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MCGUFFIN, THE

What to know: Delightful student production that shows the ceativity of kids.
MCGUFFIN, THE is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 6-18
14 minutes
VIDEO
KARI THOMAS
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I like this student created film because it reflects the creativity of kids, which I think is cool. I also like how the film is made by students during 5 weeks at summer camp. That's cool. Plus, it has funny dialogue, pretty good special effects, an interesting plot, and the music, costumes and makeup are all really well executed.

It begins in Professor Dog Ear's castle with him telling his crew, Strong Girl, Flightless Bird, Rolling Stone and The Accountant, that he needs to find the McGuffin. To get to the McGuffin, they face three obstacles - a dinosaur who only speaks in metaphors, a door that only the pure of heart can go through, and the guards of the McGuffin - Flip and Flop.

The story is really well written, with well drafted characters and a really funny ending ( which I wont say!) The work is quite good with cool camera angles throughout. One shot I particularly like is when they are behind the McGuffin box. That really impressed me. The costumes are a joy to look at. They are well made and cool to look at from the audience point of view. It is shot at a beautiful location. The outdoor sets are really pretty and the indoor sets are really well put together. I enjoyed the background music too. The special effects are okay, but you can totally tell they are digital. But they are still effective. The film was created by kids, with all child actors. My favorite character is Strong Girl because she is so brave and smart. My favorite scene is the one with the red door that only someone with a pure heart can walk through. The special effects are really cool in that scene as well.

The message of the film is teamwork makes the dream work and don't let anything stop you from reaching your goals.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It would be particularly suited for a festival showcasing student films.

Reviewed by Beatrice N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

I like this student created film because it reflects the creativity of kids, which I think is cool. I also like how the film is made by students during 5 weeks at summer camp. That's cool. Plus, it has funny dialogue, pretty good special effects, an interesting plot, and the music, costumes and makeup are all really well executed.

It begins in Professor Dog Ear's castle with him telling his crew, Strong Girl, Flightless Bird, Rolling Stone and The Accountant, that he needs to find the McGuffin. To get to the McGuffin, they face three obstacles - a dinosaur who only speaks in metaphors, a door that only the pure of heart can go through, and the guards of the McGuffin - Flip and Flop.

The story is really well written, with well drafted characters and a really funny ending ( which I wont say!) The work is quite good with cool camera angles throughout. One shot I particularly like is when they are behind the McGuffin box. That really impressed me. The costumes are a joy to look at. They are well made and cool to look at from the audience point of view. It is shot at a beautiful location. The outdoor sets are really pretty and the indoor sets are really well put together. I enjoyed the background music too. The special effects are okay, but you can totally tell they are digital. But they are still effective. The film was created by kids, with all child actors. My favorite character is Strong Girl because she is so brave and smart. My favorite scene is the one with the red door that only someone with a pure heart can walk through. The special effects are really cool in that scene as well.

The message of the film is teamwork makes the dream work and don't let anything stop you from reaching your goals.

I give this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18, plus adults and recommend it for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. It would be particularly suited for a festival showcasing student films.

Reviewed by Beatrice N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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