International – Seminar Critique

CONTENT (HD)
The content of this seminar covered a broad range of topics that were very relevant to all of the students regardless of whether they had considered ever working internationally. The topics were delivered well and the discussion was very interesting. The guests each had very relevant and notable anecdotes.

APPROACH (HD)
I liked the use of two hosts – it gave the seminar a change of pace and allowed the hosts of bounce off each other. The different topics that were asked about and discussed were able to keep up the pace and maintain the attention of the audience. It also seemed like the questions were fairly distributed among the guests.

THEME (HD)
I was initially slightly confused by the fancy nature of the setup, which was very different to the ruggedness of most of the previous nature. But it was later pointed out to me that it was based on the concept of their promo video, where evil masterminds had invited other evil masterminds to help them be more evil/reveal media secrets.

STAGING (HD)
The posters, postcards and paper aeroplanes were a very cute touch. It really tied the entire theme together. I especially enjoyed the main setup of the stage, where the masterminds were sitting on lounges and sipping from martini glasses.

PROMOTION (D)
The promotion was the only downfall of the entire project. Like many of the seminars before it, the social media promotion was not quite varied and the posts were done very close together, cluttering the newsfeed. However, I did enjoy the different types of posts.
I especially enjoyed the posters that were displayed around campus. They were well designed.

TV – Seminar Critique

CONTENT (D)
I found the content of this seminar to be quite entertaining. I thought that the use of game show type questions and segments helped to facilitate interesting discussion. I think the first part of the line-up maybe didn’t offer enough insight into the industry and wasn’t particularly relatable. However, the Q&A in the section potion definitely made up for this. I also found the delivery of the questions to be very engaging.

APPROACH (HD)
I did have a bit of confusion about how some of the smaller segments in the game show fit together, but it was overall, very interesting and engaging to watch. The use of the ‘buzzers’ were also very fun to watch although they didn’t seem to serve too much purpose.

THEME (HD)
This was a brilliant and quite well executed. The promotional video and the stunt at the beginning of the seminar really highlighted the theme of the seminar and it was very entertaining to watch. I also really enjoyed the team’s efforts to make crystal meth candy.

STAGING (HD)
It only took about a week, BUT I FINALLY UNDERSTAND THE STAGING. They were breaking in to a home… And the stage was a home! Hope I was the only one who was confused by this, because I think it was quite a clever way to portray their theme.

PROMOTION (D)
I found the seminar to be well promoted on Facebook and Instagram. I especially enjoyed the different ways that it was promoted on Facebook, with different types of posts revealing different types of information. However I did find the posts to be quite non-existent early on, and then very repetitive closer to the date. Otherwise I did like the varied posts.

Non-fiction Doco – Seminar Critique

Straight off the bat, I really enjoyed the trail mix that this group provided at the door. Considering how close to lunch time it was, the fibre and protein really hit the spot.

CONTENT (HD)
I found the content of this seminar to be very relevant to its industry. I thought that the team did well to find guests from various backgrounds with varied approaches to their filmmaking. They also did a good job covering different aspects of the filmmaking process such as funding.

APPROACH (D)
I found the seminar to be mostly engaging. The change of segments and the variation of segments helped to keep the seminar flowing, ensuring that the audience could re-engage when necessary. I also thought the Powerpoint presentation was a good touch, and it was good to see examples of the guests’ work.

THEME (D)
Although there wasn’t much consistency in the naming of the segments, the ones that were relevant to the theme were enjoyable (as were the nut puns on the trail mix). I do think that they could have executed the theme in more ways.

STAGING (HD)
From my seat two rows from the very back, I was able to have a good view of the panel. I noticed the slightly higher chairs that were used. I think this made a significant in ensuring the guests were visible by all. I’m not sure if the team took this into consideration but I think it made all the difference in keeping the attention of the audience.

PROMOTION (D)
I found that this group didn’t do much social media promotion on their own. Aside from the promotions made by the Steering Committee, there were very few posts made by this team. However, I did really enjoy the posters that were displayed and I also enjoyed their promotional video.