Real life ‘Super 8′: Do your kids like to make movies?

I love it when my kids ask if they can use the Flip cam to make a “movie.” It doesn’t matter to me or to them what they are going to shoot. What I love is them planning a scene, acting it out and making sure they capture it just how they want it. I love the creativity that goes into deciding what they are going to shoot and the teamwork they need to pull it off.

Walsh loves to create battle scenes with his Lego men. He also likes to shoot what he’s playing on his Nintendo DSi. (I guess because he watches how to get through hard stages of video games on You Tube so he is looking to recreate that.)

It’s just so easy now for kids to make “movies.” The equipment is often readily accessible at home, small, easy to understand and gives immediate satisfaction as they can watch it on the camera, on the computer or on their TV.

I think the big difference today from the ’70s is the kids don’t think of it so much as making movies but as making You Tube videos. They want to post their videos and get comments.

Are your kids making their own movies? What type of equipment are they using to shoot? Do they use editing systems like in Macs? Are they posting on You Tube? Are they inviting friends over to watch? What are their favorite topics to shoot?

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DB

June 17th, 2011
8:16 am

Whenever he was given the option of doing a video or doing a PowerPoint for a school project, my son almost always opted for the video. But when they were growing up, the video cameras were just a little too expensive to let them “play” with them. I love the prices of the digital video cams now — so cool!

motherjanegoose

June 17th, 2011
8:17 am

No.

Funny, I was thinking about recording the other day, as a child. There were no videos not even cassettes. We would go over to our aunt’s house and she had a reel to reel recorder, with the brownish plastic tape. We loved to sing and say silly things into it and play it back until the tape broke. It was heavy and cumbersome but that was all we had in the 1960’s! My Grandmother let us type on her old manual typewriter and we thought that was cool. Typing, in HS, was learned on a manual and then we were promoted to a Selectric ( was that the brand name?).

Things have changed! My own two love to tease me when I talk about the Instamatic (sp?) cameras. What about Polaroids? I even get teased about Magic Markers. My daughter tells me there is no such thing…THEY ARE MARKERS MOM. I have asked literally thousands of teachers and YES they remember when they were called MAGIC markers. Not as magical today :).

Have a great weekend everyone!

motherjanegoose

June 17th, 2011
8:23 am

DB…mine have always done power point, as it became available. Our kids are right in the same age range ( for the other readers). I do not recall many videos.

It amazes me how kids under 10 know how to do these things but never ride their bike or kick a ball in the yard…different times for sure.

My daughter told me this the other day, “When I have kids, do you think they will even know what it is like to play outside? I am going to go out and play with them, so they know what it is like. We used to have so much fun playing after dinner and hanging out in the summer until it got dark.”

We’ll see!

catlady

June 17th, 2011
9:41 am

MJG- What a trip down memory lane! At school, even now, I say “magic markers’ and my students think I am nuts! However, I say “markers” when I mean the things you use for the whiteboard, and “magic markers” when I mean what is used on paper.

I have a reel to reel tape of my elder daughter “reading” at age 3, and several of my son “making music” when he was little.

Remember when we thought having a cassette player in the car was so ‘high tech?”

I love the way my granddaughter is so comfortable with technology!

BTW, a little boy I taught years ago called matches “magics”. I loved it! He was also getting in his “six year motors” in the back of his mouth.

Fire Rodney Ho

June 17th, 2011
9:41 am

I found Super 8 to be too violent and the language was awful, any parent that lets any children under the age of 15 see this movie should be LOCKED UP!

~Fire Rodney Ho~

The Big Bopper

June 17th, 2011
9:45 am

Well, if 1) I had kids, and 2) I had a few extra thousand dollars lying around, I could have a custom “music” video made for one of them just like Rebecca Black, complete with a token black rapper.

FRIDAY, FRIDAY…GOTTA GET DOWN ON FRIDAY!!

teensmom

June 17th, 2011
10:00 am

My teenager and his friends film movies all the time. Usually suspense/slasher types with lots of fake blood. He has a videocamera he takes everywhere and edits on a Mac. The skills he has learned are amazing and I much prefer them doing this than hanging out at some mall or restaurant all the time. Some of them are uploaded to youtube – with no identifying names, of course.

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June 17th, 2011
10:53 am

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Wayne

June 17th, 2011
11:27 am

My boys haven’t shown any interest in filming but taking pictures, yeah. Funny Catlady, but I had an 8 track in my first car. Eagles baby!

My Mom, before she moved to Florida, gave me a bunch of 8mm films. My Grandfather loved taking home movies. I didn’t have a reel to reel to play them until recently (got a nice Kodak at the Brimfield Flea Market – which is huge around here – for $1). What a trip down memory lane. Most of the people I didn’t recognize, but wow. Listening to that film going through the projector brought back so many memories.

This weekend being Father’s Day and all, I might just drag that thing out and show the boys what deal ol’ Dad looked like eons ago!

JJ

June 17th, 2011
12:26 pm

I see there are some bored kids up in here today……y’all go outside and play nice….

Vito Cordeone

June 17th, 2011
12:34 pm

Why would you post a video of your children on YouTube for all to see? It is not worth it.

Becky

June 17th, 2011
1:43 pm

The girl isn’t interested in filming anything, but the boy loves to film..Right now he only has the video camera that is on my phone..He videos his cars and simulates “major” wrecks out of them..

@Wayne..You can take the 8mm film (I think) and have it transfered over to DVD..I know my ex had some transfered over to VHS and I have had VHS transfered over to DVD..

@catlady and MJG..I also still call them magic markers..Guess I always will..

@JJ..You got it, there are some very bored people on here today..

Wayne

June 17th, 2011
1:55 pm

@Becky: yeah, there’s a place north of here that will do it – last I knew anyway, but there’s something about watching an 8mm film. I’ll get them onto DVD at some point, just to preserve them.

Denise

June 17th, 2011
1:56 pm

@Catlady, MJG, and Becky – I still say magic markers too.

None of my nephews and nieces make videos yet but they like to be in them. My 3-year-old niece taped me a message last week from the beach. Love that little one.

Becky

June 17th, 2011
2:30 pm

@Wayne..Yeah, there is.. I know this is a cliche, but some things should not have been “improved” on..Guess that I’m just old..

Wayne

June 17th, 2011
2:52 pm

I’m gonna be 39 forever! (I got past the “I’m gonna be 29 forever” stage a while back…

JJ

June 17th, 2011
3:13 pm

I just celebrated the 13th annivesary of my 39th birthday…LOL.

Becky

June 17th, 2011
3:14 pm

Wayne, I am 49 and am looking forward to the big 50..

Wayne

June 17th, 2011
3:37 pm

I’m right beside you Becky. November is my big 50 date…

catlady

June 17th, 2011
7:51 pm

Wayne, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave! : )

djm_NC

June 17th, 2011
8:03 pm

i call them magic markers and so do my kids because thats what i always called them lol…all the kids here video themselves all the time…and it is always doing things outside like riding horses-4 wheelers or dirt bikes..camping…so making videos does not always exclude playing outside…i think that whether kids get to play outside a lot depends on a number of things—where the kids live–if their parents are both working and dont want the kids outside when they arent home…lots of reasons that are valid. i am lucky to live in a place where the kids run wild. everywhere isnt like that anymore. plus–the days of mom being at home and keeping tabs on the kids are long gone…how many moms dont have to work?

Becky

June 17th, 2011
9:10 pm

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Becky

June 17th, 2011
9:19 pm

@Wayne..That makes you about 2 months older

Becky

June 17th, 2011
9:23 pm

Sorry bout that..Wayne, I will be 50 in Jan..Wish I had of known that you like the Eagles,I just got rid of my Hell Freezed Over T-shirt..

Chas Foster Kane

June 18th, 2011
1:34 pm

Every movie isn’t made for children. Every movie isn’t made for children. But, some idiot PARENTS believe everything on planet earth should be safe for their precious little darlings. Get a grip The world wasn’t made to service your whelps. Stick to McDonalds and Disney Thank god for R-rated movies. Which doesn’t even remotely apply to SUPER 8.

Old School

June 18th, 2011
1:36 pm

One of my favorite impromptu “teachable moments” came when I pulled out a filmstrip projector and some filmstrips from 1956. We had just started multiviews (I taught high school drafting) and the students were having a tough time visualizing the 3 views. I projected the first slide on my whiteboard and began talking over the giggles (”…modern inventions like the jet airplane.”) Within seconds they were totally hooked. My advanced AutoCAD students were even drawn into the discussions and I had more volunteers wanting a shot at “complete the view” and “add the missing lines” than I did back in the early 70s when filmstrips were the norm.
Sadly, much of today’s technology is so over used kids get bored and tune it out. Old can become new if you put a bit of imagination to it.