Media Industries 1 – My tutor is Nick (the one with the beard)

Self-Assessment: On The Line

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 5.00.52 PM It’s a wrap everyone! Finishing off the week was our own seminar, On The Line, and we bookended the Wanted seminar series splendidly, if I do say so myself. I just wished more people showed up, but nevertheless, it was a solid effort from the Digital team. So here’s the self-assessment for the project.

Contribution & Collaboration: We had a Facebook group and I was very active in that. I started the group Google doc and was given the job as the designer along with Josh and Nadya but ended up doing a little bit of this and that.

Here’s a rundown of what I did pre-seminar:

Designed and printed the posters and thank you cards, and animated the poster for the screen in building 9. Funded the catering. Invited/liaised with two of the guests. Wrote several questions to ask during the seminar.

Here’s what I did during the seminar:

Took chairs from RMITV, borrowed the stage from Building 74 (was very difficult), gave out the flyers at the start, cleaned up the mess after the seminar.

The main obstacle I encountered was the guests. We had 3 locked in, but one of them dropped out a week before the seminar. I went on an invite-frenzy and e-mailed 4 people and received 3 positive responses. I locked in Beatrix and Steinar immediately after. They were great, too, I was very lucky to have found them! Reuben Ruiter dropped out a day before the seminar, but thank goodness we still have 3, otherwise I would have gone on another frenzy.

Proactive Learning:

I learned a lot through making the seminar. It was such a big event that it was an eye-opener for me. I think what I learned most was the experience of executing something like this. It’s not difficult if you have the right team, though, and my team did such a great job.


I attended all of the seminar series except for Week 8’s seminar because I was overseas during that time. I attended all the classes and meetings, except for that period I was in Jakarta. I was there every step of the way and hand my hand in every group meeting and discussion. I didn’t take my eye off the ball once. Okay maybe once. I was probably distracted by a cat.

Connections & Intersections:

The value of the entire series is to have professionals tell us about the industry we want to be in, and making our own seminar teaches us event management and social media managing. The best part about being the guest liaison is that both Steinar and Beatrix are well acquainted with me, and I can easily contact them if I need any help. I have my foot in the door, yay! What I learnt about myself in this process is that I’m very demanding and domineering. Which isn’t a surprise; I’ve always been that way. But I realized that I do work well in teams, even though I originally though I was better off as a lone wolf.

Self Assessment Grade: 90/100 (HD)

Seminar Critique: WORLD’S MOST WANTED

10690204_500609206709147_4487413106657742905_n The International group was the penultimate seminar of the Wanted series, and it was beautiful. Firstly, I had no expectations, but I was absolutely blown away.

The staging was incredible, and my group and I took notes of its magnificence. The fact that they used two hosts was also pretty clever because it allowed them to bounce ideas off of each other and have conversations. Not only that, but they decorated the entire room with paper airplanes and stuck postcards on the chairs. The paper airplanes were a nice touch, but the postcards were unnecessary and a waste. I mean, I understand that it’s all part of the theme…but no one will use it and it’s going to end up in the bin. Also, they didn’t have a schedule or a list of the lineups, so we were a bit confused as to who the speakers were. The schedule was written in the front of the room kind of like an flight schedule. Creative, but difficult for us who want to know the schedule and the speakers.

Everything else went very smoothly. They had great speakers, but it seems like the two speakers (James and Elloise) received more attention than the other two. James worked in Jakarta for a period of time so he offered insights about working in Asia while Elloise worked in Google, and she had a lot of stories about that. To be honest, the other two weren’t as memorable as James and Elloise.

When it came to Q&A, there wasn’t much time. That was the main problem. I had a question I wanted to ask but they only had time for 1. Also, the seminar didn’t engage me the way the Television group did. I think it was because the hosts didn’t really have interesting banter, which would actually be quite entertaining. They missed the opportunity to play around, and it came across as a bit too serious. Or maybe that’s just me. All in all, it was a great seminar and I gave them a Distinction. I think they should have played a bit more with the social media. The theme during the day was executed brilliantly, but on social media, it was a bit…blah. That’s probably why the seminar didn’t interest me at first. It was because the social media leading up to the event wasn’t well done.

Seminar Critique: FEMME FATALE

10644801_10152345220950642_2182391070236964868_n  I want to take this time to congratulate the Femme Fatale team for releasing an amazing video and very cool posters. The inner designer in me squealed at the sight of them. They carried the theme out very, very well, and I think the posters and video leading up to the seminar deserves a round of applause. I’ll give you a moment to clap.

Did you clap? Nah, I didn’t think you would.

The first thing I noticed was the snacks; they were gummy worms, chocolate bars and M&Ms. Normally I would be ecstatic, but the sweetness of the candy and the bitterness of the chocolate proved to be too much for my stomach. So I had to discard my cup after only halfway through. You know what would be a great snack to fit the theme though? Chocolate bars. Not the crappy ones, but like, Cadbury or something. It’s classy and would go with the whole Femme Fatale look.

The seminar was very good. They had amazing guests and I’m quite happy with how the guests articulated themselves. The problem though were the questions. It’s about women in the media, yes? And of course, women don’t always have the same opportunities as men, however, like my friend said, it was ‘a pity party’. It wasn’t the guests’ fault, it was just that the questions were targeted for the speakers to talk about the trials and tribulations of being female in the industry. Instead of telling us how to overcome it, they were encouraged to talk about their problems and their stories. I agree with my friend, it was a bit of a pity party towards the end of the first half.

The Q&A was alright. I mean, it wasn’t super engaging or whatever, but they did answer the questions quite well. All in all, Femme Fatale was a great seminar, although the biggest flaw were the questions directed at the speakers. It shouldn’t be so depressing. I gave them a High Distinction. Love the 20’s theme!

Seminar Critique: BREAKING IN

10517206_772292629498445_7134141200969190033_o  Ah, Breaking In! The buzz on social media was crazy good, and it actually made me want to attend even though I had no interest in the topic. I think the social media did half the job, to be honest! Props to that.

The set-up of the seminar looked great; couches, book shelves, the works. It looked very laid back, which made the audience feel more relaxed. They gave out fake meth packets at the door and I planned on just ‘accidentally’ dropping the little packs on the ground around Melbourne Central. But I thought maybe getting arrested for dropping candy wasn’t a very good idea. The meth candy tasted terrible, so that was the only downside; the snacks. However, they totally made it up by providing sandwiches and jelly during the lunch break, which made me give them extra extra points. Food is very important.

However, the star of the show wasn’t the food or the incredible, incredible lineup (seriously, how did you guys manage to get all of them?) but it was Connor. He was such a good host that I was naturally engaged to the speakers. Connor’s acerbic wit proved to be the mayonnaise in the speaker sandwich, and it made the seminar into an entertaining show. The skit in the beginning was also pretty clever, and it introduced the theme of the entire seminar. The fact that each guests were introduced by ‘stolen wallets’ and had to squeeze ‘stolen’ toys to answer a question was also a simple yet funny touch to the Breaking In theme. The first half was very entertaining because the questions encouraged creative answers. The questions were more about the general topic of television, and they were presented in the form of a game show. But the questions weren’t just all silly ones, because the team integrated more serious and career-related questions amidst the fun ones, which definitely helped me stay focused.

I had to leave after the first half, but I really liked the seminar that I wanted to critique it anyway. I gave them a High Distinction because I really didn’t expect to be so engaged in a seminar about television. Even the guests looked genuinely interested. Good job guys, you deserve all the HDs!

Seminar Critique: NON-FICTION

10443116_10152216211776441_5342713957367351338_o  The Non-Fiction doco was the first seminar in the Wanted series, so they had no frame of reference or ideas to copy. They were original, and I believe many other seminars followed their structure and activities. For example, the creatively labeled nuts given out at the start made a huge impact, and the following seminars did something similar. The set-up I thought was quite good, but after comparing it to the seminars after, I realized it was a bit rigid. The speakers sat on uncomfortable stools and it all looked very dull. Professional, but dull.

The guests were an amazingly talented bunch and it was an honor to have them in the seminar. However, they were quite boring. The questions asked weren’t engaging either, so that left the speakers with clean-cut answers which required little to no creative effort to answer. It was very plain, and I found myself dozing off during the first half. It’s a shame that the content were lost on some people who, like me, probably started daydreaming during the guests’ monologues. But it’s not as if they weren’t educational and that I didn’t learn anything, it was just that I found myself trying to listen instead of naturally listening to the content.

The Q&A was slightly more engaging. We had to tweet with a #NONFICTIONDOCO, and that’s where they went wrong. Not many people use Twitter anymore, and one of my group member even said he hasn’t accessed his twitter since our first year in Network Media. So obviously, there were very few questions, and I was one of those who asked a question to Maya Gnyp about her documentary In Bob We Trust. I think the question was about how she got permission to film in and about the Catholic Church, since when I did my documentary last year it was pretty difficult to get permission. My question was not chosen to be asked, either because it wasn’t very good or they didn’t have enough time. But the whole Q&A thing wasn’t well thought out, I think. Nobody tweets anymore.

With all that said, the entire seminar ran quite smoothly. They did a great job all in all, except for a few flaws here and there. But the fact that they went first meant that they did this all themselves. I gave them a Distinction based on sheer effort. The speakers were educational, but the structure was a little boring for me. Good job guys, GG.


WHAT? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, in the words of Jesus Christ, “it is finished.” Now I can go back to my lovely home country for the next four months munching off my parents’ money and sleeping in. It has been a productive 12 weeks, now it’s time for me to have an unproductive Christmas break. Since we’re talking about Christmas, I will be interning from November-February for a magazine, so that’s going to be pretty fun. Look at me, growing up and being productive during the holidays. Also, I will be traveling to Scandinavia for for a little over two weeks with my family to see Santa Claus and possibly ride on reindeers. And apply for a job as Santa’s elf. Because there’s nothing better than making toys in sub-zero temperatures.

It has been a great class. Probably one of my favorites. Or in the top 4. Ha. Get it? Because there’s only four classes. Wow, Robin you are going to miss me and my quirks.

But in all seriousness, I’ve learned a lot this semester. Mainly, I learned how to use Premiere Pro *cue cheers*. No more Final Cut, which is great. Premiere turned out to be at least 10x better than Final Cut. It’s so much nicer, cleaner, easier to use. It’s like Final Cut’s grandson. It has the genes of Final Cut but so much hotter and more charming.

Robin, it’s nearly midnight, I’m already packing to go back to Jakarta, so I’m half dozing off. But I really did love your class. I loved making the documentary on something I was so passionate about. I hope you’ll like the end result because I do. I finished the peer assessments and it was pretty easy to grade my peers. Heather and Tamie were great; the best group mates I could ask for. I wish Tamie the best (her third year!) and Heather too (back to San Diego).

The rough cut screening went well. People had issues with the use of copyrighted films so I took that out and replaced it with raw footage of real exorcisms. But other than that, there weren’t many complaints. I love how people had different documentary styles. I thought it was all going to be the same but I guess creativity knows no bounds.

I’d also take this time to thank the Techs; all of them, who I have grown accustomed to. I love talking to them before and after editing. They know so much about literally everything. They should wear Superman capes sans underwear outside the suit. Talk about livesavers!

Don’t worry Robin, I didn’t forget about you. Thanks for being a great teacher. You always have a smile on your face which is great because then I won’t be too afraid to approach you. You taught us a lot of things and you’re really patient with us. You should wear a Superman outfit too.

It’s been a great semester. I’ll see you next year unless I get the job in Santa’s village in the North Pole.


FILM TV-2: Interview with the Imam

Screen Shot 2013-10-27 at 7.24.15 PMInterviewing someone from the Muslim community has been by far the hardest one out of all three. Surprisingly, the interview with the Bishop came relatively easy. We went to St. Patrick’s and asked a random guy there, true story. The one with the Minister at the Anglican Church was more difficult. It took around three phone calls in the course of a month of, “hello, yeah we spoke the other day…about the interview…yep….yeah okay I’ll wait for you call….goodbye.” Finally we received an email from the Senior Minister, so that was harder but at least the Anglican Church tried.

The one with the Muslim church was hard. I had to call both the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Islamic Society of Victoria. I called the former a few times, and the head Imam there sent me the number for three men that were ‘experts’ in the field. I was so happy. Experts! Those who have seen real exorcisms! Great! One phone call went like this:

Man: Assalaamu Walaikum

Me: Hi, my name is Jasmine. I’m a student at RMIT, and I’m making a documentary about exorcisms and demonic possession and I’d like to know if you would be comfortable being interviewed about the subject?

Man: [murmurs] No I’m not interested

Me: Excuse me?

Man: [murmurs] I’m not interested, I’m busy

Me: Oh. Well. Alright then, thanks anyway!

Man: [Hangs up]

So after successfully interviewing the Bishop and the Minister, we were very, very, very stressed out because we didn’t have an Imam. So finally, we told Robin about this and you (hi Robin) told us to go to the Muslim Chaplaincy in RMIT, which we did. We knocked on the door the next Monday and were lea to Br. Mohammad Ali Hijazi, a young man who were willing to help us out. When I said it was about exorcisms, instead of being surprised, he answered with a, “that’s great! That’s perfect.”

Wow. I mean, we’ve never receive that kind of answer before. With the Catholic and Anglican people it has always been a “wow, exorcisms. Yikes.” But not him. That’s when I knew I liked him. Apparently, he was also a Psychology major, so that’s great, because we need a psychologist’s perspective on this.

The interview went very smoothly. He wore the traditional Imam outfit, and it went on for an hour. He shared a lot and was willing to tell us everything we asked him. I guess the Muslim community is more free in terms of sharing their beliefs. The only time he wasn’t apprehensive about sharing a story was when we asked about a case of exorcisms he saw. He said, “please don’t record this,” and I turned my camera off completely, and so did Tamie.

It went on for an hour or more even though the actual interview lasted only around 10-20 minutes. This was because we kept asking him questions, both related to the topic and unrelated. We talked about Muslim itself, his wife, his family, other religions, ghosts, the paranormal, etc. It was incredible. The amount of things he told us! We could’ve made an entire documentary on him alone.

Afterwards we went up to the ‘chapel’ where the Muslims prayed. We shot several scenes there.

What I learned is that interviews are hard work. Finding interviews are harder; contacting the right people for a topic that’s quite controversial is quite difficult. We were so lucky we got the Bishop to do it. What an honor! Also the Senior Minister. But that kind of thing doesn’t happen all the time. I think finding good participants for the documentary is key. Because if you have good interviewees and good content, that’s really all you need. People get caught up in the fancy-shmanciness of a documentary. Finding the right camera, audio, set up, etc. That’s important too, don’t get me wrong, but the participants are the ones being interviewed. They should be given as much time as everything else.

IM 2: Week 9

So we just did our event outcome presentation, which I thought was pretty good but apparently it isn’t. Sigh.

Anyway, one of the comments that Seth made was about the amount of social media we used. We used only Facebook (and Storify but that’s just for the class, really), and I think that Seth was very disappointed that we didn’t use other social media sites. But the thing is, we didn’t use other social media sites because they’re not as good. They wont reach enough audience and they just…okay let me make a list of why we didn’t use other sites.

Instagram: Not only can’t people share the pictures and tag themselves in it, it’s hard to upload 100+ pictures on Instagram as we can only upload them through our phone. Also, it’s just not good for our idea. We aim for people to share the pictures, not just look at it and comment on it. On Facebook, even commenting on a picture will help make the site viral. But not on Instagram.

Tumblr: Again, you can’t tag yourself in it. And as an avid Tumblr user, gaining followers is hard, hard work. Like, to get more than 10 followers for a site like ours is just super hard. We can have a Tumblr for disPOSE, but it will have less than 5 followers and 0 reblogs on the pictures. It will be a dead site. Unless we’re going to do this event monthly, we won’t gain any activity because it’s a one-time event. No one follows something that’s short-lived. And if we have a Tumblr site, we’re still going to share the posts on Facebook so what’s the point?

Twitter: We won’t have a lot of followers on Twitter. We only got 38 likes on Facebook, let alone followers on Twitter. And what can we post on Twitter? We can’t even post pictures on it. Completely useless for our project.

At the end of the day, we achieved our aim. It’s about the effectiveness of the social media sites we do use, and not about the quantity. Just because disPOSE has a lot of accounts, doesn’t mean it’s going to reach a large amount of audience. People go on Facebook more than any other social media site (except for YouTube), so I think that it’s completely okay that we only used one site, because the rest are just useless for our project.

But what I love about our project is how 100% of all these people took a photo of their own accord. We didn’t know any of them, we didn’t force anyone to join. It really is a social experiment. So it’s exciting for us to see complete strangers take part in our event.

Regarding our ‘messy’ and ‘conversational’ presentation. We were going to make it like a panel on Comic Con or something. Like when a bunch of the cast/crew sit on a table and discuss their films or whatever. It’s not a rigid presentation, which is totally fine by the way, but it’s something we’re more comfortable with. Each of us did a part in the project, so of course we’re going to butt in and add something to each topic. It might seem messy but all of us have the same understanding of the project.

IM2: DisPOSE event

September 4: Poster Day


Friday September 6

11 PM: Checked mailbox, found package card telling me to go to the post office to get the cameras

Saturday September 7

12:15 PM: Woke up to leave for the post office.

12:32 PM: Realize that the post office isn’t opened on Saturday.

12:33 PM: Freak out

12:45 PM: Went to Officeworks at QV to buy disposable cameras

12:50 PM: Officeworks only has 1 disposable camera

12:51 PM: Get angry at life

12:52 PM: Officeworks lady called all the Officeworks in the CBD to check if they have disposable cameras

12:54 PM: There are 4 in Bourke Street Officeworks

12:56 PM: Bought 1 camera and went to Bourke Street

1:12 PM: Bought 4 extra cameras from Bourke Street

1:13 PM: Breathe a sigh of relief

Sunday 8 September (D-DAY!)

11AM: Arrive at State Library. No ones there yet. Everyone’s late. Darn.

11:01 AM: Chilled inside the library with my cameras. Realize the cameras don’t have a loop to put the strings in. Double Darn.

11:15 AM: Katrina comes in, we look for holes in the cameras.

11:16 AM: Ask librarian for paperclip to poke the holes in the cameras

11:25 AM: Alex comes in with fishing line, we try to put it in the cameras

11:25 AM: I ask the librarian for scissors. She asks me what ‘scissors’ are in Indonesian. I say it’s ‘gunting’. She writes it down. Weird.

11:32AM: Jordie and Mark enters. We continue to put the fishing line through holes in the camera. Successfully.

11:47 AM: Jordie makes Russian/Ukrainian jokes to Katrina. We laugh.

11:51 AM: We attempt to wrap the posters around the benches using a fishing line. Failed.

11:55 AM: We go buy some blu-tack. Jordie buys cigarettes. Mark buys scratchies.

12 PM: We stick the posters on benches and wrap the cameras around too.

12:05 PM: We sit on the lawn in front of the library, looking at people. Jordie is nowhere to be found.

12:30 PM: We go to Nando’s to eat and look at people playing with our cameras.

12:40 PM: Jordie arrives. We continue to eat.

12:50 PM: We do the scratchies. We did not win.

12:51 PM: Mark cries internally.

12:52 PM: Jordie doesn’t care he wasted $5

1 PM: We go back to the lawn, sit down, look at people

1:30 PM: Jordie gives us $50. Leaves.

1:45 PM: We go buy ice cream in Melbourne Central. Sit down

1:51 PM: Woman tosses suspicious plastic at me.

1:53 PM: We discover it was a beanie inside the plastic

2:05 PM: Cassandra rocks up, sick

2:15 PM: We finish our ice cream and go back to the library

2:23 PM: Cassandra walks around asking people to take pictures with our camera

2:37 PM: I met a friend at the library. Took 2 pictures of her.

2:45 PM: Took selfies with our iPhones on the lawn

3:30 PM: Everyone leaves. I go home

5:55 PM: I leave for the State Library

6PM: I see lots of people playing with our cameras.

6:01 PM: I cut the cameras from the benches, notice the film for all the cameras are used up

6:02 PM: Talked to a bunch of FOB Asians in cosplay costumes just because.

6:03 PM: Had to explain to an Eastern European family about the experiment because they were sitting on our camera

6:05 PM: Went home, happy.

Monday September 9

12:05 PM: Met Alex in Melbourne Central. Ate Sushi

12:24 PM: Katrina and Mark joined us in Sushi Sushi. I finish my meal, we leave

12:36 PM: Went to post office at Bourke Street to take package

12:40 PM: Get the cameras we should’ve used yesterday. Sigh.

12:41 PM: Look for Foto City, a photo processing place near the post office

12:53 PM: Got lost. Lost Alex. Lost hope. It’s 2013, no one develops film anymore.

12:56 PM: Found Alex

1:12 PM: Alex brought us to a film developer on Elizabeth Street

1:14 PM: Man tells us we can get our film developed at $18 a camera and will be done by tomorrow at 10. I take the referral form for tomorrow

1:16 PM: Group members gives me money. Except Katrina and Mark.

1:17 PM: Alex leaves

1:18 PM: Mark gets money from the 7/11 ATM next door

1:20: Katrina drags Mark and I to the ANZ ATM.

1:22 PM: I got the money from Katrina

1:24 PM: Mark and I separate ways with Katrina

1:33 PM: Mark and I separate ways

September 8

IM 2: Week 6

We received a Credit for our presentation. Granted, it wasn’t our best, but that’s because our ideas kept evolving into something better and better and better. When we think something is set in stone, someone comes up with a better idea. So our presentation was ‘loose’ and quite vague because we have too many ideas that keep coming in.

We’ve made a Facebook page for our event, now called DisPOSE. Because we’re going to use disposable cameras. Yeah, you get the joke. Anyway, we planned to do it in three different areas, but today we started thinking about doing it in one area. Because if people see one person take a picture with it, other’s will follow. It’s a domino effect. So we might put it in a close area but with a bunch of cameras. We’ll be standing around to monitor the area and document it.

Cass and I will be making the poster to create awareness and also the posters next to the disposable cameras explaining what’s happening. Will post more soon.


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