Did you ever think you'd be scared of Mary Poppins? I mean, I guess she does make the Banks children eat gross tasting medicine (which is a scary prospect for anyone), but she usually follows that with a spoon full of sugar. The Mary Poppins in the video above doesn't seem like the type to be sweet nor sweeten.
At Cut and Re-Cut, a program we had in the Training Center last Thursday, teens came in and created their own re-cut trailers for popular movies. They had the choice between making Monsters Inc. into a horror movie or The Hunger Games into a rom-com. Using some iMovie know-how, appropriate clips/music for our purposes, and SERIOUS creativity, the teens delivered great trailers!
You can view them in the playlist below!
Also, remember to check out our programs calendar for more awesome programs in the future!
Yesterday, a group of teens joined us for a whirlwind afternoon of filmmaking. We learned about a few ways to create interesting special effects like magically disappearing and floating objects in our hands with the help of iMovie. We even created some Instagram videos and watched some cool ones online. The last part of the program was spent creating stop motion videos using Stop Motion Studio Pro with Wikki Stix (our DIY Kit for the month) and Legos serving as our props.
This program, as well as our Pop-Up Video program next week are filmmaking programs to help you prepare for our Mini Teen Film Fest next month! Learn about how to submit an entry, film categories, prizes and more about the Mini Teen Film Fest here.
Want to see what we made? Check out the video of the films teens made at Mini Movie Madness below. They're all good candidates for the Mini Teen Film Fest!
This past Saturday, a group of brave teens joined us for Super Awesome Action Hero, a teen program where we highlighted some of the different ways to create special effects for movies. At the program, they made their debut in front of The Studio's green screen, used an app called Action Movie FX (if you have a mobile iOS device, GET THIS APP!), and used iMovie to edit the whole thing!
What's great about special effects (especially green screening) is that you can create some seriously awesome, wacky shots — you can potentially be anywhere and do anything that your budget of $0 may not allow you to do otherwise. Behold...the inspired, action-packed, hilarious, and strange videos from our program!
If you're a teen filmmaker or are interested in teen films, you should totally come to the A.H. Teen Film Fest on August 16th. Submissions for the film fest (including emailing us the link to your film and sending in your form entry) are due this Friday the 9th! There'll be an after party just for teens from 7-9 p.m. and it'll be a blast! To find out more, click here!
So it's not exactly summer yet, but you can feel it in the air, right? We're finally putting away our coats and boots and bringing out the shorts and sandals! But, you ladies and gents probably know better than most that summer isn't just about the nice weather. It's also about all the extra free time you get to do things! This might mean finally reading that book, trying out that recipe, visiting a friend who lives far away, or writing the first pages of the next great American novel.
Well, I come bearing good news! Add making a film to that list of things you can finally do! Whether you're a full-on aspiring filmmaker or are curious but a little hesitant about filmmaking, you should take a chance, create a film, and submit it for the Arlington Heights Teen Film Fest! We are seriously excited to see what you can create — especially after seeing all the great short films in the festival last year.
So summer is on its way, and hopefully it'll inspire you to create something great!
Check out some of the highlights from last year's Teen Film Fest in the video below!
Are you submitting a film to the A.H. Teen Film Fest? If not, you totally should! It's going to be a fun night where we'll screen the films entered, hand out prizes, and have an awesome after party! Click here if you want more details.
While you're shooting your film, you should consider the importance of lighting your actors and sets. Depending on where the light source is coming from, you can really set a different mood for your scene.
Filmmaker Nacho Guzman created this video to illustrate how integral lighting is in making a film. It provides a really interesting insight in the role light plays in film, and also is just super cool to watch.
Yesterday, we learned some basic movie-making principles and explored the equipment and resources the library has to offer. Then, each team was given a filming assignment with specific instructions to hone their visual thinking skills. Here's one of the videos that resulted: the challenge was to film a subject ascending and descending stairs. Heather H., Lynette H., and Emma K., great job!
Want to learn more about film-making? Come into the Hub for help with your film, to use video editing software, or to check out cameras, tripods, and more!
We're accepting submissions for the 8th Annual Film Fest! Get the specs and register for upcoming film-making class here.
If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.
If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.