Day 242: The Little Stage

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August 29, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

I love that it’s now possible for almost anyone to become a creator.  We have more access to greater technologies allowing us to do more – to design, construct and distribute more than ever before.  It’s a trend that I hope continues and that one day we’ll look back on the powers we have today and wonder how we ever made it as far as we did.  Today’s project will be worth looking back on as a tool that helped people of today become directors, writers, producers and even movie stars.

The Tabletop Moviemaking Studio is, well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an easy-to-construct, small-scale, customizable and comprehensive movie studio that fits on your coffee table.  Use it to shoot test footage, expierment with lighting and camera effects, mock-up your scenes before going full-scale, or even make some lo-fi, big-fun, high-creativity movies without leaving home.

The Tabletop Moviemaking Studio is an all-in-one kit that will have you making movies in minutes with your smart phone or tablet!  It contains everything you need to get started.  The box has been engineered to snap into a theater. Tabletop Moviemaking promotes hands-on, tactile play; spatial learning; and collaborative creation.  The Tabletop Moviemaking Studio invites a new form of interaction with your smart phone/tablet and the physical world.  However, it works pretty well without any kind of device, as a means of engaging creative play and storytelling. And when you’re done, it all folds back into a box.

Kids these days (*shakes fist*) spend too much time in front of screens, drifting through the content that the world creates every day.  What if we could inspire more creative content from the otherwise-browsers?  I like pretty much any project that can help a kid (or an adult, for that matter) embrace and engage their creativity – to give them greater power to do more of what they love.  This is definitely one of those projects, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting it on Kickstarter before September 2.

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