ARCH1140 Buildings in History and Culture

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ARCH1140 Buildings in History and Culture

You are to prepare an animated film of between two and three-minutes long about your assigned UNESCO project. In visual style and clarity, your film is to complement UNESCO’s film “World Heritage Explained-Animated Short about the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (English)” (2019)”.

You must watch this film which you can access on youtube at:

You should also watch:

Imagine that we, as a class, are adding to UNESCO’s suite of films for a general audience.

Your film must be engaging and informative. It will comprise visuals and voiceover.

The ‘UNESCO ‘World Heritage Explained’ film looks simple given the graphic style, but it is actually quite sophisticated. We recognize that you may not achieve a similar level of animation, and might have to use simpler and quicker techniques including: photoshopping photographs and collaging them, or zooming in or out from an image to convey the impression of movement. We believe that you can still achieve a compelling film with simpler methods. Sharing your process and tips with your classmates will be a key part of the learning process. The techniques you develop in this course will be used again for your design and communications courses this semester, and in the future. So, keep in mind that while the learning curve might be steep, it will be productive.

Content and Research

Your film will cover the following information in roughly this order:

  1. Facts about the Site including its age, size, material, location, purpose.
  2. Discuss who was involved in its realization including (where known) its architect, builder, occupant or patron.
  3. Situate the site historically and culturally amongst other sites belonging to the same culture so that the viewer understands how this site fits in to its regional and social context
  4. Detail the status of this site in relation to world heritage and human culture, including when and by whom it was ‘discovered’ (recognized as important) and heritage listed.
  5. Argue its influence on architectural culture, ie., why it is important in architectural history
  6. Discuss the views of tourists experiencing the site.
  7. Explain its current condition, its preservation status, and its future challenges
  8. Conclude with your vision for the future of the site.

Your first task is to find information and images that address each of the above points.

ARCH1140 Buildings in History and Culture



Your second task is to create a “storyboard” of your film. A storyboard is a way to experiment with the organization of the sequence of images and the oral narrative and to arrive at the clearest sequence. You should sketch out each image or image sequence on paper, like a comic book, along with the text you need. This doesn’t need to look pretty at this stage, but it must be done so that you can share with your tutor and tutorial group in Week 12.


The third step is to move into production. The first part of the production stage comprises two parallel activities:

  1. The preparation of a text that you will read aloud and record to accompany your images
  2. The preparation of visuals. You will need to use a graphic software such as Photoshop or Illustrator to manipulate, edit, and develop images.

The second part of the production stage comprises:

  1. animating the images and linking them in sequence using software such as imovie or Adobe Premier. Note that some animation is possible also in Photoshop.
  2. Recording and adding the voiceover
  3. Adding the opening and closing slides. The opening slides identify you as the author and the site you are presenting. Use the format below. Each slide should be held for 10 seconds. For the first slide:


For the second slide use the following format


  1. Add closing slides to acknowledge your key sources. List them alphabetically by author surname in the following format: Author, Title, place of publication: publisher date. This is called CHICAGO referencing and for details on how to list different kinds of sources in a bibliography (such as newspapers,scholarly journal articles, etc) you will need to consult the UQ library website or Chicago:
  2. Add a final black slide of 10 seconds that will allow us to space out the films when we watch them.

ARCH1140 Buildings in History and Culture


We will review your progress and drafts right up until submission. You should also watch and test it yourself, and try it out on friends and family. Take on board their feedback and adjust. One of the biggest pitfalls is to have transitions between images too fast or too slow. Adjust your timing to make sure there is a consistent and watchable pace.

Make sure the voiceover is audible and clear and that you have covered all the necessary points.

 Submission and Uploading

Submission is online through Blackboard. It is imperative that you name your file EXACTLY according to the following protocols: