Digital Story Workshop has produced videos with children in New York City and around the world. (Some images have links to video clips):
Through the Window (2008). Kristin and Sean Eno were commissioned by the Education Department at the Yale Center for British Art to make a short film featuring children's impressions of Louis Kahn's building from vantage points inside and outside, and the art collection within. They collaborated with first and second grade children from the Foote School in New Haven to create a story of pictures and poems about the world as seen through the lens of Kahn's building.
The Gowanus Critters' Amazing Odyssey (2007). 6-12 year old children made masks with Theresa Linnihan of the Puppeteer's Cooperative, then spontaneously played in character, as Kristin videotaped six separate video-plays. 11-12 year olds also worked on the "film crew" and as photographers and journalists. The final six shorts were screened for the Gowanus Houses community in the art room. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council and NY State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn).
See Me Play (2007). 4-7 year old children from around the world were invited to play spontaneously with siblings, old and new friends and a selection of props. The children were videotaped as they played together, then viewed and helped edit the footage on a laptop computer in the Media Arts tent at the World Children's Festival.
Very Hungry Caterpillars (2007). Three classes, a pre-K, an early kindergarten and a K-1st grade, created many dramatic interpretations of Eric Carle's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Funded by NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Regrant.
2nd Grade Red Hook Book Nook Adventures (2006): PS 27, Brooklyn, NY. Four groups of second graders discover a strange doll in the school's book shop. Each group plays with the doll and tries to figure out where it came from. The children's voiceover narrations are incorporated into the final piece. Funded by NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Regrant.
Chicken Sunday (2005-2006): Collaboration with Border Crossers. Third graders in East New York, Brooklyn (PS 89/Cypress Hills Community School) and second graders from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan collaborated to act out eight vignettes based on Patricia Polacco's book, Chicken Sunday. Four groups from each school narrated the video-plays of their pen-pals.
The Duende Superhero Surprise Show (2005): A class of first graders at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Brooklyn, NY respond to "Duende" by creating five original video stories about "what happened next." See program. Funded by NYSCA Local Capacity Building Arts in Education Regrant.
Duende (2003-2005): Three girls playing in a garden in Oaxaca, Mexico discover a mysterious doll which they realize is a duende. With children at El Pochote Film Center, Oaxaca. Videographer: Sean Eno.
Ark (2002-2004): A girl is walking in the woods and finds a mysterious box. She places a seed inside the box and hides it. Time passes, and children playing in the woods, by a lake and at the ocean, come upon the same box. In each of four scenes, the box holds more and more strange small beings, little people who need the children so that they can gain new life. Play collaboration with eight children in Brooklyn, NY. With co-direction/technical collaboration from Sean Eno.
Sophie in the Trees (2001): A girl walks in the woods in Vermont. Children in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, narrate. Digital Story Workshop's first production. Videographer/co-director/editor: Sean Eno. See complete 2 minute video on Videatives.
© digital story workshop: kristin brenneman eno 2008