Tuesday 28th October 2014.
Day one of the MarBOA project began at the St Martins Institute with Introductions from Students followed promptly by Lectures from Trainers and guest professionals.
The first Lecture by Nathan Dodzo was a thought provoking presentation which Questioned the impact of Media on todays Society, and highlighted the question that in todays digital age do we really have control of the media we consume, or are we simply being controlled.
Then with an introduction to the project and it’s objectives by Charles Theuma, Principal of St Martins, which was followed for the rest of that morning by Jean Pierre Magro, who introduced the notion of trans media from a producers point of view and how media products have evolved to meet the new needs of audiences and the influence of new technologies.
Following lunch, Jonathan Barbara extended the themes of trans media, Focusing on examples from the ‘Batman The Dark Knight’ trans media ‘Why So Serious?’ marketing campaign of 2007, and, Nine Inch Nails’s (NIN) ‘Year Zero’ album also launched in 2007.
The afternoon closed with a major guest, Andrew Agius Muscat, CEO at Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association. Andrew spoke about his plans for the future Malta’s tourism industry, and how the student’s productions could compliment his plans for utilising digital media.
An outstanding and exciting start to this journey, invigorating and inspiring all to explore their own imaginations to find the mystery and passion, and to share this with an audience.
Wednesday 29th October.
The teams went to visit two of the four ‘The walled cities’ of Malta, Valleta and Birgu. Our tour guide (Mathew) explained much of the background surrounding the walled cities and presented variety of theories of how civilisations migrated to Malta.
Students from both groups took a variety of photographs and certainly enjoyed the day, and ideas from both groups began to be formulated.
Thursday 30th October.
Our day began with a tour of the historic walled city Mdina, followed by a fasinating trip to Rabat and the St. Paul’s Catacombs. The Catacombs are a complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. They are known to be the largest late Roman underground cemetery in Malta and the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta.