Sunday Court Day

The Sunday filming day was productive and I got majority of my individual project and with Linh and Cassie completed all the photos for the virtual tour for building 20. (We had a little set back when we realised at about 5pm on Sunday that we forget to do the caretaker sign and then had to go back again to do the panorama shot on Monday as well)

It definitely took longer than I thought. Probably like 2 and half hours of photo snapping but I got probably a solid 2 minutes of footage in (still in the tedious process of editing it).

(Snaps of our class – photo credits to Rachel Wilson)




Historians and Researching

Jumping back a few weeks ago when Abigail Belfrage come into the class to help us individually with our projects was very helpful. She really went above and beyond to try make sure we were hitting every possible avenue for researching which is really great.

Some of the avenues that I have been researching in:

Melbourne Uni Archives

Being searching through political organisations she was involved in and looking at which organisations would be creating information about her.

– Women’s Social and Political Union, Women’s Political Association, Victorian Socialist Party, militant Women’s Peace League

NAA – National Archive
Women’s Political Association – Naturalisation (Documents)

Victorian Socialist Party – reportage documents

Women’s Peace Army (1915 -1916)

– Found records however not of her just of people who were affiliated with her – however this can still be useful as records when talking about the groups she was affiliated with

Women’s petition – document

People who have written extensively about the socialist groups and movements 

– Jeff Sparrow, Stuart McIntyre

Prison record – still to follow up on

The Australian women register

ADB – Australian dictionary biography – has a brief biography about her

Criminal Record Office – photos of her under surveillance
– very limited but a great photo

NPG x45565; Jennie Baines by Criminal Record Office

Jennie Baines by Criminal Record Office <>

*To keep in mind that Suffragette was a British term and that Australian documents might not have used this term


Editing Masterclass with Jeremy

Jeremy Bowtell, a former RMIT student conducted an intro to editing on Adobe Premiere. I am familiar with Adobe Premiere and have edited all my media projects using it so far although it was great to get back to the basics to fill in some of those gaps. Even things like what a scratch disk or using Premiere is non-destructive editing meaning it doesn’t change the original at all. Definitely building a strong foundation, learning without the shortcuts I think is the best way for me to learn because later on you can cut out some of them more tedious steps when you have to a higher level. Also, I picked up a few things more someone who has professional editing experience and could add that perspective.

One of the most new aspects that I learned was the very basics of colour grading and white balancing on Premiere. Although we shouldn’t rely on white balancing through Premiere, it can work pretty well if there is something that is pure white in the clip. I think the colour grading can come in handy because I had to go back and shot some photos near the end of the shooting day which were slightly darker because of the lighting.


Introduction: The influence of Place by J.E. Malpas

“The land around us is a reflection, not only of our practical and technological capacities, but also of our culture and society”.

“Our relation to landscape and environment is indeed one of our own affectivity as much as of our ability to effect”. It reflects our news like a dam or a farm for basic neccesities but also through the capacities we have to demolish, construct, build, rebuild, design we also begin to intertwine with the landscape what we want for the environment.

Also our identity is linked to a location or place. In Aboriginal Australian culture this emphasis on a person’s identity to where they were conceived or ancestral history is shown through how the “Land around them them everywhere is filled with marks of individual and ancestral origins and is dense with story and myth”.

Personally, my identity isn’t linked to a particular place or location as I was born in Australia although my culture background comes from China. Thus there is a disconnect between location and identity. My identity is a blend between two different places. But also do I need to live in China to connect to my heritage or there other ways as well? In Australia, there are signifiers of Australian-Chinese culture blending together. There is China Town, Chinese New Year celebration (event rather than location), there are other festivals relating to Chinese culture, even a Chinese museum. Australia being a multi-culturally country it has links to a lot of different cultures in the city.


Production companies to look out for

This is a blog post not related to Ghosts and Space but more to the film industry in general. Last week I stumbled across an article in Variety about the production company Pacific Standard run by Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon. It is dedicated to the goal of producing and developing film roles for women, especially for women over 30 (where the content starts to be thin). They have already released two films Gone Girl and Wild which have both been critically acclaimed and the audiences have been engaged with. I think it is very exciting to see production companies that are bringing more diversity to the big screen. I share the goal of bringing more diverse voices into the main stream, when there are different people the behind the scenes as well as on the screens then the landscape will shift.

Also, there is also the production company Dollhouse collective, run by 5 Australian actors and filmmakers who are committed to “telling stories with a strong female presence” as said by one of the co-owners Gracie Otto. Also, not just limited to film but also developing content in television and theatre.

Looking forward to what they produce!


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