Blog Reflection on the Process of Video Blogging… By Alex Ritchie

1. What are some important considerations when filming outdoors?

Filming outdoor can be a real pain and there are a few consideration to think about when doing so. Firstly the best place to film outdoor is a place without strong or any wind. Wind can be a major problem when filming outdoor because it can effect the sound. You should also consider filming somewhere where there is sun but too much sun will just make it too bright.

2. What are some methods in preventing shaky cameras?

No video looks good when it’s shaking so why not prevent it? There are many ways to prevent a shaky camera but the main one is to use a stand or tripod. The Glidcam is also popular for filmers. The Glidcam allows you to move smoothly unlike the tripod.

3. Why might you need to consider appropriate audio levels and sound effects?

Don’t you hate it when your audio is fuzzy. Audio fuzziness can be caused when your audio level is too loud, so always make sure you have it at a appropriate level. When using special effects make sure it relates to the scene and also make sure it’s in the spot and it’s the right length because you wouldn’t want a explosion sound after the explosion image.

4. How critical is storyboarding and scripting before you begin filming?

It’s always important to plan your video before recording so making a storyboard and scripting can help a lot. Storyboarding gives you an image of how the scene is going to look like but scripting doesn’t give you a image but gives you more detail on what to say and what to do



In Vitro Fertilisation …By Alex Ritchie

So What Exactly is In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)?

In Vitro Fertilisation, or mostly known as IVF, is the method used to manually combine an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish for fertilisation. Once the egg is fully fertilised, it is them placed back into the uterus hoping for a successful pregnancy. A basic explanation for In Vitro Fertilisation is having a baby without sexual contact.The success rate of In Vitro Fertilisation according to IVFAustralia

IVF does not have a 100% rate but actually is only 50% for women under 30 and 20% for women under 40. IVF also cost a massive amount of money and can be around $3000, success or no success either way you pay. Lastly IVF can cause some health risks including OHSS (ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome).

What does the Catholic Church have to say about this?

The Catholic Church sees IVF as gravely immoral. Firstly, the church is against it because it removes the act of love between husband and wife with God to conceive a child and instead. Secondly, this is not natural. God created us to make love our partner and in reward receive a child, He didn’t create us so biologist can perform this so called In Vitro Fertilisation on us.

Section 2376 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church says “Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child’s right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses’ “right to become a father and a mother only through each other”.

After reading what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say we now know that, the sperm used is obtained by masturbation, which the church sees as immoral. Secondly, if the male or/and the female is sterile then the sperm or/and egg used could be donated by a stranger which is immoral because it can be seen as adultery. Overall, the Catholic Church is against In Vitro Fertilisation because the birth of the child should be seen as a gift.

My Thought on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

I also see IVF as unnatural. For example, you don’t see animals going to a lab and doing this. I understand that some people just can’t have children because of age or an illness but they should just keep praying to God and hope that He answers their prayers. A good example is the story of Abraham, for those who don’t know the story of Abraham click here. Abraham was promised by God that Sarah (Abraham’s wife) would bore a child even though she was barren. If I was sterile and my wife wanted a child, I wouldn’t want IVF because I would know that the child she carries wouldn’t be mine. To sum it up, you should trust in God and hope that He might give you the gift of life.

“The children we bring into the world are small replicas of ourselves and our husbands; the pride and joy of grandfathers and grandmothers. We dream of being mothers, and for most of us that dreams are realised naturally. For this is the Miracle of Life.”― Azelene Williams

Want to know more about IVF in Australia

Here is a IVF story

Abortion, more like Murder! …By Alex Ritchie

So What Exactly is Abortion and why they do it?

Abortion is the deliberate killing of a fetus during human pregnancy. Most people choose the path of abortion when they have a unwanted pregnancy, mostly caused from unprotected sex. Many of the people who choose abortion are usually young and can’t afford to take care of the child so instead they just terminate it. Women also choose abortion when they find out the baby has a birth defect. Should you really end a life of a future baby because of those reasons?

                                               An example of abortion

Why is it Murder?

I believe that abortion is Murder and many might not agree with me, Why? They believe the baby isn’t alive yet because it hasn’t been born yet, well that’s just stupid if you ask me. Tree’s and flowers are classified as living because they grow. When the Baby is in the Uterus its growing, so why do some people believe its not alive and also the baby’s heart is also beating while its in the womb. James 2:26 tells us “Since from the time of conception the child’s body is alive (as shown by the fact it is growing)”. Now that we can say that the baby is alive, we can also say the baby is being murdered.

What does the Catholic Church have to say about this?

Firstly, just to continue with what I said above, the Catholic Church is against abortion because it’s murder and we all know that one of the Ten Commandments is ‘Thou Shalt not murder’. God has created every single one of us, even the unborn baby. He planned that the baby was to be born and planned that he/she would live and planned when he/she would die. The Catholic Church believes that we should play God, for example, ends someones life before God intended to,which is what we are doing to the unborn baby.

We have already discussed how abortion is caused by unwanted pregnancy but why was the pregnancy unwanted. One example for unwanted pregnancy could be failed protective sex and why would a married couple have unprotected sex, so that means the couple were not married and we all know the Catholic Church is against sex before marriage.


My Thought on Abortion.

I agree with the Catholic Church and believe that we should not allow abortion anymore. Life is the most beautiful thing in the world and the best thing that ever happens to someone is being born so why stop the baby from not being born. How could someone even think about having a abortion when adoption is always an option. To sum up everything, abortion is a crime, it’s a sin and no one should ever think about going down that road and should try to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

 “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” -Mother Teresa

“How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?” -George Carlin


Want to know more about Abortion?

Here’s some facts about Abortion 

Read some stories about Abortion

Euthanasia, is it right or wrong? By Alex Ritchie

Euthanasia and what exactly is it?

We all hate suffering, right, but later it just goes away. Now imagine feeling the same painful suffering but it never goes away because you have a incurable disease. Would you continue with your suffering or will you get it over with and tell the doctor to pull the plug. Well this is a basic definition of Euthanasia.  Now you might think its their choice if they want to, basically, commit suicide. Even if they ask the doctor to end their life it was their intention, it’s like asking someone to push you off a bridge.


What does the Catholic Church have to say about this?

The Church believes that we don’t have the right to ‘Play God’. Deuteronomy 32:39 “It is I who bring both death and life”. We all know that the catholic church is against murder and isn’t suicide murdering yourself which makes Euthanasia suicide and therefore Euthanasia is murder.The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2277) states “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable”.

If the patient is going through intense pain, he should see this pain as a test from God. Maybe the test was that if you go through this suffering until the end of your life then God will reward you eternity without suffering but if you choose to end your life before God intended to then he might not reward you and you wont be sure where you might go when you die, which to me is scary.

The Catholic Church believes that if we allow handicapped, sick, or dying people to just end their lives that Euthanasia would be taken for granted and that people who don’t have such serious injuries or might have mental problems that they might see Euthanasia as an option. Have you ever watched Futurama, well they have a suicide booth where you go in put a few cents in the booth and the booth will end your life, that is what the Catholic Church fears. They want us to cherish our life and live it the way God intend and to die the way God intended.

My thoughts on Euthanasia

After Researching I was able to learn much more about Euthanasia than i thought. Euthanasia is wrong and should never be allowed. God planned your life before you were born, He knows whats going to happen to you and does it for a reason, like i said before it’s probably a test. My mum once told me ‘never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known god’ so if I once end up with a incurable disease I should trust that God knows what his doing instead of going through Euthanasia.

“Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. There may be legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not… with regard to abortion and euthanasia.”
―Pope Benedict XVI

A video about Euthanasia 


For more on the Catholic Catechism on Euthanasia

To find out more about Euthanasia