Published on 17 March 2017

Photo: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

It’s all feel-good tingles as Esplanade creates a whimsical video featuring cute kids spouting zany fairy tales and unexpected artistic wisdom.

By: Melanie Lee

We could all do with more “awwwws” in our lives. And this is why we’re giving a shout-out to this lovely YouTubevideo, “Where Imagination Comes to Life”, by Esplanade. Watch it below:

It follows the imaginations of three delightfully precocious and creative kids, with animated characters that make their stories come to life at various parts of the iconic arts venue. From there, the children talk about how the arts help to make stories come alive for them.

Photo: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

“If there were no stories, I think they would be floating in space just waiting for someone to think of them.” – Sean, 8 years old 

Photo: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Photo: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

The wonderful thing about this video is that it was totally unscripted, and the spontaneity of the children radiates through. According to Lim Li Ting, Editor, The Esplanade Co Ltd., “We wanted to bring the ‘where imagination comes to life’ message across whimsically, with original stories told by the kids…the concept and ideas for the video developed quite organically.” As such, the video could only be put together coherently after filming the kids, and the design for the animated characters depended entirely on what stories the kids were going to tell.

In terms of casting, Esplanade chose three kids with different personalities to bring contrast to their soundbites – four-year-old Jessica, eight-year-old Sean, and nine-year-old Qaseh. While they were initially hesitant to cast someone below the age of five, four-year-old Jessica was such an animated storyteller that they had to rope her in. Sean and Qaseh were chosen because their answers had depth and could carry a narrative coherently.

“We filmed our three kid talents at PIP’s PLAYbox because it is a warm and inviting space for kids. We also arranged to have a small film crew so that the kids would not be overwhelmed,” Lim recounts.

The result? A joyously dreamy tribute to the importance of the arts in one’s childhood.

For more inspiring videos by The Esplanade on how the arts can make a difference in your life, click here (#artsforchange) and here (Let us esplanade to you series).

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