Promotion Film Reflection

Our brief was simply this. Geelong By Kids; For Kids. Be creative, use good editing and maybe we’ll feature your film. The brief was simple, but it was really informative. What was Geelong to us/kids? We need to show kids how fun Geelong is! Use interesting editing to hook in your audience. Remember, this is for kids, not the parents. We had to show people that Geelong is the place to be.

Research was next. It consisted of viewing existing promotion films on the website. These ran for no more that about 1:30, so that became the time criteria for us. No longer than 90 seconds. Their film clips ranged in levels, views and shots. They all lasted no longer than about 6 seconds, so this became criteria, too.

So, our criteria for the films were…

  • No longer than 90 seconds long
  • Clips shorter than usual (no more than 6 secs)
  • Be creative with editing choices
  • Make it fun
  • Geelong By Kids; For Kids

We went to these places and the vibe I was going for each:

  • 6A: SupaTramp (Fun, active, fast-paced)
  • 6A: Torquay (Relaxed, beach, surf)
  • 6B: Balyang Sanctuary (Family, fun)
  • 6B: Leisurelink (Fun, active, upbeat)
  • 6C: Eastern Beach (Family, fun, active, hangout)

My partner was Abbi and we basically just made the shot list together and filmed together on the day. Our crew was Jesse Mc, Reuben, Harry Sad and Lukas. We just shared film that we took to use in our film. We can’t be in 6 places at once, so we share footage. This is why it’s important to plan, 5 other people are using your footage, not just you.

Our locations (6B) as I stated were Balyang Sanctuary and Leisurelink. We were now at filming at this point. We overshoot so that people can choose their pick of the golden moments that they want. Golden moments are basically the moments that are really good.

We only kept the footage that had golden moments during culling/converting. We had to convert all of our footage because it was either shot with a DLSR or a GoPro which do not automatically record as .mp4. We need .mp4 footage because Corel doesn’t take any other type that I know of. I used iMovie, and it works best with .mp4 footage. iMovie also uses .vlc files.

I edited with iMovie because the program runs smoother when doing in app playback. It takes .vlc files pretty smooth too. I also used it because it has easier access to spilt screens and layering. The saturation dial is very precise, and colouring looks realistic. I am also very familiar with it. If I wanted to do my best, I wanted to be familiar with the program. Also, my school laptop was having space/storage issues.

I used the effects:

  • Split-screen (half screen)
  • Dissolve transition (just fading into each clip to make it less choppy)
  • Picture in picture (layering film)

My feedback was better than before, mainly in the area for music. I didn’t change the music, but it got higher ranks. I’m not sure why that happened. The only thing I changed prior to second feedback was my clip timing and the SupaTramp footage. I changed the clip timing to add in the SupaTramp footage. Enough said.

 

Finally Complete

Completed! Finally done… For now.

Now I can breathe easy, for now anyway. Everybody should be very proud of their Passion Projects. They’re all amazing. I’m not just saying that. Most of these are things that I can’t do very well. I think everybody should be proud to share something that they love, at least.

I think my voice sounds terrible in most of them, I think my voice sounds better in my head, haha. I’m delusional. I have a shedding guitar solo on guitar so maybe I should more away from singing? Anyways, Emmy sounded perfect though! She’s always doing singing solos and such, I wish I had the confidence to. In a way, I wish I was like her. Great work Emmy! Continue being you, cause you’re perfect that way!

Emmy and our album ended up having 5 originals and 1 cover. Two written by me, three written by amazing Emmy and the cover was Riptide – Vance Joy. My favourite that was recorded was Riptide. Even though it was a cover, I think it was nice. We were both singing in it. It was a collaboration. It’s the first time I’ve ever recorded a collaboration and I learnt a lot. 

It was really hectic and I think I could’ve done some things better:

  • Audio quality: For a few songs it sounded almost muted after rendering. I wonder whether it was my headphones being used to listen back or the actual process itself but I will use a full microphone set next time. No matter how long it takes. I want to invest in a good microphone at least. I think it would make the audio sound crisper and I wouldn’t need to spend a long time trying to filter through the audio waves correcting the sound levels. With some microphones it does it automatically. Or auto-magically, I have no idea how it happens.
  • Guitar: Maybe my guitar could have been amped up (acoustic). There are acoustic pickups available at the store, Oxygen Music. If you were wondering, that’s where I buy all my music books and stuff. I might get a new acoustic guitar, like the one in the Year 6 classroom. It has a built in tuner, which would be good for tuning on the spot. Also, it has a amp slot (near the bottom) and it’s picks it up through an amp (which I already have for my electric guitar) so it would be convenient. It’s a little bit of a shame having the Year 6 guitar just sitting there most of the time. Oh! Or we could make big group bands and have a battle of the bands one night in the hall! Woah. Then if people didn’t want to participate in bands then we could let them take their film-making talents further by learning how to lip-sync and adapt audio. Photographers could take pictures, if wanted. We could commentators and presenters for people wanting to and then people learning how to use the stage effects. It could be like a choice thing. What was I talking about? Oh, hehe the guitar. I need to buy some sort of adapter. It sounds better if I do.

 

 

Greece: Culture, Religion, Beliefs and Social Behaviours

Modern Greek Culture

I chose Greece because I have some friends from Greece and I wanted to understand where they come from. I thought it would be a good way to start a conversation with them. Also, the olympics recently ended, and they started in Olympia, Greece. So, here is my RVE post about Greece, the differences between Australia and Greece and the similarities. Please read on.

The similarities:

  1. Tourist Destinations: Both countries attract many local and international tourists every year, close to millions even. They have lots of attractions. They both have lots to boast for and both countries are quite beautiful.

An attraction that Greece has: 

Syntagma Square – central square in Athens, Greece. Built in the 19th century. Underneath the marble streets there is Syntagma metro stations. There are hotels and shopping places. It has Hadrian’s library, Phyx, Philopappos Monument and so many more historical items and buildings within walking distance. 

An attraction that Australia has:

Beaches – Australia’s beaches really attract a lot of visitors. We are a nation surrounded by sea and we have many beaches great for surfing, swimming or just even hanging out, shopping or eating out. From beautiful soft white beaches (Whitehaven Beach, sand is actually silica so it’s soft.. visit this place!), pristine shorelines, wildlife, blue water and surf destinations.

The most famous beaches are…

  • Bondi Beach, Sydney
  • Lizard Island, OLD
  • Byron Bay Beach, NSW
  • Wineglass Bay, Tasmainia
  • Mandalay Beach, WA
  • 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island, OLD
  • Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast, OLD
  • Burleigh Heads Beach, OLD
  • Cable Beach, WA
  • Whitehaven Beach, OLD

The differences:

  1. Language: Their primary language is Greek (10.7 million speak it in Greece), and ours is English (76.8% speak only english fluently). Obviously, we do not speak Greek as our first language, or know lots of people that do that live or were born here. 
  2. Population: Australia has 23.13 million, while Greece has 11.03 million. We have over double the population of Greece, but that is reasonable, we are basically a continent and they are a country. 

 

Retrieving audio

Production is hectic, fun and tiring. I hope it’s worth it!

During this time, I have learnt so much about recording, it’s really fun. I like recording because well, not only I can record myself, but I can help others. I have met so many people wanting to share their talent, but have no idea how. Many of them in my grade, in the form of music. It’s a common passion, and that is why, I have chosen music for my Passion Project. I had no idea so many people related to music, especially the people to our grade. Such wonderful musicians I have as friends! Comment your favourite song below! I want to see what genre people our age like 🙂

Here is the equipment we have used to record:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Rode Microphone
  • Garageband
  • Handheld microphone & stand

Having a sleepover with Emmy was awesome! We had so much fun! Our album consists of 5 originals and 1 cover, 3 originals written by Emmy, the other 2 written by me. The cover is Riptide by Vance Joy. Vance Joy… more like Emmy Joy. *drum clash* We took so many takes but we are happy with the results. We did have problems, it wasn’t only rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise. 

So, we had these struggles while recording, and the solutions:

  • Not hearing vocals properly – Re-recording over the top of the base track, therefore strengthening the vocals. The reason for not hearing properly in the first place is the instruments being too loud. It is quite difficult to record like a pro and have about 6 different and distinguished tracks, therefore not needing this, but it is difficult on the program I’m using, Garageband. Overall Garageband is pretty easy & amateur.
  • Hearing background noise (wood chopping, TV, siblings) – We either waited or we closed windows. We couldn’t move Emmy’s piano so.. Yeah. We’re so adaptable.
  • Vocals – Emmy was a little sick during our sleepover, so her vocals were a little bit forced. We ended up using a handheld microphone and a stand to record it so that we weren’t straining her beautiful voice. Even so, Emmy’s voice was still amazing. She can sing, even when sick!
  • Laptop with lyrics going onto “sleep” while recording – Quite minor but was annoying. I just had to stand near and help without making any noise, which… didn’t work most of the time but we got there! Thanks for putting up with me Emmy! 😛

 

Planning. Planning. More planning. Sigh.

Planning for a project is hard, but rewarding. I guess in a way, planning is the an essential thing that can really keep a hectic life together. Other than emotional support and faith, of course. I mean, you can’t build a skyscraper without a good plan. Without a good plan the building would fall. A plan is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is pretty good for making decisions on where to go or what to do next. Like getting to the treasure. Our treasure is our CD, in many ways.

Emmy and I have been working so hard to achieve the best for our first EP, sure we don’t have studio equipment or a record label (yet) it’s still going to be the best of our abilities at this time. We would have spent a long while doing this, we want it to be perfect, but we are only human. I know, in time we will both get better at it.

Steps to creating our CD:

  1. Writing or perfecting song lyrics, chord progressions and rhythms
  2. Recording the base vocals and instruments in Garageband. Make sure audio not distorted.
  3. Editing those base tracks, then if too quiet with vocals, going back and heightening the vocals by recording more over the top. (This only happens if the vocals are almost indistinguishable. Wow. Such a big word. Didn’t even know I knew how to spell that, or even guess)
  4. Edit sound-waves, play around with vocals and other things. Change pitch, if necessary.
  5. Get feedback. Add it on. 
  6. Render MP3 and burn to CDs.
  7. Create CD covers and booklets.
  8. Relax and enjoy! With ice-cream, of course. 

Here are the things we use to record and things being recorded:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Garageband (Mac)
  • RODE microphone
  • Vocals
  • Guitar (acoustic and electric)
  • Piano
  • Drums

I’m so excited to present our project to everybody but yet again really nervous. I guess I’ll go now and shake it off. Get it? I have a blank space, so I’ll talk about the potential problems.

Challenges:

  • Getting time to record. We are both really busy, so we are working stuff out.
  • The audio gets lost. Please no repeats of last time. Please.

Bye!