ALC205 Group Assignment “Cyber Stalker”- by Birralee Paitson, Elissa Cohen, Mikayla Kasie & Morgan Vandermark



In the current digital age- technological advances such as smartphones and tablets teamed, with the intricate network of online communications and various media platforms, has created a society that is being watched more than ever before. The potential for digital surveillance, using various technologies, is massive in today’s world. There is a plethora of apps available that provide location services, and with the built in GPS in smartphones- the possibility to track somebody is very real.

Social media sites such as Facebook may be beneficial for many reasons, though they also provide the perfect climate for potential cyber stalkers. Millions of people willingly provide data and personal information to Facebook- such as their home address, place of work, phone number and photos- that could be used by stalkers to track their whereabouts. The check-in function on the Facebook social media site allows cyber stalkers to track exactly where somebody is at an exact time- which could prove to be potentially dangerous.

Our video aims to show that the personal information people give to Facebook is open to be viewed by millions of people, which may also include obsessive stalkers. Young women are particularly vulnerable and at risk of being stalked online. The message our video sends- is that people need to be aware of what they are sharing on social media and the creepy stalker may well be someone you least expect- such as your neighbour down the street.

The different options considered for the video

We began brainstorming ideas on what we’d like the video to be about. The group’s initial idea was to create a horror movie trailer about surveillance and the possible outcomes it could have. We created a brainstorming page and once the group joined the page, we discussed ideas to add a comedic element to the video. Another idea was to explore the positives and negatives of having surveillance at work. We decided against this particular plot as it would be extremely difficult to create a well-flowing video. Issues would have included setting and costumes – if we filmed a ‘work place’ in our lounge rooms it would look unprofessional, and tacky. The only way to fix this, would be to actually film in a shop environment so it looks believable. We would require the same outfits and in similar looking stores if the trailer revolves around the one employee and workplace. We then decided an alternative closer to our initial idea – to create a short horror film with the setting of a bright neighbourhood.

We looked at ways to create the movie and suggested using the iMovie horror movie trailer template. In the end, we decided it would be easier to make our own, which meant it was easier to avoid the risk of copyright issues. We decided we would all film around two minutes of footage each, and have one editor join it all together.

We used certain filming and editing techniques in our short film in order to create a disturbing vibe that evokes an unsettling emotion in the audience. To do this in the start of the film, we chose dark and gloomy rooms to shoot in. In both halves of the video we also dress the stalker hooded and in black, due to blacks being associated with danger and evil. We also tried to cover the stalkers face, showing his identity as little as possible. This is because cyberstalking is done behind the victims back without their knowing. We used different camera shots, including the perspective shot, in order to show what the stalker was seeing, such as looking through Elissa’s various profiles and also the physical stalking. This positions the audience to place themselves as the watcher and creates an unsettling vibe. The video is edited in black and white with a semi blurry filter, this is done to add to the uneasy feel of the video and make the plot more convincing. The use of sound effects such as ticking clocks, heartbeats and thunder also acts in this way but they can furthermore work to add suspense to scenes.

For this project the group came up with a few different ideas. To collaborate all of our ideas and to get the project into motion, we used a few different collaboration platforms to get all our ideas and thoughts into one place. To start out we started a conversation on the group’s Cloud Deakin Discussion platform, just to get the ball rolling on this project, and get everyone acquainted with each other and we also started talking about any initial ideas we had for the film. We then used a site called, a mind-mapping site, to brainstorm our ideas and it was a great place for everyone to put in their thoughts and ideas all in one easy and convenient place.

Once everyone had chosen to make a creepy online stalking kind of film, we first emailed Adam for approval for our idea. Once we got the all clear, We then started a an initial Facebook chat, again to get the ball rolling on our idea then we quickly created a Google Hangouts chat and began to talk about how the film would look, what types of shots we would need, what would be in the shots etc. A Trello board was started so we could have one place where everyone could put their ideas for the script and the shots and make any changes or ideas to each other’s ideas. On our Google chat, we then began to talk about filming our video and distributing roles and jobs to each member of the team. Each member film a component of the film and it was sent to one member, for editing, via Google Hangouts and Email. Our use of the different media platforms really helped in allowing us to have one place where we could all collaborate and share our ideas and work we had done.