According to Samsung, 2.5 billion people around the world own a digital camera. Put your camera to good use and switch your setting from taking still shots to video. Put your camera to good use and get the kids involved to make a family movie together. Consider a documentary or montage of your year, or something more ambitious like an action-packed feature-length film starring mom, dad, the kids, and even the family pets.
Here are some ideas on how to start your next family film:
Make It Look Professioniol
Making a movie for fun on your smartphone is a great idea, but there are ways to make your family movie look professional. Pick-up a DSLR camera, borrow one from a friend, or rent one for a day. A DSLR camera can take snapshots while also filming your family movie. They typically have larger sensors for a bigger depth of field and a more cinematic look than a traditional camcorder or smartphone. Stabilize your camera on a table or use a rig to keep it steady to avoid your images from going in and out of focus.
Think about some of your favorite feature-length films. Was it the location, costumes, or props that compelled you to keep watching? Get out old Halloween costumes for a frightful scene, or shoot on an old bridge over a creek for a reflective scene. Write up a script, but encourage kids to improvise as they see fit to bring some spontaneity and emotion to your masterpiece.
Add titles, graphics, and transitions like wipes and dissolves to your footage. Most computers come with installed video editing software, like Apple’s iMovie. Take your film to the next level by incorporating stock footage. Choose stock video footage from a website like Shutterstock to add to your holiday video, such as footage of fresh snow falling over a Christmas tree, an animated dancing Santa, reindeer prancing in front of a moon, or a family opening gifts. Use it as an opener to your film or dream sequence to really add a punch of professional pizzazz.
Take your film to documentary heights by interviewing members of the family. Ask questions about their favorite family memories or ask them to recall their favorite things about a lost relative or pet. Discuss each family members’ dreams and ambitions as a live recording of where you and your family were in history. Keep adding to the film every year with the same questions and watch your film evolve into a family archive. Watch what answers change and which ones stay the same, and discuss the new developments with your kids.
Choose a Fun Soundtrack
A film isn’t complete without a fun soundtrack. Pick an adventurous tune when the kids are swinging from the monkey bars and racing into the tree house. Choose a tune that’s mysterious and dark during a tense scene where the kids discover a monster in the cellar. Or pick something happy and light for a montage of your family adventures for the year.