Without a doubt being a parent is one of the most crucial jobs in the world. Raising a child to be its best version of self is not only possible by giving it nutritious food, safe shelter and institutional education. A parent cannot do it for him/her. There is not one perfect way to bring up a fresh life for whom the world is full of possibilities. A child needs to be nurtured in the right way for it can thrive and be her own self. When a child develops their mind, millions of questions are there. She takes information from everything she sees, hears, touches and tastes. There was a time when films for kids were an absolute no-no. It was something only adults would enjoy. Television was only allowed for a certain time as a medium of ‘entertainment’, also known to be a ‘waste of time’, only allowed when a kid was done with her homework. Today, this perception has shifted drastically. Education is more enjoyable and receptive when the content is in video format. Kids are learning languages, manners, behaviors, norms and even the sense of moral largely through cartoons and films. The significance of such engaging material is undeniable. The trouble begins when these materials are too engaging and kids are glued together with their preferred screens. This dangerously increasing screen time slowly seizes the ability of a child’s mind to wander off to space and cook up a delicious theory of cloud turtles. The attention-grabbing tools of learning have turned into a cause of shorten attention span. This is a problem of consuming too much without really reflecting anything and it needs a consequential solution. Children must practice their imaginative powers. They need to create and harness their cognitive abilities. This is where the idea of filmmaking comes as a supreme medium of honing their essential life skills holistically.
Filmmaking is one of the extremely fun activities where children can apply their creative ideas while enhancing their strategic or critical thinking. No, no one expects a child to write a screenplay with perfectly detailed scenes and realistic dialogues. Neither is she expected to capture the appropriate light and color in accordance of a scene. For young kids, it can simply be a practice of teamwork through which they can become independent and find their voice. It is a systematic approach to create something which was merely an idea in ones heads. The collaborative effort by all equally important roles teaches them to believe in shared a glory of achievement through successfully fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. Their cinema may not be legendary, of course, but it will surely reflect their imagination and their realities. In some cases, it can even be thought provoking perhaps. Filmmaking thus provides them with this tremendous opportunity to express their unique understanding of this bizarre world in their own special ways. With this practice they eventually learn to take a conscious look at life and their surroundings. They gradually develop active listening and start looking for connections. Their view of the world is deepened through it with their eye for beauty. Whether it is their soft skills or hard skills, through an involvement in such project both kinds are to be increased in time.
Institutional learning is compulsory for all but it does not necessarily explore all the ways for a mind to thrive. Filmmaking offers a multidisciplinary method for essential cognitive and social skills and it does not need to be as complicated as big production companies make. With easily accessible smartphones and free editing apps, it is really child’s play today. What may seem to be an unreachable star in the horizon at first, can be fetched with a little vision, systematic approach and determination. Not many activities provide this fabulously fun way of growing together while expanding personal capabilities. The leaders of tomorrow will surely manage the world better than us if facilitated and empowered correctly through these dynamic tools from a young age.