My Tunguska Documentary by 10 year old Eve Cogan

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Enjoy my Tunguska video and tell me how it could be improved.

For my school project, I had to choose a natural disaster and find an interesting way to present it. I wanted to select an event that no one else in my class would choose, so I went through a list on Wikipedia with my dad. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_natural_disasters_by_death_toll

My dad knew of most and the others did not stand out to me as something I wanted to spend the next 7 weeks working on.

Somehow I later came across the Tunguska explosion. It sounded very interesting to me and my dad had not heard of it.

I have seen a lot of documentaries (in fact an entire series of air crash investigations) and really wanted to create my own, to explain this Tunguska event.

I wrote a script and wanted to use iMovie, but my dad insisted I learnt how to use Adobe Premier Pro. I think that made it much harder, but I am very pleased with the result. The most fun part was filming in the Green Screen room. The worst part was staying up so late doing all the final editing. I was really tired.

I produced a new version every Sunday and lots of people gave me suggestions to make it better. Thank you to:

  • George Doubinski – thank you for your Russian voice to make my video sound authentic
  • Sue Hawkins – thank you for your wonderful suggestions on music. I didn’t go with the Final Countdown, but I think you will agree that Aerosmith sounds dramatic
  • David Reidy – thank you for being patient and explaining all that information on Comets, Asteroids and Tunguska, in terms a 10 year old can understand
  • Anastasia Cogan – thank you mum for making sure I was well feed
  • Adam Cogan – dad thank you for all the people you know and for paying for my Adobe Premier lessons
  • Mr Joseph Paton – thank you to my teacher for pointing out all the mixed measurements and for correcting my grammar and spelling mistakes
  • Ms Meg Thompson – thank you for being my extension English teacher and helping me with all the initial planning and working me with on my schedule.
  • Marlon Marescia – Thank you for helping me get my documentary video on Youtube and for the tips on using the right words for google
  • Raj Dhatt – thank you so much for giving up 7 Sundays and being fun when we were so tired.

I thanked you all in the credits.

8 Comments

  1. TJ Gokcen on 26/09/2012 at 2:36 pm

    This is great Eve. Thank you for teaching me something I did not know. It was very interesting and it is hard to believe that you just learnt how to use Adobe Premier Pro. Great job.

    I especially liked the Aerosmith song at the end as it is a direct reference to the movie Armageddon; which is about a meteor hitting earth.

    Really enjoyed it. Keep up the good work.

  2. Tiffany on 27/09/2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Eve,

    Wow…this is outstandingly impressive work! If I were your teacher, I’d give you 100/100. You are going to be a wonderful and very inspiring journalist one day! :) xx

  3. Justin King on 03/10/2012 at 7:30 pm

    Eve, Was a great video and I totally learnt something new when I watched this as I’d never heard of this amazing event.

    Well done, you will be a great reporter one day.

  4. Marlon on 19/10/2012 at 9:00 am

    Eve,

    Nice video, I have never heard this story before so it was very intriguing. You are a very confident and a great story teller. Keep up the good work. Can’t wait for your next documentary.

  5. John Balbi on 29/11/2012 at 8:14 am

    H Eve

    What a breath of fresh air that is wonderful, keep it up you has a great future
    100 out of 100
    lots of love

  6. Raj Dhatt on 14/12/2012 at 5:38 pm

    Was a pleasure to work with you Eve :)

    Really happy with the final result, bring on the next documentary!

  7. […] One oversight was that the location of the bridge was not shown on a map. I had to look it up on Google Maps to discover that it was just east of Vancouver. I believe it is very important to tell the viewer where the location is. I have shown the location at the beginning in two of my videos, Black Box and Tunguska. […]

  8. Andy B on 18/10/2013 at 3:29 pm

    Good video – but the place is Tunguska not Tusunga :-)

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