Promotional video for ELLA / by Glenn Dixon

I created this promotional video for ELLA, a play-based language learning program for children in preschool. The footage was captured in a documentary style within a functioning preschool. We provided the students with iPads loaded with the ELLA software and I filmed as they explored “The Polyglots" apps.

Children move incredibly quickly and filming them requires agility and patience. I wanted to capture them reproducing language naturally so many of my shots lasted multiple minutes as I moved with them through the space. I handheld my Sony FS5 with a 16-35mm Zeiss lens. The wide perspective of the lens allowed me to get really close and pickup the children voices with a shotgun microphone mounted onboard. 

Below is an excerpt from BBC World News featuring the ELLA promotional video. It was a thrill to see the video shared with the BBC's audience.