Media arts / Year 7 and 8

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify specific features and purposes of media artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their media arts making, starting with Australian media artworks including of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander media artworks (ACAMAR072)

Elaborations
  • surveying the programming of public sector versus private sector television and commenting on differences
  • comparing a media artwork (such as an animation) from a sole producer with one from an international organisation and commenting on differences in style
  • analysing the role of media artworks and media artists in transmitting cultural information and creating awareness of contemporary issues, such as water quality
  • conducting a case study of how the story from a Hollywood blockbuster film is adapted across media platforms to reach different audiencs; for example, games players, social media users, television viewers
  • Considering viewpoints – evaluations: For example – How are media artworks changed when viewed outside a cultural context? How effective is my image construction in terms of making meaning to me and to others? How can I undertake safe and ethical media practice in online spaces?
  • debating an issue like the media’s intrusion on the individual’s right to privacy
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Settings (Narratives),  Aboriginal art,  Australian art,  Torres Strait Islander art,  Media arts,  Community theatre

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

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Sharing stories: community

This is a rich resource about the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' communities and identities. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; a film, 'My people, the Karajarri people', made by Wynston Shoveller about the Mowla Bluff massacre in the Kimberley region in 1916; and a video interview ...

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Twelve canoes: seasons

This is a rich resource about the seasons of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller describing some of the different seasons and what happens in those seasons. He explains that the seasons are not about the passing of time, but about how different things ...

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Sharing stories: films by location

This is a map providing links to films about culture, ancestral beings, beliefs and country from eight Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia. The films are 'The story of Girbar' from the Thabu clan; 'Miiku and Tinta' from the Umpila people; 'Moon and the gecko' from the Paakantji people; 'Bunjil ...

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Twelve canoes: the Macassans

This is a rich resource about the centuries-long trading contact between the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land and Macassans from Sulawesi in what today is Indonesia. Its centrepiece is a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller describing when the Macassans came, what they came for, the trade goods they brought, ...

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Twelve canoes: ceremony

This is a rich resource about the ceremonial activities of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film showing men and women engaged in ceremony, narrated by a Yolngu storyteller who describes how some ceremonies are open to all but others are restricted, and explains the purposes of various ...

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Twelve canoes: the swamp

This is a rich resource about the Arafura Swamp of north-east Arnhem Land and its Yolngu people. A short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller describes how the swamp's people, plants and animals are interconnected, how the people take care of it and how it takes care of them. The film illustrates three contemporary issues ...

A Creative Guide to Contemporary Art

What is contemporary art? Explore an installation by Robert Owen, a video work by Kate Murphy and a kinetic sculpture by Nike Savvas at the Museum of Contemporary Art to find out!

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Twelve canoes: kinship

This is a rich resource about the kinship system of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece, a short film narrated by a Yolngu storyteller, explains: which relatives are called 'mother', 'father' and 'grandfather'; how people are related to each other and to Country, animals, plants and objects; what ...

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A wire through the heart

This is a multi-layered website produced by the National Sound and Film Archive about the building of a telegraph line across the continent that linked Australia to the world. The website utilises clips and information from the film 'A wire through the heart'. There are sections on the film; chronology; people; linking ...

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Behind the scenes

This is a resource that focuses on video interviews with artists and staff at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), featuring teenagers as interviewees. Specific sections of each video can be located through browsing a hierarchy of Interview (subject and title), Topic and Question. This resource features interviews with Pixar's ...

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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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Film it! Storyboards

Storyboards are shot-by-shot visual plans that show what a film will look like before the film is shot. The storyboard acts as a visual guide to the team shooting the film. This series of activities will explain what storyboards are used for, why they are important, and how to create them. Activities increase in difficulty ...

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The key to media's hidden codes: Ben Beaton

This is a video lesson about the codes, hidden messages and symbolism used in media content and the effects they produce. Prepared and narrated by educator Ben Beaton, the video describes what constitutes a code and identifies three broad types of code: symbolic, written and technical. Each code is further categorised into ...

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Children and migration to Australia

This collection of digital curriculum resources is about children who migrated to Australia, either with their families or on their own, predominantly during the 20th century. Footage and photographs from the time show the children arriving in Australia and experiencing a migrant reception centre if they were with their ...

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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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Film it!

Film it! is a series of lessons and activities covering a range of filmmaking skills found in pre-production, production and post-production stages. Structured to provide activities for students with different levels of skills and experience with filmaking activities include: storyboarding, sound recording and editing skills.

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Film it! Sound recording

Capturing audio on set and understanding how to effectively record dialogue and other sounds is an important part of creating a film. This series of activities explores different types of microphones before leading into two levels of activities for beginner and more experienced students.

Teacher resource

Radio drama

This is a resource that focuses on how sound is used to create and enhance drama. It features a video of actor Marian Haddrick talking about sound in drama and performing a radio play with Brendan McCallum using props to create a sound score. The resource includes three activity sheets on soundscapes, radio advertising ...

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DIY - DOCO

This website introduces documentary filmmaking to aspiring filmmakers, predominantly through animated and narrated clips. The navigation menu on the left-hand side of the site provides links to: style and genre (with eight styles covered, including sample clips from documentaries), documentary elements (camera, soundtrack, ...