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.


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. 


Who/What am I?

Book week is so exciting!

I love seeing everybody’s costumes and everybody getting into character. I like hearing about all these books this week too. This years winner was “Flight” by

So, heres a little quiz for you to solve about books…

Can you guess my character??

  1. The character is from a picture book published by the author Jackie French in 2002 and illustrated by Bruce Whatley.
  2. It got an award for the ALA Notable Children’s Books.
  3. The book is about a native Australian animal that is brown, lives in burrows, short-legged (like me..), muscly, 1m in length and have short stubby tails! They are very strong and are very profuse diggers. Their burrows can be 30m+ long! They are mammals, marsupials, and there are two types. Bare-nosed and hairy-nosed. Both are utterly adorable. Most Australians have actually never seen a wild ______, but I have! They are so stubby and cute. Like little poof balls. _____ are an endangered species. They are only native to Australia.
  4. The animal in the book to eat not only roots, but carrots, trash and doormats.
  5. There are five books I know of about school, babies, christmas, normal life and races.
  6. The book consists of a diary of a _______.
  7. The animal basically just eats, scratches, sleeps and takes dust bathes.
  8. The animal can be light brown, brown, dark brown and black.

?? Japanese Culture ??

?? Japanese Culture ??

Well the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony is soon and I cannot wait till the next! It has been so exciting and cool to see so many atheletes in one place! I chose Japan for my RVE project because it’s hosting the next olympics in 2020. Japanese culture is complex and interesting. It differs greatly from what we see in Australian culture. From holidays to food to clothing. Here is my page about the cultures of Japan and the interesting things they do.



Japanese culture is different to us because they have their main religions, which are Buddhism and Shinto, and we have mainly Christianity in Australia. Shinto is a very unique religion and is as old as Japanese culture itself. The gods are called kami. The kami are sacred spirits taking the form of things and concepts that are important/essential to life like wind, water, rain, mountains, rivers and fertility. The Sun Goddess Amaterasu is considered Shinto’s most important kami/god. Temples and shrines are placed almost everywhere and they believe in many different gods, like greek/roman ones. Christians only believe in one, which is God. If they want to do good on a test they give offering to their god of learning, if they want to get out of a money problem they give an offering to their god of fortune. Shinto shrines are places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, the Shinto “gods”. Sacred objects of worship that represent the gods are kept in the innermost chamber of the shinto shrine where they cannot be seen by anybody. Torii gates are at the entrance of the shrine, usually wood that is painted orange and black. Shimenara is a straw rope found on torii gates signifying something sacred (the shrine). Shimenara are also worn by yokozuwa (high ranked sumo wrestlers) in rituals. Ema have wooden plates on them where you write your wishes and hope they come true from the kami’s power, like getting a good grade by writing on an Ema plate in the kami of Education. Komainu are sculptures that guard the shrines. Inu means dog. They are usually dogs unless it is a Inari shrine (for the kami of rice) which there are foxes, not dogs. There are stages at some for performances of the kagura dance and noh theater. Near the entrance there is a purification trough with clean water fountains for cleaning hands and mouths before approaching the shrine. There are usually a main hall and an offering hall in a shrine building. 

Also, they address each other differently. For example:

Sama (様【さま】): 神- (Translation: God-sama) You would use this to address people superior to themselves or people they admire. It shows respect to that person. To use it on yourself in showing extreme arrogance. You also address, apart from the emperor, you can call the rest of the imperial family “___-sama“. When addressing the emperor you always use “Heika (your majesty)”. Failure to do so is very rude.

Chan (ちゃん): This is used as something to say that they think a person/animal/thing is cute but can be used in multiple ways. For example: (Hello Kaede-chan!) “こんにちは 楓 – ちゃん !”. Kaede (楓) is a unisex name (meaning maple), this could be a boy or a girl but we are implying they are cute or we are saying hello to a friend. In general, chan is used for babies, young children, grandparents and teenagers. It may also be used towards cute animals, lovers, any youthful woman, or between friends. Using chan with a superior’s name is considered to be rude. Also, if you use this on somebody you barely know it can be considered harassment and very rude. 

Kun (君【くん): This is used by people of higher/older status to younger people, or used by anybody when addressing male children/teenagers, when addressing a male they have known for a long time or emotionally attached to or by male friends in social groups.

Also their population is 147 million and Australia’s is 22 million, they have a fairly monocultural society and almost no mineral resources. Japan was not settled by Europeans and Japanese is their native language. Japan did start some wars with other countries in the past. Their main diet is fish. Australia is a democracy, Japan is a constitutional monarchy (according to my dad).


We are similar in the fact that we are both first world countries, have a low birthrate, an ageing population and highly urbanised societies.




Developing a Narrative

Narratives usually consist of three parts orientation, complication and resolution. I’ve never really thought about it much honestly but it’s true. These three parts are in every narrative I have ever written and read.

The orientation basically means the start/introduction. You get to know main characters. Character development happens later usually but you get the main details about characters like names, gender, traits and ties to the main protagonists/antagonists. It also gives you main settings and the situations of the protagonist, antagonist and background characters.

The complication is the problem/conflict/climax of the story. For example, Tarzan and Jane were building a treehouse and they ran out of wood, yet again there was a storm on the way. That’s the problem, they were building the treehouse and they had a problem. It usually is in the start/middle, middle or middle/end from what I’ve seen. It is the thing that makes a story interesting.

The resolution is the ending and the solving of the complication. It is usually placed at the ending of a narrative. It is the ending of a narrative, which usually the characters are changed by the experience of the complication.

The book I am reading is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (third time reading!) and I will be talking about the orientation, complication and the resolution of this book.

The orientation basically introduces the characters, circumstances, setting and connections of characters.

The complication is the conflict and without it the story would suck. A story without a problem makes it boring. It also brings in an array of new characters and further developing some current ones.

The resolution is the finish of the story. It leaves the characters changed from the experience and the story is further continued in the second and third books.

Wonky – turned or twisted toward one side. “One slide was wonky.”

Uncanny – surpassing the ordinary or normal. “The doll was uncanny. Scared, I walked away.”

Rambunctious – noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline. “Jane is rambunctious.”

Term Three Goals

Ah. It’s nice to be back at school with my fellow classmates and friends, but here comes a reading blog, which comes in the inevitable package that is school. Even so, I love learning new things, even if it tires me out. Here are some goals I want to achieve in Term 3.

Q1 What reading genres do you want to read?

A1 – I want to read some free-verse poems. I feel like it would help my writing by reading popular ones. It would be good to find great topics for my audience, not just diary entries that I’ve done. It could steer me away from writing depressing things. I hope so, but it’s easy to write that way, I guess. I hope I can write something that connects with people on a way personal level, without saying sad things. Maybe love or miracles? I dunno. If you have any ideas on personal topics and can comment them, please do! Thanks 🙂

Q2 – What reading routine will you follow this term?

A2 – I will try to read more. I already read quite often. About twice a week scheduled. Whether it’s a magazine, series of small stories or a novel. I think I will try to read 3 times a week, it will give me a new vocabulary of words. I need a new metaphor ideas. I want to make a slam poem like the one called: “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan (amazing poet). Search it up on YouTube it has an extremely emotional and beautiful clip too. I cried. Who am I kidding? I cried my eyes out at this spoken word poem. I want to influence people. My favourite lines from that poem are (BASICALLY EVERYTHING.):

  1. “To this day he is a stick of TNT lit from both ends, could describe in detail the way the sky bends and the moment it’s about to fall.”
  2. “He was three when he became a mixed drink of one part left alone and two parts tragedy.”
  3. “Started therapy in 8th grade. Had a personality made up of tests and pills. Lived like the uphills were mountains and the downhills were cliffs, four-fifths suicidal, a tidal wave of anti-depressants.”
  4. “One part because of the pills, nine parts because of the cruelty.”
  5. “Juggling depression and loneliness, playing solitaire, spin the bottle; trying to kiss the wounded parts of ourselves and heal.”

Q3 – Other reading goals?

A3 – Read a 70+ page non-fiction book about something… human body, cars, music, aviation or something or other. I usually do read non-fiction, because it’s not fiction (although I do love my fiction!) and you get something out of it for studies/school. I guess I just do it to kill time and to learn. I get curious sometimes and when I do it gets a little crazy. Even if I have nothing to do with the subject of matter… They say that reading fiction helps sympathy but I’m already a cry-baby when it comes to touchy subjects.

Word Study – Dork Diaries: Holiday Heartbreak

Remotely (adverb) – 

  1. To be far away, at a distance, without physical contact. “His house was remotely placed in the countryside, he had nobody left to see anyway.”
  2. In the slightest degree. “Marie never felt remotely happy in her last year of highschool.”

Bizarre –

  1. Strange or weird. “Katie was bizarre. She liked spicy things.”

Ditch –

  1. To leave something/someone. “Catrina was ditched for soccer but she liked tennis better.”
  2. A deep hole/trench. “Catrina fell in a ditch and broke her leg.”

Author Inquiry

We usually read books and appreciate them. Their characters; we get immersed and plots we fall in love with. But, really, do we think about the creative minds who made these books of magic? Well, we know authors from best sellers and all-time favourites but do we know those authors that have good content but haven’t been in magazines and other places?

I chose to do my author inquiry about her because she makes really nice books, my favourite is ‘Cicada Summer’. I have read it 6 times and love it so much!

Kate Constable, author of children and young adult books.

10 Facts about Kate Constable:

  • She lives in Melbourne, Australia and in AFL goes for the Western Bulldogs. 
  • Born in 1966, Melbourne, Australia.
  • She studied at Melbourne University and finished her degrees in seven years, working part-time in many different jobs of different profession.  She started writing after many years of law school because of her love for young adult and children’s books.
  • Her favourite TV shows are Dr. Who, Mad Men, Truly Madly Deeply and Sense and Sensibility.
  • Her favourite music artists are Paul Kelly, Pennies From Heaven, Sound of Music and Jane Siberry.
  • Some of her favourite books are Little Women, Harry Potter and The Great Gatsby
  • She likes champagne, politics, tea, coffee, sleep, books, reading, writing,  homemade lemonade and intelligent conversations.
  • She has a blog, and she is actively posting.
  • Right now, she is reading Wonder by R.J Palacio.
  • She is going to be in the book ‘The Book That Made Me’ and talk about the books that shaped her as a writer, reader and person.


2011     Crow Country
                        Winner, CBCA Book of the Year (Younger Readers)
                        Winner, Patricia Wrightson Award (Children’s Literature), NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
                        Shortlisted, WA Premier’s Literary Awards (Young Adult)
                        Shortlisted, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Children’s  Literature)

2010    Dear Swoosie (with Penni Russon)
                       Girlfriend Fiction

2009    Cicada Summer 
                        Shortlisted, PM’s Literary Awards (Children’s Fiction)
                        Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards (Best Children’s Long Fiction)
                        Shortlisted, Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards (Upper Primary)
                        CBCA Notable Book (Younger Readers)

           Winter of Grace
                        Girlfriend Fiction
                        Joint Winner, Children’s Peace Literature Award
                        CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)

2008    Always Mackenzie    
                        Girlfriend Fiction

2007    The Taste of Lightning
                        Shortlisted, Aurealis Awards (Best Young Adult Novel)
                        CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)

2005    The Tenth Power        
                        Book 3, The Chanters of Tremaris

2003    The Waterless Sea    
                        Book 2, The Chanters of Tremaris
                        CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)

2002    The Singer of All Songs 
                       Book 1, The Chanters of Tremaris
                       CBCA Notable Book (Older Readers)
                       Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Titles For Youth
                      Booklist Editor’s Choice
                      Booklist Top Ten First Novels for Youth
                     Book Links Lasting Connection
                     ALA “Amelia Bloomer Project” Award winner
                     Georgia Peach Award for Teen Readers Nominee

Latest books:

Cicada Summer, New Guinea Moon and Crow Country. 

I swear I was born in the wrong era

My ideas were very fluent, I had a clear image of what I wanted to do but I can’t really imagine the practice. I wanted to do something I’ve always wanted to do.

So I thought about making clothes, like a sundress. Maybe even four to symbolise the seasons or an era but then I’d have to worry about cloth, providers of fabrics and models. I wanted to do this because my mum worked in textiles for quite sometime and likes to make her own things. This might have taken a while though. I didn’t have a clear idea of what the dresses would look like, then again who would wear them? I liked this idea but I’d want to perfect them and never get them done!

Well, I also like many different sports. Netball, karate and swimming are my favourite sports. I could do a tutorial of how to evade from opponents in Netball, spar in rings for Karate and show how to do long distance swim in freestyle. These sports have been with me almost my entire life! I currently have some muscle injuries right now, so I couldn’t.

My final idea was making an album of some songs that remind me of old music. I tend to like old music, I don’t know what’s so great about it but it kind of gives me a sense of deja-vu. My dad loves old music and he has loads of memories from songs. It’s kind-of like cold hard nostalgia. Pop music to me is a little bit draining; not saying it’s not groovy but well it has no meaning, just the same sort of beat over and over, with one sided love and partying as topics. I want something for the soul. So I wrote some songs. I really love old music, it’s like poems for the heart. I can sing a little bit, and I have my instruments so I’m fine with this. I really love music and I think I could do it easily.

The songs are inspired by these legends:

Tracy Chapman– Fast Car

Michael Jackson– She’s outta my life

Howard Jones – No one is to blame

Supertramp – The Logical Song

The Beatles – All My Life

Men At Work – Overkill

The Horses – Daryl Braith

U2 – October

Coldplay – Yellow

Cold Chisel – Choir Girl

Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds Of Silence



Watching Words

Hey blog readers!


A girl with a soul of solitude, Eloise and a ghostly girl Anna have an adventure. A house is brought to life with the magical girl and Eloise and they have a friendship that is stronger than most. Until Eloise realizes something in common with something of her past with the girl. Her nostalgia dose begins.

I made that blurb. I am in love with the book Cicada Summer by Kate Constable and have read it 5 times. It is a brilliant book and I love it so much. The story is sublime, amazing and it’s very interesting. The cover is very nice also.

I took quite some time making examples and getting information so please read till end! 🙂

Falter [fawl-ter] :

Origin middle English

To hesitate, lose strength or momentum/move unsteadily/speak hesitantly


As she spoke, she faltered. Her voice sounded broken as she held her tears.

Geelong cats was on a winning streak; while the Hawks faltered.

Her pale dress falters in the wind as the stands on the porch in front of the wire door she just slammed closed.

Decay [dih-kay] :

Origin Old North French/Middle English

To rot, to decline in something or for something to degrade.


His mental heath was decayed too much and it was very distressing.

His excellence decays as he makes silly and influential mistakes.

Maroon [muh-roon] :

Origin French/Middle French

To isolate or abandon in an often dangerous place without much or any resource.

A dark brown/red


His shirt was the color Maroon.

He was punished with being marooned to a lonely room. He had nothing to do in there.

Psychology [sahy-koluh-jee] :

Origin: New Latin

The science of thought processes and mental heath

The science of an animal or human behaviors.

Can be confused with:

psychoanalysis, psychotherapy


The psychology of their behavior was very unexplainable.

The psychology of the killer was very weird and he needed help.

Danny began taking courses in college on psychology.

Queasy [kwee-zee] :

Origin: Late Middle English

To feel nausea, sickness or uneasy


She felt queasy as she walked home alone.

He was feeling queasy after eating too much at his birthday party.

Memento [muhmen-toh] :

Origin: Latin/Middle English

A object or item kept as something to bring back memory; a keepsake

Also less commonly spelt momento; both are correct fundamentally according to some sites


They offered a necklace and I have it till this day. A memento of last Christmas.

I keep my school books as mementos of when I was younger.