Amazing Reef Moviemaker

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Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Cast and create fun films starring coral reef creatures.

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Kids can learn about the aquatic residents of the Philippines Reef and about making movies on Amazing Reef Moviemaker, an online activity created by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Kids choose from four different storylines, which they can edit. Then, they'll cast sea creatures in different character roles, click-and-drag them around the scenery, and add background music. Playing the role of director, kids decide when to stop and start filming and can play back their finished creations. Amazing Reef Moviemaker is a fun way for kids to learn about the filmmaking process and get a lesson in marine biology.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fun, educational game was created for Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and resides on their site. There's no advertising in the game, and the computer sound should be on to get the full interactive effect.

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Adult Written bytimberlaneteach June 5, 2015
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviegeek222 April 9, 2008

What's it about?

AMAZING REEF MOVIEMAKER invites you to take the helm and tell some tales of the coral reef, casting salty characters in brief blockbusters such as \"Quest for Dinner\" and \"Who Goes There?\" You're going to shoot on location in the Philippines, but first you need to cast the roles for each part. Once you've netted all your players, it's time to shoot the scenes. There are three \"Acts\" to your film, and the suspense needs to build, according to the prewritten script. Feeling creative? You can also change the script if you'd like. After your three scenes are complete, add music to really set the mood. Add your title and credits and you're done!

Is it any good?

Amazing Reef Moviemaker is a great way for kids to work both sides of their brains: They learn a little about coral reef ecosystems and get creative at the same time. The simulation is visually appealing, and they can play it again and again. The one thing that could make it more fun is giving creatures more "actions" to perform -- they can move around and eat each other, but that's about it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to create a mood with the shorts they create. How do the physical interactions of the characters play a role? How does the music change the way an audience feels about the film?

  • Families can also talk about other ways to create media on your own. What types of media do you wish existed? How can you go about making that media, yourself?

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