Promotional Explainer Videos for UTS Science’s Facilities

We’re three videos in for a series of ten vids promoting UTS Science’s many multimillion dollar facilities.

These facilities are actually not exclusively for student and staff, but open to teaching and research hire from external organisations. Problem is – nobody knew about them! This is where our skills comes in.

We are handling the production process from strategic content planning to interviews, from shooting to final edit. It’s been immensely rewarding gaining access to areas within the university that are open to but a few.

x,
Anna

UTS Surgical Anatomical Science Facility

UTS Chinese Medicine Clinic

UTS Microbial Imaging Facility

The BEST Kind of Email } Bee’s Journey

Earlier this week I received this amazing email. It MADE MY WEEK.

In 2012, with the help of my partner in crime Kate, we made ‘Bee’s Journey’, a short film about pocket-rocket Bee Orsini and her experience with youth homelessness. It was promotional fodder for Youth Homelessness Matters Day and the Salvos.

Bee had a difficult childhood, and found herself helpless and homeless at 20. She eventually turned her life around by contacting a youth service and finding employment within the Salvos, and now dedicates her efforts full time to bringing awareness to youth homelessness around the country.

We ‘premiered’ the short film at Redfern community centre, it was well received and we were proud of it, but also thought it was the conclusion of the project…. until I was very pleasantly surprised this week!

On 23/07/2013, at 2:49 PM, Bee Orsini wrote:

Hi Anna

How are you? I hope you’re well :)

I just wanted to let you know besides, Youth Homelessness Matters Day your video “Bee’s Journey” has been used for a number of other occasions!! :)

- Channel 10 1 Million Acts of Kindness campaign
- Salvos Schools webpage
- Red Shield Schools Project: Over 100 students from over 30 different Schools attended these events across NSW
- Implemented into Salvos Schools presentations in NSW (Shown to approximately 1000+ students since April 2012 and ongoing)
- Used by students e.g. Meriden High School student showed the video at assembly to advertise a School fundraiser for Salvos
- Every Salvos School presentation in Melbourne (From last month onwards)

Shortly, we are hoping to provide it to every Salvation Army Officer who talks to corporates/schools/community groups to raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness in particular.

Thank you so much for giving us an invaluable resource that so many people within our organisation have been able to use as a powerful tool to help explain what is quite often difficult.

Teachers have commented on the style of the video, describing how their students “go completely still and become immersed in the video” and the non confronting, subtle messaging means that teachers feel comfortable having it shown in their class and appreciate a new angle of homelessness which encourages students to look at the issue in a different light.

Many thanks!
Bee Orsini

School Liaison Consultant – Oasis Initiative
Territorial Mission & Resource Team – Social
The Salvation Army

Bee’s Journey from Anna Zhu on Vimeo.

Watch this Space } New Website on the Way!

Been a bit quiet with updates as of late, sorry guys, but exciting things are in the works… :D

Studio Portraits for UTS Insearch

Something fun for a dreary Wednesday! Here’s a small selection of veeery big shoot. The designers will cut out each student and superimpose words/illustration, hence the pointing.

x,
Anna

Sunrise shoot for UTS Rowing at Haberfield

I’m not  much of a morning person, so it was a definite struggle for me to climb out of bed at 4:30am for this shoot. It was a gloomy, rainy morning, and I was feeling hesitant about it all – until the rainclouds cleared for a stunning sunrise over the still water.

The UTS Rowing Club was established as Haberfield Rowing Club in 1925, and this historical building has seen a few upgrades since, but remains largely unchanged. UTS has decided to raze the old building and will be constructing a multi-million dollar facility in it’s place. My role was to document the actionfor archival purposes.

Sunrise shoots for me are rare, but even rarer still is to go out on a catamaran and watch a rowing coaching session, before a major state competition. Twas very fun :).

x,
Anna

StartUp Weekend, Sydney Mobile App Challenge

I’ve never heard of StartUp Weekend before I was commissioned to photograph this – but what a great event!

StartUp Weekend is: “a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

“All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.”

I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room so full of talented, energetic and motivated individuals – it was an invigorating experience. Can’t wait for the next challenge, so I can attend as a participant!

x,
Anna

UTS Pharmacy’s Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award Ball

Jumped off a 14 hour flight commute from Kyoto last Thursday (a pre-wedding film and photography trip! We’ll share soon :) and dived straight into this beauty of a ball held by the University of Technology Sydney’s Pharmacy faculty – their inaugural Innovative Pharmacist of The Year ball! The Great Hall looked stunning, and the food was eye-rolling yummy. All in all, a successful night of celebrating achievements and networking, and beautiful gowns.

x,
Anna

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New student facilities at UTS’s DAB Building

My background is in Visual Communications and I studied at the University of Technology Sydney‘s Design Architecture and Build Environment faculty – building 6. It was great to go back and photograph a familiar space that’s just gotten a very spiffy makeover :).

x,
Anna

Last two shots – Paul and Johnny from the photography department are as animated as ever!