Last summer, I lent my skills as a videographer for two days worth of shooting for their video series, Early Literacy Quick Clips. These videos, which were created for the Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment™, use real world examples to illustrate best practices in early literacy in a variety of settings.
I shot the videos in a handheld direct cinema style for a variety of reasons.
- I wanted the videos to feel fluid and natural.
- I was able to react quickly to what the children and their caregivers were doing.
- I felt a tripod would distract, intimidate and possibly frighten the children.
The videos were produced by Jude Shingle, a talented artist/filmmaker and an Early Career Fellow for the Fred Rogers Center. He and I worked together to craft the look of the videos. It was a pleasure working with him. He was cheerful, energetic and open to any ideas thrown at him. Here is Jude introducing the videos (yes, that is my voice preceding Jude).
The experience of going to these daycare centers was also very rewarding. To see the time, effort, energy and enthusiasm put out by these caregivers gave me a greater appreciation for the work they all do. We were there for two days, and I left exhausted. They do this EVERY day.
Take a few moments and check out all of the Early Literacy Quick Clips (and please pass them along to anyone who might find them useful).