It is apparently 200 years to the day since the birth of David Livingstone…and on an (only) slightly less auspicious note, 10 years since I worked with the David Livingstone Centre. It got me thinking to some of the ways that I have tussled with the conundrum of how you make engaging work with people who have had, or indeed are having, a bad experience of education. In the words of Eric Booth, how do you get them to PAY ATTENTION, when their fingers have so often been burned in the exchange of their attention for knowledge or experience.
Like some aspects of being in the education system, the pleasures of making moving images are often more deferred than immediate. Before you get down to being in the moment, there is planning, discussion, ideas to be hatched. Effective storytelling through animation can take this process and draw it out exponentially!
One of the ways that I have resolved this is through making trailers for imaginary films.
If I took away anything from four years of studying film and television its a general impression that mainstream movie storytelling is a bit of a struggle between narrative and spectacle. To put it in terms of musicals, a struggle between the big all singing dancing numbers and the work to make those numbers mean something. And of course it is work, hard work often…anyone left perplexed by Les Miserables will attest to this!
This trailer was made ten years ago with Streetbase Blantyre, an organisation that tries to keep young people from getting into bother with alcohol on the streets of the town. Since then I have made trailers with young people involved with gangs, young people between school, education and work, and girls, described through the euphemism of “being at risk of disengaging with PE”…a risk that I’m sure if you have got this far into my writing would relate to you, dear reader, at some level!