Larissa is a graduate student at the University of Melbourne majoring in Arts and Cultural Management. Her previous art practice has accumulated her passion for the arts, while her past teaching experience has helped developed her management and people skills. During her graduate study, she has been actively involved in the industry through volunteering in all sorts of arts venues and events including Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Fringe, Mapping Melbourne, Midsumma Festival, and Next Wave.
I was only able to complete a few stories this week due to other commitments. However, I was always happy to discover new insights of ACMI's film collections. For example, I was excited to write a story for the Japanese film collection, since I'm a big fan of Japanese movies and anime. It was great to see ACMI collected Akira Kurosawa's work (around 15 titles), who was one of the most legendary Japanese filmmakers. More excitingly, ACMI also holds quite a few items of anime that I happen to be familiar with, most of which are critically-acclaimed productions.
I'll try my best to keep up all my unfinished stories in the following week.
My creative writing for task 1 continued this week. I was again excited to discover the film industries on different countries, and the highlights of ACMI collections related to those countries. I found it challenging to write a short piece when there was a significant number of titles in the collection of a certain country, or there was too many fun facts about it. Yet by the end of the day I managed to learn a lot from the task. For example, I learned a few names of the significant French filmmakers and their iconic work, such as François Truffaut, Gaspar Noe, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (before the task I only knew Luc Besson...). I also discovered that Denmark actually has a fairly long history of producing animations! Though with an imperfect style, Danish animated films draw viewers' attention by telling stories vividly. I look forward to making more discoveries like this!
In this week I started to follow up some Task 1 stories. It is interesting to gain some insights into ACMI's collections and each country's film industry. For example, there are quite a number of Belgian documentaries in the collections feature stories about famous Flemish artists and analysis of their artworks. As an art lover I would love to watch all of them!
I only started the creative writing this week so I am still not quite confident about my work. It is different from what I have done previously: doing research. Comparing to reporting the facts, creative writing requires the writer to concisely summarise key and interesting information on a particular subject within a short word limit. It is actually more challenging than finding out information and putting it altogether. Hopefully my creative writing would get better as I write more.