Griffin Makes a Documentary

Griffin skipped school a few months ago.   We don’t do it often and we had a good reason.  Twelve year old Griffin made this movie almost entirely himself.  He filmed all of it, chose the clips to include, and basically did 98% of the work.  I’ll leave it to you to conjecture what and how much he learned.  Best of all we spent the day together.  We even had  some good Mexican food while we were at it.  You don’t get to see all the valuable dialogue we had doing this project.  If you like it, pass it along or leave him some comments.


Filed under Dr. Marty, education, Game On Learning, learning, literacy, parenting

15 responses to “Griffin Makes a Documentary

  1. Hi Griffin, it’s Shannon Olsen from Ounce of Prevention Reading Center in Flushing. Your video was inspiring. I’m going to show it to my 11 yr old son Quin. I look forward to seeing more of your work 🙂 Tell your Dad I said Hi!

  2. This is WAY cool!!! I SO AGREE!! GO GRIFFIN!

  3. DrMarty

    Hey, this is Dr. Marty. Thanks. He loved it. He asked great questions and felt really engaged in his country’s political process. I’ll have him write you later today. Thanks for taking time to support him.

  4. Wow you’re a genius thinking of democracy at such a young age. Keep it up and hope to see more of your work in the future.

    • DrMarty

      This is Griffin. Thank you so much for supporting my video! I plan to make many more on important things that are going on. Thanks again.

  5. Vikki

    Wow! Very Impressive. It is really a breath of fresh air to see someone so young, putting thought and creative energy to something so important. Keep up the passion! Congrats!

    • DrMarty

      Thanks so much. This is Dr. Marty. I’ll have Griffin respond to you tomorrow. He is asleep. Ten PM our time. Thanks for encouraging him. We had a lot of fun!!!

  6. melinda

    We really enjoyed watching this! Griffin not only learned how to make a short film but also about current events and Democracy. Great choice for music, by the way. Hope you make another one.

  7. Brian

    Very well done, particularly for that young of age. Puts some adults to shame. I would have loved to have seen a little bit of footage of the lobbyist or at least one of the diverging viewpoints.

    Democracy is a very messy thing and news stories and documentaries often help us make sense of it all. Journalists like myself live and breathe conflict and bureaucracy and the ugly machinations of politics so we can help people understand issues like this.

    Again, well done and I hope to see more.

  8. anthony

    Very cool griffin! Great work on the filming and the shots you decided to use. Keep up the good work.

  9. Wow. What a fantastic way for a child to see democracy in action!

    Most adults wouldn’t know where to begin with such a project, so you should be very proud of yourself for putting something like this together at such a young age, Griffin. You are an artist. Thank you so much for sharing your budding talent with us!

    This short video would be a great introduction for a longer film. Being that people of many different ages are viewing this video from all over the world, and many don’t really know much about the events you’ve filmed, might you consider adding a summary of what the day was like for you? Why did you choose the clips you did and how do you feel about the topic? If you don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of a camera, then you might just add something written. Just a few random ideas.

    If you leave it the way it is, it’s still a thought provoker! Thanks.

    • DrMarty

      Griffin: Hi Dawn. Thank you for watching and leaving a comment. I like your suggestions. I will definitely make more videos on other important things around here.

  10. Cheryl Jackson

    This is wonderful! I am totally impressed. Keep it up- we need you!

  11. DrMarty

    If it doesn’t play here, hit this link: Griffin would love to here some comments. Thanks.

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