Growing up in Morecambe

Morecambe BSS

This little movie tells the story of a Big Wide Talk community project in Morecambe from initial workshops, making shells and a boat, to the grand parade and launch.

The filming was done in Morecambe by Big Wide Talk staff and jobbing student camera crew. The film was edited and produced by the Big Wide Talk team in Cambridge.

Whose Economy?

Whose Economy?

This ongoing project has thus far been filmed in Plymouth, Bristol, York and Winlaton near Gateshead. The people being interviewed are mostly parents who have worked with us. All live in areas of relative deprivation but all share the ideals of shared responsibility for children in the communities where they live.

Our initial idea was to set these living profiles within the chronology of the financial crisis of 2008/9, but we have moved to build an archive of individual videos showing parents from across England talking about the economic circumstances of their lives and their beliefs about wider economic relationships.

These interviews were filmed by members of the Big Wide Talk team (with assistance from Richard Heap of Slackjaw Film) and edited by Big Wide Talk in Cambridge.

Hopping on the Clouds

Hopping on the Clouds

This film records impacts of the Our Bristol Children Theatre of Learning. Film of the children in the Theatre of Learning itself and talking together with Big Wide Talk about their experience and the importance of it in their everyday lives is integrated with film of parents and teachers sharing their reflections at a seminar.

Volunteer camera operators, many of whom were filming for the first time, shot this film. Some were parents and others were local family support workers. All had some understanding of how children develop. The camera crew were led by a media studies graduate eager to gain first hand experience on location.

The film was edited by the Big Wide Talk team in Cambridge.

The Robreey

The Robreey

This small movie was filmed at the Cornwall Theatre of Learning, Our New School held in Truro in 2006. These children spontaneously created their robbing story. Big Wide Talk then edited the film. The Robreey forms part of a compilation of film ‘Our Outstanding Children’ created by Big Wide Talk.

Copies of this compilation can be obtained from Big Wide Talk in Cambridge at a cost of £3 plus postage and packing. please contact us using the details at the foot of this page if you would like to order a copy

Cambridge Cloth Place Movie

Cambridge Cloth Place

This film covers discussion between teachers and parents at the seminar following the Cambridge Cloth Place.

1,500 children attended The Cloth Place and were ecstatic about their experiences. The Big Wide Talk team then took some of the edited footage to The Spinney and St Mathews primary schools where the Year 5s and the Year 4s respectively talked with us about the realities they were testing out.

'The Right to Complain' and 'You learn best when you do things yourself' are taken from film of the class discussion and integrated with footage from the adult discussion and the Theatre of Learning itself.

Big Wide Talk did all of this work.

Ryan

Ryan Movie

This tiny film shows Ryan, a five year old from a very poor part of Plymouth, scaling Sheep Torr on Dartmoor during a Big Wide Talk Expedition. His big sister is the child at the foot of the belay shouting him on. None of the children, including Ryan, had ever climbed before. This film was shot by contracted professional camera crew and edited by the Big Wide talk team in Cambridge.

Rumble Rhino

Rumble Rhino

These children encountered the Rumble Rhino at the Plymouth Theatre of learning - Looking Lighting Learning. The child first in view is not yet three as is his persistent little helper. As the story progresses, we see the injustice of the adult world from the child’s point of view. This film has been used very successfully for professional development with teachers and early years workers. Filming was done by professional crew and editing completed by Big Wide Talk.

Sharon

Sharon's Biography

This documentary profile contains extracts from an interview with Sharon about her shared experiences with her children, and her personal experience of empowerment when working with Big Wide Talk.

This was filmed and edited by members of the Big Wide Talk team.

Millie in the Lights

Millie in the Lights

This film shows a three-year-old child with considerable learning difficulties responding exuberantly to the space and excitement of the Colourbox Spotlight Room, part of ‘Our New School’ in Cornwall. Professional camera crew shot this film, which was edited by Big Wide Talk.

Millie in the lights forms part of the ‘Our Outstanding Children’ compilation, Which can be obtained form Big Wide Talk at a cost of £3 plus postage and packing.

The Morecambe Theatre of Learning

Our Bristol Children

This is a collection of individual family videos integrating film of children climbing the Big Wide Talk glass climbing wall (at the Winter gardens in Morecambe) with film of the children and their families reflecting on what they had achieved and on what this meant for their lives in Morecambe. The camera crew comprised members of the Big Wide Talk team as well as paid crew who had some experience of camera work.

The Big Wide Talk team in Cambridge edited these films with the help of families in Morecambe working online.

The Boat Story

The Boat Story

This story was shot on location at a Big Wide Talk expedition, Big Wide Water and Beyond in Keilder Forest. The sub text that the midges were relentless and the rain continual is the stimulus for this story of people meeting such challenges with wit and imagination. The filming was done by professional crew and the editing by Big Wide Talk.

Our Seaside Adventures

Our Seaside Adventures

This was Big Wide Talk’s first exploration with film. Our Seaside Adventures was a summer expedition held at Wells Next The Sea. Families came from many parts of England. A professional crew were hired to film. They were asked to consider the project as a narrative of narratives and to film accordingly. Big Wide Talk then edited the raw film down to a collection of clips and a professional editor brought them all together.

The film forms part of a CD ROM made by Big Wide Talk covering many aspects of the Expedition.

Cambridge Colourbox Movies

Cambridge Colourbox

This Theatre of Learning presented Big Wide Talk with many technical difficulties. The Colourbox is a series of installations that enable children of all ages and attributes to replicate Newton’s famous experiments with light. Big Wide Talk’s equipment was barely up to the task, but the 1500 children who took part loved the experience. Many of the children’s clips can be found in the Big Wide Talk archive.

Here we show a series of three small films made with children in Year 5 at the Grove Primary School. We asked the children to work with us to edit their footage. They quickly told us that in the Spotlight room, they had spontaneously worked in pairs and small groups to act out their own stories and stunts. These clips, they told us, represented significant parts of their stories. The film quality of these clips was not spectacular, what was spectacular was the imagination that only became apparent when we pushed the children to tell their own stories.

Big Wide Talk did all of this work.

Our Bristol Children The Movie

Our Bristol Children

This film records impacts of the Our Bristol Children Theatre of Learning. Film of the children in the Theatre of Learning itself and talking together with Big Wide Talk about their experience and the importance of it in their everyday lives is integrated with film of parents and teachers sharing their reflections at a seminar.

Volunteer camera operators, many of whom were filming for the first time, shot this film. Some were parents and others were local family support workers. All had some understanding of how children develop. The camera crew were led by a media studies graduate eager to gain first hand experience on location.

The film was edited by the Big Wide Talk team in Cambridge.