Today, we had our second Design Day session. We were taught techniques that make a good movie and application of those techniques.
Firstly, we came up with examples of the techniques that helped create a high-quality movie. We have explored a few movies with the setting in Hong Kong and we also looked into storytelling. The main task of the day was to make a 30 seconds-60 seconds long video. It was about saving the school from being removed because of the MTR construction. (See video bellow)
By exploring how to make a good movie, I figured that scripting and planning ahead were things that we should always do when making a movie. Our movie was 30 seconds over the time limit. It was more storytelling than “saving CDNIS” and introducing the school. I think our group worked efficiently, we all contributed ideas and cooperated well when working on this task. Time management of our group was okay and can be improved. We spent slightly too much time on filming and rushed through the editing part. On top of all, I think we need to work on shrinking and limiting our ideas and instead, really focus on the purpose.
Things I’ve learned:
1. Making shot lists. (what is it, why we need to do that…)
2. Aspects to consider when creating a movie. (techniques that make a successful movie)
3. “Story is King” and the story spine.
This is a comic that I’ve created about Puyi. It is a summative assessment for Humanities to show our knowledge and express that through a comic. This is the first time for me to create a comic and I think the comic turned out really well.
In my comic, I have tried to balance both text and images to suite different preference of the audience. What I mean is that some readers are more of a visual learner that prefer more images or photos when learning about something and others might like to learn by reading explanations to the events. That’s why I have tried to put clear, real-time photos and included a caption for most pages to summarize the events that have happened.
Since this is the first time for me to use the tool Comic Life to create my comic, I think that some skills have been developed throughout the process. I would say that the skill I have acquired the most on is critical thinking. I used a completely new tool to create this comic and it had involved a lot of planning before actually making it. Then when I actually started designing the comic strips, I had to use a limited amount of space wisely, while as mentioned before, including photos and captions for most of the frames. I also had to be aware of my time management skills. At first, I thought that creating a comic seemed really easy and it isn’t really time consuming. However, I found myself struggling a little to get this comic done, even though I spent a lot of time working on it.
Here’s my comic. Please take a look at it and give me some feedback by commenting down below on what I can or should improve on the next time when making a comic. Thanks! 🙂
In this unit, I’ve developed knowledge and understanding on Puyi. This 3-2-1 activity that I’ve done shows my prior knowledge and understandings gained after learning about him. I think this is a great way to show understanding. It is easy to complete, and the table can also clearly show my thoughts.
Click HERE to check out my 3-2-1 thoughts on Puyi
The grade sevens went on a hike today. We hiked through the Peel Rise, starting in Aberdeen and ending in The Peak via Pok Fu Lam. It took me about 2.5 hours to get to The Peak. Once we were there, I felt so relived and I wanted to just eat my lunch and take a rest immediately. I thought it was an extremely challenging and tiring hike. There were slopes that went uphill and downhill; steep staircases and narrow paths. This was the toughest hike I’ve ever been to, the ones that I went to before didn’t have that much slopes, but more staircases, which in my opinion was easier to walk. Even though we had to trek, I thought that it was quite pleasing. I got to chat with my friends and the weather was fine, it was warm with wind from time to time. The hike was also kind of a “stress relive” event, since I have been quite busy with 3 summative assessments to be due this week, starting the week with a hike might as well help.
Here are some photos of the day: