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Film it! Shot types

This web page describes different camera shot types and how they are used to convey information and meaning, set mood and create connection with an audience. Three activities intended to build and extend learning are supported with downloadable resources.

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The Hunger Games

This is a PowerPoint resource for teachers who are teaching the film adaptation of 'The Hunger Games'. It includes definitions of film techniques and close analyses of selected scenes and themes. It also contains links to the other four resources in this series - the study guide, characters, themes and issues, as well as ...

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Bringing cinema to life: the art of projection

Imagine yourself in a darkened cinema. The lights are off, it's quiet and you are caught up in the story of a good film. Now imagine the work that has to be done by the projectionist for your viewing pleasure. Before they could be projected onto the screen, up to five separate rolls of film had to be joined together. This ...

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Choosing the location for a video interview

How do you decide what's a good location for a video interview? Catherine Marciniak and Benj Binks from ABC Open have some useful information to help you make your choice. This clip is one of eight on making a mini-documentary.

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Using a tripod when making a video

Hand-held camera can be great for lively effects in a video, but sometimes you need a tripod. Benj Binks from ABC Open has some handy tips for you on making the most of this equipment. This clip is one of eight on making a mini-documentary.

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Basic equipment for filming a video documentary

What basic equipment do you need to film a short video documentary? Catherine Marciniak and Benj Binks from ABC Open show you some useful cameras and other equipment, and give you some handy tips on how to use them. This is one of eight clips on making a mini-documentary.

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Testing, one, two, three

Our world is so full of noise that successfully capturing sound can be difficult. ABC Open's Leandro Palacio has four key tips for recording good quality sound in different locations and with a range of equipment.

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Setting up equipment for a video interview

Camera and microphone. That may be all the equipment that you need for a video interview but Catherine Marciniak and Benj Binksfrom ABC Open will show you that there is a little bit more involved in setting these up. This clip is one of eight on making a mini-documentary.

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Lights, smartphone, action!

Smartphones are everywhere - and you can use them to make all sorts of creative video content. Watch this clip and learn some simple tricks from ABC Open's Dan Battley. You'll be capturing great footage and making excellent videos in no time! Before you start recording, Dan has these tips: • Check you have enough phone ...

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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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Shooting video with a hand-held camera

You're making a video and want to take moving shots with your hand-held camera, but you don't want them to look all shaky. Catherine Marciniak from ABC Open has some useful advice for you on taking steady shots and getting a variety of shots. This clip is one of eight on making a mini-documentary.

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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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Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing

This is a very rich resource for students from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which gives them an insight into the art of Shaun Tan through a focus on both the book and the film of The Lost Thing. The content focuses on aspects of storytelling, including themes, techniques, forms and language, visual, ...

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Using visual language to represent status

Have you ever felt judged because of where you live? This clip from 1967 explores the reactions of residents to a survey that ranks Melbourne's suburbs. But is this clip as guilty as the survey for reinforcing particular views of these places? You be the judge.

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Interviewing tips for a video interview

You've got your questions, your equipment, your location and your interviewees. How do you do the interview? Catherine Marciniak and Benj Binks from ABC Open have some practical advice for you. This clip is one of eight on making a mini-documentary.

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Postcard from Uluru

Many texts explore the connection people have to a particular place. In this clip, explore the beauty and majesty of Uluru and learn about the significance this sacred place holds for many Australians. Notice how visual language can be used to reinforce these ideas.

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Secondary English: collaboration

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'collaboration' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers provide students with opportunities ...