Behind the Scenes of Plastic RipTide

Presented by the Aireys Inlet Primary School Grade 5/6 students of the Yern class, "Behind the Scenes of Plastic RipTide" is a documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the processes, methods, messages and learnings woven into the "Plastic RipTide" Stop Motion Animation Short Film.

  • Rebecca Hosking
    "Hoof Prints in the Sand", "Terra Firma"
  • Yern Class
  • Rebecca Hosking
    "Hoof Prints in the Sand", "Terra Firma"
  • Luca, Jarvis, Toby, Scarlett, Jude, Oskar, Patrick, Charlie, Eddy, Jed, Zara, Amelia, Quin, Maggie, Hannah, Linni, Peg, Wayde, Odhran, Aisling, Finn, James
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    3 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2021
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    Digital Canon 5D Mark 111, 50
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    Yes - Aireys Inlet Primary School
  • Boardriders Sustainability Challenge 2021
    Surf Coast
    November 19, 2021
    Online Judging
    Overall Project Winner
Director Biography - Rebecca Hosking

ARTIST BIO for the Aireys Inlet Primary School, Yern Class, and Artists Rebecca Hosking and Scarlet Sykes Hesterman

Aireys Inlet Primary School is a small regional school along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. It is coastal town with a strong connection to the local marine environment. Yern Class is a combined grade 5 and 6 class made up of 24 students during 2021.

The students of Yern Class researched, designed, made characters and sets, and filmed the stop motion animation “Plastic RipTide” to share a message close to their hearts.

Plastic RipTide is created and animated by students Luca, Jarvis, Toby, Scarlett, Jude, Oskar, Patrick, Charlie, Eddy, Jed, Sara, Amelia, Quin, Maggie, Hannah, Linni, Peg. The opening and closing scene is created by Scarlet Sykes Hesterman.

Artists Rebecca Hosking and Scarlet Sykes Hesterman worked with Aireys Inlet Primary School as a part of the Regional Arts Victoria Creative Workers in Schools program during 2021.

The Producer, Rebecca Hosking, is an award winning artist who who creates unique, deeply philosophical, engaging, and immersive art. The Fairhaven Fine Art Cinematographer is inspired to create a nucleus for a sustainable future via cinematography, digital large scale projection compilations, and engaging exhibitions.

Rebecca was awarded for her photographic portraits (Resilience Australia) at Parliament House, received the award as a “Local Legend” for her contribution to the local arts (Surf Coast Shire, 2021) and has created moving and engaging digital content for festivals, art and cultural events for many years. Rebecca studied Film during her Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University along with Communications, Psychology, World Art, majoring in Philosophy and Literature.

Scarlet is a Melbourne/Naarm-based Animator and Visual Artist. Scarlet graduated in 2018 from a Bachelor of Animation and Interactive Media at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Scarlet’s graduate film was shown at the 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival Animated short films screening.

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Director Statement

Behind the Scenes of Plastic RipTide is entered by the Producer Rebecca Hosking on behalf of the Aireys Inlet Primary School and the Grade 5/6 Yern Class.

The documentary short film “Behind The Scenes of Plastic RipTide”, is presented by the creators of the stop motion animation short film "Plastic RipTide".

We meet the students who created "Plastic RipTide" and hear in their words what inspired them to create, what they learnt, their processes, and what their hope for the future is.

It is an important insight into the project, methods, processes and how the Augmented Reality placement of the film into the community will share their message. 

"Behind The Scenes of Plastic RipTide" is additionally important in terms of the students having the experience of writing a script, lighting a person, microphone recording, and the choices involved in editing and post production, thus taking the students from being the artists behind the camera to the artists in front of the camera.

Thus making a rounded experience regarding the film making processes that were being explored and taught during the six month artist residency via Regional Arts Victoria's Creative Workers In Schools program.

Aireys Inlet Primary School participated in Regional Arts Victoria’s Creative Workers in Schools Program in 2021.

Over six months students at the school worked with Artists, Rebecca Hosking and Scarlet Sykes Hesterman, on a variety of projects focusing on Stop Motion Animation and Film Making processes to explore analogue and digital skills including animation, frame rates, movement, camera and lighting set up, storyboarding, editing, sound recording, character design and augmented reality.