The Aussie Affair- Critical Reflection
Coming into the Master of Media course, I was looking forward to studying in a creative, modern and a laid back environment. On the commencement of the course, CMWP (Contemporary Media Work Practices) was one such subject that offered exactly what I wanted.
One of the assignments for the unit was to create a digital story or a project i.e. fiction or non-fiction and promote it via social media. My Indian classmates and me were really attracted to the pitch that Chai Junction delivered and therefore decided to do something for them. On our first meeting with Jeri from Chai Junction, we came up with this topic of how international students cope up with living in a foreign country alongside new people, new place, new environment and the situations they are faced with. Some are fun but some are really dreadful.
I’m sure every international student must have gone over the Internet and searched for ways to deal with ‘homesickness’ and I’m no different either. Studying in a foreign country might be all-exciting, but there are also tough times you face with too. So me and my ‘international’ friends comprising of Khsuhboo, Ankit, Eeshan, Maria, Mohit and Sakshi decided to make a short-film by interviewing international students from all over the world. Given the time-constraint we chose to interview 4 students namely, Carie (USA), Yuri (Indonesia), Neel (India) and Tor (Norway).
The interviews were shot mainly on campus with the introduction shots been taken around the State Victoria Library. The equipment used was a Nikon DSLR and a Xoom recorder with lapel. As far as the content goes, the interviews were kept to be funny through the questions been asked. The questions were spread across the three phases every international student goes through i.e. The Honeymoon phase, the cultural shock and the Acceptance. The cutaway shots have been taken from all over Melbourne. For example, the Chai Junction event at the Multicultural Hub, State VIC library, Flinders street, Swanston Street etc.
As far as the mood goes, there has been a balance maintained between interviews. Carie and Yuri provide with a comic touch to the film and on the other hand Neel and Tor have been more of a formal and serious conversers. I am extremely happy with how the video has turned out. It shows perfect transitions between shots without diverting from the subject itself. The pros lies in the picture quality, audio quality and the cinematography that is captured through the DSLR. The only downside of the video is the length. It could have been a little crisp in terms of duration. All in all I am extremely proud of the effort me and my team has put into this.