Want your Child to Love Books? Go See a Movie!

Reading a book from which a movie is made is almost always a richer experience than simply watching the movie. The experience of savoring the words on the page and allowing yourself to be taken on a journey inspired by the author is sublime. As the author paints a picture with words, your imagination fills in the blanks until the voices of the characters and the images of the settings resonate in your mind.

After reading and thoroughly enjoying a well-written book, watching the movie adaptation can be a interesting experience. The voices and images from your imagination are juxtaposed by those created by the actors, the director, and the cinematographer. It’s not that the experience of watching a movie adaptation is necessarily bad – it’s simply different. It presents a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to your children the difference between words on a page and images on a screen – and to have a great family experience in the process.

Almost without fail, your children will agree that while they enjoyed the movie, the experience created by their own imagination is better. Demonstrating to your child that their imagination is more powerful than a hollywood blockbuster is a very liberating and supportive exercise. Believe it or not, going through this process of reading a great book and seeing the movie actually reinforces your child’s love of reading and the use of their imagination!

Between now and the end of the year, there are two opportunities to read a great book and then to see the movie adaptation. The movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PG-13), was released in theaters on November 18, while the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (PG) as released on December 9.

As a family, take the opportunity to read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire before watching the movie. Discuss which scenes you think will make it into the movie and which they may have to cut. Have family members choose favorite characters, and act out some scenes from the book. These types of activities build excitement and set the stage for seeing the movie together as a family. If you want to go all out, dress in costume to see the
movie. Afterwards, discuss how the movie differed from the book, and, more importantly, how it differed from the scenes created in family members’ imaginations.

You can follow the same process by reading The Chronicles of Narnia prior to seeing the movie. Younger children may enjoy hearing the classic tale of Chicken Little prior to seeing the Disney movie of the same name. Discuss the moral of the story, and, after watching the movie, talk about how the storyline in the movie demonstrated the principles of the classic.

James Dean Movie, ‘Joshua Tree’ Gives A Different Look At The Late Actors Life

For many years now, James Dean, even in his death, has captivated and stirred curiosity of many people. The great films he has been part of has stricken the world with his charm, forever immortalizing him in movies. The late actor who perished due to an unfortunate event still stands as one of the best actors of all time. Though there have been a good number of biopics of the actor, an upcoming Dean movie gives a different perspective and approach to the life of the famous actor. You can learn about some of his past life events, and what drove him to become the famous actor who left an impression on thousands of lives.

In some past works James Dean’s sexuality was the subject of rumors. Whether he was gay or bisexual has been the main question of the past few years. However, the news about the late actor’s gay acts has faced scrutiny. Perhaps he engaged in homosexual acts only to give his career a boost, but then again, this has faced a good amount of debate. Even though people have been saying that the actor himself was gay, it is commonly known that he was at most a bisexual, as he was a popular ladies man.

James Dean was undoubtedly a talented young actor who’s life has been taken away at such an early age. Who knows what we could have seen his career bloom into, but it certainly would only improve his legendary status. Though this actor only had 3 films, ‘Giant’ with co stars Elizabeth Taylor, ‘East of Eden’ and ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ in the year 1955.

The upcoming Dean movie shows a different side of James Dean to feed the audiences curiosity of his sexuality. The film was directed and written by Matthew Mishory entitled, ‘Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean’. Unlike the many other Dean movies, ‘Joshua Tree’ gives a different and very unique approach to the life of the charming actor. This film gave a fairly different and very striking take that has grabbed the attention of many people.

Actor James Preston from ABC’s ‘The Gates’ stars in the role of the brilliant James Dean. He is joined by the ‘L Word’ actress, Erin Daniels and ‘Queer as Folk’ Robert Gant. This Dean movie talks about the life of the late actor before he gained his popularity in Hollywood.

How to Make a Decent Movie

Here are some tips to help you make a movie that may not bring you the Oscar, but that does not get ugly in front of friends:

· First, it is important to have an idea. Put your head to work and try your best to restrict your ideas to what you can do comfortably. Try not to imagine anything much beyond your capabilities.

· Then it’s time to decide some things like if you want an animation movie or have real actors step into the shoes of different characters. You need to decide if you want a silent movie, talking movie, total budget, location and number of people needed etc.

· Then mount a “storyboard” which is nothing more than a plan. Put the lines in order; describe the scenes, the theme and the title. Put it all more or less in order, so you can orient them and remember everything clearly.

· Finally start the project. Start by searching for materials, people and sets etc.

· Finalize the costumes, the sets and dialogues. Let the actors rehearse their lines and you can record that. This will help you identify flaws in the script and your actors also would be able to perfect their dialogues through practice.

· Shoot the scenes slowly. It’s not necessary to shoot them in the same sequence they are going to appear in your film. It’s a good idea to group scenes based on costumes, location and actors; you can shoot all scenes that have stuff in common together. Record short movies if your camera does not have good memory and if necessary, use a list of scenes to check what has been done.

· So it’s time for editing. With a good computer, move the camera scenes to your PC and start editing. If you’re really not experienced with editing, use the Windows standard Movie Maker. Find tutorials for it and then edit the scenes, cut the unnecessary scenes, put scenes in order, add titles, credits and at last add sound effects. There are tons of free stuff available on the internet for novice movie makers; you can use pre-recorded sound sequences, backdrops and also nominal special effects. Make sure you don’t try anything that you know nothing about; you don’t want to spoil the unedited version of your movie.

· Finally convert the project into Avi or another format. Just make sure that the picture quality is not compromised.

· Convert it to a format that can be burnt on to a DVD.

· Burn it on to a blank DVD and your movie is ready!

· Finally, use Photoshop or similar programs to make the cover of your movie.