Kids from our homeschooling group are working on a movie. We are not supposed to know much about it, since it’s their own project. It is managed by a 9,5 years old, who is busy with shooting and editing videos for a couple of years by now.
So far they had two days to work on it f2f as a group and in-between communication to sort out what is needed. During the first day they brainstormed the story, decided on the characters and who plays whom, chose the location and wrote part of the scenario. They had two weeks before the second day, dedicated to shooting on location. In between there were back and forth emailing (finishing the scenario, discussing and arranging the requisite, as well as other logistics) and discussing project-related things during the other meetings.
Kids in the group have a long history of doing things together and a couple of smaller-scale video projects done. It was interesting to see how the roles in the project got distributed:
- Most of the “management” and keeping everyone in the flow is done by a triangle of older kids 9.5, 11 and 12 years old. Those three were also the ones who did practically all email communication and they were actively engaged during the shooting process. The 9,5 years old drives the whole thing and does a lot between the meetings.
- Next to them was a group of four 8-10 years old, who are actively contributing to the project. They are playing bigger roles and actively involved in decision-making. During the f2f meetings they get get on and off with the process, getting distracted to do something else (that’s actually easy to see when once in a while kids from the first group are looking for somebody who has to be shooted in the next episode.
- Then there were five 6-7 years old who had episodic roles in the project, alternating their participation in the video ьфлштп with parallel activities and playing on their own. From what I understand from my kids there was a deliberate planning to make sure that the younger ones did have a space in the project, but also that that space was not on a critical path in case they change their mind at the last moment. I also got a glimplse of the team helping my own six years old to overcome her fears and act.
- And we also had four younger brothers and sisters between 1 and 5, who didn’t have any particular role in the project.
So, it was with 17 kids in total, with 13 taking part in the project. The whole thing was facilitated by six adults, who took care of the travel logistics, food and keeping the younger ones away from where the work was done. Parents also supported and coached their kids to a degree that was needed and accepted.