In this house we have always loved movies and cartoons. I grew up spending countless hours glued in front of the tube watching nearly every Disney animation on repeat. Movies like Star Wars, The Labyrinth, Goonies, E.T, The Princess Bride and Indiana Jones were likewise viewed as if they were going out of style.
These movies had such imagination that it oozed from the screen into our unsuspecting minds, molding, shaping and inspiring us in ways we may have not expected. Many in my age group associate these movies with a happy, exciting childhood.
My kids have seen the movies I grew up and they have not had the same reaction that I had when I was a kid! But it’s easy to understand, movies are incredibly different today. CGI saturates many movies and the pace moves so quickly with action or events happening at every turn.
I have had to help my kids to appreciate the art and dedication it takes to many any movie or Broadway show even! I have had a bit of experience with the entertainment industry in the past so I understand to a degree the dedication it takes.
So, as a project we decided to create a mini series that the kids are responsible for drafting a script, creating costumes and sets as well as lighting. My son was not as excited about this so I told him he could make one “boy” episode but still assist the girls with lighting or whatever.
The girls took full responsibility and after a week of rehearsal, script changes, arguing and finally getting their act together they produced the first episode of ten!
Once the work was completed with editing and adding sound they were exhausted. I asked them how they felt about the process and they replied that they didn’t realize how much effort it took to make a movie. I made sure to point out that hours of preparation was needed in order to produce a five-minute video.
All in all they had a blast and my son wouldn’t touch the filming area with a ten foot pole! He was not down with the “girly” story line. But then I don’t blame him.
After they viewed the finished product everyone celebrated. Planning has already begun for the next episode.
You can watch it here. We hope you enjoy it.