WATCHING: Collaborative Digital Media Project

By Ashleigh Negri, Kurtis Jones, Sarah Cayless & Adam Turner

Collaboration whether it be face to face or online is such a vital part of the media and communication field. For our group project we had to use a plethora of different online platforms to get in contact with each other and share our ideas and content.

The first contact made with the group was via Twitter but we soon realised that not everyone could be found on Twitter so we moved to Facebook’s Messenger app. Initially Messenger was a great platform to use as it was very user friendly we all used it on a daily basis. We did know however that Messenger does have its disadvantages and we decided to move to a more collaboration friendly platform; Google Hangouts.

The first contact we had on Hangouts was a video conference, this was a bit awkward at first as it was our very first meeting as a group and it took a while to get the ideas going. The face to face aspect of the Hangout was a bit confronting and embarrassing at first but after a few laughs we felt more comfortable and the ideas started flowing.

After this first Hangout we decided this would also be our platform for messaging each other too, as it was more collaborative then messenger.

We also used Google Drive to send and share videos with the group. Adam who had most of the footage on his computer from filming day, uploaded it all to a Google Drive and Kurtis then downloaded it as he was to do the editing on the video.

Overall we feel that we collaborated well online in this project, we would have liked to use a scheduling platform to organise meetings better and will keep this in mind for future collaboration projects.


As a group, we considered a few different options for the video. We threw a few ideas around before we determined which idea we wanted to run with. For this stage, we predominantly used Google Hangouts to discuss the ideas. We knew we wanted (and needed) to follow along the lines of digital surveillance, but the question was what and how. We began with an idea that we wanted to do a video about the self-locking doors or the availability of the security staff on Campus at Deakin, Burwood. However, it progressed into something a little bit different as the rest of the group pitched in.


We formed the solid idea of the comparing a lack of surveillance to possibly having an over-supply of surveillance. We decided that the best place to film this concept was Deakin, Burwood. There is surveillance in every building, but no surveillance down by the creek when crossing between the university and the college.


The lack of surveillance interested the group because when you look at Deakin, which is a university that relies on technology very heavily, it can be seen to be lacking technology which could potentially prevent deviant behaviour between the two campus areas.


This idea mainly came around from hearing about occasional thefts and assaults via Deakin email from Deakin officials. We believe that highlighting the lack of CCTV cameras by the creek may prompt action. Not all assaults and altercations get reported, to security. Therefore, we decided that we would raise awareness that CCTV footage along the creek would prevent or at least record these altercations. The Security isn’t always going to be able to do too much after an incident, unless there is some kind of digital record of it (footage, particularly of the perpetrator).


The intended messages and meanings that have been conveyed in the video is all about the way CCTV cameras are used to prevent and solve crime, as well as help out with the safety of patrons. The video also wanted to convey a message where it shows the way in which there quite a contrast between having a lot of security and having none.

This also has to do with the place where the security cameras are located. In some instances, such as buildings and on campus at university there are a plethora of cameras. However, in parks, and locations that at some point in time can be deemed to be dangerous or risky, such as the walk between Deakin University’s Burwood Campus and Deakin College at Burwood, there is a dearth of security and CCTV cameras.


This is risky because not only does it not have security cameras, but it is a public park also, therefore it is not limited to just students crossing between the campuses. This video shows the issues, and the risks people face when there is a lack of security in the form of CCTV available to protect people. This shows that there are threats to society and people when there are no security cameras.

The intended meaning behind the video explores the way in which CCTV cameras are there to help us, and what is done when there are none around. This is shown through the use of friends, who are around to help people who feel threatened, but also security guards.

The concept of safety and a lack of CCTV can be seen in the film especially in the areas which are not built up, an example is right at the end where a hand comes into shot from behind the girl, the camera then cuts out leaving the viewer to interpret what happens after this.