Moving images exemplars level 1 2013

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Excellence

This Moving Image exemplar has been verified as sitting comfortably towards the higher end of the Excellence grade range.

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This Moving Image portfolio presents outstanding evidence to meet the criteria consistent with The New Zealand Curriculum, Learning Media, Ministry of Education, 2007, relating to the following strands in Visual Arts, Level 6: Understanding the Arts in Context; Developing Practical Knowledge; Developing Ideas; Communicating and Interpreting.

The candidate has made good use of the full 120 seconds (see Assessment Specifications) to develop and clarify their ideas.

In this submission the candidate’s decision-making is well articulated and their interests and ideas have been clearly and fluently expressed.  It is a highly successful and unique submission.

The intent of "rewind and remix" uses the analogy of the cassette and tape recorder. It seamlessly links the rhythm and beat of the music, with the candidates hand drawn, photographic and sculptural imagery, and the Len Lye, and Bauhaus design-like influences brilliantly.

There is deliberate use of a vintage colour palette (sepia, black and white) in the early sequences of the audio cassette and the girl dancing, which establishes a context for the narrative. Close cropping helps to focus the movement. Blur, depth of field and the fading in and out of images helps to link the figurative/line drawings and animations with fluency and clarity. When the music tempo increases so does the colour intensity, regenerating ideas from the initial constructivist like drawing and design towards the sculpture installation and the storyboard of concepts to be used later.

The final sequence of imagery and the sound of the tape being removed from the recorder (when the music stops briefly) to the muffled music starting up again and the animation on the tape, demonstrates regeneration and clarification with a high degree of sophistication.

Overall the submission successfully integrates developmental and clarifying works (the animation ideas, developments, and their final outcomes, for example) into a coherent whole.

Excellence

This Moving Image exemplar has been verified as sitting at the lower end of the Excellence grade range.

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This Moving Image portfolio presents outstanding evidence to meet the criteria consistent with The New Zealand Curriculum, Learning Media, Ministry of Education, 2007, relating to the following strands in Visual Arts, Level 6: Understanding the Arts in Context; Developing Practical Knowledge; Developing Ideas; Communicating and Interpreting.

A clear proposition at the outset of this submission establishes the theme of coffee dependency as a way of coping with the stress of a busy lifestyle. The fast moving positive and negative text sequence using the phrase "addicted to the rush" is a catchy beginning.

The poster idea that follows, although lacking fluency and understanding of design conventions does serve to extend the message.

The variety of photo-shoots are purposefully linked and well executed. The sequence of images of the woman driving to The Coffee Club, and the cups of coffee with the clock motifs layered on top, successfully support the initial proposition and emphasise the need for coffee to sustain one through the day. The stop motion sequences are linked well together and are appropriately supported by the fast pace of the music "Hooked on You" - Candy Rose.

A low point in this submission is the scene of the woman crawling towards the coffee cup. This shows evidence of inconsistent use of lighting, and some issues with depth of field. The filming of the sequence depicting the hand made sculpture and the jerky shadowy movements was not well lit or focused and is out of time with the music. The filming of the sequence of the cup shape, made of coffee granules, suffers from a similar lack of control.

However, the still images of the cup of coffee granules, developed and clarified this idea and the images of the cup of coffee granules dissolving into interesting shapes and colour washes are particularly captivating.

The final video of the woman ritualistically making and drinking coffee overlaid on the large scale clock face is a strong performance piece. The candidate utilized a number of photographic conventions, which integrate and clarify previous ideas well.  Unfortunately this piece finishes rather abruptly.

While the strength of ideas in this submission has been acknowledged, for it to move further into the Excellence grade range the candidate would need to improve the selecting and ordering of ideas, and show greater fluency and technical control in the filming of some sequences.

Merit

This Moving Image exemplar has been verified in the middle of the Merit grade range.

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This Moving Image portfolio presents sound evidence to meet the criteria consistent with The New Zealand Curriculum, Learning Media, Ministry of Education, 2007, relating to the following strands in Visual Arts, Level 6: Understanding the Arts in Context; Developing Practical Knowledge; Developing Ideas; Communicating and Interpreting.

This submission presents a strong proposition around the ideas of freedom and speed when riding a bike.

The candidate has used a combination of photographic, design and sculptural conventions to show a purposeful development of ideas. The transitions of the initial sequence of stop motion scenes and getting ready to ride the bike are cumbersome. The simple fact of the bike stand being down all the way through the filming spoilt the illusion of the bike moving on its own. There could also have been a greater amount of selecting and editing done here to allow more time for developing photographic ideas of movement, and variation of viewpoint in the dream shots.

The use of type and image in the poster design (possibly influenced by Neville Brody), successfully links the previous photographs with the dream catcher sculptures, the abstracted movement photographs, and the final shadow puppet type sequence. The use of the unsaturated colour and symbolism also create an effective connection between the various sequences of the narrative. The use of two different models in the dream catcher sequence is a little disconcerting however.

The initial frames of counting bikes and the exiting frames of the bike shadows is well considered, however for greater clarification these two sequences could have been integrated as a final statement. The music overlay works well to support the mood and ideas presented throughout the submission.

For this Moving Image exemplar to move closer to an Excellence grade this candidate would need to demonstrate more purposeful clarification of ideas by integrating earlier ideas with the final sculpture idea.  Greater attention to a more systematic selecting, ordering and controlled editing would also have improved this submission. 

Achieved

This Moving Image exemplar has been verified at the high end of Achieved.

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This Moving Image portfolio presents sufficient evidence to meet the criteria consistent with The New Zealand Curriculum, Learning Media, Ministry of Education, 2007, relating to the following strands in Visual Arts, Level 6: Understanding the Arts in Context; Developing Practical Knowledge; Developing Ideas; Communicating and Interpreting.

The submission represents a body of related still images and moving images to portray a short narrative based on a pair of walking shoes, their functionality and possibilities.

The initial drawing of the pair of shoes, which morphs into the real thing, shows a high degree of recording from subject matter using dry media into competent photographic imagery. The following slides show elements of design conventions being utilized successfully in the cut out shoe prints, however, in order to achieve a higher grade the title text would need to be better related to the subject matter i.e. the girl and her shoes.

The idea of the two hand-crafted sculptures, while effective does not show consistent control of media and sufficient video editing control to achieve with Merit. There is evidence of resolution issues and very jerky camera handling in the close ups and the intention is somewhat obscured because of the lack of control.

Compensating for these errors, the timing for reading the text (slide transitions) and the hand drawn animations show some purposeful control, although they are a bit short in context to the whole submission. Perhaps by careful and considered editing, more time could have been devoted to this aspect of developing ideas rather than making the additional box sculpture.

A variety of established practice influences have been used appropriately throughout the submission, including design conventions, sculptural installation, and stop motion animation. The overlay of the music "Neuform - Where we begin" created an upbeat atmosphere and contributed to the overall reading of the video.

For this Moving Image submission to move into the Merit range, the candidate would need to demonstrate a greater understanding of timing and ordering of imagery.  Also the candidate would need to resolve the issue of title text and imagery and show greater control of sculptural issues.

 
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