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Friday, April 6, 2012

Videomaking with AmericanGirl088

As many of you know, I got to see Alex (americangirl088) this week! We had so many ideas about what to film, but we decided to do a stopmotion remake of the hunger games movie. That was a very ambitious idea, but we had 6 hours. We scrambled around in the woods for awhile, looking for the perfect places to film the scenes. Alex and I discovered a fantastic tree for Katniss to sleep in, a great place for the cornucopia, a creek where Katniss could find Peeta, and even a field for the finale- and the eating of the poison berries. Once we got the dolls all dressed up and ready in matching outfits according to their districts, we lugged them out into the forest in a laundry bin. We set them up in a circle for the first scene around the cornucopia. After attempting to take a few pictures before they fell over, we gave up. It seemed smart to narrow down our huge idea- filming the whole movie would take at least 3 days. (especially with the dolls falling over every 2 seconds!)

Alex and I then considered the options for scenes that would be worth filming. There are already many american girl doll stopmotions of Rue's death on youtube, so we figured we should do something more original. We found a fantastic cave when we were clambering down the hillside near the creek. It was perfect for the Peeta and Katniss cave scene! Figuring that it was a more original idea than Rue's death scene, we climbed back up to get the dolls. Alex and I realized we could fit in a clever transition between the two scenes, so we decided that would should just film both. We had 3 hours.

We started with the Rue scene. After looking around for quite a while to find the perfect spot, we settled on a little mossy ledge on the cliff that leads to the river. I laid down Nali, (who was playing Rue) and stuffed the end of an arrow shaped stick into her jacket so that it looked like she had been stabbed. But then came our next dilemma. What were we going to use for blood? There were not any red berries nearby, and it wasn't like Alex and I were going use our own blood. Alex suddenly noticed a dark red powder on the tip of her shoe. I scraped off as much as I could, and smeared it on Nali's jacket around the spear. (We were kind of curious as to what made the red powder, and soon we realized that it was from the inside of a rotting log.) After we had everything set up and were ready to film, we only had about 2 hours left. Alex and I decided that instead of doing 2 crummy scenes, we might as well just concentrate on this one, and make it perfect. That was a smart choice.

When we finished filming, we had only 30 minutes until Alex had to go home. The scene had worked really well, and we were both tired, freezing, and absolutely ravenous. My stomach felt so empty, I swear I would have eaten tree bark. We gathered up the dolls and hiked back to the house, both wishing that we had more time to film- a lot more time. Next time Alex comes, she has to spend at least 2 days. Maybe then we can make the whole movie. ;)


Stay tuned to both of our channels for the stopmotion we created and a behind the scenes video:

youtube.com/user/Americangirl088

youtube.com/user/basilmentos

13 comments:

  1. what a great adventure girls! will the video be on youtube?

    izzy
    xx
    (izzy42224 on youtube!)

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    1. yes it is on youtube right now :) here's the link:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfX3Xdpn4YA

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  2. Wow! Sounds like it must have been fun! I can't wait to see the videos!

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  3. OMG!! That sounds like soooo much fun!!! =)
    -Megan

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  4. That sounds so fun!! None of my friends play with AG dolls anymore, and I am a lot younger than you are...(You are 14, 15 now?) Well, all of my cousins LOVE AG but I never get to see them so I thought they were probably growing out of them now. I just found out from my parents like 10 mins ago that my cousin who is my age, still LOVES ag and was had one with her at the party I missed. She wants to get together and have a sleepover AG style! I am sooo excited! Anyways, I am soo happy for you. We are never to old for AG!

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  6. Your sooo lucky! But i have a question.... did the red powder thingy mess up Sonali's cloth body??

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    1. Nope, It was only on her jacket :)

      Anna

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  7. I have to admire your skills at all of this. I have never been a big Hunger Games fan, but you really made me fall in love with that emotion packed scene.
    Keep up the good work, the AG world is watching and loving your work!
    ~Silverstreak~

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! That really means alot to me :)

      Anna

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  8. OMG sounds sooooo fun! AG and friends go good together! Ps. My McKenna doll has a delivery exception! I have to go pick it up now on Monday:(

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  9. Thats awesome! you got to meet her! i wanna meet people that are on YT but im not allowed. maybe one day :)

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The story behind it all....

In September of 2009, a pre-teen girl named Anna was searching youtube. She no longer used her american girl dolls. they were behind the closet doors, gathering dust. She reluctantly glanced over, then began to type in the search bar: American Girl Dolls. A video came up. She clicked on it. 14 coustumed dolls slid onto the screen and began to dance together, waving their arms and doing cartwheels. Anna was shocked. How could this be possible? This was.... Amazing. She quickly searched a few more. There were hudreds of videos, by usernames like stephenswodadancer, AGlovejess and girloftheyearstudios. Anna couldn't believe it. This new discovery was incredible! She ran to her room and pulled out her two dolls, felicity and samantha. She grabbed her camera. And, she began to film.


It is now four years later. I work on videos almost everyday, usually stopmotions. I have gathered quite a few veiws and subscribers on youtube, and I really appriciate when people comment on my videos. I have come unbelievibly far, but I still leave up those first videos from two years ago, because for me, those are the memories that I will always treasure. I am so happy that I can share them with you.