceremony.

The story I have chosen to film my documentary about is what happened on the first day of the Surfing Olympics. I think this would be an inserting story because I would talk about the Opening Ceremony and what they did and originally talked about.

The filming technique I will use is old pictures and even taking some new pictures of the Torquay beach and other really important features that were included in the Opening Ceremony. I think this would enhance my story because the audience would be able to follow the story easily.

Passion Project Complete

I finished my Passion Project!!!!

Overall my Passion Project turned out really good. It did finish up how I expected it to, except for the credits which I will talk about later. I think one of the best things that I did was snip lots of little bits for the one item so that it looked really neat. Below is an example (for March.)

I think I need to make the pictures a little bit clearer because they were a bit blurry. I also think I could have made some of the cuts a bit smoother so that it flowed better. The credits would not scroll down the screen like a real movie I did try to make this work I watched lots of different YouTube videos but I could not make it work. I think that was probably the worst part of my film.

One of the tools that I found really helpful was the razor tool because it could snip any bit of video or audio. It was also helpful because instead of going all the way to the end or the start of the track that you wanted to cut you could just snip it in the middle by using the razor tool.

While I did my Passion Project I learnt lots of things but one of the most important things were that you always had to be doing something. If you had a break from editing or filming it would take a lot longer to re-start and pack up because if you were in the middle of it you have to pack up all of the equipment and save your work. You would then have to set up or re open everything.

In the future I would make my film around three minutes long instead of four minutes long. I would do this so that my audience stays engaged and interested.

I have really enjoyed making a film about Calisthenics because it was more fun then our other homework because we got to choose what our topic was about. Below is my finished Passion Project.


Passion Project Editing

For the last few weeks I have been Editing my Passion Project. I used Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017 to edit. I think this program worked really well and my final result turned out great.

My main strategy I used while editing was trying to do things early and following my plan. This helped because I did not run out of time but I did get close. At the start of our passion project we had to make a plan/ schedule. This helped me because I stuck to it to, to make sure I would finish in time.

Premiere was a good program to use because it was normally quick and easy. Except for when I had to keep cutting little snippets of lots of different videos.

I had not really done very much editing before I did my passion project. So I watched YouTube videos to learn how to do different things. This helped me, but I did not find out how to fit all of my writing on one page and then make it scroll down the screen. This was annoying because it would have made my credits look a bit more professional.

I learnt lots of new things while editing because I did not know very much when I started. This means that next time I edit something I will be quicker and I will know what to do.

While I was editing I noticed that my film was quite long so when ever I was doing a voice over and I paused to take a breath I cut out the pauses this helped make my video shorter but it is still quite long. It goes for four minutes and fifteen seconds. I was hoping to make it about three minutes. I also did not include every secession in my final film.

Overall my final product is mainly the same as my original shotlist/plan but there are some minor changes. I changed some of the P.T.Cs to V.Os so that it would not take up as much time. This also helped by making it shorter.

Once I had finished I showed my parents my film. They said I could have…

  • Made my pictures a little bit clearer
  • I could have also added in some more of the interview. For example I asked the coaches what they liked about coaching me, I could have added that in.

They also said they really liked how much detail I had in my film and that it was clearly presented and was in a logical order.

In the end I thought that my editing went pretty smoothly and I only had a few problems but I did fix most of them. In the future I would make my film shorter and also make my photos clearer. Below is a few phots of my editing.

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