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Why we love to be scared

Are you a fan of horror stories? From campfire ghost stories to the latest 3D thrillers, it seems that plenty of people just can't get enough of the scary stuff. Have you ever thought about why people love to read stories that are designed to terrify them? In this clip, explore the attraction that this popular genre holds ...

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The nature of fear

What do you think makes a monster truly frightening? What inhabits your nightmares? In this clip, discover how traditional monsters such as the vampire have evolved over time and what this suggests about our perception of evil.

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The enduring appeal of 'Frankenstein'

Frankenstein! The very name of Mary Shelley's tale of the iconic scientist and his disastrous creation strikes fear into the heart of many readers. But what is the reason for this story's enduring power? In this clip, explore why this classic Gothic horror novel has remained relevant since its 1818 publication.

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Stories that bite: our fascination with vampires

From medieval folklore to multiplex cinemas, few monsters capture our imaginations as vampires do. Why is it that we have such a morbid fascination with the undead? Not all vampires are the same, though. In this clip, explore some of the explanations for the changing nature of vampires in literature.

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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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Lights, camera, action: lighting

Explore how lighting effects are used in films to tell a story. Learn words used to describe light levels and lighting effects. See how combinations of lighting can hide or reveal things, set a mood and influence audience feelings. Look at ways to create feelings such as excitement, humour or fear. For example, dim lighting ...

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Lights, camera, action: camera: assessment

Test your understanding of how camera shots are used to tell a story in films. For instance, you have been enrolled at the Spellberg School of Film, where you are assessed on your camera work skills. First, immerse yourself in basic film terms, then do a quiz on them. Next, choose five shots for a horror film. You select ...

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Modern Love, 2006: 'Voices in the dark'

This clip shows John (Mark Constable) seeing and speaking to his dead uncle Tom (Don Barker) and being reluctant to inform his wife Emily (Victoria Hill) of his predicament. Trampling through long grass and imagining, or perhaps recalling another time, John catches a glimpse of a man whom he believes is his uncle. Sitting ...

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'The face at the window,' 1919

This is a photograph showing a large formal sitting room, a studio set for the 1919 Australian silent movie, 'The face at the window', with the top of the set visible. The photograph was taken during production and includes 13 cast members wearing evening dress.

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The Cars That Ate Paris, 1974: 'We're keeping him'

This clip shows Len Keeley (John Meillon), the Mayor of Paris, New South Wales, introducing himself to Arthur Waldo (Terry Camilleri), who was travelling towards the town when the car he was driving slid off the road, killing his brother. Len and Arthur lead Arthur's brother's funeral procession to the local rural cemetery ...

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Wolf Creek, 2005: 'No sign of intelligent life forms'

This clip shows three young travellers stopping for fuel at an outback roadhouse at Emu Creek, seemingly unaware of the menace that is subtly conveyed by the use of a range of film techniques. As Ben (Nathan Phillips) fills the petrol tank Kristy (Kestie Morassi) looks over a fence at a forlorn rubbish dump and Liz (Cassandra ...

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Super stories: verbs and adverbs: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Super stories: verbs and adverbs: assessment' (L8469). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines to the interpretation and marking of student input. For each of the tasks, read notes on the three main anticipated ...

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Lights, camera, action: camera: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Lights, camera, action: camera: assessment' (L8471). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines to the interpretation and marking of each instance of student input related to camera shots in the assessment object. ...