One thing Anders has always loved to do is look at videos on YouTube. It began when he was a toddler and I would allow him to watch clips of Elmo from Sesame Street singing the potty song while he sat on his little plastic seat in our bathroom just waiting (and waiting) for something to happen.
As he grew older, we would sit together on the couch and surf the web for educational videos as well as cartoons of his favorite super heroes. One day, a search for something new and kid-friendly starring Batman introduced Anders to a new kind of film. The clip was short, no more than three minutes, and featured a little boy and his dad acting out a skit with action figures. Anders fell in love with the idea of recreating the plots to his favorite cartoons using his own toys. He immediately ran upstairs to his room to stage a great battle.
Recently, we added a Sony Handycam to our arsenal of devices used to record the daily adventures of our family and when Anders saw me take it out of the box the first question he asked was if he could use it to film his own movie like the kids on YouTube. I loved the idea of capturing his creative process. Anders can be really shy in front of a camera and posing him for photographs is impossible. As a general rule, you have to catch him candidly and so having him volunteer to be filmed was exciting.
Of course, the first home video we made was of Anders acting out a skit with his stuffed Angry Birds, the current favorite in our home. Funny thing, not only was Anders excited to be the star of the show, he also turned into a director telling me when to start the video, when to pause, and what to zoom in on. Maybe my shy boy has a career in film ahead of him? Who knew?
The best part about using the Sony Handycam to make a mini-movie was what came afterwards. Anders wanted to watch it right away and I was a little worried about rearranging all the wires and hook ups to display it on our television. Crowding around the camera screen wasn’t a viable option either. When thumbing through the instruction manual I was excited to learn that the camera has a built-in projector.
All we had to do was dim the lights and press a button and voila! Instant movie screen on our living room wall. It made the whole movie creating process even more authentic. I love how simple it was to film a video and then watch it without worrying with all the cords. Plus, later that day we took the camera over to grandma’s house with us where Anders was excited to screen his feature film in a new venue. We have a mobile movie theater, y’all!
I can’t wait to keep the cameras rolling and see what else my mini-director comes up with.
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