Wild Earth’s “sit spot” is such a wonderful way for our kids to be present with nature, and my hope for the 3rd annual Art Camp film was that the campers could turn what they see, hear and feel into a film.
Before filming, we sat in a circle and closed our eyes. I asked the campers: “When you think of nature, of these woods, of Wild Earth, what do you see in your minds eye? What sounds do you hear?”
For some the answer was simple: “TOADS!” And they did indeed find plenty of toads for us to film. The other campers mentioned everything from the sound of the breeze in the leaves to playing games and singing songs. We wrote down a long list and set off.
With the help of the amazing CIT’s Amelia and Diego, we divided into 3 groups, one to record the SOUNDS and two other groups to video the IMAGES we had written down, keeping open to whatever else came our way. No sound or image was filmed together–each was recorded or captured separately (later put together in the edit). This made our “deer ears” and “eagle eyes” tune in top every detail, every moment intentional and vivid.
I love how their favorite music, art and experiences of the woods came together in the end – please enjoy our film, “Eagle Eyes & Deer Ears.” If you have time, also check out the poetry films the campers wrote and made the last two years.
See you in the woods!
Laura deNey, Flicker Filmworks
Filmmaker and Wild Earth Parent
“Shh. Listen to the sounds that surround you.
Notice the pitches, the volume, the timbre,
the many lines of counterpoint.
As light taught Monet to paint,
the earth may be teaching you music.”
Laura deNey is a Wild Earth parent and filmmaker who aspires to tell hidden stories from around the world, with a focus on race, gender and the arts. She has produced and edited documentary programming for National Geographic,Travel Channel, Discovery, NBC and PBS, and was awarded an Emmy for her work on "Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie". She recently completed editing "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste," a feature film executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, about chefs working to change a massive environmental and social problem. She is currently producing a series of films about immigrant heroes in the US for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, another on climate change and adaptation for the DEC, and loves making films with Wild Earth whenever possible. More about Laura's work.