Yes! My kids have a lot of those! From Kenji's puppy dog eyes to Miro's well-rehearsed power of reasoning --these guys can manipulate the hell out of you. Which now makes me wonder if we have politicians in the family tree.
But I digress.
I'm talking about a different kind of manipulation. Image and Movement Manipulation. My kids are so into this right now that I really, really have to speed up my support system. I need to find newer creative programs. Better technology to match their quick thinking. So far, their imagination is beating my resources to a pulp.
Here's their latest Mini-Movie Manips.
Now Kenji's Mr. Bender. He loves bending an existing thing into some kind of childish parody. He found a 007 gun barrel desktop pattern on the net and quickly hunted for a Spongebob in a tuxedo image. There's one in an episode where the hilarious talking sponge had to be a fine dining restaurant waiter. He cleaned that image up. Got the 2 pictures together. And then blended the colors seamlessly. Ooh... and annotated.
Miro took a different approach. He's Mr. If-You-Can-Do-It-So-Can-I. He made these popular Angry Birds images from scratch. Gave them movement. Gave them the actual game's play-by-play. With, of course, matching music. Upon completion, he was rather smug in saying, "I did that in a few minutes, Mimi! How long do you think the Angry Birds makers did theirs?" Ah...
Next step: Get these boys a better Mac (our old reliable is just too slow for this kind of creative barrage now), and maybe get them into a video game designing camp come summer.
Parental support may be so damn costly... but with this kind of output, I say, worth it.