Group 29 Collaborative Assignment

Ever wondered what life would be like in a society with no CCTV cameras? Group 29 gives you an insight!

Members: Jasmine Karaoulis, Bridgette Van der Zee, Jiwon Oh, Ryan Clayton. 

Co-Authored Written Component

This project from the get go offered an abundance of possibilities and creative freedom. – What would our focus be on?

Step 1. – The Collaboration Process

After Adam sent out a group email informing us of our groups, we gathered upon email briefly and then quickly moved across to as many media platforms as possible, these included, Trello, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Google Drive, Docs, and Asana. As busy university students; we took a little to get the ball rolling, although once we figured it out, we were full steam ahead. Asana was a great tool to utilise as a team. It allowed us to share and collaborate our ideas, set dates on a group calendar, and update one another upon how far into each part of the assignment we were.

Step 2. – Deciding Our Topic.

Each member of the group proposed what they had looked at in particular detail during the course of the trimester. The group narrowed it down to the possibilities of CCTV Surveillance, Drone use, Surveillance in TV and film, and Social Media and the law. With little deliberation the group came to the unanimous decision; to focus on the topic of surveillance and CCTV. Then it came down to the nitty gritty, what aspects would we then discuss and focus on? How would we frame this topic of ours?  

Step 3. – The Video.

There were so many options to consider in regards to the style and genre of the video. We had a few days to brainstorm and consider our different approaches, and when we came together it was like a collaborative lightbulb moment. We exchanged ideas, thoughts, and concepts, and came to the conclusion that we would take a leaf out of the current news media’s concept of reporting in our tactic for discussing CCTV. Our chosen genre was a news report that would be played upon mainstream free-to-air TV channels; with a hint of a current affairs. The next issues was how our team would frame our story, and we came to the conclusion that our best angle would be to create mini feature news stories, and a vox-pop with somebody upon our chosen topic.

Our Topic of Conversation

After our group chose to talk about surveillance and CCTV as a topic on the news report style, we had a few days to brainstorm and consider what elements we would like to convey in the report. Initially, we struggled for good ideas, however we tried to think of basic ideas, then finally we decided to convey that the society without CCTV is better than the society with CCTV.

CCTV and surveillance mechanisms
exist in our society for the sense of personal security, privacy and prevention
of crime. On the other hand, many people believe that it is invasion to their
privacy. Some people believe that CCTV breaches our privacy by constant
monitoring and removes the trust from the government with its citizens. Another
issue with CCTV is that, crime rates are increasing regardless of CCTV
surveillance, which proves that CCTV is no longer an effective means of
deterring crime, and that at the end of the day; even if a criminal is caught
on CCTV, the crime has no been deterred. There is still a sense of security
that most citizens feel as if they achieve from street CCTV. Which leave the
government in a tricky situation; to cut a useless product that does not deter
crime, or to leave it to leave a sense of security. Our group assignment explores
this issue, and proposes an alternative to CCTV.


Jasmine used her technology skills to put together the video piece. We all posted up our script, our audio file, and our collaborative footage. Jasmine was kind enough to record parts of the footage due to some of us being too sick to form a sentence! From this, Jasmine tactfully created a news-style introduction, and then weaved each story together seamlessly using iMovie to create our best attempt of a news report discussing the topic of CCTV being brought down across Australia. Using a range of shot lengths and styles, Jasmine place together a video that places the audience within the piece being able to understand what our story was about even if the viewer missed the introduction.

Although we took a little to get moving upon our ideas, we came to a simple conclusion; that email is a very ineffective way to collaborate a group assignment. We gathered that the more processes we used to communicate with one another and explore our options to discuss CCTV and surveillance, the better. Discussing CCTV in a negative light seemed at first to be a simple idea. Although it took our group to collaborate ideas, we finally figured it out and worked out the best light to discuss the topic in. Using interview tactics such as a vox-pop made our video seem more like a news report. Introductory music and closing credits with music also were important added elements to the piece. The gathering of creative commons footage and images was vital to creating our story, as this allowed us to utilise professionally shot footage and fill in screen time. Collaborating on Google Drive was effective to gather all media, although we can all learn from next time by being a bit more creative with our labelling to help make the production stage a bit more straight-forward. As a team, we effectively gathered our ideas to effectively create a news report on the topic of CCTV being a failure within Australia.


“APEC Sydney Australia 8 Sept 2007”. Flickr. N.p., 2016. Web. 7 Oct. 2016, <>.

Australian Institute of Technology, 2010, ‘Effectiveness of public space CCTV systems’, retrieved 29 September 2016,


Cooksey, Alex. “MELBOURNE”. Vimeo. N.p., 2010. Web. 7 Oct. 2016, <;.

Jasn 2010, Life’s Too Short to be Controlled, photograph, Flickr, retrieved 3 October 2016, <>.

]John McGarvey 2010, 85/365 Big Brother? He’s here already, photograph, Flickr, retrieved 3 October 2016, <>.

“Police Conversation”. Flickr. N.p., 2016. Web. 7 Oct. 2016, <>.

Steffens, M., 2009, ‘How good are CCTV cameras at preventing crime?’, ABC science, retrieved 29 September 2016,

– All sound effects and visual effects in the video provided by iMovie.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s