Week 5 Music

This is our first week of music after almost a year! Therefore, our tutorial today felt like a refresher course. We went through a lot of the basics that was covered during first year. This included Performance and music theory. We also went had a recap on all of the five concepts within music.

  • Duration
  • Pitch
  • Structure
  • Tone colour
  • Dynamics (Gibson, R. el at, p.111-112 2011)

 We then touched on all of the different notes such as the ones found below

music notes

as well as the major and minor notes found in music. During our tutorial we also created percussion scores by playing different sections of music depending on soprano, alto, tenor and base.

This helped us to read simple rhythms and melodies using chords to make simple accompaniments. At the end of our tutorial Nancy Cincotta showed the class some useful resources, which can be used in the classroom. This included: Jelly beans

jelly music

Jellybean is a music material site that offers musical resources, which are easy to use in the classroom.

References:

Gibson, R., & Ewing, R. (2011). Transforming the curriculum through the arts. South Yarra, Vic.: Palgrave Macmillan.

Week 4 Media Arts

During our tutorial we continued to discuss editing. The main aspects that we focused on included – communicating meaning by sequencing images. This is important as; it will help tell the story of our film with a clear and organised structure (Anderson, M. el at 2009). We were also recommended to use music, which was copyright free as we won’t be able to post our videos publicly if it gets flagged on a video sharing website. Below I have listed a few sites that contain copyright free music.

This will be most helpful when it comes to editing our film in the future. At the end of our tutorial will were given a chance to finish up filming our movie. Here is our film which is still being edited and played with! We’ve added some more music and tried to blend our scenes in more smoothly . We were still experimenting with different angles and cuts! Enjoy!

References:

Anderson, M. & Jefferson, M. (2009). Teaching the screen. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Week 3 Media Arts

In today’s tutorial we had a classroom discussion on the different techniques and lingo that can be used within our films. This included the basics such as – cutting, slow motion, speed, and music. We were also able to watch a short film made by our tutor Kirsty McGeoch, which was called ‘A summer’s afternoon’. Our tutor kindly went through all of the different aspects of the film and the different techniques she used such as filming at different times of the day, cutting out different scenes to show difficulty and a compatible sound and image combination. I feel that this really helped set the mood and tell the story within a really short amount of time.

I believe that having the right sound and image combination in our film to help tell the story will be most important, as our film will only be 1 minute long. Gibson, R el at. P.95 (2011) also agrees that sound and image plays an important part in the interpretation of a film. At the end of our tutorial we also got to film some scenes for our movie.

Check out what we have done so far!

References:

Gibson, R., & Ewing, R. (2011). Transforming the curriculum through the arts. South Yarra, Vic.: Palgrave Macmillan.

Week 2 Media Arts

This week we were placed into our groups for our film assignment. I’ll be working with Tim, Tim, Ferda, Aly and Maylia. We decided to call our group a “Ferda and friends production’. During our tutorial we worked on the ‘pre-production’ stage – which included Planning and story boarding. Which is a starting point for our future film project. Gibson, R el at. P. 98 (2011) states, that the same kind of storyboarding completed for our film (see below) should also be implemented in the classroom as it allows for students to pay attention to the sequence of shots, camera angles used and layout.

Shown below is the draft of our storyboard for our film

“Being Fly”

film image

We decided that we would use the word ‘fly’ as a being verb. Our story is centred around a boy trying to impress a girl. In the hopes of doing so, he learns how to become fly. As seen above in our storyboard you will notice that we tried to use a wide variety of shots and angles to help tell the story.

 

References:

Gibson, R., & Ewing, R. (2011). Transforming the curriculum through the arts. South Yarra, Vic.: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Week 1 ‘Our first Lecture’

During our first week of our creative art lecture we discussed the common themes, which are found within the media arts curriculum. This can helps us as future Teachers form better ways to cover fundamental aspects such as: pre-production, production and post-production. The current ACARA, (2013) documents the mains aspects that teachers should consider when working with media arts in the classroom and suggest that Media artists should represent the world using platforms such as television, film, video, newspapers, radio, video games, the internet and mobile media.

media arts

 

We were also notified about our assignments for this unit! During Media Arts this year we will be creating our own 1-minute film. Our film will be similar to that of the ‘tropfest‘ kind as it is centred around a particular theme. Our theme that we will be working with is ‘FLY’. Stay tuned!

Reference:

ACARA. (2013). Australian Curriculum: The Arts Foundation to Year 10. Retrieved March 7, 2014 from

http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Australian_Curriculum_The_Arts_2_July_2013.pdf