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The Arts: Media Arts

Years 3 and 4

Above satisfactory

Machinima: Rowan of Rin

Summary of task

As a summative task in an English and Media Arts unit, students were required to recreate aspects of one of the novels in the Rowan of Rin series by Emily Rodda, using the digital game Minecraft and the production technique of machinima, which involves telling a narrative within a game environment by using it to animate key scenes. The students worked in teams to design key locations from the novel using Minecraft. They then created a cartoon storyboard for their production, indicating how they would use those locations to recreate the story. This was followed by a phase in which the students used their avatars to perform the story within the game. The animation was recorded and the footage was then edited using video editing software. Sound effects and dialogue were added to complete the story in post-production.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 4, students describe and discuss similarities and differences between media artworks they make and view. They discuss how and why they and others use images, sound and text to make and present media artworks.

Students collaborate to use story principles, time, space and technologies to make and share media artworks that communicate ideas to an audience.

By the end of Year 4, students describe and discuss similarities and differences between artworks they make and those to which they respond. They discuss how they and others organise the elements and processes in artworks.

Students collaborate to plan and make artworks that communicate ideas.

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