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Flinders students give the community a voice
Flinders University Screen Production
students have boosted the profile of ten
community organisations in South
Australia with a series of television
commercials aimed at generating
The Community Voices program, in which
students filmed, edited and produced
commercials and short documentaries
with $50,000 in support from the State
Government, was launched by the
Minister for Volunteers, Ms Grace
Portolesi, last month.
Ms Portolesi said the Community Voices
program put "the amazing achievements
of community groups" under the spotlight
and was "a rewarding, real life experience"
for the students involved.
"The program is also a great opportunity to
showcase to young people the value to
the community of volunteering, and
hopefully inspire them to become
volunteers themselves," Ms Portolesi said.
Lecturer in Screen Production at Flinders,
Mr Cole Larsen, said "the Community Voices
program aims to replicate a near
commercial environment where students
are required to interpret the needs of the
community group and ensure these needs
are met in terms of program content,
design and audience reach".
"Students are exposed to 'real life'
commercial production where client needs
rather than student aspirations drive the
project. Students get experience in working to
briefs, milestones and deadlines as well as the
commercial specifications required to
produce television commercials for network
broadcast," Mr Larsen said.
"Students have the opportunity for their
work to be seen by audiences of more than
100,000 with the television commercials
being screened in prime time television
spots including commercial news, sporting
events such as the Australian Open tennis
and Test match cricket and evening
programming," he said.
The ten community groups supported in
the 2010 program were Community Food
SA, Eldercare Inc, Fauna Rescue of SA Inc,
Hackham West Community Centre,
Holiday Explorers Inc, Iron Knob Progress
Association Inc, Parkinson's South
Australia Inc, RPH Adelaide Inc, Sammy D
Foundation Inc Youth Opportunities
Association SA Inc.
Photo: David Tang
As an active public intellectual, Tim Flannery
is very much engaged in spirited topical
debates -- his visit to Flinders University was
punctuated by radio interviews in which his
opinion was sought on issues ranging from
the policies of the major political parties on
alternative energy -- "must do better" -- to
the growing synergy between the green
movement and primary producers.
But as soon he was off the phone, he was
plucking textbooks from the shelf in a frantic
search for evidence to back up his
interpretation of the evolution of the
kangaroo. In the paleontology lab of
Dr Gavin Prideaux, the issues of the Federal
election were temporarily forgotten as
good-natured argument raged over the
significance of the depth and angle of the
facets in a fossilised kangaroo heel-bone.
Professor Flannery and Dr Prideaux are old
academic adversaries; for two decades, each
has subscribed to different schools of
thought on the ancestral lines of the
kangaroo. The two scientists stood side by
Digging up the future on climate change
side at a table laden with fossil fragments,
pointing out the features of ancient heels
and femurs and hunting for other skeletal
samples to illustrate their respective
points of view.
Prehistory might seem poles apart from
contemporary debate over the impact of
climate change, but one very much
informs the other, Professor Flannery said.
Speaking at the Investigator Lecture to a
capacity crowd of 600 in the Matthew
Flinders Theatre, Professor Flannery said
his studies initially led him to view climate
change as a long-term phenomenon that
was gradual and cyclical. But evidence,
especially from the 740,000-year record
trapped in the ice of Greenland and
Antarctica, shows that climate change can
be swift and dramatic, he said.
Driven by an accumulation of CO2
unprecedented in the ice record, the Earth
is facing a temperature rise of four
degrees in the next 90 years, a rise parallel
to that which occurred over thousands of
Filming the Iron Knob Progress Association
years in the wake of the Ice Age, Professor
Flannery said. He said the effects on
biodiversity will be catastrophic.
"We have nothing to fear from reducing
our emissions in this country, but we have
a very great deal to gain," he said.
Professor Tim Flannery (left) and Dr Gavin
Prideaux discuss fossils with visiting high
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