Make your own movies!

Do you have that creative itch? The need to visually document what you see around you? To create what you see only in your mind? We do, too. YouTube and Vine showcase talent every day. You KNOW you have it in you, but how do you edit what you record into something for the world to see?

Below are several apps that will let you take the raw video that you have on your device and create masterpieces! Well, something that is watchable, right? Check out the apps below for both iOS (iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones) and Android (phones and tablets) and see if one of them can make you the next Hitchcock. Or Smosh. Or whatever.

iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
This app lets you create time-lapse or stop-motion photography. You combine still photos into a movie. Think growing plants or use toys or action figures. Think the Lego Movie! With the full version of the app, users can add music and get access to extra export features like uploading their movie straight to YouTube.
PicPlayPost (iOS: $1.99)
This lets users combine videos and still images. The videos will play either at the same time or in turns. And the still images will be placeholders in the frame. It’s an alternative to a traditional slideshow. Music can be added, too.
Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
Shoot video from inside Magisto, then edit and create a movie, all in one package. Add some music and you’re good to go. To save the movies, you will need to set up an account.
iMovie (iOS: $4.99)
You can edit video that you have already taken with your iPhone or iPad. You can use the built-in themes and templates to add titles, transitions and music. Features include slow motion and panning over still photos.
Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
This app lets you edit video that you have already recorded on your device. You can organize clips, crop video and apply the “Ken Burns” filming technique to still images and videos. You can record audio and even record a narration using the microphone on the device. This app also has several sharing features, too.

–Michael Perry

Tiger Eyes at the Movies

We’ve talked about summer movies in a past blog, but this one almost passed us by! Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes has been made into a movie and it’s coming out June 7th. It stars Willa Holland as Davey, Amy Jo Johnson (former Felicity star) as Davey’s mom, Cynthia Stevenson as Bitsy and Tatanka Means (The Host) as Wolf.

Tiger EyesIf you don’t remember the book, here’s a quick review: Davey is a girl whose life is turning upside down. Her dad was killed in a robbery, her mom has decided to move to New Mexico to start over, and Davey has no anchors in her life anymore. Hiking in the neighboring canyons, she meets a mysterious boy named Wolf. He leads her on a path of self-discovery, forgiveness and healing, but the journey is so hard. Will she make it?

The author’s son is the director, we hope that helps keep the movie close to the book. Here’s a link to the trailer.

Can’t wait? Want to read it now? Here you go: Tiger Eyes.

Tiger Eyes on CD
And Tiger Eyes is also available as an audiobook on CD, a downloadable e-book, and a
downloadable audiobook.

 

Other good Judy Blume titles for you to read:

Forever

 

Forever

 

 

Just as Long As We’re Together

 

Just as Long As We’re Together

 

 

Then Again, Maybe I Won’t

 

Then Again, Maybe I Won’t

See you at the Library!

 

This post was sent by Janet Spaulding and Michael.

MOVIE MADNESS 2013

We LOVE going to the movies. Really. This last weekend we watched “Jurassic Park in 3D” at the IMAX. It was awesome sauce. But looking ahead, we are realizing that this movie season is just unreal. So many movies to see, almost one a week for the entire summer.
Here’s our quick list of upcoming movies that we would like to see. What do you think? What romantic films are coming out? Comedies? Which ones do you want to see? Which ones did we miss? Comment below!

Oblivion — Friday, April 19, 2013
Iron Man 3 — Friday, May 03, 2013
Epic — Sunday, May 12, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness — Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fast and the Furious 6 — Friday, May 24, 2013
After Earth — Friday, June 07, 2013
Now You See Me — Friday, June 07, 2013
Much Ado About Nothing — Friday, June 07, 2013
Man Of Steel — Friday, June 14, 2013
Monsters University — Friday, June 21, 2013
World War Z — Friday, June 21, 2013
Despicable Me 2 — Wednesday, July 03, 2013
The Lone Ranger — Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Pacific Rim — Friday, July 12, 2013
The Wolverine — Friday, July 26, 2013
Planes — Friday, August 09, 2013
Kick-Ass 2 — Friday, August 16, 2013
Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters — Friday, August 16, 2013

–sent by Michael

The Hobbit

Remember in The Lord of the Rings, where Frodo had to take the One Ring of Power and pitch it into a volcano in Mordor? How did that Ring start in the Shire anyway? That story is called The Hobbit and comes out this Friday, December 14th.

This year’s movie is actually the first of three. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey takes Bilbo Baggins (the Hobbit) from his home in the Shire all the way to the Misty Mountains where he meets an interesting fellow named Gollum. Gollum, you may remember, was the weird looking character in the Lord of the Rings movies who went around talking about “my precious” all of the time. The next movies will deal with Smaug the dragon and the War of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit
The book, The Hobbit, is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Originally published in 1937, this book has never gone out of print. We’ve ordered extra copies at the library just for the movie. Click on the cover to the right and request a copy to pick up at your favorite branch–or go to your favorite branch and ask if a paperback is available.

*And for those Trekkies out there, go see The Hobbit at an IMAX location. You’ll be treated to the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. Hobbits and Vulcans in the same night. Niiiiiiice.

Laptop Fun at College Avenue! (and the Library’s Teen Films for July 22 – 28)

If you are age 10-15, come at 1, 2, or 3 pm on summer Tuesdays or Wednesdays to enjoy using the library laptops and software!  Activities include claymation, electric cars, pop-up stand toys, paper dolls, a name collage, masks, posters, puppets, submarines and rockets, origami, create-a-song, and more! At College Ave. Library, 4180 N. College Ave.

And did you know that College Avenue is on Facebook? Click the image below to go to their Facebook page.

 

AND DID YOU KNOW that Tom Cruise and Paula Patton are coming to College Avenue next week? In a movie, I mean. Here are the teen movies we’ll be showing July 15 – 21. Click on any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Pike

Tue., July 24, 5:45 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Southport

Wed., July 25, 6:00 pm

Footloose

Fountain Square

Fri., July 27, 2:00 pm

Joyful Noise

Decatur

Fri., July 27, 3:00 pm

War Horse

Irvington

Fri., July 27, 3:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Spades Park

Fri., July 27, 3:00 pm

War Horse

Brightwood

Sat., July 28, 2:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

Eagle

Sat., July 28, 2:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

College Avenue

Sat., July 28, 2:00 pm