Student film wins at international film festival


A big congratulations goes out to former student Samuel Chen (pictured here with his Australian cinematography awards he won last year). His student film, Kangaroo Island: Life on the Edge, just won Best Independent Production at the Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival.

The commendations from the judges are as follow: "The films of this category have one thing in common: The filmmakers start on their film journey without outward pressure on the choice of subject, the view point, the design and without attention to viewing figures. The winning entry tells the story of a woman who loves her native nature and wants to raise her childÊs awareness for their environment. This miniature is a metaphor and an appeal to everyone to take careful note of their immediate environment and show it its due respect".

Kangaroo Island: Life on the Edge (Official trailer) from Walking Story on Vimeo.

Science Communication students collaborate with American designers


This past June, American designers Dr. Beth Ferguson from the University of California, Davis and Dr. Sara Dean from California College of the Arts visited Dunedin as part of Climate Kit, an international art project produced in partnership with ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Wellington. During their month-long stay in Dunedin, Ferguson and Dean worked with a select group of Centre for Science Communication students enrolled in SCOM406 ("Science Exhibitions and Interpretation"). The collaboration culminated in a public exhibition at the Otago Museum during the month of July. 


After several weeks of highly concentrated (and fun!) work behind the scenes, two unique climate-related displays were featured. One, "Stones and Bones," showcased a creative rendering of the extraordinary geology of the Otago Region of New Zealand, and was arranged by students Rebecca John, Kat Marino, and Amy Smith. The other museum display, organised by students Conor Feehy, Emma Hanisch, Ravi Ratnam and Colin Smilie, highlighted the Otago Dark Skies initiative, a campaign to conserve the astonishing night skies of the region by curbing urban sources of light pollution. 

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