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Highlighting domestic violence

Highlighting domestic violence
Tuesday 18th March 2008 by C. Freeman
Year 8 student, Marsha Green has produced a hard-hitting video highlighting the subject of domestic violence. Marsha, who has been experimenting with video imagery for years, took just four hours to complete the film, and it was so good that it was shown in assembly to rounds of applause.

Students were asked to produce work exploring social issues such as violence, arranged marriages and troubled relationships as part of the Period One curriculum. Marsha collected a selection of images and put them to an evocative soundtrack, (Two Beds and a Coffee Machine by Savage Garden), interspersing images with the hard facts about domestic violence.

Marsha said: 'I heard the soundtrack then I found images that suited the tempo and theme. I looked on the internet and different websites. I had a basic idea of which images I wanted where because of the lyrics, and I chose effects like fading to grey or zooming out. I also think the bit where the face of the younger woman fades into the older one is quite haunting.'

Teacher, Mr Gray said: 'The work Marsha has produced is phenomenal. It's very tough to create videos that work. People often zoom in and out too fast. This video is synched with the music which is something that most people forget to do. The combination of image and text is spot-on. Nothing feels jarring, the video flows really well and ends on a positive note. For this to have been produced by a 13-year-old staying after College for three or four nights is a great achievement.'

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