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Welcome to our work page!

We’ve set up this page so that you can have a look-see at some of the awesome production work that Ghettoverit gets up to. For now we have our Scifest Africa inserts.

Our project brief for the inserts was to create a 2-minute vid on a postgraduate student from the Science faculty at Rhodes University, and we were to do this in order to promote the scientific field to teenagers around the country. We were supposed to show how rad science can really be, and we profiled students of all kinds. From rock star biochemists to passionate ichthyologists, from gaming geniuses to jamming environmentalists… we’ve got them all here folks.

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First up we have Matthew Adendorff by Leila & Mish!

Matt is a Biochemistry Masters student at the Rhodes University Chemistry department. But he’s more than that – he is currently working on a new cure for malaria in an attempt to save hundreds of thousands of lives globally. And he’s a bit of a rock star in his own right, playing guitar for local bands like Soma and Marbo and the Vibes, and in his free time he rocks on his guitar to keep him centred. And he’s just plain awesome.

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And then Vusi Mthombeni by Noma & Lubabalo
You may not have much to start off with but if you are determined enough you surely will get far in life. It is no lie that it is a common belief across all societies that only those who go to privileged schools (schools which are predominantly white) are more likely to make it far in life.
Many look down on those who attend school in the township or in the villages. With the lack of resources such as desks, running water as well as responsible teachers in some cases this common belief might just hold true. But is this always the case?
First of all not all township schools and schools in the rural areas have a lack of resources or teachers that just decide to stay away. Come to think of it this is what the media is always portraying, hence the common belief. Teachers striking, learners stabbing each other are some of the stories that we see on the news and the more privileged schools being praised for their 100% pass rate. Don’t take me wrong, this is good but at times we need to look back at these underprivileged schools and give them credit for the good work that they also produce.
Vusi Mthombeni grew up in Northern Zulu land in a village called Ingwavuma. Today Vusi is a top scientist. He was determined and he knew what he wanted in life. Despite all the obstacles that stood in front of him he has done well for himself.
Watch this video and be inspired.

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The lovely Claire Martens by Lloyd & Karen!

Claire isn’t your avergage scientist. When she’s not saving the environment she’s rocking out to Grahamstown’s top bands. Check her out.

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And Alistair Nottingham, our Xbox genius by Alna & KK!
Scientists are boring. That is the general consensus amongst most students and scholars. We all imagine a bunch of nerdy-looking individuals in white lab coats. If only everyone could see how interesting science can be.
Alastair Nottingham is doing his Honours in Computer Science and he is doing something most scholars only dream of. Alastair makes video-games for the XBOX 360 console and is everything BUT your average scientist. Check him out!

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The dynamic Curt Sahd by Syanda and Pumi!
This is a profile video about Curt Sadh, a boff. in studying Honours in Computer
Science at Rhodes University. Curt’s not your average honours student. He’s currently working on his honours project, which is a programme that is trying to empower underdeveloped communities. His programme also allows students to access all their information while they’re off campus;
using their cell phones. There are so many other awesome things that the programme allows you to do and what’s more is it’s FREE! This guy is not driven by any self-interest
at all. Ok, we’re not going to give it all away, check him out!

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And last but not least, Lorraine by Bee & Bile!

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19 responses

18 04 2008
ghettoverit

This page is HOTTTTA! *makes sizzling grill sound* Tssssssss…..
If i do say so myself 🙂
Mish

18 04 2008
lmkateko

Vusi Mthombeni by Noma & Lubabalo!

Guys your post does not say anything about Vusi apart from the fact that he went to rural school and a top scientists, why must people watch your video? Just because he went rueral school! I believe you should have explained a bit. Besides, successful scientists see their work as one important aspect of a full life. They enjoy the process of discovery and know or believe that their work has the potential to make a difference in the lives of many others. However, your video guys missed this point. I think audience would be interested on what will be this young scientist‘s contribution to the society. But in a positive note, you managed to break the stereotypes of viewing science as for people who went to privileged schools. This person is a good example to young scientist who still holds that science is for privileged scholars only. Well done guys.

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It seems Vusi’s life is full of hard work coming from rural school and still here at Rhodes no visuals of him doing something social or doing something not academic. Your video is enforcing the idea of science as for people who love work and labs only. I think you should have included what he does when not in labs as well. In terms of visuals, the story has got a lot of school visuals. Your story looks like it’s about high school learners or it focuses more on where he comes from. Guys your shots are also separated from each other, first, you have shots of school learners and after it’s him and then it’s inside the classroom and you also take time in the beginning to introduce him.

Again you mentioned that the guy went to rural school, but in pictures or visuals it seems as the school is privileged because learners are being taught by a white person. Don’t you think that people will think that if it was not that white teacher maybe something different in his science career should have happen? I’m saying this because a lot of people from remote areas believe that they just don’t have skilled science teachers, and seeing a white person they will just assume that you are just lying as other successful people do. But otherwise goodwork, ta Kev!

20 04 2008
Alna Dall

Jis Bra, If I knew we were gonna be this cool when we grew up, I’d take much better care of my body. Oh yes, and Matthew Adendorf is hot! Vusi is so sweet! Alastair is so cool! Who thought that scientists could be hot, cool, sweet, funny, interesting rockstars?… Guys, I think I’m doing the wrong degree…

20 04 2008
MOFO

(Mofo?) This project was not about covering the entire Grahamstown, it was to inspire kids in school to do science degrees. It’s all good and well to shout “representation!” every time some one does something wrong but in all honesty – if you were 16, wouldn’t you want to see something inspiring instead of the usual ghetto, drab portrayals of Grahamstown as a society. Our inserts are all unique and we have “REPRESENTED” a wide variety of students who are all doing very cool things with their lives….

5 05 2008
Michelle

These are awesome. I think it’s really important that scientists are dipicted in a different light. Science is really not about nerdy people in labs with crazy hair mixing chemicals and giggling hysterically. I think more people should try to get involved in the scientific world. Young people are so afraid of science and is’s such a pity becuase South Africa is in desperate need of more scientists. I hope these inserts inspire some to do science.

5 05 2008
Danmanik

RE: Claire Martens (for assignment)

Good work guys, I really liked this – although I had some difficulty with quota.

It’s obvious Claire is very passionate about what she does. The way she brings the concept of Gaia into her work indicates that she treats it with almost a religious reverence. Some more about this might have been interesting as a way to end the piece, to bring a ‘bigger picture’, ‘why we should care’ aspect to it.

Claire addresses her research really concisely, and the visuals complement the sound-bites really well. When she mentions the importance of engaging with a community you see her talking to a local man. Also, the main issues she is faced with she summarizes really well – over-grazing and resource exploitation. It would have been nice, however, to see more of what she actually does for her research (more of her engaging with the inhabitants of the commonages etc).

The fact that she works with the Live Music Society is great, but I wanted to hear more about what she does in the commonages!

Danmanik

5 05 2008
Danmanik

RE: Claire Martens 2 (for assignment)

The piece is really well put together. It has a nice pace and a logical structure; beginning and ending with her involvement with the Live Music Society. I particularly liked the questions with Lloyd. They change the pace quite suddenly but introduce a lighter tone to wind down the piece.

The closest instance of a close-up was Claire setting up the drums. More focus on what she was doing in the commonages might have allowed for more close-ups and sequencing, which would have added more visual appeal.

I didn’t like the paint-splash transitions. For me, it doesn’t fit with the energy of the piece (but this might just be personal taste). The visuals at the end with a bunch of people listening to the band were great. I’m not sure what the rec. title was for though. Also, her pseudo-promotion for the Live Music Society seemed quite arb given that the piece is supposed to promote science. Although, one could say it expresses warmth in her character.

Still, it’s one of my fav pieces. Claire seems really cool!

Danmanik

5 05 2008
Danmanik

Hey guys your blog looks really cool. Your title has a vibrant urban look to it. Plus, I love your name: get over it with the ghetto – an africanized play on the idea of social commentary – thats how I see it anyway 🙂 Your content is organized and accessible. I quite like that you separated your scifest projects from your regular blogs. And finally, those bio pictures… too cool!!

Keep it up ‘Ghettoverit’!

Danmanik

5 05 2008
Khemik-AL

Yo peeps! I have to admit that I really like the site! I am slightly biased but still very well done. Now all you lot have to do to top yourselves is catch a drug bust on camera!! LOL

Peace out pimps and pimpette’s

The Khemik-AL

5 05 2008
Dangirl

Spending the last few minutes watching these profiles I have come to realise that there is a wealth of knowledge hovering over this little hole of Grahamstown and we, as Humanities students, turn a blind eye to it. Yes, I see the white lab coats moving up and down Prince Alfred Street but all that goes through my mind is ‘shame, they’re on their way to another 3 hour prac’ but wonder why on earth they would want to put themselves through that? But science is their passion and through these stories I have come to realise that this field is a lot more exciting and fun that our school teachers made it out to be and the possibilities out there are amazing! I have also come to an understanding that as a scientist you can bring your personal experiences and beliefs into the work you do, much like Lorraine and her interest in curing Alzheimers. Science has become a part of their lives and vice versa. It’s a pity, in some cases, that these pieces were only two minutes because I wanted to
know more about this specifically.

In the capitalist society that we live in, the urge for school leavers to study a BCom is very popular and this, coupled with the global technology frenzy, leaves an endless supply of job opportunities for BSc graduates – another factor making such fields more and more appetizing. Something touched on in Lorraine’s profile which, I think, influences the BSc intake is the issue of who fits the scientist mould. Being a black woman one would not expect her to do the work she does and would rather visual an old white man. Capturing Lorraine for who she is in this specific role was then important and, on its own, added a hidden meaning to her story.

I think now, after doing the little research and watching what we’ve all produced I have a new respect for the ‘nerds’ and have realised that, through the content of these pieces, that science is everywhere and in everything.

Well done on the pieces guys! Great choices of sources and angles for telling the stories!

5 05 2008
fishious

Great work Lloyd and Karen. I really enjoyed the story about Claire Martens. I think the person you chose is really cool because she’s quite a prominent person on campus being the head of live music society, but I had no idea what she was studying. It’s really cool to see a completely different side to her.
I think your visuals worked really well with your sound bites. I don’t know if you had to prompt her or if that is just the way she talks, but I think she was able to explain what she does in a clear concise way that the normal everyday non-science person could understand.
I think the piece was structured quite well. It is enjoyable to watch and keeps me interested.
I have to agree with Dan though, and say that I really didn’t like the paint splash transitions. They didn’t really fit the rest of the piece.
But overall I really enjoyed it.

5 05 2008
lmkateko

Vusi by Noma and Lubabalo, Guys the story is great particularly given the fact we have got few black scientist in the country. This is useful in breaking the stereotypes about science as something for white or rather privileged people. For instance, if a learner from Fingo village here in Grahamstown can watch your video can feel motivated as he or she can use the guy as their role module.

However, I think you should have indicated in your text above the video, what the guy is doing not juts saying “This is a video about a guy who grew up in rural areas, he went to a school with limited resources. Check him out below”. Is he doing law, or he just passed well and needs some financial support?

In terms of visuals, I think you have got a lot of background information. The background information, I mean the visuals of school learners and school building, teachers and learners. A person might think that the story is about high school learners in rural areas, as you didn’t mention anything about him or no visuals of him at the beginning. I think you should have included him in the first few shots so that I can know who the story is about. Lastly, you usesdifferent shots which is difficult to link if you can’t read the subtitles or can’t understand the language. For instance, shots of learners wearing uniforms and then Vusi’s shots, learners being taught and then Vusi out of the lab. Two different places and my boy Kev failed to link visually, but in terms of words it sounds okay.

Otherwise guys good work and effort?

5 05 2008
Stoosa

Leila and Mish, I really like your video – to me, it’s the model video for this assignment. You cover the scientific stuff in a very accessible manner, and talk about the importance of his research. I really liked the visuals with the test tube and other various things going on in the lab, it didn’t look boring, it looked like fun. And the use of the guitar as his outlet, as his release after all the scientific stuff, was a nice method of showing a different side of him, although you call him rockstar, and he still seemed quite quiet and down to earth – I wanted to see him headbang and jump off equipment and stuff! but i think altogether, you quick cuts, your accessible info, your interesting visuals and the fact that he is a warm, likeable charcter make this a very good video. well done guys!

5 05 2008
Cath

KK and Alna I really like your piece. Although the idea of computer science and gaming bores me to tears, you presented it in a cool and exciting way. I think this was achieved through your use of close ups, particularly those of the TV screen. The movement, colour and variety in those shots was amazing.

I also really loved your use of sound. The background music you chose and the way it stopped and started to suit the flow of the piece added so much to the overall energy. I would have liked to have heard it more towards the end though as I felt the conclusion of the piece overall was a bit abrupt and this could perhaps have been softened by using the music again.

The way you filmed your interview with him was effective. The close ups on his face put him across in an accessible way. It would have been interesting to find out a bit more about his life outside computer science to make him a more multidimensional character.

5 05 2008
Jola

Noma and Luba, I really enjoyed your piece. Well Done! I think you capture the modesty of Vusi so well; I am drawn into finding out more about who he is as a scientist and what he is doing with his knowledge.

One of the main points you raise in your profile, is that whatever circumstances ‘we’ may come from, it shouldn’t prohibit any future dreams of our own. Vusi is a black Scientist who has had to work really hard in order to achieve his successes. He mentions that he never had good teachers throughout school, and to me, the greatest thing a man/woman can accomplish is to exceed any expectations set out for him/her previously. Your story has also touched personally with me; as my Dad was schooled in a similar situation to Vusi, in Poland. I’m not going to make you pull out that box of Kleenex or anything, but the point you raise in your profile is promising. With our country trying to move forward, it’s important that the youth are persistent and diligent workers. Many people are too lazy to overcome any obstacles in their way of a dream career, such as unskilled teaching, but Vusi demonstrates so effortlessly that anything is achievable. This is an important quality for any
Scientist to have as it demonstrates Vusi’s dedication for the field. It’s also important for an aspiring South African Scientist to be as dedicated as Vusi, as the field is ‘new’ and ‘novel’ in our country and we need people like Vusi to make is go far!

5 05 2008
Jola

This one applies to Claire Martens. Firstly, felicitations are in order to the two cool science kids, Lloyd and Karen!

Now on to more technical things. I loved the way you started this piece by first showing Claire as head of the Live Music Society, rather than a scientist, which is what most of the pieces did. I thought that was a great way to expose the other side of her. I also liked your shots of the actual locations where over-grazing occurs as this made it easier for me as a viewer to understand where Claire was referring to in the profile and what the problem in Grahamstown is, that can also be relayed on a global issue scale. I do think however that some of these visuals were too shaky, but you managed to edit the piece in such a way that it is hardly noticeable. It almost creates an effect of ‘realism’. When Claire spoke about the Gaia system, the frame she was composed in included a backdrop of tree’s and I think this fits in so well with what Claire is explaining. WHAT A BEAUTFUL AND CLEVER SHOT. Your sound is mostly consistent with the whole piece. There is one part however, where
Lloyd is interviewing Claire with a microphone, which does not seem to fit in with the rest of the piece’s good sound. Again, it isn’t noticeable to the non-TV trained eye.  The recording effect at the end of your piece was brilliant! Fun to watch!

5 05 2008
Fatz

Curt Sahd profile

Hi Nompu and Siyanda!
It was definitely your intro paragraph which prompted me to watch your profile. In a country which has some of the highest internet, cell phone and landline rates in the world, the words ‘sms for free’ are likely to grab anyone’s attention! With the ability to communicate quickly and efficiently becoming increasingly important, we have little option but to fork out the cash.

But luckily there are people like Curt who are trying to create an alternative. I really like the fact that Curt’s project is geared at assisting underprivileged communities with communication. For someone like me who communicates with most people instantly via email, it’s hard to imagine the life of an individual who perhaps can’t afford to send an sms let alone having access to the internet.

Most of us (meaning me) usually only think of science in terms of natural science, and before this project I don’t think I would have thought of people like Curt as ‘scientists’. It’s amazing how broad the field of science is and how many different fields of study it covers.

I like that you dedicated quite a bit of time to his various sporting activities and achievements. Not only did it add many interesting visuals but it also makes Curt a more rounded character and adds that ‘not your average scientist’ aspect to the profile.

There was just one question of mine that wasn’t answered by your profile: how do we get his free sms programme? Or when will it be available? I think that since this aspect is what you use to hook the audience it’s important to revisit it in the profile.

Overall nice work guys! I enjoyed your piece!

5 05 2008
Fatz

Curt Sahd Profile

Hi (again) Nompu and Siyanda!
I really enjoyed your introduction to the piece; it’s definitely something that many people, especially the teenagers who these profiles are geared towards, can relate to. Although since the images are accompanied by voice over which explains the scenario I think maybe keeping the audio from that scene is unnecessary.

Also enjoyed your fast forwards sequence with all the people on their cell phones. It had quite a ‘cell phone generation’ vibe- fast paced, youthful, technology etc. although I thought the image of the girl who moved into the street could have been cut a bit to just show her on her phone to keep in line with the other images.

The fact that he can speak an indigenous language really added to his character, and was a great addition to the piece, however I think the subtitles for this bit should be in English. It’s a bit confusing to be reading English one moment, and not the next.

Some of your audio clips which were used as voice over could have been edited a bit more, as they still contained a few ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’. While I understand that when you’re using interview clips you can’t cut these out, but that’s the nice thing about voice over.

I liked your sequences but felt they needed a few more close ups. For instance, when he’s sitting at the computer instead of just focusing on his face and the monitor you could have maybe included a few close ups of his hands on the keyboard or on the mouse, or an over the shoulder shot as well.

I’m terrified of balls flying at me (wow, that’s quite an ambiguous statement), so I probably wouldn’t have volunteered for this either, but would it have been possible to get a few shots of him from inside the squash court? Maybe even if he had just pretended to swing the racquet, and then you could cut to an image of the ball hitting the wall?

I really loved your use of photographs from the comrades; it tied in so well with what he was saying. Perfectly put his words into images. I was thinking maybe a transition where the images moved from one end of the screen to the other might have been useful, since it could add the same horizontal motion as running.

Towards the end of the profile, the audio levels dropped and it was a bit difficult to hear what he was saying. But all in all I thought your video was put together very well. We’re all new at this so you should be proud of the quality of the piece you made. This profile could have potentially just had a guy at his computer or playing with his cell phone, but you managed to get great visuals of all the more interesting aspects of his life and used a variety of locations. Well done guys! Hi five!

10 02 2011
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