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Tiffany A. LaPlanche
The American Museum of the Moving Image
The American Museum of the Moving Image is one of the best museums for kids to go and take a look at. It's not one of those times where you walk around and get bored. In here you learn how to actually produce a movie with sound, special effects, movement...and well basically how to be a producer of a movie by doing all these things. They also allow kids and adults to feel like they're making a movie with machines that are all around each exhibit of the museum.
There is one machine on voice that is actually a computer and a screen. On the computer it tells you step by step how to put your voice in replacement of another. They give you five scenes from different movies that you can select from. Then the scene goes onto the screen and plays it with the original voice. Then it shows you how to replace it with yours.
You can also find out about how they used old radios and cameras. There is a different exhibit where they display old toys of Shirley Temple, The Flintones and even Lamb Chop! They display figurines of each generation of Star Trek along with cards and buttons from the show! You won't even believe they actually have a wall filled with old magazines of around the '60s and earlier famous television stars! So parents will enjoy themselves as much as the children. There is also a theater where you can watch a 25-minute black-and-white movie that came out in the movies back in those black-and-white days. In our time you'd call it a television show that would probably show on an oldie channel. They show about three different movies a day.
I personally enjoyed myself when I took a visit to this museum. While I waited for it to open I was able to go into their cafe where they had computers and a television that showed President Bill Clinton at the time making a speech about independence. The cafe had a theme, and when I was there it was "politics." So I got to learn about some of the Presidents and wars of our time.
Also, there's a machine that contains a camera upstairs where you can create an automatic flipbook with you, your friends or your parents in it. And you can buy it for a reasonable $3 (well at least I think so) in the gift store downstairs! This gave me a memory of how to create movement, and it was very enjoyable when I put the flipbook together. It contains 40 pages and when you put it together and flip it, you can actually you're your self or whoever you made it with moving! It's like your own portable movie. Well since I told you about my experience why don't you go and create your own?