08 Dec

  • By Demelza Cadwallader
  • In Primary

Recently one of our Year 7 students, Jasper, was listed as a finalist for the 1 Minute Film Competition. We asked Jasper to write about his experience making the film.

1 Minute Film Competition
As part of our Media Arts learning this year, my classmates and I all individually entered into the 1 Minute Film Competition consisting of students from all over Australia and New Zealand.

The theme we were given was WWII and I made an animation about an Australian war nurse called Vivian Bullwinkel.

Vivian Bullwinkel
Vivian served during World War II and helped many people. She was captured by Japanese soldiers and sent to an island. Vivian and a group of other nurses, including her sister, were massacred on the shores of the island, but luckily she survived by playing dead. Her dress is now displayed at the Australian war memorial.

Connections to Woodlands
I heard of this story during a Japanese lesson and one of the nurses who served with Vivian was actually an old scholar of Woodlands (click here to read more). Her story inspired me to make this animation and I had a lot of fun doing it.

One of the challenges I faced was the amount of time I had to complete the animation. This took a long time to draw all the frames and put it together with all the music and sound affects.

I overcame these challenges and the effort I put into this paid off because I was amongst the 6 finalists from around Australia and New Zealand. Sadly I didn’t win but this was a great experience and I learnt lots of new skills.

View the video here

Article by Jasper Cullen, Year 7 student.