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The importance of stories in video games

What do you expect from a great video game? Lots of action and adventure? Amazing graphics? Exciting battles? It seems that these days more and more gamers are answering this question with, 'A great story'. In this clip, discover how the concept of narrative is becoming crucial to the evolution of video games.

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Is the great Gatsby 'tilting at windmills'?

Intertextuality is about the process of making connections, either consciously or subconsciously, and can shape the way we interpret a text. In this audio clip, explore the intertextual link between two classic novels: 'The great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald and 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. This clip ...

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Tension in the air

In this Heywire audio story, explore how Marguerite Donaldson builds tension as she recounts a nerve-wracking incident that happened while she was flying one day. Find out what this incident has revealed to her and how she shares her thoughts. Could you write or record a similar story about yourself and/or your community? ...

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Ngapartji Ngapartji: powerful, explosive theatre

Theatre can tell powerful stories. In the 1950s, the early years of the Cold War, some Aboriginal people were removed from their land at Maralinga in South Australia to make way for British atomic testing. Ngapartji Ngapartji, a play combining traditional Aboriginal story-telling and contemporary theatrical styles, explores ...

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A story of Mount Merapi

Indonesians whose homes are near Mount Merapi, a live volcano, live with the constant threat of its eruption. Over time, a sense of mysticism, ritual and story has grown around the volcano's power. Drawing on this history, Australian puppet theatre company Snuff Puppets collaborated with Indonesian artists to perform 'Wedhus ...

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Theatre through a lens

Imagine a theatre performance where it's possible to step into character roles and experience your own version of it! 'Situation Rooms', created by a group of author directors called Rimini Protokoll, allows an audience to do just that. Using iPad minis and headphones, the audience moves through a set, following stories ...

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An animated character is part of the story

What goes into making an animated feature film? DreamWorks Animation, one of the largest animation studios in the world, has made many award-winning films. 'DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition - Journey from Sketch to Screen' at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) explores some of the hard work involved in ...

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Performing the private in public

'PUBLIC' is a hybrid artwork - part performance art and part theatrical piece - set in a shopping centre food court. The director, Tamara Saulwick, wants to explore both the boundaries between public and private and the way individuals operate in public spaces.

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Directing a play from start to finish

'What's actually happening in the room?' For theatre director Daniel Schlusser the process of directing revolves around this central question. Here, Schlusser discusses his directorial process and thinking, from planning through to post-production, in relation to the play 'The Histrionic' for the Malthouse Theatre.

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The intent behind designing a set that's a tent

Where could the idea of a tent as the setting for a play come from and how would it be designed for use in a theatre? What sort of lighting could be used? Who is involved in these decisions? Listen as Marg Horwell, set and costume designer, and Katie Sfetikidis, lighting designer, discuss their design work for the Malthouse ...

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The Power of the Pen - creating impactful texts

This is an interactive and engaging lesson aimed at developing a student’s ability to maximise the evocative nature of their fictional texts. This is an introduction into the use of advanced literary and poetic devices and the immediate responses they conjure in the minds of readers. Students will take away from this a ...

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Strictly Ballroom, 1992: Triumph

In this clip Scott and Fran triumph over the rigid rules of the Australian Dancing Federation with their electrifying performance of the paso doble. Although disqualified by the judges for failing to dance 'strictly ballroom' steps, they are inspired by the emotional support provided by Scott's father, Doug. His slow rhythmical ...

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Starting an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work explores elements of narrative in the context of a particular type of narrative, the adventure story. The unit is designed to help students understand the purpose of adventure stories, the narrative structure onto which the writer builds events, characters and setting, and how writers engage readers. Students ...

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Writing an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work takes students through a series of scaffolded activities in which they construct and write an adventure story for younger children. Students learn about: types of adventure stories, narrative time structures, processes for structuring narratives at the stages of orientation, complication and resolution, ...

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'The exploits of the 'Emden'', 1928

This still image is from the 1928 film 'The exploits of the ''Emden'''. This image shows naval ratings (non-commissioned sailors) manning the gun on the Australian battle cruiser 'HMAS Sydney', which sank the German cruiser 'Emden' near the Cocos Islands in 1914. The image has been signed with the words 'Remembrance of ...

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The sick stockrider

This is a still image from the 1913 silent era film 'The sick stockrider', which was based on the bush ballad of the same title by well-known Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon. This well-framed image shows a bushland setting with three couples posing outside a typical iron and plank homestead of the time.

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Seven Deadly Sins - Pride, 1992: The lover

This clip from the television play 'Seven Deadly Sins - Pride' shows a rehearsal for the play 'The Stronger' by August Strindberg. The action takes place in a darkened theatre as Roger Pascoe (Colin Friels) directs his wife Jill (Elizabeth Alexander) and impatiently tries to motivate their actor friend in a scene that is ...

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Poetry and drama

This is an online resource that provides tools and activities for taking a poem from the page to the stage. It includes two videos featuring Complete Works Theatre Company's artistic director, Andrew Blackman, and his actors demonstrating the process of preparing a poem for the stage, four activity sheets, the poem 'Mulga ...

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Creating suspense: project example

This downloadable zip file is part of the Adobe digital school collection of resources and supports a lesson plan on creating suspense. This resource includes several suspenseful film examples that have been created using Adobe Premiere Elements 10. There are also folders that include all the assets required to undertake ...

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Arts-POP: drama

This is a unit containing material to help teachers plan, implement and assess a middle primary drama program that looks at Indian culture and its economic complexities. It describes a drama program implemented in a year 4 class that uses role-play, process drama and language to explore ideas about wealth distribution, ...