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Asking life's big questions

How might ordinary people respond to the same personal questions about their lives? Jenia Ratcliffe tested this and filmed the responses during a workshop at the Broken Hill City Library for ABC Open's 'Life's Big Questions' project. Observe not only the interviewees' answers but also how the clip is filmed.

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Malalai Joya's voice of dissent

Malalai Joya is a former Afghani politician who, as a young woman of 25, stood up in a room crowded with 503 mostly male political delegates to denounce the warlords who had taken control of Afghanistan. Her action was supported by many but was denounced by those in power. Today, Joya continues her political activism.

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Ronald Reagan: commemorating heroism

Few things reveal both the best and worst of humanity more than war. The D-Day landings of World War II were full of horror and heroism and are commemorated in this speech by former President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan. Explore the construction of this speech and how it is shaped to suit audience and purpose.

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Sharing the good news about Creative Commons

Making a media work about Creative Commons licensing can be a challenge. How do you get the message across without losing the interest of your audience? Christopher Lewis, an ABC Open producer from Western Australia, shares his video on the subject.

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The shots tell the story in a video interview

You don't want your video interview to be just a 'talking head'. What shots can you take to make your story more interesting? Benj Binks from ABC Open has some ideas on what you might do and how to do it. This clip is one of eight on making a mini-documentary.

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Movie mayhem: Putri dan labu

Edit a film about a Cinderella-style fairytale set in Indonesia. Follow a story about a young girl in a poor family. Identify images needed to complete the film. Make sure the images match the script, and emotions shown suit the narrative setting. For example, choose facial expressions showing fear.

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Movie mayhem: school trip

Edit a film about a school bus trip in Hiroshima. Follow the story of three children visiting the city sights over three days. Identify images needed to complete the film. Make sure the images match the script, and emotions shown suit the cultural setting. For example, choose a picture to match a description of two students ...

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Lights, camera, action: editing

Explore how editing helps to tell a story in films. Learn words used to describe transitions and time span of scenes. See how the order of scenes and type of transitions can affect the flow, set a mood and keep an audience interested. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, a 'fade-in' ...

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Movie mayhem: summer camp [Windows version]

Edit a film about a school holiday camp in China. Follow the story of three children who, at first, don't get along with one another. Identify images needed to complete the film. Make sure the images match the script and emotions shown suit the cultural setting. For example, choose a boy's facial expression suited to apologising ...


'Kokoda front line!', 1943

This is a black-and-white on-screen text announcement that the Cinesound review production 'Kokoda front line!' had won an Academy Award. It was shown as part of a Cinesound newsreel released to cinemas on 12 March 1943. The announcement, accompanied by music soundtrack, gives credit to Damien Parer for his splendid photography ...


Melbourne Cup newsreel, 1944 - asset 3

This is an excerpt from a black-and-white newsreel with soundtrack about the running of the 1944 Melbourne Cup horse race and the recording, production and delivery of the Movietone newsreel of the event to Australian armed forces. The 9-minute newsreel is entitled 'The story of the Melbourne Cup 1944'. This excerpt shows ...


Newsfront, 1978: Propaganda or news?

This clip shows the production team from the fictitious Cinetone newsreel company reviewing a newsreel that trumpets the electoral victory of the Liberal-Country Party coalition led by Robert Menzies. The clip uses black-and-white archival footage from a real newsreel within the fictional world of the film. Studio boss ...


Babe, 1995: 'Make them feel inferior'

This clip shows Babe (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh), a young pig attempting to prove to top dog Rex (voiced by Hugo Weaving) that he can be a 'sheepdog'. Gently tutored by the motherly sheepdog Fly (voiced by Miriam Margolyes), Babe applies established sheep-herding practices by bullying the sheep, only to fail. With some ...


Two Hands, 1999: 'One wrong decision'

This clip shows Jimmy (Heath Ledger) at a beach anxiously waiting to deliver an important envelope. He is tempted by the ocean and the lure of a girl, so he buries the envelope and goes for a swim. A dramatic voice-over by the narrator warns that his decision will have disastrous consequences. When Jimmy surfaces he notices ...

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Video challenge

This is an interactive resource about taking positive action in the community. Students see: how Oskar Schindler made a difference to the lives of Holocaust survivors; how Kurt Messerschmidt made a difficult choice during the Kristallnacht Pogrom of 1938; and how students today got started on community action and what they ...

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LEGO® Movie Maker - iTunes app

A basic editable stop-motion animation tool. Take a series of photos and let Lego movie stitch the frames together to create your own video. It has options to include visual effects and a soundtrack. Free when reviewed 26/5/2015

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Play School Art Maker - iTunes app

Create collage pictures, short animations and slideshows with toys and craft items from ABC Play School. You can upload your own photos for background and add audio to the videos. Pictures and animations can be saved in app or exported to your device. Free when reviewed 27/5/2015


Film it! Editing

Editing is the art of putting film shots and clips together to make a completed film project. An editor also makes all kinds of decisions that affect how the finished product will look, feel, and sound. This resource introduces students to the basics of editing and provides links to a range of free and professional tools ...

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My story matters

This is an interactive resource about the importance of sharing personal stories, in particular Holocaust survivors sharing testimony. It is introduced by video and text defining testimony, tracing the history of the Holocaust, and explaining the purpose of the IWitness Archive. Scaffolded student activities in the resource ...

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Why the shape of your screen matters: Brian Gervase

This is a video lesson, prepared and narrated by educator Brian Gervase and animated by Andrei Feheregyhazi, about the effect of aspect ratio on the ways cinema movies are seen (or not seen) on television screens. Gervase describes the various compromises that allow movies made for a 2.35:1 aspect ratio to be displayed ...