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Make Your Own Music Video

Make Your Own Music Video

Fall 2010 Doing & Learning
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Kaitlyn Nichols
ISBN: 9781591748526
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Young readers wishing to make their own music video will love this new guide, which packs easy and witty step-by-step instructions for any youngster with some creative flair who'd like to star in a music video.

The book guides kids in choosing a genre of music (rock, pop, country or hip hop), selecting a music-video theme, writing storyboards (storyboard pages included) and adding special effects. It doesn't matter whether your children can play an instrument, or carry a tune, as this book works as well for accomplished young musicians as it does for lip sync artists. There are helpful and humorous primers on getting into character, looking like a star, and moving like a star. Kids can even learn how to lip sync and play air guitar, while employing the books many tips on filming techniques.

Anybody with a computer (PC or Mac), an internet connection, a video camera and a way to connect them can get started right away. Packaged in the book is a "green screen" young music videographers can tape to a wall as a backdrop when shooting. The required video-editing software is available free online, as are twenty-five downloadable backgrounds ranging from a tropical beach to a jetliner scene to a desert landscape that easily sub in for the green-screen background during editing. The site also offers a short video explaining how the technology works.

This hip book makes it all easy and doable. Even better, in the process of learning something about making a music video and performing, kids may learn something about themselves.

Don Oldenburg   ©2010 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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