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Set Design and the Budget! (ideas from Reuban West, ACU Education student)

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NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

 

1. All set designers, even professionals, will follow budgets for their films or plays. Your class is holding their annual yearly play. This year the production is based around Ancient Egypt.

You and your partner have been given the job as the set designers.

As the play is based on the Story of Tutankhamun, you need to research about this Pharaoh by viewing the following video. It is long (1.5 hours) but you need to get a very good overview of this person and Egyptian life at this time.

YouTube: Tutankhamun - The Golden King & The Great Pharaohs
https://youtu.be/BRIA_8oscIA

 


2. As the class set designers, you have been given a budget of $300 with an extra $50 if needed. Your job is to use the money and other resources but not to go over budget.

There are things that need to be considered in this budget:

  • Every year the school keeps the same back drops which are painted for the next years play. One teacher has agreed to paint the sets but will need paint and brushes. A good paint costs $50 a can. A set of brushes has been advertised for $20.
  • Another teacher has volunteered to make any other set props needed. For Ancient Egypt you have to come up with an idea for the pyramids.

    Currently the idea has been to use a set trolley (a large portable staircase) but you need to decide whether to use this teacher, who will be able to make a pyramid using $60 worth of new wood and some wood from the school supply. However the arty teacher is offering to buy a new canvas and paint a pyramid.
  • The canvas will cost $80 but could be used again while the wood would need to be returned and cut after the play has finished.
  • The set will need lights. The school has some lights left over but no rig, which the second teacher has voluteered to make one using $80 of strong durable wood but there is an option to hire a metal lighting rig from $60 along with some lights which will cost an extra $30. You have the option of using both options for each choice but remember you only have a small budget!
  • The set also needs other props - pots, palms, fans, and, hieroglyphics! Estimate the cost of these props using local or online nurseries or hardware shops.
  • How will you make sure that the audience knows the play is about Tutankhamun?
  • What music do you need to buy to set the mood for the play?

3. Draw up a budget and the estimated costs. Make sure you have some monies left over - just in case there are things you haven't thought of.

Share your budget with your other classmates and your teacher.

 

 

 

Christmas Ads - can we do better?

High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

 

1. Each year in Australia we are bombarded with advertisements from the major retailers to buy at their shops for Christmas. It is an important time for retailers. Set Designers are employed now to create TV advertisements that will help with selling products at Christmas. You and your partner are to create a TV advertisement but with a difference!

Look at the following Australian Christmas ads...especially noting the set design. Which ad did you think appealed the most to you? Why? Share with a partner your ideas and opinions.

ALDI Australia: Christmas 2019
https://youtu.be/T37-A2JdaEk

 

Coles Christmas Australia Ad 2019
https://youtu.be/x_kXIfenJVc

 

 

Woolworths Christmas 2019
https://youtu.be/stIW43MsoD0

 

2. Research the ideas in the following article - The Conversation 9 December 2016

The Conversation

You with your partner are to view all the ads (YouTube videos) within the previous article and decide on the best set design (art design, production design). Use the following list of questions to help you develop the criterion to base your decisions:

  • How do we know what kind of story we are about to embark on?

  • Should we take events seriously or see the humour in them?

  • When should we be concerned for characters in this story?

  • When should we feel relaxed and confident that all will end well?

  • How can we tell what a character is feeling?

  • Where have these characters come from?

  • What has led them to this point in their lives?

  • How do we know if we can trust them? (Source: The Conversation: 18 March 2014: Explainer: what is production design?)

3. Which ad did you consider the best as far as set design? Why? Did your partner agree? Why? Why not? What was the difference (if any) between these ads and those showing Australian ads? Share with your partner.

In the UK, John Lewis (a retail outlet that has been around since 1926) has a different idea about Christmas and promotes "thoughtful giving". Their ads herald the start of Christmas focus and everyone anticipates them. They sell lots of products because of this approach.

Research the ideas in the following article and view the two Christmas ads [2016 & 2011] within: The Conversation 11 November 2016. What ideas are presented here? How will you create an ad with an Australian flavour but with the story telling of the John Lewis' ads?

The Conversation

4. You are to create a story about an Australian Christmas that has the same or similar elements of the John Lewis' ads. You are to make sure that it is an ethical ad and can be shown at family TV time. What music will you use to convey your message? What is the name of your retail outlet?

Use Pixton to create your storyboard: [use the free version] and have as many notations as possible about your vision for the set design.

Pixton

5.  Share your ad with the others in the class. Can they add suggestions to your production design ideas?

 

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