Last year I took my eldest son out on a video shoot. I first realised his obsession with what I do for a living when I came to film at his school. Instead of doing the things he was asked to do in front of the camera, he greeted me with a barrage of questions about what I was doing with the camera, asking what all the buttons did and how to film. This was over two years ago.
So last year, when there was a opportunity for him to come along to a shoot, with the premise of him coming to watch some football, he jumped at the chance. After watching the game with some enthusiasm, he decided he wanted to learn to film. I gave him the chance of taking a couple of shots. I am very proud to say that one of them ended up in the final edit.
Sharing this enthusiasm for what I love to do with children is really energising. I am often blown away with how quickly and deftly they take to the technology, and how creatively they wield it. It is with great pride that I watch them express themselves through video or animation. I don’t see myself as a teacher, more an enabler, putting the power of film making in their hands. I simply show them how to use video or how to make an animation, then watch with wonder at where their imagination takes them.
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and it certainly hasn’t in my son’s case, he now does the sound mixing as “sound captain” at his school. He says it is his experiences with me (which he mentioned in his speech to the entire grade) that put him over the line. I like to think his ability and enthusiasm had something to do with it. Either way, I couldn’t be prouder (and neither could he!), and if I can share my passion for film making with other children, then I will continue to do so.
Lotti Kershaw is a former integration aide/education support officer with a background in broadcast television, and for the last three years has been running her own video production company.
Lotti has worked in broadcast television in the UK, on programs for the BBC and major network television channels. She has credits on various TV programs, and has worked in many genres including documentary, drama, music, entertainment, live talk shows, reality TV, music programs and feature film, at different stages of the production process from pre-production to post production and even broadcast.
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