Daina is a talented student who is finding her inner talent through a newly offered course at the College. Media Production and Analysis which is offered as a General and ATAR course at the College, explores the production of films. Despite it not having been run for several years, a new Media teacher and a group of 16 Year 11 students have managed to get this course back up and running again… and it is already a clear hit with students.
Daina studies ATAR Media Production and Analysis. Prior to studying this course, she regarded filming and photography as side hobbies she enjoyed, having also taken up Photography as an Option during Year 10. However, despite only having studied this course for one semester, she is already realising how many opportunities in this industry she really has. One of the reasons for her inspiration and dedication to the course is her teacher, Mrs Marissa Williams. Daina describes her as being “the best teacher ever” because “the energy she gives off is just so bright and vibrant”.
While Daina said she wouldn’t describe herself as arty, I think she’s pretty creative. Between having a weekend job and studying ATAR, she loves to play drums at home and is constantly trying out new hobbies with her friends. However, her interest behind the camera has not once failed her. Having always made iMovies and videos, she was thrilled to be able to create a music video as an assessment task during Media.
“I got to create my own music video which was really fun because I got to use the camera and combine both taking photos and making videos, which are both things I really enjoy.” – Daina
I was privileged enough to be able to watch the music video and I was wowed. For someone who has had zero professional experience in the field, having only ever experimented at home in her free time, what she crafted was is a masterpiece. It is evident that Daina is talented at such a young age, and with such little professional experience, if she wished to, she could go far in the industry. However, Daina acknowledges that it is an extremely difficult and competitive industry to get into, but by pursuing this course it has helped her get a better understanding of what she enjoys and gain a better understanding of the film industry.
When I first had a look at the course I thought ‘Oh it’s like English. Why would you want to do double English?’…and I clearly wasn’t the only one! Daina herself thought the exact same thing going into the course. When she read the syllabus she hadn’t been sure if she should take it up as an ATAR subject since it seemed like there was a lot of written work and she wasn’t the most confident in writing essays in English…and she didn’t expect it to be different. Except it was! “I felt like I could actually write stuff because it is so much more different than I thought it would be.” It just proves that if you’re good at writing English essays, it doesn’t mean you’ll be good at writing essays in a different subject…and vice versa.
Media Production and Analysis is an innovative course in this ever-changing and media driven society, and students benefit massively by studying this course if they choose to pursue such a career.