One of the fun little things we got to do this month was to put Stomper into Apple Camp - really just a short series of classes at the Apple Store teaching kids how to use imovie on their apple computers. Not that we actually have a Mac, but we are hoping to pick one up in October when the new iMac is released. So we put Stomper into the camp and had a very fun three days. The first day he learned a little bit about how to story board a movie and come up with a good plot, and then he had the assignment to shoot a bunch of footage that evening that he was to bring into the store the next day to learn to edit together into a movie.
Sadly, that was the same evening Troy was scheduled to work late and so the filming was entirely up to me. It seemed kinda overwhelming until we invited over our very theatrical friends Ryan and Gabrielle and also insisted over the phone that Troy give Stomper a starting place on the plot. After Chase and Ryan pieced together our story line we took just a couple of hours to film. To tell the truth, we would have had some better clips to use had I not occasionally mixed up the "start" and "stop" buttons on our camera and ended up with one or two good clips as well as several clips of me saying, "Places everyone! Okay, ready? And...action!" before being cut off by me pushing the stop button. Ah well.
What we came up with might not be entirely understandable but was certainly fun to make, and if I may say so myself, the only kid-made movie in the film festival on the final day that actually had a plot. Oh no, wait, there was one other one that was kind of a horrific zombie show with lots of blood that made most of the viewers concerned about letting their child sit next to the kids who made it.