Epic Movie FX

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Fiery explosions and crashes in easy special-effects tool.

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Educational Value

Epic Movie FX can help teens who are interested in filmmaking, especially special effects. Through superimposing premade images of bomb blasts, tornadoes, and other action-packed extreme events onto videos teens take of their surroundings with their mobile devices, they can utilize a bit of the technical skills related to digital creation using special effects. Epic Movie FX can provide budding filmmakers with a bit of exposure to digital creation and may help spark some good discussion about special effects and violence in movies.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Just follow directions and watch for prompts. During this review, the app worked without any problems; however, the developer states on its Google Play Store page, "Due to different native camera implementations on each device, it's very difficult to make this app work flawlessly on every device. However, please be assured that developers look at each bug report and try to fix it ASAP."

Violence

Violent images of bazooka attacks, helicopter crashes, "Hell Fire Bombardment," missile attacks, a plane crash, and a tornado can be superimposed over any video, creating the appearance that it's happening wherever the user records the video.

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Consumerism

Ads appear on each screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Epic Movie FX is a special-effects app that allows users to overlay Hollywood-style action images like fiery bombs, plane crashes, bazooka blasts, and whirling cyclones over any video taken on a mobile device. These aren't Hollywood-quality effects, but they are good, and the app itself is very simple to use. Because Epic Movie FX's entire point is to add shocking action to videos, the images that users can choose from are violent and could be disturbing to some people (especially if a kid uses a video created with this app as a prank and shows it to a younger kid without clueing them in that it's a fake). Perhaps this could be a tool for aspiring teen action filmmakers, but Epic Movie FX is not recommended for younger kids who may not yet have developed the perspective to use it wisely.

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What's it about?

Open EPIC MOVIE FX, choose a special effect, point your mobile device, and tap where you want the effect to be seen on the video screen. Press record. Press stop. Playback is equally as straightforward. Videos are stored in your device's image gallery.

Is it any good?

For a free app, Epic Movie FX is impressive in its ability to create quite realistic (but definitely not close-to-Hollywood-level) effects. The app is very easy to use, and, though there have been reports of it acting buggy on some devices, it worked well during this review. It would be nice if the developers added some "epic" effects that didn't necessarily reflect real-life violent destruction for young moviemakers who don't want military or natural-disaster violence in their films but who still want to add some special-effects-style action. Ads appear on each page, which can be distracting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Ask your teen: What other effects would they suggest for this app?

  • Remind your teen that some people may be extremely sensitive to special effects like the ones found on this app when they're placed in the context of an everyday world.

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Subjects: Arts: film
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 26, 2012
  • Category: Photo & Video
  • Size: 32.00 MB
  • Publisher: Sufi Studios Mobi
  • Version: 1.4
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 3.0 and up

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