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Silver Brumby - Friends of the High Country, 1996: Beware

This animated clip shows gang-gang cockatoos screaming 'Beware! Beware!', alerting a mob of grazing brumbies that mountain men are on their way to catch them. The oldest horse and leader, Arrow, sneers at his younger brother Thowra for taking the warning seriously. Two riders then gallop towards the mob, which splits up, ...

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Current affairs

'Four Corners' is an excerpt from the TV current affairs program 'Four Corners 40th Anniversary' episode produced in 2004. 'Four Corners' is produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and this excerpt is used with the permission of ABC Content Sales. This video clip is included in the website From Wireless to Web ...

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The Gough Whitlam saga

How do you make an entertaining documentary about a politician? Gough Whitlam was Labor prime minister from 1972-75 and has the distinction of being the only prime minister dismissed by the governor general. In this clip from a 2013 ABC 'News breakfast' program, filmmaker Paul Clarke discusses his interest in making a documentary ...

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Rock 'n' roll and Gough Whitlam

How does a rock 'n' roll filmmaker tell the story of one of Australia's most controversial prime ministers? Listen as filmmaker Paul Clarke distinguishes himself from 'serious and worthy' documentary makers in his program about former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. This is the second clip in a series of two.

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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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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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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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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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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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Scripting and storyboarding a video interview

How do you decide on the questions for a video interview? What about how it's going to be filmed? Catherine Marciniak and Benj Binks from ABC Open provide some great tips on scripting and storyboarding a video interview. This is one of eight clips on making a mini-documentary.

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'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 ...

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Bondi surf carnival, 1943

This is a black-and-white newsreel segment with spoken commentary from the Cinesound Review newsreel released to cinemas on 12 March 1943. The segment is entitled 'SURF THRILLS - AND SPILLS!' and shows scenes of a surf carnival held on Bondi Beach, Sydney, in late February and early March 1943, during the Second World War. ...

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Aerial combat, France, 1914-18 - asset 1

This is an excerpt from a 1945 Movietone News compilation of old footage of early flights. The excerpt shows footage from a silent black-and-white newsreel. The excerpt begins with the intertitle '1914-18: Aerial Combat' and shows scenes from the First World War. It opens with a shot of the front page of 'The Sun', an Australian ...

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Aerial combat, France, 1914-18 - asset 2

This is an excerpt from a 1945 Movietone News compilation of old footage of early flights. The excerpt, entitled '1914-18: Aerial Combat', shows scenes from the First World War. There are scenes of several actions taken by a flying corps, probably practice or staged for the film - a ship and a farmhouse are bombed; a dirigible ...

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'RAAF Florence Nightingales: flying nurses', 1944-45 - asset 8

This is the final excerpt from a series of eight clips of a black-and-white newsreel produced by Cinesound titled 'RAAF Florence Nightingales: flying nurses'. The footage was probably produced between 1944 and 1945, and contains narration and music, but no sound effects. The film shows Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ...

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Filming 'The Valley is Ours', 1948 - part 2 of 2

This is a black-and-white photograph of a Commonwealth Government Photographic Branch van - as indicated by the text on the driver's door - crossing the flooded Murray River in 1948. The photograph was taken at the headwaters of the River, as snow and ice are clearly visible.

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I am at the beach: excerpts from Tim Winton's 'The Land's Edge'

The resource is a video of people reminiscing about their pleasurable experiences of going to the beach. The beach is a common theme in the life experience and stories of Australian writer Tim Winton (b1960). The video introduces numerous text excerpts from Winton's story 'The Land's Edge'. There is also a transcript of ...

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When I grow up I want to be an astronaut: an interview with Andrew Thomas

The resource is a video montage of still photography and animation with an audio interview with Andrew (Andy) Thomas about his inspiration and personal journey to become an astronaut. There is also a transcript of the audio and the production credits. Andy Thomas is Australia's first astronaut, successfully applying to ...

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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, ...

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Shocko doco

This is a resource that focuses on video interviewing. It includes a video of interviewer Luke Jacka demonstrating common mistakes that can be made when conducting interviews in the studio and on location; three activity sheets; a call sheet template; a pre-production checklist; teacher notes with suggestions for extension ...