When I was a kid I tinkered with small engines, model airplanes, radios, TTL electronics, black and white film processing and printing, but movies were prohibitively expensive. Our fifth grade glass made a Revolutionary War epic in Super 8 directed by our teacher which is where I think I got the film bug. Today, a new generation of kids can make movies with $30 One-Time-Use CVS cameras and then download the movies to a PC (yuck) or Mac (the idea of taking the camera back and paying another $15 for a DVD is silly, hack it and it can be used again and again) and edit with one of many cheap (or free in iMovie’s case) editing programs and even build their own projectors from mostly scavenged parts! It’s a great time for inventive young people to take media literacy to the next level!
That is so cool!