Activity Introduction

wwa-make-film-photoframeQuick summary: In this lesson students synthesise what they have learnt during the Who We Are: Brave New Clan unit and make a series of films about themselves in the style of the Who We Are: Brave New Clan series. Students will be guided to plan and produce a short film that tells the story of who they are.

Narragunnawali logo 160This lesson is produced in partnership with Cool Australia and the Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Schools and Early Learning team at Reconciliation Australia. We acknowledge and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We respectfully caution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that this resource may contain images and names of people who have passed away.

Essential questions:

  • What things have I learnt from the Who We Are: Brave New Clan films?
  • How have these films made me think about who I am?
  • What is my story? How can I tell my story?
  • What are the steps involved in planning and making a short film.

21st century skills:

WWA social action skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

The films and lessons presented in Who We Are: Brave New Clan have been designed to align with the organising ideas of the Australian Curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Use of the film in a classroom setting will build teachers’ and students’ knowledge of, understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, contributions and ways of life.

Content descriptions:

Year 4 Media Arts

  • Use media technologies to create time and space through the manipulation of images, sounds and text to tell stories (ACAMAM059)
  • Plan, create and present media artworks for specific purposes with awareness of responsible media practice (ACAMAM060)

Year 5 & 6 Media Arts

  • Develop skills with media technologies to shape space, time, movement and lighting within images, sounds and text (ACAMAM063)
  • Plan, produce and present media artworks for specific audiences and purposes using responsible media practice (ACAMAM064) 

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures OI.1 to OI.9.

General capabilities: Intercultural Understanding, Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Literacy.

Topic: Who We Are: Brave New Clan

Units of work: Who We Are: Brave New ClanCountry/Place, People, Culture.

Time required: 130+ mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee discussion, lead students in activities.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Camera, phone or tablet for recording film. Steps to making a short film. Printed copies of Film rubric for each student. Butcher’s paper and textas. One printed copy of KWHL chart for each student. Optional – printed copies of Storyboard template.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, people, Country, place, identity, short film.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

wwa-make-film-photoframeTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students recognise what they learnt from the Who We Are: Brave New Clan films and how these films have made them think about who they are. Students recognise some of the features of their own story and understand how they can tell their story. Students understand the steps involved in planning and making a short film.

Teacher content information: This lesson is all about supporting students to apply what they have learnt throughout the Who We Are: Brave New Clan films and unit, and to apply this knowledge to making a short film that tells the story of who they are. They will collaboratively plan and create a short film about who they are.

About the films: Who We Are: Brave New Clan follows the lives of six exceptional young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who share stories about their communities, history and cultures in contemporary Australia. The films engage teachers and students in discussions about Aboriginal and Torre

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Student Worksheet

Planning your film

Group Members:

Steps

Actions/Decisions

Person Responsible

1. Organise your ideas for your film

Have one group member record the ideas generated, then discuss each one. Reach a consensus on the best idea to pursue. Complete this task as a group.

2. What is the key message/messages of your film?

Describe the messages you hope to communicate through this film. Record your thoughts in point form notes. Complete this task as a group.

3. Background Research

Use the Internet to search for short films similar to your proposed film. How are they successful? What works or doesn't work?

4. Storyboarding

What are you going to do in your film? On a separate piece of paper, sketch out scenes that the video will have, indicating visuals and audio. Once complete, write a script. Use the spaces here to record ideas.

5. What resources are required?

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