The students of grade 10 have been sponsored by the humanities department to create a documentary about the history of Hong Kong. The documentary will be presented to the CDNIS parent community. The topic of these videos can be chosen by the students. However, the topic must centralise on one of many significant events that have shaped the social and political awareness of the Hong Kong local people. This project is highly important as at the moment, information regarding Hong Kong’s history is not easily accessible. Onto of this, many of the parents do not have a strong understanding of Hong Kong’s history. To help educate them, the students are tasked to produce an educational documentary. The documentary must be well reasserted, contain a balance of perspectives, based on multiple sources of information and effectively and accurately portray an event. The length of the documentary is required to be between five and eight minutes and should be posted to Vimeo. The documentary must be a compelling film that will have the ability to educate and promote better cross cultural understanding in the parent community.
Here is my documentary:
These were my main roles in the production of the film
- Writing general outline of the script.
- Plan the major plots and messages being communicated in the documentary.
- Write my individual section of the script. The two to three paragraphs that I write will centralise on my time era (1970-1980).
- Synthesise all of our group members contributions into one script that flows between different time era’s smoothly and does not have any repetition.
- Decide and list important shots and locations to further enhance the information communicated in the script.
- Assure that we gather all of the necessary video footage by accompanying the videographer to the shooting locations. Furthermore, I should ensure that the video footage artistically meets our intentions and enhances the audio track.
- Record the script, ensuring that it is high quality and paced appropriately.
Cage for Ball
I intended on containing the marble within the valve by creating a cage made out of a grid of copper wire. However, I realised while assembling the valve that rigid nature of the wire would ruin the sleek and smooth feel to the design. Therefore, I decided to replace the copper wire with string. As you can see in the video, the string completed the function of trapping the ball within the valve yet it also quite aesthetically pleasing. Furthermore, it looks clean because the excess string is all covered by black tape.
Reinventing the Base
My design for the base was sticking two popsicle sticks into a large chunks of glue and then rotating the valve on those two popsicle sticks. However, After receiving feedback from Mr. Metz (our technologies teacher), I realised that this design was quite attractive. I went back to the planning stage and created a plan for a new base that was made out of foam and was very attractive relative to the first design.
Adding a slide to the base
As you can see from this photo, the base I have build has a slide on it. After assembling my new base I realised that every time I poured water into the valve it was also going to fall onto the base. Although the foam I built the base with is waterproof, overtime I feel that the water may deteriorate the foam. Subsequently, I decided to build a slide that would catch all water that falls and direct it off of the base. Choosing a material that I could easily manipulate to the shape of a slide, is waterproof, is attractive and follows the colour scheme of my design was not difficult. One of the materials we were offered was a yellow plastic sleeve, which met all of the criteria above.
My key takeaways from today.
One of the key takeaways that I got today was from the TED talk by Nikolai Begg. In the video he talks about how the average person assumes that there are teams of scientists trying to solve all problems. However, he demonstrated that in America alone 30,000 people die of an easily avoidable problem. He spent two years working on a design for a syringe that would not accidentally puncture peoples skin. After just two years of design he created a simple tool that saves thousands of lives each year.
If I could do it all again…
If I could do it all again I would have spent less time trying to perfect the one design that we settled on and attempted other prototypes. This way we would have tested many of other possible heart designs.
I used to think..
I used to think that the heart valve is quite a simple mechanism so I did not think of it to be much of a special evolutionary feature. However, today we tried to replicate an actual heart valve and realised that it’s actually quite complicated and impossible to build. I am now a lot more impressed with the heart and it’s features.
Today we had a design cycle preparing us for our next English summative assessment. In the english assessment we will be assigned a random scene from the book “Cellist of Sarajevo” and will have to make a short graphic novel from our section in the book using Adobe Illustrator. Adobe Illustrator is a useful tool when creating graphics that can be stretched to any size. This is because graphics made in Illustrator rely on a ratio between lines and colour called vector unlike JPG’s that use pixels so cant be stretched. To learn adobe illustrator we had to follow a series of steps to trace the outline of the word “Vector”. So far, I found it very difficult to use Illustrator. However, I see the benefits of using Illustrator over other programs such as Photoshop.
We also learned about Gantt Charts. Gantt charts are a type of chart that allow you to plan out break down a project into individual tasks and which days you will complete them. I think Gantt Charts will be very useful for large summatives that stretch over a couple of weeks. Gantt Charts would make sure that you spread the work across the time you have to complete the sumative.
At the start of the day I though we were just going to make packaging in Pages and then print it but instead we learned how to use Google Sketchup And make a 3d Model learning how to use sketch up was dealing cool because now I have an understanding of how real designers use Sketchup and now I can use Sketchup for basic 3d modelling.
After making the net on graph paper we put it onto Google Sketchup. I think it was a easier and effective making our net on Sketchup because dimensions can be easily measured and mistakes could be undone. Then I made the 3d version. This was very simple because because google Sketchup is very powerful at 3d graphics.