Each day this week I will be posting a different reason to get outside this summer. Today: Make a Music Video.
In this day and age everybody can make their own music video. I have HD video and iMovie right on my phone- this stuff has never been more accessible. My kids love to use the camera and be in front of it. A couple of months ago I decided I needed to brush up on my iMovie skills, so I toted my son and his friend outside, gave them a few simple instructions and let them run around. They had a great time, even though it was really cold out, and I had footage to play with. Full disclosure: one day it was so cold that we bribed them with hot chocolate and Munchkins.
This project was mostly a way for me to hone my editing skills, as I mentioned, but it inspired me to get out there with the kids sometime in the near future to have them play outside and shoot their own video that we can edit together. Why a music video? Well, my kids are young. I think starting with a music video is the easy way to go because it gives you much more room to do whatever you want in that you don't have to deal with dialogue and a lot of finnicky shooting and editing. It's basically just setting footage to music and the kids will think they have done something grand.
As for that video: I still haven't finished editing it, but when I'm done you will be the first to see it. If you get outside with your little ones and assemble a video, please share it with us!