A Book and a Hug


A Kid, A Camera and A Big Idea

Reviewed by Administrator on June 05, 2014.
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Movie making is no longer the realm of the big names like Baz Luhrmann, Sir
Peter Jackson and George Lucas.  Technology has now put the tools into the
hands of our students and for six years Tropfest, the world's largest short
film festival, has held Trop Jr for film-makers 15 and under Producing a video is a common assessment
task in a range of circumstances, not to mention the accessibility of
YouTube!  But while having the tools and an audience are essential, having
the know-how or access to someone with the know-how to make the movie stand
above others is the critical intermediary step.  This book provides that.

Author Claire Dicarlo is both an actress and a film-maker and her passion is
to get kids to tap into their imaginations, and have the courage to share
their stories with others through film.  While she has founded Buzz Movie
Makers in Melbourne and has made over 1000 short films with children, she
realised that there were many who could not access her expertise so this
book is the result of trying to reach them.  It is a stand-alone
step-by-step guide.

Comprising 27 chapters full of information, explanations, tips, tricks and
the stories of real kids and a DVD that puts the words into practice so the
reader can see what to do, it is the ideal resource for the budding
movie-maker, the art faculty or anyone wanting to take their movie from
'home-movie" to professional.  Claire speaks directly to the reader as she
writes, starting at the very beginning of the process by having them
consider why they want to make the movie.  What is its purpose?  Is it to
persuade, inform or entertain and how do they want their audience to feel as
a result of viewing it.  Is it take them to a different place or a different
time? These decisions are the foundation of any movie (or writing).   She
discusses how to come up with a great idea, how to structure the story well
and how to write a script. There is even a chapter about how to enter a
movie festival and another that enables them to ensure they comply with
copyright in both production and screening. It is much more than a technical
diary. The information is in short chunks, headings are in question format
and there are photos and illustrations throughout.  Tips, examples, case
studies and worksheets for the reader to jot down their own ideas accompany
each chapter.

While Claire's target audience is kids from 9-13 and it is written so that
they can follow it independently to make their own film, this resource has a
real appeal for those like me who would love to get students doing this,
starting with a book trailer, but just don't have the expertise because
movie-making wasn't an accessible skillset for us as we learned our teaching
craft.   There is a place for this both on the general shelves as well as
the Teachers' Resources section and there would be many parents who would
welcome its suggestion as a gift for their budding film-maker.

Crowd-sourced through Pozible (have a
look to see how much putting such a project together costs) it is an
excellent result for those who invested.

220 pages  9780987563408   Ages 10 and up

Recommended by:  Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, New South Wales Australia

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