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  1. No such thing as montage overkill! I used a montage in my 1st and 3rd dot-point last year and received an A+ for my solo.

  2. Justine,

    My concern the past month has been whether students can have more than one scene in DP3, because in several solo structures DP3 says “create a scene” (singular)? Bit hard to do this in one scene when a student needs to show something changing over time. I have been hoping the VCAA and assessors will interpret “a scene” liberally. I have just received a response from the VCAA in regard to this, which addresses several concerns I have raised with them:

    “For the purposes of this exam, the word ‘scene’ may be interpreted in the broadest sense. This allows for one continuous narrative, or for a compilation of smaller segments which may be part of the overall ‘scene’. The location and the time frame can change within a ‘scene’.”

    So, this leaves the door open for a montage in DP3, even if they have to do a montage in DP2 as well. However, I must say I am advising mine against this. My preference with my own students will be to have several scenes in DP3 if they wish to (now confirmed as okay), but if already doing a montage in DP2, avoid the montage aspects in DP3 (or it may be montage overkill). However, if several scenes in DP3 is the only montage in the solo, then do it. It is my understanding students can always add additional elements and conventions to a performance that are not prescribed (either at all, or for a particular dot point). However, the bottom line must still be whether the method of presentation (in this case a montage) addresses the intent of the dot point in the solo performance?

    Hope this info helps.


  3. Hi Justin, do you think there’s room to include montages when not specifically asked for one? For example; if dot point three states…. ‘create a scene’- is there room to create a montage in that scene?