Snapshots of Change

June 19, 2011
by John Macliver
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Editing the Dance Video

Today we caught up for one of our bi-monthly artist meetings. Steve came armed with the three hours of video we had recorded earlier this week with the Year 8 Dance class. It now becomes my task to trim the raw video down to final audio created by the Year 9 Music class, which came out at 3min33sec. The Year 8 Dance class broke up into groups and created pieces based on their reactions to the music. Each group went through their section a few times and we also did a freestyle dance session at the end, all of which was captured!

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June 7, 2011
by John Macliver
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A Day of Music and Dance in Midland

Today I picked up the final piece of audio for the Dance Video from Leonie Squire. Having only worked on it for two weeks the class have come up with a really interesting soundscape. Leonie and myself sat down and listened through the sections and pieced together an edit that came in at around 4mins. We plan to reduce the time down to about 3min30sec over the next week, but have burnt off a copy of the raw audio, so the Year 8 Dance class have something to work with.

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May 31, 2011
by John Macliver
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GATE 8s meet Nic Naitanui

Today was a pretty special day for the Year 8 GATE English class. After weeks of organising the kids finally got their prized interview West Coast Eagles player Nic Naitanui. Nic attended Governor Stirling High School.

The  Year 8 GATE English class has been powering through interviews with local Midland residents and ex-Governor Stirling High School students over the last week. They previously interviewed Joyce Wright and Pat Mitchell, who both attended Governor Stirling back in the 1950s. Tomorrow Jess and Blake will interview Maxine Milne and Matt & Skye will speak to Sandy Cailes.

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May 26, 2011
by Steve Berrick
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Photoshop Workshop

Today I led the Year 11 and 12 Photography class in creating works using photos taken during our excursion to the Midland Railway Workshops.

Using a technique I have experimented (and become obsessed) with over the last few years, the students overlayed multiple photographs with different Photoshop blend effects to create over saturated abstract collages. I have written software to create video from photographs using this technique (examples below), which I’ve then displayed in gallery installations and projected behind bands and DJs in music venues. Videos is generated from thousands of photos I have taken exploring different themes. It was interesting to see how the students responded to the process, which has almost infinite final results.

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