For the past few months my husband has been working on an IPad app that let’s kids use their imagination to create stories. He is the sole illustrator in this endeavor. The other guys are “coders.” Their expertise and drive has brought this project to fruition.
My husband volunteered our house one weekend to be used to make a commercial to advertise this app. I had no idea what we were getting into and how professional it was going to be. I thought someone was just going to show up with a handheld video camera. I was wrong!
The crew consisted of a cameraman, a boom mike guy, and a video editor/director. They set up in our living room which became ever so small with all of the equipment. They even set up a track on the floor so the camera could slide along on it. And the camera guy was shooting with a Canon! I did take a minute to drool over his camera.
Apparently the camera guy also shoots video for Kidd Kraddick‘s radio show every morning.
Our son didn’t understand being “on camera” meant being in front of the camera. He kept wanting to be behind the scenes.
The camera guy (can’t remember his name!) helped our “mom” get her mike set up. She was the wife of one of the “coders.”
These were two of the stars in the commercial. They played with the app as the cameras rolled.
And there was a real mike guy! You always see them for movies getting filmed so it was a little surreal to have one in our house.
The camera guy is checking to make sure he got the shot.
And here is Preston, who headed up Project Storytime, and is speaking his part on camera.
Check out the Little People nativity in the background!
I guess I got a small glimpse of what it’s like to be on a movie set and it’s definitely alot of standing around and waiting. At one point I jumped into one of the scenes so that Hunter wouldn’t keep running out of it and we talked about Project Storytime as all the kids looked on. I didn’t make the final cut but the back of our son’s head did!
What does this app do? It’s for kids but it’s a way for you to interact with your kids and let their imagination run free. They can click on a background, choose a character to add in, and then talk about what is going on in the scene. If they are old enough they can type up text into a story about what they see.
I’m so proud of my husband for all the work he put into this and I’m so thankful we had the space in our house to make this commercial happen!
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