What a Difference Ten Years Make

May 24th, 2011 · No Comments »

I have just returned from another trip to Broken Hill, in NSW. My first trip was almost 10 years ago, back when I didn’t have a job, hadn’t moved to Sydney, and didn’t own a mobile phone. What a difference ten years make. It’s funny to look at the photo evidence – both the novelty chair and myself haven’t aged too well!!!

This, my third trip to the area, was for the Wakakirri Outback Festival, where schools from Wilcannia, Menindee, and Broken Hill came together to make films and participate in cultural workshops.  The culture of filmmaking has changed in these schools over the years as well – we first started making films with these schools three years ago, back when the students were shy and hesitant. Now, many of the students have small flip cameras they use to document the whole process and interview each other. Digital storytelling is quickly being embraced by teachers and students all over the country.

In another ten years the students will probably be making films in 3D.

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