Whenever my children ask me about something, I always brainstorm ways we can make a creative family project out of it. In that way (and many others) I am completely off my rocker.
The other day, my six year old daughter asked me why the old movies were all "gray and scratchy and jumpy looking". Good description, I'd say!
So, I showed them some clips of old silent films online and explained to them that the earliest movies were actually a series of images taken very, very fast. All put together, the pictures became moving, hence the word, Motion Picture. At that time, the technology didn't exist to have audio in the films. But sometime in the late 20s, "talkies" (films with sound) did emerge.
Charlie Chaplain is probably the most well known film star of the silent movie era, so as an homage to him (and other fabulous silent film stars) we made a Silent Film Photobooth.
You can too!
Materials Needed for the Photobooth:
-Butcher Block Paper
(or the large rolls of paper you find for teacher bulletin boards in school supply section of your craft store).
Materials Need for the Props:
-Thin Cardboard (we used cereal box cardboard)
-Hot glue and glue gun
For the Photobooth:
Step 1: We unrolled our paper and drew an arch (three bubbled humps) for the top of the photobooth theater. We also drew curtains with our marker, leaving the outline of the marker (which makes a nice contrast) on the paper when we cut out them out.
Step 2: We cut out the curtains and taped them on the wall.
Step 3: We put a chair in the center of the curatins
For the Props:
We drew shapes like bowler hats (think Charlie Chaplain) and fashionable combs for the silent film movie belles onto thin cardboard. We then cut out paper and felt and covered our designs. For the man's shirt, we used a black marker and drew a collar, cut it out, covered it in paper (with drawn details) then attached it to the rectangular front cover of our cereal box. We drew the tie with a black maker as well.
We attached dowels to our props with a dollop of hot glue covered by a small rectangle of thin cardboard.
Once everything was made, we shot our pictures.
Once we uploaded our fun pictures onto the computer, we used the fun filter on PicMonkey called Daguerreotype to give our pictures a Silent Film era feel.
After using the filter, our pictures turned out like this:
Last step: print out the pictures!
And that's all folks!