Aoraki Polytechnic film and television students who have
been working on a series involving Dunedin secondary
schools are (from left) Stu MacKenzie, Chris Height, Will
Allan, Lizzie Stearn, and Eddie Allan, in Dunedin
yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A project which started as a lesson in meeting deadlines
ended up being an exceptional, but exhausting, learning
experience for Aoraki Polytechnic film and television students.
The students teamed with a satellite television producer to
make a series of 30-minute, magazine-style shows about 10
Dunedin secondary schools.
"We wanted to find a way to get our students to meet
deadlines," tutor Julie Watson said.
"We decided producing something we could get broadcast was
the best way to force them into it." The Southern Upload show
was aimed at 16- to 19-year-olds with the first going to air
late last month.
Each week a different school was used as a base with
first-year students filming stories, second-year students
producing the show, and senior school pupils introducing and
linking different pieces.
Two segments were about the school's activities or pupils and
a different Dunedin band ended each show.
Ms Watson hoped the school pupils could become more involved
in the production of the series in the future.
She described it as a "highly successful way" for her
students to learn, and while they described it as "tiring"
and "exhausting", they agreed.
Chris Height described it as "an exceptional learning
opportunity", while Eddie Allan said it was "a good insight
into how it actually all works".
"The big thing we are looking forward to is looking at
programme 10 and then looking back at programme one and
seeing the improvement," Ms Watson said.