START EMPATHY : A YEAR AT MISSION HILL E01: MY SCHOOL
- Date 11 February 2013
We have had the honour of working with Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, on a series of films to compliment a 10 part documentary series called A Year at Mission Hill. A school based in Boston, USA.
Having been looking for an opportunity to work with my children over the last few months, thanks to a good friend this could now happen. After numerous kitchen table debates with all three of my children, it was my daughter Amelia, 5 years old, who came on board to co/direct (at least that was the plan). She talked about her school over a couple of days and we came up with the story to compliment Chapter 1, which is an introduction about what it takes to make a great school.
Amelia made all the drawings, meticulously (out of choice!), detailing her perspective of school life with very minimal adult intervention. Then working with our good friend & highly skilled animator Ben Morriss the following piece was created. Both the greatest challenge and success was retaining the authenticity of her work.
We hope you like the video & keep an eye out for the rest in the series. Each one will have a unique perspective. If you can share them as much as possible and get talking about the issues in the documentary.