Wednesday, February 21, 2007
7 News Features: Movie Magic
A child's drawings usually hang in the family art gallery -- better known as the refrigerator. But their imagination could come to life on the small screen.
WSVN -- From the mind of a child, a twister tears across the screen, a dancer flys with ease and pirates rule the sea.
These animated adventures come to life inside this Lincoln Road studio -- LittleDirector.com.
"For me, the kid is the boss, I don't care what the parents say."
This is the brain child of Royi Akavia.
He takes one drawing, one story ...
"He came to rescue the princess. That's his horse and that's his castle."
... and makes a mini-movie.
Royi Akavia: "The children see their own drawing come to life, and the pleasure you see in their face."
Lynn Martinez: "Most parents proudly display their child's art here, but it can quickly get stained or torn. But, with just a little time and money, your child's imagination can go from here -- to here: a short film permanently preserved on DVD.
"Now I want each of you to write one drawing, characters, then a story about what it is about."
A pile of crayons and a sheet of paper, and these kids are off.
Parents can also mail or e-mail drawings with a narrative.
"You are the boss, I work for you, you are the director."
Once he has the little director's vision -- Royi scans it in to his computer and gets to work.
"She did tornado, maybe based on the hurricanes."
And about 30 minutes later -- "voila."
Susan Priscal: "Any type of art helps a kid. Just to bring out what they're thinking, what they want to do. Artwork does help them."
At this age, Royi believes art is the best way children have to express themselves.
Alec Priscal: "The penguins are going to play with the seal. I saw the movie Happy Feet."
And parents agree.
"He's gone to Disney, he loves the animation, and just doing this on his own, being his own director. He hasn't seen the pic yet, but I think he'll be thrilled."
"People need to understand the child becomes focused about himself, eager about himself and proud about himself."
"Hey, come look at this movie!" "Who did this movie?" "Me."
Movies start at about $30.
Extras cost more, including how many characters there are to animate and how many copies a parent wants.