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Movie Maker: The Ultimate Guide to Making Films Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Box Nov edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076364949X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763649494
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2010
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Designed for elementary-aged children, the MOVIE MAKER includes everything, minus a camera and a computer, that a young filmmaker needs to make a movie. There's a 48-page director's handbook that goes through a step by step process from preproduction to the actual screening of the finished movie. The book explains all the basic terms and techniques of filmmaking from "location" to "narrative tension" and from "tilt" to "pan". The book also has sections specifically dealing with fiction, documentary, and animation. Besides the director's handbook, MOVIE MAKER also includes a CD with 99 sound effects; several sheets of push-out costumes and props, e.g. fake watches and mustaches; tattoo stickers; a storyboard; a build-it-yourself push-out robot for a stop-motion movie; stickers for the director's chair; stars for the actors' dressing rooms; and tickets for the premiere of the movie. In addition, the front of the box that the kit comes in is a working clapper-board that (as long as chalk is used) can be used over and over. This is a great kit for any child who has an interest in movies. As long as they have access to a camera of some sort and a computer for editing, they have all the basics they need to make their own movies. I'd recommend have an adult "on set" as a production advisor who could also be the "executive producer" and oversee the editing of the movie.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By KK's cooking on October 24, 2011
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My 6 and 9 year old grandsons are both very imaginative and creative. At Christmas, the "Movie Maker" was a real hit with the 9 year old. When he was finished playing with the new toys a few days later, he sat down by himself and read the guide. Before long, he had his younger brother featured in a vampire movie. Grammy (that's me) was the creepy shadow and also provided some scary noises for his movie. He was making a movie on and off for several days when I visited. And I know he has made more than one movie, like one about General MacArthur (since he had done a book report on him. Personally, as a grandparent, I love to give this type of gift.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kenya on March 6, 2011
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I use this to teach movie making to my group of kids. They love it and the cd of sound effects was very handy. Great purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yesterdaysmom on January 16, 2015
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My son has wanted to be a movie director for many years now. He will be 11 in April. He loves this! I thought he would just like it. But, that is an understatement. The clapboard is the box that holds everything but it is really sturdy. It has tabbed folders to keep things organized. The handbook is very informative. This is not just a little play toy for a child. It is a great tool for the upper elementary age child who seriously wants to make movies. We also bought him a very inexpensive digital video camcorder for Christmas and an SD card. He already knows how to edit movies on the computer because we let him use our video camcorder on our camera before getting him his own. Make sure that if you buy this for your child that he or she has access to a computer to edit his movies and a digital video camcorder because this is not for the child who just wants to pretend. But, since it is for a child and not more professional equipment, the props are a bit cheesy.
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This was a gift for my nephew for his 6th birthday. He dreams of making movies one day. This by far stole the show. He got so many amazing gifts, but this was his favorite, all he talked about for weeks! It really does have a lot of cute stuff in it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Wendy M. Turnbull on December 25, 2011
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A present for my son, he loves it and has started drawing storyboards for his film. Great find and am sure he will learn lots from it.
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My daughter loves this product! It comes with some great things, storybook, movie guide, props etc. great buy!
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By R Faith Taylor on April 26, 2015
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It's a really nice little gadget! Very awesome! Thank you!
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