Parents should always be on the lookout for ways to encourage their child’s inner creativity. While most children love to watch movies, there are some who have the curiosity to ask how they are made. Children should be encouraged at an early age to explore the world around them, and one special way to do that is to learn how to make movies. With technology being so advanced today, it is easier than ever to teach your child how to make their own movies. They can explore animation or editing live camera shots together to make a feature presentation. Following are some examples of movie making software that are available in online stores:
The ParaToon Movie series allows children to create their own characters and virtual worlds. It also help children to create their own stories to make movies. Uniquely, this software allows children to work on each other’s movies separately or create a large online animation project where everyone can work together, thereby promoting cooperation and team work.
Magic Theater and Haunted House, both made by the Instinct Corporation, allows children to explore their creativity as early as four years of age. This is excellent for those children who love animated movies and short films. It gives the child a way to not only learn about animation, but to have a creative outlet to bring their imaginations to life. Again, these programs encourage animation, music editing, dialogue creation and illustration. Both programs can be downloaded for free from the company’s website.
For live action movies, there is an excellent tool called Windows Movie Maker. This is typically included with Windows XP and Vista systems. It allows children from age ten and up to upload footage from a video camera and edit it to make a live action presentation. In some ways, it is a beginning method to explore the movie making process from start to finish. A program like this is more for children who want to get more into the technical aspects of movie making such as post-production editing.
Another program that encourages the use of live action footage is the Wildlife Filmmaker from National Geographic. This program can be accessed from the National Geographic website. It allows the child to take prerecorded footage of animals and add effects such as music to create their own unique movie. This is a fun project for children to work on with their parents that is educational for everyone involved.