For years, educators have criticised television as a passive pastime that reduces student creativity and participation. Now students at Yarra Hills Secondary College have the opportunity to harness the technology they have grown up with and become active users. Rather than television narrowing student focus to a small, passive window, we are using that same technology to widen student outlook and provide an engaging curriculum. This is our story.
In 2008 we set up our first television studio on what was then the Cambridge Road campus. In 2011 a second studio was created on the Mt Evelyn Campus and in 2013 our Cambridge campus was damaged by fire resulting in the loss of our studio. In early 2014 a replacement studio was created on the new Mooroolbark Campus. Based around the TriCaster Studio (at Mt Evelyn) and the Tricaster 410 (at Mooroolbark), students have access to professional level television production. In 2013 we introduced Television Production as a year 9 and 10 elective offering students a glimpse into the world of program creation with an ICT flavour.
This website showcases some of our work and provides a look behind the scenes into the technical world of television production at Yarra Hills Secondary College.
Blender is a fantastic open-source 3D-animation package that many of our students fall in love with. Using Blender along with several online tutorials kindly supplied by people far more skilled than us, we have created two animated logos for our productions. You can watch them here or go to Ballyweg Productions to learn how to create your own and more.
Fantastic news! Our new studio on the Mooroolbark Campus is based on the new Tricaster 410, a professional level solution from NewTek. Our friends from New Media have worked with us in replacing our former Tricaster Studio after it was lost in the fire. We are very excited with the range of things we can do with the Tricaster 410 and can't wait to show you our first clips.