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Parents need to know that Green Screen Adventures is an inventive series that brings to life the artistic and literary work of real-life kids, so don’t be surprised if your young expressionists are inspired to create and submit their own projects for use on the show. There’s a heavy tie-in to the show’s website, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it offers a wealth of story starters to get kids’ creative juices flowing and allows them to send in their ideas right from the site. This unique show has underlying themes of respect, tolerance, and empowerment that are rooted in its kid-centered style.
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What's the story?
GREEN SCREEN ADVENTURES features stories, poetry, artwork, journal entries, and songs penned by grade-schoolers and brought to life by an ensemble cast through sketch comedy, story theater, puppetry, and many other styles of expression. Kids can submit their own literary and artistic works on the show’s website, and the show’s writers create short plays that are acted out in front of a green screen, which provides the backdrop for the scenes.
Is it any good?
Mini Monets and tiny Tolstoys will be inspired by the work of this talented cast, who augment kids' stories with visual effects while still maintaining the integrity of the original work. Youngsters who tune in to Green Screen Adventures will be treated to tales geared toward them, spoken in language that’s just their speed, and embellished by colorful puppets, crafty props, and a host of costumed characters.
This show’s positive impact stretches far beyond the obvious benefits of offering kids a venue for sharing their creative work. It’s an empowering idea that in this forum, kids are in charge, and that they literally dictate the adults’ actions. What’s more, the cast’s adherence to the tone and character of the stories shows their respect for creativity in all shapes and sizes -- a theme that should inspire other kids’ confidence in their own work.
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Families can talk about storytelling in Green Screen Adventures. Kids: Did you like the style of this show? Were the stories interesting to you? Is there a certain style of storytelling that you prefer? If so, what is it? How would you have told some of the stories differently from the actors’ methods?
Kids: What do you think is the purpose of this show? Does it intend to send a message to its viewers? If so, what? What does the cast’s enthusiasm tell you about how they view the kids’ work that’s sent to them?
Families can talk about their rules for going online and posting content. When is it OK to use the computer in your house? What kinds of things are OK to post online and what's not OK? Do you know how to protect your privacy?
Kids: What topics or events inspire you to express yourself through words, music, or art? What styles of expression do you like most? Do you like to share your work with others? Families can check out the show’s website for direction on starting a story of their own.
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