The Nanga Mai Awards ceremony celebrates and recognises Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers, other departmental staff, Aboriginal community members and schools that demonstrate excellence across a diversity of areas.
Since 2019 Gravity Media has proudly produced the Nanga Mai Awards for the Department of Education from the studios at the Production Centre in Sydney. It was hoped the Nanga Mai Awards would be held at the Opera House this year however, given COVID 19 restrictions, a video which could be livestreamed was produced in its place.
Each year, the Nanga Mai Awards are hosted by two exemplary students. For 2021, Tquile Donovan (Orara High School) took her place at the lectern in Studio B while Wesley Bamblett (Narrandera High School) was filmed on location in his home town of Narrandera by the Murrumbidgee River. They both introduce individual awards and tell a brief background of the exceptional award winners. Also included in the program is an Acknowledgement to Country by an extraordinary 7yr old Penelope Towney (Waniora Public School), a student vocal performance by Mariah Alone (Campbelltown Performing Arts High School) and a dance performance by two extremely talented indigenous performers Jahna Lugna (Karabar High School) and Alaynah Quinlin-Naylor (Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Campus). Finally some DoE executive staff pay tribute to the student award winners to instil pride and inspire other children to try their best.
Gravity Media supplied two studio facilities complete with studio production and control room crew. Studio A encompasses an incredible 9m LED wall, green screen and reflective black flooring. Our talented editors compiled background imagery to play in the LED wall for the Acknowledgement of Country, vocal performance and dance performance complete with animated designs inspired by an Aboriginal artwork by Wallula Munro.
Studio B utilised Gravity Media’s generic fab frames which are set to the Department of Education’s colour scheme and also black flooring was used here. Our pre-production and post-production services utilise our various edit suites and skilled editors to assemble the raw footage and various videos and photos supplied by the client. From the Aboriginal artwork, animated graphic elements were designed for the opener, lower third graphics, and backgrounds for interview and greenscreen shoots.
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