How to entertain kids waiting in line for Santa at a Tree Lighting Event

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Aug 18, 2014 Under Tips

Sant at an outdoor movie

Every year, for Christmas, the entire world turns into a haven of colors, songs and joy as everyone gets immersed in the holiday’s spirit. Surely we all remember how magical Christmas felt for us back when we were children and every year of our childhood was filled during this season with moments when we got treats such as hot cocoa with marshmallows, beautiful lights appeared everywhere and stories of Santa bringing presents to good children were told to us both as inspiration and as a motivation to behave. In my family, regardless of how much or how little money we had, the city tree lighting was something to look forward to for so many reasons for all of us, kids and adults alike!

That magical moment when the huge tree was bathed in thousands of lights captivated everyone’s attention and fired up our imagination and we would create stories to go with it each year. What is more, all children love these exuberant displays of lighting, not to mention gathering with other children, the hot cocoa that they get to drink outside in the snow, or ice tea in the warmer regions and, most of all, meeting Santa. However, once the light show is over, kids’ attention has to be focused on something else since they still have short attention spans, they are hyperactive, easily bored and have to be constantly captivated by new, exciting and interesting activities designed especially for them. My parents used imagination games with me and my siblings to keep us on our toes and before we knew it, we were sitting in Santa’s lap going on and on about the things we wanted to get. In today’s society it is sometimes easy to achieve that with smart devices, such as phones and tablets, full of apps that will keep your child busy and entertained while in line to meet Santa and read him his wish list for this year’s round of the presents that are to be expected under the tree.

As a former child myself, a parent of two, I know that many little people lose interest and patience really fast, I am fully aware of the challenges that are to be expected each Christmas. I try to keep my kids busy with small games while waiting in line to see Santa but most times I end up staying in line for them and letting them run close by to play with other children of other dedicated waiting parents who like me will call their kids to meet Santa when the turn comes.

However sometimes that is not enough so I decided to change things a bit last year and I spoke to the organizing team in charge of the tree lighting and the annual Christmas parade and together we decided that a winter cinema will spice things up nicely for the whole community who could become one giant family watching a movie together. Family movies that can be seen on the couch back home are way more fun when projected outdoors on a huge screen with larger audiences comprised of all or close to all family members, including cousins, uncles and aunts in my case, who would not normally fit into a living room, not to mention the fact that families include also close friends which adds to the number of people we want to spend Christmas with. Thus, for those of us that want a more classical approach and wish to turn Christmas into a time spent together with family and friends, an outdoor cinema would complete the picture nicely and provide an extra helping hand towards achieving that. In my case, the moment that we put away all our devices and engaged in close human interaction, we saw that our kids were doing just fine watching “A Christmas Carol”. You just can’t go wrong with family movies like “Elf”, “Arthur Christmas” or “Polar Express”, cartoons like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or the more recently launched “Rise of the Guardians” or “Frozen” which, although do not necessarily speak of Christmas alone, offer insight into the inner workings of some of the feasts’ iconic figures and make the Snow Queen be nice this time, all of which are suitable for us adults as well being either movies we used to watch ourselves as children or movies suitable for wider audiences varying in age. Besides, who doesn’t enjoy a nice movie outside with a warm beverage in hand?

An inflatable movie screen system installed close to adults and children waiting in line can be a life saver for the entire event. The great perk with an outdoor cinema while waiting is not only that it keeps children entertained but that it is also very easy to install because it is inflatable, making it very easy to set-up, it occupies little space and it gives any event that feeling our elders must have had back in the day of the outdoor cinemas. The great success with our choice of renting an inflatable outdoor cinema equipment was greatly helped by the fact that some of the parents involved in the idea with me made sure there were a few stands with gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa and some went even as far as coming up with face paint and crafts tools keeping the children active while the line progressed smoothly.

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5 Movies to Watch on National Aviation Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Aug 18, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Aviation Day

August 19 is the day in which the development of aviation is celebrated in the United States and there are several movies that mark the occasion perfectly. Here are just a few of them.

Night at the Museum 2

Night at the Museum 2 is the sequel to the original film and brings Ben Stiller back as night watchman Larry Daley, security guard for the National Smithsonian Museums. Watch as Larry continues to communicate with the “exhibits come to life”, and as the adventure gets even bigger and better than its prequel. Aviation plays a big role in Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian.

Marry Poppins

Julie Andrews stars in her screen debut role as Mary Poppins, new nanny to a couple of mischievous kids. Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber are two of the most impossible children and their father (David Tomlinson) is finding that keeping a nanny around is much more difficult than expected. When the children successfully chase away yet another nanny, dad decides to place one more ad for help. What he doesn’t realize is that the children have placed an ad of their own looking for a nanny with imagination and kindness. What they get is Mary Poppins arriving from the sky above on her umbrella-like parachute. She gets attached to the children quite quickly and with the help of dear friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke), teaches the children that imagination is much more powerful than they could have ever imagined.

How to train your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon is the animated tale of a boy and his quest to impress his Viking chief father by capturing his very first dragon. This right of passage into manhood brings the young boy into the reality of just how difficult it is for the dragons that work hard to avoid capture on a daily basis. He becomes friends with one dragon in particular and begins a quest to create a safe environment for the dragons in the process.

Planes

Planes is Disney’s spin-off to the animated film “Cars”, and features the voice of Dane Cook as the little plane with big dreams. Watch as this little plane does everything possible to become the air racer that he so desperately wants to become.

Up

This computer-animated film features 78 year old Carl Fredericksen, a balloon salesman with a dream that involves roaming South America in search of adventure. To everyone’s surprise, Carl one day succeeds in making his dream a reality by tying thousands of balloons to his home sending it up into the deep blue sky. Carl finds out that he is not alone on his adventure when an 8 year old wilderness explorer by the name of Russell is found hiding out on his front porch. Things begin to get quite serious as the house lands in an area full of ferocious predators that Carl and Russell aren’t ready to face and are frankly, not accustomed to seeing in the first place.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Filmed in Georgia

‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ is a drama that was released in 1997. The film stars Kevin Spacey and John Cusack. It was directed by Clint Eastwood. The movie is an adaptation of a book by the same title written by John Berendt. The book was based on real-life events surrounding Jim Williams and his trial for the murder of his assistant that occurred in 1981, in Savannah, Georgia. The film was mostly filmed in Savannah.

The main character, Jim Williams (played by Kevin Spacey), lived in Mercer House located at 429 Bull Street in the west end of Monterey Square in Savannah. The mansion was built in 1861 and was used as Williams’ home in the film as well. During the time of filming, Williams’ sister was the owner and her friends were extras in the Christmas Party scene that was filmed in the house. Kevin Spacey even stayed at least one night in the house. The mansion was the location of the murder of Williams’ assistant, Danny Hansford, whose name was changed to Billy Hanson in the film. The home is now known as the Mercer-Williams House and is still owned and lived in by Jim Williams’ family, though part of the house has been opened to the public for tours.

A bar scene in the movie was filmed at the British Pub, Churchill’s. The pub, owned by Manchester, England native Andy Holmes, opened in 1996. It’s original location and the location where filming was done, was at Drayton and Bay Lane in a historic, three-story building. In 2003, a kitchen fire devastated much of the establishment. The owner decided to move locations. The updated Churchill’s opened in 2004 at 13 W. Bay Street and now seats about 400 patrons as opposed to the 72 that the original Churchill’s seated.

At the beginning of ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’, the camera pans over songwriter, Johnny Mercer’s grave, which is located in the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. The camera then takes the viewer to a shot of the statue known as the “Bird Girl” statue. This statue is also located in the cemetery. It is the statue that is featured on the book’s cover as well as in the posters for the film. Many recreations of the statue have gone up all over Savannah, as well as on t-shirts.

Other locations in Savannah that can be seen in the film include, Forsyth Park, the Tomochichi Federal Building, and several local houses. Armstrong House, where the real Jim Williams’s lawyer, Sonny Seiler, had his office, was also used in the film. Seiler, himself played the judge in the movie. Seiler also had his bulldog featured in the film. His bulldog, Uga V, portrayed Uga IV in the film. Uga I through V were all mascots of the University of Georgia.

Many of the local people who lived the real-life events of Jim Williams’ trial played characters and extras in the film.

‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ is currently available on DVD, but does not yet have a Blu-ray release date.

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Filmed in Georgia: The Legend of Bagger Vance

‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ is a film starring Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. It was directed and produced by Robert Redford. The movie is based on the 1995 book by Steven Pressfield of the same title. The film is set in 1931, in Savannah, Georgia. It is about a golfer who is trying to recover his game, as well as his life, and gets help from a mystical caddy. The golfer, Rannulph, is played by Matt Damon and the caddy, Bagger Vance, is played by Will Smith. The movie faced some harsh reviews, but was also praised for the way the photography of the film came across. The film was partially filmed in Georgia.

In Savannah, Georgia, the Lucas Theatre was used for a scene in ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’. None of the movie’s stars were featured in this scene, but about 35 extras were used. The theater had to look like a theater in the 1930s, so it was filled with a type of smoke to give it an authentic atmosphere. The smoke did end up wreaking slight havoc on the set, as the smoke detectors continuously went off. They did eventually disarm the smoke detectors and were able to carry on with the scene. The filmmakers paid about $2,500 to utilize the theater for filming.

Savannah played a part in many other scenes for the film as well. West Congress Street was transformed to look like a 1930′s-era shopping district. Part of the City Market parking garage got turned into a hardware store of the era. The Federal building on Wright Square and the Bank of America on Johnson Square were also locations for filming. Scenes involving the home of Charlize Theron’s character, Adele, were shot at a home on 26 E. Gaston Street and Forsyth Park. City Hall was utilized for shooting as well.

Several scenes were filmed on Jekyll Island, which is just off the coast of Georgia. More specifically, filming took place at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The Jekyll Island Club was originally built as a hunting retreat for the elite in 1888 and is a National Historic Landmark. For filming of ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’, the golf courses were used in scenes. Also at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the Lobby Bar that is featured in the film was created by the filmmakers. However, people were so interested in it, that the hotel re-created the bar after production finished. In the film, Jekyll Island represents the story’s fictional, Krewe Island.

‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ was released in theaters in November of 2000 and is available on DVD.

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How Colleges Can Deal With Homesick Students

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Aug 6, 2014 Under Tips

Outdoor Movie At College University

Many college students find themselves homesick their first year at school. For many of these students, it is the first time they have lived away from home. With today’s economic environment making a college degree essential, some kids can feel stuck. Twenty-five percent of college students will leave for a different university before their second year.

Universities are using special events to welcome students and make them feel at home. Once a student makes new friends at school, they discover college truly can be a fun experience. If the university can help their new students adjust to college life and feel like they belong, they will be much more likely to stay. Organizing outdoor movie nights, fall welcome back events, and spring flings will help students connect with others. This gives them a sense of belonging, and it’s a great way to find friends on campus.

Colleges can get the year off to a wonderful start by hosting a welcome back outdoor movie event. Returning students will be welcomed back while new students will be greeted in a fun and exciting way. The first week of school can be stressful for newbies. Meeting new people can make them nervous. Being invited to an outdoor movie event brings them into the group, allowing for the perfect opportunity to meet fellow students. Watching a movie together in the crisp fall air also sets a positive tone for the rest of the year.

Inclement weather doesn’t need to mean the end of the college fun. During the winter months, this type of event can be brought inside. An indoor cinematic experience can be set up within an auditorium or gym easily. Using an inflatable movie screen allows these areas to quickly be transformed into a movie theater for special events. Screens can be set up and taken back down all within one day, so as not to disturb the room’s normal daytime use.

Inflatable movie screens can turn any available space into the perfect event venue. Parking lots, the quad, and athletic fields can be the ideal theater setting for a spring fling. Your outdoor movie event production company can help you see blockbuster films before they come out on DVD. They will guide you through any licensing processes involved.

School organizations may also want to use inflatable movie screens to help promote their special causes. Outdoor movie events can be educational as well as fun. Documentaries can be shown just as easily as movies. For example, the political club may choose to show election results while the Earth Day club could use inflatable screens for movies about the environment.

Watching a movie with fellow students lets everyone relax and relieve those feelings of homesickness. It gives students an opportunity to bond over common interests. These events give everyone a chance to make friends and socialize in a way they can’t in the classroom. Those who enjoy their experiences while away at college and make new friends are much more likely to return to the same school the following year, eventually earning their degree without the struggle of being homesick.

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Southern Outdoor Cinema, LLC, is the LARGEST producer of high quality outdoor movie events in the United States for movie studios, film festivals, marketing agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, schools and cities. Southern Outdoor Cinema produces extraordinary outdoor movie experiences with big screens and bright and colorful images so that your audience members feel like they are at a real Hollywood film premiere. Contact Southern Outdoor Cinema to receive a free consultation for your next special event.

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