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Making ‘[Insert Child’s Name Here]’

[Insert Child’s Name Here], a film created by Tessa Himpoo for her VCE Media major project,  was a crowd favourite for the almost four thousand people who attended Top Screen 2017. The film gives an insight into the thoughts of a small girl as she goes about her life, giving an insight into her thoughts and feelings.

“It’s meant to highlight how children be underestimated in our society because people just see them as less than us because they’re younger,” Tessa explained in an interview.

While she was initially intent on creating a music video, Tessa was inspired to make [Insert Child’s Name Here] by a fast paced montage in the film Rules of Attraction.

After deciding to cast her cousin in the film, she started pre-production. “The most important part of my pre-production was my shot list and storyboard,” she said. “I had 150 shots in my film so it was really important to work out how the shots were going to match.

In VCE Media, students are required to complete production experiments to develop their skills before undertaking the production. Tessa used this as an opportunity to develop her understanding of the strengths and limitations of using a mobile phone to shoot her film and how she could edit together in Adobe Premiere Pro. She decided to shoot the film on her phone because the technology was convenient and familiar. It was also less intimidating for her young actor than other equipment, such as a camcorder or DSLR. “We’re lucky that we live the time where your phone has literally one of the best cameras on it or like without spending a ton of money,” she said.

She thoroughly enjoyed the post-production process which was a nice break from her other subjects. Although she experimented with a range of microphones for recording the film’s voice over, she ultimately opted to record it on her phone as well.

The music for her film was sourced entirely from royalty free and creative commons websites, including www.bensound.com. She strongly encourages other VCE Media students to use original, creative commons, royalty free or public domain music.

“Everything in media kind of helps you understand the world we live in, our society and even stuff about yourself that you might have not realized, ” she said. “I think it’s really cool subject people should do it.”