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Film Making



Focus Questions

  1. Explain the time and money that goes into creating some special effects.
  2. To be good at special effects, it helps to be…
  3. How did Josh get into film making?
  4. Why does he like to use clay to make movies?
  1. Describe the stop motion technique.
  2. What is filmmaker Douglas Trumbull famous for?
  3. What does he describe as the similarities between his work and Josh’s?
  4. Do you think special effects have become an important part of movies?Explain your answer.
  5. Record what you now know about special effects since watching the Moviemagic story?

10. The BtN ‘MovieMagic’ story is an example of a

a) Recount b) Procedure c) Argument d) Report

Movie magic

Negotiate with students how many activities they will need to complete from each section.

Remember and Understand

What do the following words mean? Animation, CGI, claymation, special effects, stop motion, storyboard.

Create a trivia quiz about special effects. Give it to another student to try.

Find out about the history of special effects from the 1890’s to the present day and record on a timeline. What do you think is the future of special effects?

Apply and Analyse

Investigate blue screen technology (also known as chroma key or green screen). What is it and how does it work? The Behind the News website has some information about it in the Behind, Behind the News video http://www.abc.net.au/btn/page/page-behindbtn.html Give examples of how it is used in movies.

Choose a film that uses special effects. Write a review of the film focussing on how effective the special effects were. Also include a synopsis of the film (summary of the plot without giving too much away). Rate the special effects (star rating out of 5).

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Tuesday 17th October



Roll. Organization.


  1. Children choose their ‘star’ maths activity and move to corresponding classroom. Take maths book, pencil case and iPad.



Cartesian Plane Activity

      2.      Complete the sheet ‘Cartesian Plane’. this involves moving a triangle according to the different Cartesian coordinates.





Choose 2 of the following activities. 50 mins each

a) Pixar Animation Storyboard.

You will a need story boarding sheet.

b)          BTN

  1. Use this URL to watch the B.T.N about the new 10 dollar bank note.


    Once you have watched the story you need to answer the following questions in your English book. Make sure you rule a margin, use neat handwriting and use full sentences.

    1. What new features does the $10 note have?
    2. Describe a security feature of the new note.
    3. Who are the two famous faces on the $10 note?
    4. Name three facts you learned about Banjo Patterson.
    5. What well known poems did he write?
    6. Describe the work that Dame Mary Gilmore did.
    7. Why do you think she was included on the $10 note?
    8. What did you learn watching the BTN story?
    9. Do you like the new $10 note? Give reasons for your answer.

    When you have completed these questions you need to investigate the faces on all the Australian bank notes. You need to choose one person to further research.

    On two pages of your English book you will detail the life of the person you have chosen that features on one of our notes. You need to include;

     1.  When and where the person was born.

    2.  What was life like for them growing up.

    3.  What some of their achievements were.

    4.  What contributions have they made to Australian society.

    5.  Why do you think they were chosen to be represented on an Australian bank note.

    6.  A picture of them and a picture of the bank note they are on.

    c) Look at these storyboards.

    Complete a PMI (PLUS-MINUS-INTERESTING) about each of the storyboards..

    STORY BOARDING proforma

    Story Board 1

    Story Board 2


Story Board 3

d)  Complete this task about gorillas in your English book. Your writing must be neat and your page must be set out correctly. Remember to use full sentences.

Gorillas At Risk


1:50-2:30 LIBRARY

Story Boarding

Dialogue Boxes

Add your dialogue boxes under your text sentences that you completed yesterday.

Someone is going to need to type up the conversations for each sentence on your planner. Make sure you share the jobs around.

Here is an example.






2:30 -3:30  Continue working on your story boards. Make sure you include on your planner a variety of different camera angles and viewpoints.

Well done.

Tuesday is over.

Go home and have a chillax.

Wednesday 18th October …. Just in case!

9:00 -10:40

Specialists -Music

– Italian


11:10 -12:00 Sport Training

12:00 -12:45 Assembly


1:50-3:30  Film Fest

Using the story boarding sheets from last week, begin to plan the illustrations for each box. These are only a rough draft so everyone can have a go at drawing.

Make sure you have decided on your photo angle and what you are including in each box.

Think about the dialogue you have decided to include. Make sure that the illustration of your character is facing the correct way to maximize and project anything that is being spoken.

All your suggestions will be checked by Ms Lovelace before the final story board is started.

Make sure that you have included enough information in each picture to enable the director to understand all that is required for each shot. Remember – the director is in charge once shooting starts.  All your ideas need to be have included on the story board before shooting start.



























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Reading Activities




Occupation: Entrepreneur
Born: December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: December 15, 1966 in Burbank, California
Best known for: Disney animated movies and theme parks

Nickname: Uncle Walt

Read more at:

This text is Copyright © Ducksters. Do not use without permission.
Answer these questions in full sentences in your English book:
1. How old was Walt Disney when he died?
2. How many siblings did Walt have?
3. How old was Walt when he moved to Kansas Missouri?
4. When did he discover that he liked art and drawing?
5. Write the meanings of these words in your book (use a dictionary).
    a) entrepreneur                                 b) bankruptcy
    c) folly                                                  d) trademark
    e) aspirations                                      f) legacy
6. Who was Walt’s first really successful cartoon character?
     His friend Ubbe Iwerks stuck by Walt through a number of different      experiences. What were these experiences? Write them in point form.
7. Why do you think his film production slowed down during the war?
8. Whats the difference between his earlier films and Treasure Island?
9. Do you admire Walt for any particular reason?
10. What could we learn from Walt Disney?
11. When Walt Disney died at the age of ______ he left a lasting memory     for all those that admired his work. What do you think that memory is? (there are a couple of different things.)
12. How has Walt Disney inspired people all over the world to follow their aspirations and dreams? Do you think he is worthy of this?
Find some images of 10 Walt Disney’s cartoon characters
Rate them from your favorite (1) to least favorite (10). Give a reason for your first choice and also why you put your 10th choice at number 10.









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Apollo Film Fest 2017


Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds in photographyThe Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well-known ‘rule’ of photographic composition.The “Rule of Thirds” one of the first things that budding photographers learn about in classes on photography and rightly so as it is the basis for well balanced and interesting shots.I will say right up front however that rules are meant to be broken and ignoring this one doesn’t mean your images are necessarily unbalanced or uninteresting. However a wise person once told me that if you intend to break a rule you should always learn it first to make sure your breaking of it is all the more effective!TASK 1.

  • Make sure you understand the concepts highlighted in red.
  • Use a thesaurus or dictionary to find other words that could replace the red words but remember to make sure the words fit with the text.



Read the information about ‘Rule of Thirds’ and summarize (using illustrations if you need) to demonstrate your understanding of how this rule will help you to make your photography better.


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Lightning Writing


A girl heard her mum yell her name from downstairs, so she got up and started to head down. As she got to the stairs, her mum pulled her into her room and said “I heard that too.”

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Reading Rotations – BTN Australian Made









Watch the BTN Video & answer the questions below


What are imported goods?
Where does Australia import most goods from?
Complete the following sentence: `Buying imported products means that the
What effect does that have on Australia?
What does it mean when products are labelled `made in Australia’?
What does `product of Australia’ mean?
Why are Australian owned and made products good for local business?
What are the benefits of buying products from overseas?
Do you think more should be done to promote Australian owned and made
products? Explain your answer?

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Reading Activity – Human Rights


Read through the Rights of the Child information.

Save to an app of your choice.

Match up the rights with the cards

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Apostrophes of Possession


Complete the examples in your book.

Make sure you use correct punctuation and your best handwriting.


Reference pages and activities.

Apostrophe Pg 4

Apostrophe Pg 5


Reading Groups Activity

Read a book of your choice. Find some ‘Apostrophes Of Possession’ examples in the text.

In your workbooks, write out the example as per below.

  Burl’s striped jacket  – Then write the extended form – The striped jacket belonging to Burl.

Highlight the common nouns in one color and the proper nouns in another color.

If there is an apostrophe of possession for more than one owner, then highlight this in another color, as below.

The cats’ tails – The tails belonging to the cats

cats is plural

Remember to use the reference pages above if you get stuck.

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