When an 8 year old writes, directs, and stars in a video

22 Mar

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The other day, we picked up my nephew Justin so he could come to an extended family get together in honour of Hannah’s presence.  He found out that I got a little pocket video camera for my birthday from my Dad, and it was all very interesting from there.

All morning, Justin wanted to make a Thomas the Tank Engine video.  Apparently, kids make up stories with the trains, narrate them, and then post it on youtube.  Other kids watch the videos with delight.  Whatever floats your boats kids….  Anyway, Justin is pretty much obsessed with all things trains, so the prospect of him making a Thomas video that also includes myself and Hannah in it, was pretty much totally consuming his 8 year old brain.

Justin sat down for half an hour, writing the script he was going to use in his video.  As soon as he was done, he wanted to shoot the video.  Fair enough, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out where the batteries go in the little pocket-sized video camera.  Can’t really shoot anything with a camera that has no batteries….  Nope, had to wait for my Dad to show me, and he was busy.

Instead, Justin played with Hannah.  They got along really well.  Until Hannah moved Justin’s trains and train tracks that is.

“Babies are a nuisance!  Having Hannah around is a lot harder than I thought!”  A very annoyed Justin exclaimed.

“Don’t take apart my train!”  He yelled at Hannah.

“Don’t yell at her Justin, she is just playing, you can put it back together.  Just pretend there was an earth quake or something.”

“Okay,” he said, rather half heartedly.

There is one train that has little wooden animals, one per carriage, each carriage labelled with the kind of animal that goes inside.  Justin had each animal in the correct carriage, the train all in his perceived correct order, sitting on the tracks, waiting for him to make his video.

Oooohh, animals! As soon as Hannah saw the animals, her little eyes lit up.  A little smile spread across her face.  She had been playing with Justin’s trains for a week, but we didn’t find this animal train amongst the three boxes full of train things.  She made a beeline for the animal train, took all of the animals out, and then put them back in in (shock, horror!) different carriages.  Carriages that were not labelled for that kind of animal.

I could see the frustration building on Justin’s face.  “They don’t go there!!!”  He yelled.

“She can’t read Justin, she doesn’t know that.  She’s just playing. We can always put them back.”

“AAARRRGGGGH!”   Yeah, he really did yell.  And then he stormed off in a huff to the room he sleeps in when he visits, stomping loudly all the way.  Hannah didn’t mind, she took all the animals out of the train and carted them around the house, giggling all the way.  Justin is a very kind hearted and nice boy, but mess with his trains….

When Justin finally finished sulking and came back out, Hannah figured she was the new owner of the animals.

“Mine animals!”  She told him as she hid them behind her back. Let’s just say Justin was not impressed.

We ended up running out of time for the much anticipated video shoot before Hannah’s nap.  Dad still hadn’t shown me how to put batteries in the camera (yeah, yeah, I’m special, I know), and Hannah and Justin had been playing outside and riding horses anyway.

“Ok, lets do the movie now!”  Justin said excitedly as we went in from outside.

“Sorry Justin, but we’ll have to do it after Hannah’s nap, we’ve run out of time this morning.”  He looked at me like I’d just run over his dog.

Justin slammed the door and stomped up the stairs, sounding like a herd of elephants was about to take over the living room.

“I just want to make the video, I can’t wait ANY longer to make the video!”  He yelled.

“Well I’m not going to make it with you at all if you act like that.”  I told him.

“Well I’m not leaving this house until we make the video!”  He told me.  It’s ok, I stifled my laughter.

“Well you have no choice Justin, we’re bigger than you, we can just pick you up and put you in the car when it’s time to go.  Plus, if you’re going to act like this, then no video.  We’ll make it after Hannah’s nap if you stop whinging.”  He looked at me like I was crazy.  But, he didn’t say anything else about the video.  I was, after all, the one in possession of the video camera and the batteries.

When Hannah woke up, it was time.  “Ok Justin, we’d better make your video if we want to have enough time before we have to go.”

“This is going to be so awesome!  This video is going to get like a thousand views.  It’s going to be your most popular video EVER!  I’m going to be famous!”  What do I say to that?  Seriously, what do I say to that?  I just smiled.  When in doubt, just smile.

ok, I just need to get everything ready.” Justin told me.  He took a while.  Hannah was getting bored.  Watching someone play with trains is very uncool when you’re one.  No, when you’re one, you want to play with the trains.  So she did.  Hannah grabbed the train track and pulled.  Half the track came apart and trains flew everywhere, like King Kong had suddenly come across the railway.  Hannah thought it was great.

“No Hannah!  You’re messing everything up!”  He yelled at Hannah.

“Don’t yell at her, she doesn’t know, she’s just playing!  She’s not messing up your train on purpose.  Just fix it back up and we’ll make a different train for her to play with.”

He pretended to cry and threw a tantrum.  What do you do when an 8 year old throws a tantrum?  I don’t know, I’ve never had an 8 year old.  I don’t know what 8 year olds do.  I just sat there, watching him rock back in forth, holding his knees to his chest while he pretended to cry rather loudly.  But there were no tears.  That’s right Justin, I know you were putting it on, because there were no tears.  Seriously, I didn’t know what to do, so I continued to stare at him.

“Crying isn’t going to fix it Justin, you’ll never be able to shoot your video if you sit there crying.”  My Dad told him.  Why didn’t I think of that?  Not being able to shoot the video seemed to strike a chord.  His head perked up (which is when I noticed the complete lack of tears) and the tantrum/fake crying session immediately stopped.  He started putting together the train again, and Mom and I made a different train track for Hurricane Hannah to destroy.  I mean play with….

And this is what happens when an 8 year old writes, directs, and stars in a video:

Oh Snap, I just tried to get the video off the new little camera, and it seems the camera ate it.  Or maybe the memory card.  Which ever it was, I’m really not impressed.  Just my luck.  I took some photos at The Jess’ wedding and my memory card ate them.  Yeah, her wedding. And the only photos we had of us getting ready were taken by me, on my camera, that ate them all.  What do camera’s have against me?  I was going to edit one video to show Justin telling me where to point the camera (mid sentence), what to say, and of course, telling everyone what to say as well, none of the actual train bits.  Humph.  It would have been pretty funny.

Then I was going to make one for Justin to put on his very own YouTube channel (that I was going to make for him), in which I would edit to only show him making some sort of sense with his train plot (Thomas the Tank Engine, Hannah and me visiting, and something about a war), none of the directing and telling everyone what to say, or the incoherent mumbling when he got too excited.  Sigh.  He’s going to be so disappointed!!

How will he ever become famous now?

Since there was no video, I’ll guess you’ll have to settle for photos.  Humph.

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2 Responses to “When an 8 year old writes, directs, and stars in a video”

  1. Virginia March 26, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I saw the picture about the train after the hurricane. I have no idea what that is like. Scary? Yikes! Glad that everyone is safe! At least from what I saw. 🙂 Anyway, just stopping by to say hi!

    • Sheri (Mommy Stuff Blogger) March 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! I checked out your blog and added it to my rss reader. Hurricane Hannah is pretty destructive, it’s amazing that anyone survived, but I’m happy to report that only egos were injured.

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