WANTED: On The Line

This group really went all out with their decorations, so even before stepping into the room I was internally moved by the amount of effort and detail they had gone to in order to create intrigue and excitement amongst the audience. Especially their theme! It was evident even in the green tinted lighting. Also, I could smell the pizza all the way from level one, so yeah, I was “reeled” in at once!

THEME and STAGING: Without a doubt, highly creative and appealing. They also made a really good pun out of their theme in relation to the actual topic, which I thought was super clever and entertaining. I just really liked the theme and thought it was totally relevant. The staging was top-notch, sound was perfect, and the guest speakers looked absolutely comfortable where they were. It was easy to walk in and out, as I suppose was with every other seminar as well, which is why I often find staging hard to talk about.

CONTENT and APPROACH: Each guest had a fair share of saying something, and what they offered the audience was really interesting and insightful. The questions that were asked provided a lot of in depth discussion and I felt that the guests had really good chemistry amongst each other. I also thought the hosts did excellent jobs at asking the right questions and getting really good answers from the speakers, and they also shared a really good connection with one another as well as the speakers. I felt that I was learning a lot about the media industry in this area of digitalisation, and it was extremely relevant to the audience who were mainly students.

Also I really liked the title of each segment and how it worked with their theme. I also really liked the visual presentation and transition between each slide!

PROMOTION: Like the previous group, the promotion was appropriate and timely. I really liked what they did with the posters and how they re-created The Matrix image to their advantage. They were very appealing in their Facebook posts and updates.

OVERALL MARK: HD

Of course, I believe this group deserves a HD for their commitment to providing a really well thought out seminar.

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WANTED: For Global Media Takeover

I was very impressed with this seminar from the moment I stepped into the room. From staging to decor, it seemed that everything was styled appropriately to the theme. They even wore costumes! I definitely saw a lot of effort and teamwork shining through this seminar. Furthermore, the guests were very thoughtful and sociable, and provided a lot of insight. I felt the atmosphere in general was very warm and inviting, so it was without a doubt my favourite seminar thus far.

THEME and STAGING: As I’ve already said, I was absolutely blown away by how the theme was incorporated into the staging and decorations. Though the focus was on international careers, I also felt that since something similar had been done in the previous years, it may have lacked originality in that sense as it was expected or hardly surprising to find ourselves, “of course, somewhere on a plane or at the airport.” That being said, perhaps they could have used boats or trains? On the contrary, flight is probably the most popular way of traveling overseas. But, to be sure, I was very happy with everything this group did in regards to their theme and staging.

CONTENT and APPROACH: For once, I felt that I was actually learning something useful and practical for the future. Not that the other seminars didn’t teach me anything, but I suppose since I want to work internationally, as someone who wants to work internationally I therefore gained a lot of necessary insight in regards to finances, experiences, language barriers, etc. The hosts also asked very good questions and rather than simply moving on from what the guests said, they continued from their discussions and delved deeper, which I thought was really refreshing as it took advantage of what the guests had to share.

PROMOTION: Their promotion was very timely and appropriate. The trailer was well executed, the posters were appealing and simple, and the Facebook posts were fun to read. The group seemed very on top of things and well organised.

OVERALL MARK: HD

Once again, I’ve given this group a HD because they really showed how much time and effort was spent in putting the seminar together. It was a huge success!

WANTED: FEMME FATALE

I absolutely loved this seminar. From promotion, to staging, to content, to guest speakers…yes, pretty much everything. I could tell that everyone was involved and everyone knew what they were doing, which was inspiring to see. There was a lot of good teamwork evident across the whole seminar, and to be honest the only complaints I would have–if I had to complain about something–then it would be the microphone/sound issues throughout the day.

THEME and STAGING: I really liked how the group used raised platforms to let the audience view the guest speakers better. The staging was also very appealing and matched the theme they were going for. The equipment was set up neatly as well, and the atmosphere in general was very welcoming. I was worried that the guest speakers would be uncomfortable in their stools, though, especially since some were wearing dresses/skirts.

CONTENT and APPROACH: Again, the content and approach was very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the trivia segment that allowed for audience participation, which made the seminar quite unique. Each guest speaker had something awesome to say and contribute, but I wondered if some of what they were saying was a bit repetitive in the sense that I felt like I did not learn anything particularly new or interesting, which was the same with the previous documentary group. That being said, however, the guest speakers had very stimulating discussions, and the seminar ended at just the right time so it left me feeling like I wanted to stay back a little longer. One things I guess I was reminded of was what being a feminist really means, and it was also refreshing to listen to statistical references.

PROMOTION: I do not use Facebook often, so if I see any promotion, it means there is a lot of promotion. In this case, I felt that the Femme Fatale group did a superb job at promoting on Facebook. I loved their video because it was just so exciting and suitable to the overall theme. It made me really enthusiastic about the seminar and I was looking forward to it all week!

OVERALL MARK: HD

I gave this group a HD because they pretty much set the standard for what I think a HD seminar should look like.

WANTED: NON-FICTION

As this was the first seminar of the RMIT Wanted Seminar Series, I did not know what to expect. Thus with little or no expectation, I entered the room with an open mind, ready to learn and be entertained.

THEME and STAGING: Four documentary filmmakers sat along each other quite comfortably on the undecorated stage. This was perhaps one of the first things I noticed–that a seemingly lack of effort was put into stage presentation. I assume this is “characteristic” of what documentary film-making involves. Not that working in documentary itself is plain, but that there is no need to add fancy adornments to the non-fictional. Though I can understand to a degree the value in keeping a simple stage direction, it immediately set a rather serious mood. Regardless, the cameras were set up in appropriate locations in the room and nobody tripped over the cables.

CONTENT and APPROACH: Since I have interest in documentary aesthetics and not so much documentary film-making itself, there were a lot of things I wanted to understand as a visual artist; however, a lot of the discussion involved development and funding processes. Which is not a bad thing, though I did not learn anything in particular that was new. In addition, a lot of the talk seemed constantly repeated throughout the seminar, which may have indicated a lack in structure and control. However, each guest speaker came from a different background, experienced different trials, and had different stories to share. Furthermore, everything spoken was relevant to the content and the group approached the seminar in a fun manner by providing short videos and interesting slides.

PROMOTION: I did not see much promotion occurring prior to the seminar even though I joined the Facebook event. When a friend informed me of the promotional video that was uploaded, I wanted to immediately watch it, but the link no longer worked. However, I enjoyed the Pulp Fiction parody and the posters, which were put up around the campus in a very timely manner.

OVERALL MARK: HD

I marked this group a High Distinction for being the first to present the seminar and also for their high efforts in securing four guest speakers.