The creators behind Little Creatures Films use this very spontaneous play to create stories in film. Using non-actors aged from 3-10 years old, a natural setting is chosen, a wardrobe created, and the children prompted hardly at all to freely create a story which is narrated from their own musings and explanations. The result is a very dream like aesthetic with a surprisingly engaging story line. The films are created to encourage younger children to use their imaginations and engage rather than just observe. The unique quality to the whole idea is that the children essentially make their own movie. If you go to the Little Creatures website you can see a sample yourself of what is created. It's a beautiful tableau and a welcome anecdote to the notion that childrens cinema has to be this foreign and often unrealistic presentation.
website for Little Creatures, where you can view a trailor for the new film called Spirit Ship, or if you'd like to read the recent interview with her in Small Magazine - she'd like to hear any feedback you might have. And, if you'd like to get involved in the whole project, I suggest you take a look here.
It's a great idea with a modest budget. But we think that it needs to be encouraged, so we're happy to share it with you in the hopes that it will just keep on growing. Let us know.