A Story of Children and Film takes these interests and marries them with some of the approaches we used in the 15 ½ hour film The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Lots of film clips, a commentary by me, a boldly international range of films, and many by the great women directors. Unlike TSOF: AO, however, ASOCAF isn't a chronological history and certainly doesn't try to cover all the areas of children in film. It's more a portrait of childhood as seen through the movies.
The movie clips are like the palette of colours we use to paint the picture.
Such emotions come and go in kids really quickly, almost like a movie editor can cut in an instant between different situations.
Movies seem alive in such moments, unpredictable, capricious. They're often less controllable and controlled than adult actors.
In the film I say that in little things (faces, a field, a rock pool, a 12 minute shot of kids) we can see a lot.
I hope that in this little film, we can see a lot about childhood and about the movies.
He then went to Edinburgh College of Art where he received a Master of Design in Visual Communication (Mdes) and later on graduated from the Edinburgh Skill and Media Academy as a Master of Fine Art in Advance Film Practice (MFA).
Those educational years resulted in a number of projects which recently or not so recently have been recognised internationally.
The order in which my niece and nephew showed their emotions is the order in which we see them in the film. My answer is that it is for anyone of about ten or over who likes films.
I hope that they, young and old, will recognise themselves or kids they know in it.
The work I do with Tilda Swinton, especially the 8 ½ Foundation ( is often child-like in, we hope, a good way.
My first film for the big screen, The First Movie, was about kids in Kurdish Iraq, etc.
I recognised such fleeting moods in my own life and in the Kurdish kids I'd filmed in Iraq. My camera stayed wide during it, I didn't move it or give Laura and Ben any instructions whatsoever. This, then, would be the structure of ASOCAF: When Laura is shy, I do a mini-tour of shyness in kids in film.