Archive for October, 2009

Making Puppets in your classroom and “What’s not to like about a cute Louisiana marsh creature named Labou?”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

LabouA couple of years ago, KIDS FIRST! received an incredible movie called “Labou.” What’s not to like about pirate treasure, ghosts and a cute Louisiana marsh creature named Labou and that is what our audience thought. 

 

Our good friends from “Labou” have created a Workshop entitled “Hollywood and the Art of Puppetry”.  While not all of us can have Greg and Sheri come to our schools, the complete puppet making video and puppet making kit are available FREE at www.LabouStuff.com 

 

 

The workshop is now downloadable for free from www.LabouStuff.com under “Free Stuff”.  It has a video that teaches kids about the history of puppets in Hollywood, and the accompanying puppet cut-out sheets.  The kids love it!

We have completed over 50 of these workshops to much critical success with several non-profit organizations including Easter Seals as well as local schools, museums and libraries across the nation. 

Filmmakers – Ready to win a trip to Orlando for you and your family?

Monday, October 5th, 2009

omms_2l_visitorl.jpgYou’ve heard of it. You watch it on YouTube, but the ad industry has pooh poohed this advertising medium for a long time. “For most of its brief history, CGA has consisted of shabbily produced, usually pointless and typically self-referential imitations of the very professional advertising it seeks to replace.” This quote is from Bob Garfield’s latest column in Advertising Age. He does go on to admit, “But suddenly we are obliged to re-evaluate, thanks to Etsy.com.” 

 

Granted Etsy.com, the incredible site for handmade goods, has really cute 30 second ads made by “amateurs,” but what about Doritos and their Crash the Super Bowl Contest? Doritos once again have launched the Crash the Super Bowl Contest with prizes ranging from $25,000 to $1,000,000. 

 

Now KIDS FIRST! introduces their own CGA contest in partnership with the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Filmmakers are invited to submit their three minute short with the theme “Orlando Makes Me Smile.” There will be two winners in two categories, with both receiving trips to Orlando for 4 people, including airfare, lodging, rental car and theme park tickets. The two categories are Short Indie Film and Short Student Film. Student filmmakers must be between the ages of 13-18. 

 

Winning film will be premiered at the Florida Film Festival in April and filmmakers receive 4 filmmaker passes to this great festival. The Winners will also be screened in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. 

 

The film festival submission process launches Oct. 15th and information will be available then at www.kidsfirst.org.

 

 

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