Written By Christine Ling, Matthew Evans, Josh Wakefield, Caraka Putra & Darcy Burke.
Our group, ALC Nacho, decided to focus on on surveillance in educational institutions, such as our schools and universities. Through online communication, our group swiftly decided that the video would be in the form of a news report. This type of video seemed quite suitable in order to provide a highly informative piece of work, while at the same time being relatively quick to film since we were also trying to avoid doing too much and therefore being unable to finish the task by the due date.
Early on, It was important to identify our individual strengths and weaknesses, understanding where and how we could all contribute to the project in a way that create a thoroughly produced work. Once we understood this, we began the brainstorming process. We came up with many ideas, allocated some of the important roles such script writing, filming, editing and acting. We were also quick to determine who would appear on screen in the character roles for the video, including a presenter, field reporter and surveillance expert.
Christine and Matthew were responsible for writing the script, Josh and Darcy were key on-screen actors in our film, and Caraka was in charge of editing the the film. These roles were determined by our skills and willingness to fulfill these tasks.
Once the script was completed, the next part was to collect video and audio. We were able to film once we had determined a plan for the video regarding the different segments that would be included. This was determined on a running sheet and it was available for us to access and edit through the Google Suite.
The planned segments included an introduction from a presenter based in a news studio, an opening from a reporter based at Deakin, an expert interview and vox pops involving other Deakin students. We felt that the vox pops segment in particular would be an important and distinctive addition to the news report, hearing the popular opinions of other students who have not studied surveillance. This would provide a greater insight from real people, making it more appealing to the mainstream audience.
There were also legal considerations that we had to take into account, particularly when filming on campus. We developed consent forms to be signed by those who were interviewed, ensuring that they were comfortable with participating in our film.
We were able to get the majority of filming completed in one session. This took us approximately an hour in filming and recording audio. This was a really productive session, successfully working well as a team.
The editing process was swift as we had a running sheet and a script ready, so cutting the pieces together was a rather easy task. Much attention was given to creating a coherent video structure that flows well through and through. The supplied material was sufficient enough for the editor to quickly drop onto the editing timeline. We decided to include Creative Commons material licensed from Flickr into the news story package since we wanted to have a variety of media in our video. It proves to work very well alongside the narration piece, providing a clear background context and a great transition to the expert interview segment. For the graphics, we ended creating most of it ourselves, drawing upon inspiration from real news programs and television channels.
Additionally, we were able to license high quality music for commercial use since our editor has a subscription plan in Artlist.io, a new startup aiming to provide content creators alike with music from producers around the world. It was definitely a unique experience, since getting the right sound was the first priority as it help ties the different segments together and we took the creative decision to avoid using the YouTube Audio Library because their database was too mainstream.
There were a number of digital media platforms which formed the base of our group’s communication and collaboration. Initially, we opened discussions amongst our group members through Facebook’s messaging app Messenger. After being encouraged to avoid using Messenger because of it’s convenience, we moved away from the app, as well as Deakin E-mail and Twitter, and moving our correspondence and work documents to Google Hangouts.
Hangouts allowed us to communicate through video call, voice call or text. We chose text as we felt it was the easiest to document and it would avoid 5 people talking over one another.
Thanks to Hangouts, we were able to have two productive discussions. The first discussion was to generate and brainstorm our ideas and delegate roles and responsibilities. The ideas instantaneously began to flow and we all came to the same wavelength of thought. It was unanimously determined that a news report was the format our group wanted to go forward with. This was because we believed that this was the best way to present our ideas in a clear and creative way.
We then sought to establish the roles and responsibilities for our group. Establishing this early meant that our group was able to co-operate with one another so well. This prompted a pleasant and productive collaborative experience until the end, which was a result of our positive attitudes toward each other and the project early on.
In terms of our ideas, we decided to focus on one area: surveillance in educational institutions. Christine and Matthew worked together to put together the script for the news report, using references and important information. Christine was responsible for writing the vast majority of the information, whilst Matthew worked the script into a news report style, using what he had learnt as a journalism student.
We know that schools and universities are heavily populated. Many individuals may be aware of surveillance in public spaces. However, is there an equal amount of CCTV and surveillance in educational institutions as there is in these public spaces? Does the presence of this surveillance have the same effect on students in the classroom as it does on ordinary people walking down the street?
Our news report aimed to be informative and propose these questions to our audience, introduce different perspectives on the matter, from ordinary students to specialist academics who have conducted thorough research on this issue.
Another purpose of this video was to explore and compare the pros and cons of surveillance in educational institutions. Through research and discussion with university students, we were able to come to a deeper understanding of how students were actually affected by CCTV and surveillance technologies.With this understanding we were able to create an informative news report which presented unique perspectives on surveillance. By asking questions such as “Surveillance in schools; Protective or Invasive?” This allowed the audience to be given the opportunity to form their own opinion on the matter. It was important to give the audience this opportunity as the purpose of the video was not to present one single argument, but to discuss multiple ideas and perspectives relating to the topic.
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Music: Wire Leaves by Rexx Final Beat, licensed via Artlist.io