March 2nd, 2015

CECILWOOD 2015: Teenage Moviemakers Unite!

Cecilwood teaser 2015You can make anything. Think about that. You just write it, film it, edit it, and it exists. A story that had never been told before is now a reality. You did that. You took something abstract and foggy from your head and brought it to life with a little style and some heart and now it’s a permanent thing. Friends and family watched it, applauded, and gobbled popcorn beside you. You heard a stranger say, “That was cool.” You might have even won the grand prize. Doesn’t that sound like a good way to kick-off the springtime? Doesn’t that sound like hard work well spent?

It’s Cecil County Public Library’s 6th annual festival of short films! This year’s theme is “Time Is Running Out!” Participants must tell a story about a person, place, or thing where time is an essential element to the plot. You can do a comedy, an animation, a drama, a documentary, or an action scene (just to name a few). Film-loving directors between 11 and 17 years old must register at any CCPL branch by March 31st before they may submit a film. The film submission deadline is April 30th. Some or all of the films will be publicly screened at Elkton Central Library on Thursday, May 7th at 6:30PM, but remember—you must submit your film on a flash drive with all the pertinent paperwork! Contact any branch for more information or click here. Gift cards will be awarded for first, second, and third places, as well as an “Editor’s Choice Award” compliments of the Cecil Whig.

Mr. Matt’s recommended reading: “Digital SLR video and Filmmaking for Dummies”, “Filmmaking For Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts”, “Story” by Robert McKee, “How To Make Animated Films” by Tony White, “Acting For Young Actors” by Mary Belli, and “Picture Yourself Directing a Movie” by Eric Nicholas.

Good luck, now go forth and film greatness!

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December 29th, 2011

Our New Video Game Collection

Cecil County Public Library Video Game CollectionGuess what we got for Christmas!

Yes, we (two almost elderly adults) added Xbox Kinect to things that hang off our TV!  What are we doing with Xbox?   Well, we’re hoping to attract the grandkids for one thing.  And we’re hoping to exercise both our aging brains and bodies playing educational and physical games for another.  And of course the thrill of virtually shooting evil bad guys from the security of the living room ranks right up there.

But the best news of all is that I can borrow games for free from Cecil County Public Library.  The library now offers Xbox, Kinect and Wii games to be borrowed just like books.  They check out to adults 18 and over for 7 days, two at a time.  All it takes is a Cecil County Public Library Card in good standing (free to residents) and an easy 3 step process:

1.     Browse the collections online or see browsing guides found in each library and select the games you would like to borrow.

2.    Place hold requests on the games you want and the library will call you when it’s your turn.   Ask the staff for help if you need it.

3.    Pick up the game at your local branch and play away for 7 days.  After that there’s a charge of $1 per day (max fine is $5).

So extend your video gaming experience and try new things in the New Year.  Visit your library!

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