Last weekend the kids and I discovered a new website, xtranormal, which is a brilliant place where anyone can make movies simply by typing in dialogue and having characters speak it. I have seen several extremely funny videos made this way, including this one about writing a novel which I posted a while ago. Author Laura Zigman has made a whole series of extremely funny films, which I recommend highly. Here’s a good place to start.
The kids enjoyed playing about with the site. My son likes making complicated stop-motion movies with his ipod touch – he can spend hours in his bedroom animating soft toys and other things and making them do strange things. I guess that’s better than watching another re-run of iCarly, right? Here’s an example.
Anyway, I could see my son’s eyes grow bigger as he played about with xtranormal as the possibilities blossomed and multiplied in his head. I went off to take a shower, and by the time I came downstairs again, he and his sister had come up with this. All their own work – they come up with the concept, the script, the execution – the lot.
I don’t know if there will be an official book trailer for my novel – nobody has said anything to me about it – but that question has been rendered somewhat moot. Because how, really, can you do better than this?!?
I love my kids.