FILMING THE IMAGINATION ADVENTURE
The personal experiences of individual children are vital to build an authentic Global Children’s Charter for the Rights of Nature. Learning about the project, the community and the children’s insights through the perspective of an individual child per community inspires the viewer to see the ‘child in themselves’ and remember their own experiences of discovering nature through their senses and imagination.
The IMAGINATION ADVENTURE is chronicling stories of children through film and photo essays. The children live in very diverse communities and the documentary film captures these stories along the journey. A dedicated and professional team of film- makers with experience, expertise and a unique style will create captivating and dynamic films. Central to the filming style is working within the realm of the senses. As the education methodology used by the Earth Junkies Foundation focuses on the realm of the senses, the imagination and direct encounters with nature, the film aims to portray the immediate personal sensuous experience of the children themselves.
It takes the viewer back to the time in their life when they were children, when they could easily find empathy with a tree, or become completely captivated in the invisible world that lurks inside an ants’ nest. Along with the children’s encounters with nature, we paint the picture of their home life, their family, the community, their school and their unique culture. Using an observation style, which does not impinge on the children’s actions we are able to glimpse into secret worlds filled with imagination and wonder.
Child audiences will be able to relate more personally with the ‘portrait character’, who may reflect similarities to themselves. This personal and intimate style of documentation will encourage the audience to look beyond the obvious differences being showcased by the diversity in places and communities, and vividly illustrate the commonalities that people share. Breaking down preconceived notions of ‘other’ and difference, this style facilitates one of the key motivations of the Earth Junkies Project, which is to awaken a sense of global consciousness and empathy towards nature and all its inhabitants.
The Earth Junkies Foundation does not see imagination only as fantasy or magic, but the real thinking and feeling space we each have when we close our eyes, also referred to by the team as the “Sky place”; the wide open space bigger than the sky, where you can dream, think, imagine and come to understand the world that surrounds you. This approach to imagination moves away from fantasy but towards understanding and finding empathy for the real world that exists around us. This is profoundly articulated through the cross-cultural stories visited in each community in the 29 different countries, during the Tree Trunk leg of the project. This is a real recognition of the life of a child and one can imagine the profound effect of an American child watching and relating deeply to the life of a child in Syria, both of whom are inspired by each other’s use of their many senses and imagination to make meaning in a complex world.
" Child audiences will be able to relate more personally with the ‘portrait character’, who may reflect similarities to themselves. This personal and intimate style of documentation will encourage the audience to look beyond the obvious differences being showcased by the diversity in places and communities, and vividly illustrate the commonalities that people share."
The major full-length feature film, consists of 29 personal portraits, which will also be available online as ‘micro’ portraits of each community, and also allow the Earth Junkies Foundation and the Arkwork Collective to keep children and adults alike captivated by the growing journey. The micro portraits could be turned into 30min episodes, or even small short ‘editorial’ clips for international news channels, and also shared through our online video platforms, and thus contribute to the multi-media platform that aims to create the first Global Children’s Charter and conversation on the rights of Nature.