Movie Making 101


Malachi is 8, soon to be nine and he is so excited. Well, soon being August and I don’t know what is special about nine, but he is looking forward to it. That wasn’t what I wanted to talk about today though.

Malachi loves army men, knights and castles, and Star Wars. He got some Star Wars Lego for Christmas and he has carted it around the house in a small bucket just about everyday. If he is not playing with a bucket full of Lego he is setting up a battle scene with his army men, but that is a story for another day.

On this day, not today, but the day he took this picture, he was making a movie with my camera. Not just any movie, Lego stop motion animation. Malachi is creative with the camera and takes interesting shots or whatever he is shooting. He had his whole movie set designed in Lego and the characters were having quite the battle. Let me tell you, any day around here sounds like a war zone with our boys and their mouth noises.

Malachi's movie set

I loved this shot that he took because it is a really creative angle (with daddy in the background). Apparently some of the characters were already taken down in the gun fight.

Malachi loves taking pictures, he always has. It has taken some training and discussion for him to learn what is appropriate and what is not, but I am pretty sure he could grow up to be a photographer. Well, he could be a photographer unless he decides to direct movies or be a foley artist (because he is really good at that too).

I want to be the mom who encourages her children to follow their dreams and for some of them this involves technology. How do you use technology in your homeschool? Leave me a note in the comments or write a post and leave your link in the comments.

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5 thoughts on “Movie Making 101

  1. Okay, this is self-serving, but I’m doing it anyway: If you’re interested, please check out my free Filmmaking 101 course: It’s not related to Sonlight… it’s just a personal passion project of mine I’ve been producing in my free evenings as I have time.

    It may not be where Malachi is right now, but I thought I’d pass it along because the more people who use the program, the happier I am [smile]. And I do like helping aspiring media producers!


  2. My boys who are 8 & 9 love to make Lego stop motion movies, too. It is enjoyable to see their creativity come out in their Lego wars, sets, and movies. My 8 year old’s latest creation is “Arnold’s” restaurant from Happy Days. He made booths, the Fonz’s office, and the band, complete with saxophones, drums, and a piano. I’m going to enjoy the Legos underfoot while they are there…even though they hurt when you step on them. :)

  3. I find it great that parents will encourage their children to do things that are not normally taught in schools. This will let the child discover where his talents lie and from that, to improve on his given talents.

  4. How neat!! I have a 12yo who LOVES to take pictures and use video, but I don’t know if he would have the ability to follow through with the length of time stop-motion takes to achieve. I think it’s great that Malachi loves it! We are thinking of turning our son into a videographer. He is VERY interested in starting a YouTube channel. :)

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