School shows meet deadlines

Aoraki Polytechnic film and television students who have been working on a series involving...
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.


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