Outdoor Movie Night at School on a Tight Budget

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Mar 30, 2016 Under Tips

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Once spring arrives, many elementary schools begin looking for fun family activities to host for the students and their parents. With the weather getting nicer, it would be wonderful to do something outdoors. The children are often restless after a long winter inside, and the parents are anxious to get them out once again. Outdoor movie nights held at the school are perfect. These events tend to bring out the whole family, even the dads. Elementary schools usually don’t have a lot of extra funds for events. The idea of an outdoor movie night may seem out of reach at first, but there is a simple way to make it more affordable. To raise the money needed for this type of event, you can sell movie ads to run before the feature presentation. This is how the movie theaters make money. They sell advertising because the ticket sales alone don’t generate that much of a profit.

You may be wondering who you would get to run ads on the screen before the movie starts. This is simple. Think about your audience and which businesses are geared towards families with young children. Check out the local dance studios who always want to find a way to invite young people into their classes. Pediatricians are another good example of businesses catering to little ones. Children’s clothing shops, local restaurants, and toy stores would all make terrific sponsors who market to the people you’ll have at your movie event.

Each sponsor can customize their ad to their own needs. Full screen ads could be ran for larger corporations who are more invested in their advertising department and can afford a bigger ad. Half screen ads are ideal for smaller businesses. The smaller ad makes it more affordable for them, and the fact that they can advertise to a specific group of people will mean they aren’t wasting their limited budget on advertisements that won’t reach the right people.

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As you offer this opportunity to the local businesses, especially any located close by the school, don’t forget that this screen time can be used for more than just commercials. These ads can give parents the perfect way to show everyone how proud they are of their kids. These ads can be used to celebrate a child’s accomplishments or to simply send an encouraging message to them. Imagine the memories you’ll be making. Not only will the kids remember a fun filled outdoor movie event with their friends and family, they’ll never forget seeing themselves up on the big screen.

Southern Outdoor Cinema will provide your sponsors with premium exposure. Twenty minutes or more will be devoted to ads before the main movie begins. While the kids and their families are getting settled in, they’ll be able to view these special messages. It’s just one more way to make a family fun event successful without over stretching your budget. 

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Parent Movie Review – Zootopia

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 29, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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Zootopia – Parent Movie Review

 The newest romp adventure from Disney Animation Studios is so trending in topic and original in presentation it strikes the adult viewer as the most un-Disney like film they ever created for us. The film is for both children and adults, family entertainment, and the inspiration can’t be missed, although the film avoids following footsteps in its forging new territory for Disney.

The animation is visually dazzling to both young and mature audiences. The screenwriters delivered intelligent and attention holding script, which holds center stage in Zootopia, and put WDAS at the top of their award winning game. There is a definite new milestone this year in Disney as their films are modernized and yet still rediscover their talented and original style.

The story line is that mammals have all evolved to live in harmony in a large city of the future. Bunny Judy Hopps wants to be the first rabbit policewoman, and partners a fox con artist to expose a conspiracy in the department. This pairing provides great humor, as they hold personal grudges and prejudices against each other, and portrayal of inter-species bias connects powerfully to today’s sexism and racism employment issues. The point making banter is sometimes surprising and always spot on, in a fun packed story completely original. This is exceptionally welcome from Disney, who has for years been adapting work. This film is funny and witty, producing both at the same time. Since Pixar ranks at top peak of modern animation, WDAS had to borrow some elements and as a result the work feels like Pixar with a seasoning of Disney dashed here and there.

In the story line, the partnership of Bunny Hops and Fox succeed in their solving of the conspiracy crime, but when accepting their award, Bunny reverts to her roots and advises the audience that the city’s predator populations have reverted to their savage beginnings, and future police work needs to recognize that. This betrayal hurt Fox and he abandoned Bunny until their forgiving and understanding reunion at the climax of the film.

Undoubtedly, the bunny element depicts women trying to break the career glass ceiling aspects and the predators are today’s minorities, as this plot line incorporates bullying dangers and sexual exploitations. These might not please all parents of young children, and some humor might fly over the younger viewer heads. However, if this is what modernization requires, Zootopia satisfies that requirement without become crude and offensive to the family genre.

Which brings this review to the only parental guidance warnings within the film, and it must be noted that these are slight, fleeting and small incidents, but still might inflict fear into a small child without appropriate parental guidance:

Profanity: There are no profanities; however, twice irreverent use of “God” is made.
Drugs and Alcohol: The plot requires characters to work within a plant based lab and discovery is made by the law.
Violence, Gore: Using ketchup as blood, there are scenes of facial scratching, leg cuts, and a pained scream in confrontation scenes, and one character’s eye is blinded by another’s attack.
Nudity, Sexual Inference: Scene from floor of two female characters on toilet, only feet shown, and there are nightclub scenes of nude animals not wearing the customary clothing of the film costumes. Nothing private is revealed due to the animal’s fur, but the nude significance is there. “Gazelle”, celebrity dancer, appears throughout the plot performing her nightclub entertainment skits.
Frightening Scenes: A friendly character accidentally reveals her own inner bias in a public announcement that causes hurt and embarrassment by her betrayal so that she resigns from the police in shame. Scenes of children being bullied could be upsetting. In one plot turn, a drink turns the sympathetic friendly predators back into dangerous killing animals.

The emotional positives of forgiveness, reconciliation, sympathy and helpfulness are ingrained throughout the animation and screenplay. Whenever the dialogue might be over a child’s comprehension, the animation displays the emotion felt. The character voices are celebrity actors who will be familiar to adult audiences and enhance their humorous dialogues by their personal identification. The ethereal visual of the overview of Zootomic sends a better-than-life enhanced beauty that signifies the pleasant existence of all those living there amid equality, complete lack of bias or hurtful prejudice.

Zootopia is indeed a very good movie that explains the negatives of hurtful bias and discrimination in any living mammal. It is clearly carefully crafted for every nuance and attention holding message. The themes do not feel heavy; instead, Zootopia presents the young and old audience with a fun adventure wrapped delightfully in a funny, entertaining Disney film.

Zootopia has been presented in many languages of the world, although some countries inexplicably retitled the film, “Zootropolis” with the production company’s permission. The content of this film should be acceptable for children aged 6 and up; younger children might not understand the jokes nor the more adventurous and volatile scenes and might feel fear in what should be an entertaining Disney movie outing with their supportive adults.

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Parent Movie Review: Norm of the North

Posted by Paul Murray on Friday Mar 25, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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The norm of the North is an American animated adventure of a polar bear (Norm), who can communicate with people. The animated comedy film was directed by Trevor Wall and features voices of among others Heather Graham, Rob Schneider to name a few. This movie released on January 15th is a production of Splash Entertainment and Assemblage Entertainment.

In the Movie Norm of the North, it starts with a failed attempt of the polar bear (Norm) to catch a seal and when he finally manages to capture it he reveals his reasons for not being a killer. He also reveals that he, like his grandpa, is a rare polar bear with the ability to talk to humans. These makes Norm get teased and scoffed at by other bears and animals in his community. Norms only friends in the community is the little lemmings. His father, the polar bear king of the north, is too disappointed by Norm’s kind hearted nature.

In this tale Norm and other bears, caribou, seals to name but a few are renowned for having a significant dance performance to entertain tourists at their winter home in the Arctic. Visitors can’t get enough of a dancing, back-flipping, twerking polar bear who somehow knows their lingo. Animals start getting steamed when they realise that a lot of humans are flocking the frozen north with the aim of turning the Arctic wilderness into a vacation home destination something that gets Norm alarmed too. Norm determined to put an end to the arrival of luxury mobile condos, he and his three lemmings friend sneak onto a cargo ship headed to New York City.

When in New York City Norm learns that Greene Homes, the company behind the building of holiday luxury condos in his Arctic home is hiring a spokesperson for promotion purposes of the holiday homes. Norm pretends to be a human dressed in a bear costume and auditions for the part. Norm is convincing that he gets hired by Vera the company’s marketing manager. Norm starts to gain popularity and struggles with when to reveal his identity and convince the people not to allow Greene’s plan of building holiday condos in the frozen north.

Violence Content
In the tale Norm’s lemming friends appear to be virtually indestructible. They however at some point get stomped on, flattened, battered about to name, but a few of the wrath they face, and they seem to come back to normal with little noticeable damage. There are instances in the tale where Norm is seen to swallow several live blowfish whole as well as an orca gobbling up a seal.

Norm and his grandfather thump into speeding cars and are seen falling from a high height into the ocean depths where Norm gets pinned to the ocean floor by a large piece of metal debris.

Also, there is a man dressed as a bear seen fighting with two guys as well as humans and animals who are seen shot at by tranquilizer darts.
Sexual content
In the film when Norm and other animals are putting on a performance for the tourists, Norm is required to wear a purple spandex suit. A character Vera yells Norm; please come out of which Norm takes a quick look at his attire and replies that he thinks he just did come out. There is a scene where Norm the fully furred bear is seen dropping his bath towel.

Norm is also seen urinating in a fish tank and potted plants as well as many backsides seen being poked and wiggled at the camera.
Drug and Alcohol Content
There is no drug or alcohol use in this film. However, there is a scene where a man says that he smells like sweet vermouth that is an aromatized wine flavoured with among others spices, flowers, seeds to name a few.
Conclusion
What parents should know about the Norm of the North movie is an animated adventure involving a polar bear who communicates with humans and is on a mission to protect his Arctic home from turning into a holiday home destination. The movie has lots of jokes that will have your kids laughing.

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Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2-Filmed in Georgia

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Mar 24, 2016 Under Georgia Film Industry

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“Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2″ is the last film in the series of films based on the science fiction trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The film was directed by Francis Lawrence and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Donald Sutherland, and many more. Katniss (Lawrence) becomes the symbol of hope and strength for the people in the districts and the soldiers waging war against President Snow (Sutherland) under the leadership of President Coin (Moore). This war comes after Katniss’ defiance and escape from the dreaded Hunger Games. Katniss along with Gale, Peeta, Finnick, and other loyal friends travel to the capital with one objective, to kill Snow. The story takes a turn when she realizes that President Coin presents a similar danger to Panem. Nevertheless, Katniss heroically saves the people of Panem, with a selfless act that leads to her imprisonment, but Panem’s democracy. This movie hit the theaters on November 20, 2015.

Filming for this movie took place in many places including European cities such as Berlin and Paris but also several locations in the state of Georgia. Principal photography started in Atlanta in September 2013 and filming took place in other cities in the state of Georgia such as Rockmart and Newnan, where the Caldwell Tanks were used. Scenes of the capitol were filmed at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on December, 13, 2013. The hotel was used for scenes in which the tributes appeared in their living quarters while in the capital.

One of the most interesting film locations was the setting for President’s Snow’s mansion and office in the Capital of Panem. For this purpose, the crew and cast spent time filming in the Swan House of the Atlanta History Center, located in Buckland, Atlanta. The Swan House is a historical gem built in the 1920′s by a cotton baron. It is designed in Italian and English styles and features exquisite furnishings. The location scouts were drawn in by its elegance. Although there were some changes made for Hollywood effect, many of the original furnishings and objects in the mansion were kept unchanged and appeared as is in the movies. The mansion now features a tour that focuses on the Swan House’s role in the Hunger Games trilogy films. The tour is titled “Designing an Executive Mansion” and features photographs of cast and crew during filming as well as objects that can be spotted on the big screen.

If you missed the “Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2″ in theaters, catch it on DVD or Blue Ray.

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Parent Movie Review: HungerGames MockingJay Part 2

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Mar 22, 2016 Under Parent Movie Reviews

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The Hunger Games final installment is known as Mockingjay Part 2, but it is not exactly the kind of movie you would take your kids off to. You first have to get past the idea that this movie is entertainment for children. It is not. These are movies filled with violence and sexual innuendo that basically never stops. The attacks on a capitalist society are just as bad, and you will feel yourself cringing as an adult when you are watching this movie with your kids. There are many things to look out for if you still want to brave this movie with your kids or your family.

Violent Content
The Hunger Games are violent from start to finish, and there is no way to get around it. These are movies about kids killing other kids, and more people are going to die than in your standard war movie. You might have felt ok showing your kids Midway or Bridge On The River Kwai because those are historic movies that tell your kids about things that really happened. This is a movie that uses violence to get the end of the story plain and simple.

You will see people skewered by arrows shot by the main character, and you will see people die in explosions and other ways that are quite gruesome. That alone makes it very hard to watch, and you need to be prepared for gut-wrenching deaths that your kids are probably not ready for. You can stop right there and think about how much violence you want your kids to see.

The advanced special effects and the plotline require a lot of people to die in this movie, and this movie uses violence to make its point. The point could have been made in a more civil and wholesome way, but the book and movie companies want parents to think that this movie is actually for kids. Please remember that it is not.

Sexual Content
You have to get past the fact that the whole movie is pushing a certain couple into bed together, and it is making their love story seem romantic when it is just a way to survive a war. This is not how you would want your kids to act, but it seems to be the only way that this movie will portray relationships. Remember that there is no Christianity in this movie, and there are basically no morals. That is going to be hard to explain to your kids because the movie is rife with intrigue that is created with the use of any moral compass.

Drug and Alcohol Content
Drugs and alcohol are not really present in the movies, but the problem is that people are poisoned just to make the story keep moving along. So, you are not seeing anything that is asking your kids to do drugs or drink, but they might as well be if they think that it is cool to go into an arena to fight and kill other kids. Two of the kids in the movie actually tried to commit suicide together in an earlier movie, and you have to wonder what kind of message this movie is sending when these kids are doing such things.

You do not want your kids to get any ideas, and it is better that you just keep them away from this movie so that they do not think that anything they could do is not as bad as what happens in the movie. Kids will think like this, and you have to protect their young minds from all the excessive sex and violence that is fueled by poison and the occasional alcoholic drink.

The Verdict
This is a very easy movie to review because it is nothing more than a gratuitous attack on capitalism that uses attractive young actors to make the movie seem appealing. Anyone who is watching this movie will be shocked by how much violence is in it, and the movie does not even have a good resolution because two people who should not be in love or even thinking of having sex are doing just that. The torture scenes are violent in a way that is truly disturbing, and it is not a movie that kids should be allowed to watch.

You would be much better off reading the books with your kids so that you can explain it to them. You will be able to let them into adulthood later in life knowing that they will not want to watch movies like this, and you can avoid the questions that they will ask just by skipping the movie. It is impossible to explain such a violent and sexually-charged movie to your kids when there is nothing else to talk about.

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