WHAT HAPPENS ON THE PRINCIPAL TRIP?
THE PRINCIPAL TRIP — FOURTEEN DAYS
DAY ONE Check into lodgings; make contact with local specialists; confirm in-country travel arrangements.
DAY TWO Travel to site. Introduce the team and the participating class to one another. Explain to the children how a trunk works. (And show them a sample, already-assembled trunk, if possible. If not, then show them a couple of representative artifacts from another culture.)
DAYS THREE AND FOUR Team Leader, Translator, Interviewer, and Videographer begin taping groups of four or five children, talking about their lives in general: families, homes, pets, siblings, school, playtime, holidays, sports, religious observances, and hobbies. Each hour-long conversation will be guided by whatever subjects excite the children. Subjects already identified for mini documentaries (particular holidays, festivals, ceremonies, national dishes, traditional dances or songs, important historical moments, national costumes, traditions important to children) are introduced for the children to discuss. The most talkative, lively students are identified, and then discretely asked to participate in extended interviews.
Simultaneously, the Curator tours the area and begins identifying and collecting artifacts, guided by both what the children are saying in the interviews, and what the team is learning in the field. Collection continues throughout the next week.
DAYS FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, AND EIGHT Extensive one-on-one interviews, run by the Videographer and Interviewer. The interviews last three or four hours each, broken up by meals, rest and play. A variety of subjects are covered in the interviews, grouped in three categories:
What do the children eat and who prepares it? Where do they sleep? Do they have their own bedroom? Do they have siblings? If so, tell us about them. Are there extended family members living with them, or nearby? What are their chores and responsibilities? What do they wear and where do their clothes come from? Where does their food come from? Who does the cooking? Shopping? Do they have TV? Books? A computer? What games do they play? What is their morning routine? Bedtime routine? Do they have pets or keep livestock?
How do they get to school? What subjects do they study and how? (blackboards; SMART boards; call-and-respond?) What would a typical school day be like? Do they have homework? Do they play sports? Do they get recess? What games do they play? How are students disciplined? Rewarded? Do the boys and girls study and play together?
Do they go to church/mosque/synagogue/temple? What are their holiday and cultural celebrations? What are their sporting events? Where do the children play? Do the children work? What are the chores? Do they get spending money? What do they spend money on? Where do their parents shop? Is there a zoo? Library? Museums? Theater? Do the children have freedom to travel/explore or are they always accompanied by adults? How does the surrounding geography affect their life?
mini-docs & VIDEO TUTORIALS
Most of the objects in the trunk will have their own mini-docs, with a narrative something like this:
The tutorial videos will cover things like:
DAYS NINE, TEN, ELEVEN, and TWELVE More shooting material for mini-docs. More artifact collecting. Also photographing and filming b-roll of whatever is mentioned in the extended interviews — as many of the many people, places, events, and items as feasible. Students are photographed and/or filmed engaged in extracurricular activities mentioned during their interviews, including in their homes where possible.
The students are given cameras so they can take a couple of days to shoot images that are important to them. Whatever they think is important in their lives.
The Virtual Reality crew arrives to shoot five short films, using a rig for shooting 360-degree footage and recording 3D audio.
DAYS THIRTEEN AND FOURTEEN Final collection and sourcing of any remaining artifacts. A farewell party for all the students, parents, teachers, administrators and anyone else connected.