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Okay so, if you have a tween or know a tween and they had a chance to make a movie of their choice, what topic would it be about?

This can be silly and fun or crazy just nothing boring. And it has to be able to be done completely by the tween so it can't cost much and materials need to be easy to find.

Thanks so much! I am all ears. 
#1 - February 27, 2017, 01:24 AM
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Alien invasion. This can be taken in a lot of directions from silly to scary. The kids use parts of old costumes, weird glasses and other things that were party favors, makeup, and their own clothes. They often repurpose the items.
#2 - February 27, 2017, 07:23 AM
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Oh! I like that Debbie!! Thanks!!
#3 - February 27, 2017, 07:31 AM
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Debbie's idea is excellent. Have you seen Super 8, Sharon? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650062/ They use an old Super 8 camera like the one JJ Abrams used when he was a kid. In fact, JJ Abrams' Ted Talk might be inspiring as well. He talks about his grandfather giving him his first camera at some point during it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjVgF5JDq8.

What the motivation is here might change how you approach it. The way kids interact with video is so different now. It's a part of their lives and vernacular like never before but in a way that is so different from movie making. Here's a good article on YouTube and kids, http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-youtube-kids-20160627-snap-story.html

Hope this helps!  :stars3

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The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever, by Jeff Strand, is one way this topic was handled. It's also one of the funniest MGs I've ever read, but then, we're cinema nerds in our family so YMMV.
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Super helpful, Hilary! Thank you!! I actually haven't seen Super 8 but will be sure to take a look.
Isn't it so true how technology just comes to our young generation so organically. I mean it's like they have built in computer chips, ipads, and smart phone know how before they are even in kindergarten.

Thanks Anne! I'll check out that book, too.

Zombies are currently at the top of my list. But I really like Debbie's Alien Invasion, too.
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Okay so my friend's son and his friends (all fourteen) made a movie last year about the search for a super powerful bowl of noodles. In it, the kid who eats the noodles when they finally find it disappears. They are now making the sequel in which they search for that kid.

The key is that kids have no money for stuff like effects so they have to use what they have. Some just tape the imaginary play that's common for that age. (I have a series of audiotapes of my cousin and I playing out a series where we're in a street gang. I even wrote the novelization of part using a sociology student as the narrator. I'm sure it sucks. But this is no different than what kids today are doing. Aliens, criminals, superheroes, rock bands. Alien superheroes in a rock band.) Run with it.
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