To get the group thinking about this year’s theme of reality and fiction, I decided to give the children some time to explore ‘reality’ with the cameras in a pre-task task. We filmed in the park next door to school and explored shots that might show the reality of what it is like being in Jubilee Park. It was interesting that they, almost immediately, found and saw real things with which they began to form possible fictions around. The dummy found on the grass was a particular talking point as they began to develop stories around why it was there. This was a useful exercise as it helped the children understand that not everything they see on screen is set up and planned for and that the filming of real settings establishes a ‘real’ context in which a fiction can take place. We then moved on to the first task.
The following film shots show the children exploring and presenting the reality of their local park.