I’ll tell you the thing about summer: it’s hard.
I’m in the midst of one final polish to my novel Stormlight before sending it to a publisher who expressed interest. That means that I needed a little bit of quiet time. Solution? Let’s have a magic movie!
I took the kids’ cups and filled them with Sprite. (Water for the purist.) A few drops of blue food coloring and a couple of Swedish Fish tossed in, and I convinced the kids they were drinking Ocean Water. More Swedish Fish as a treat (Goldfish crackers for that same purist who doesn’t like sugar), a blanket on the floor, and suddenly watching The Little Mermaid took on a whole new meaning. This would also be great with Ponyo or Finding Nemo. Or even Jaws if you want to scar them forever. I also knocked out ten chapters. Win/win!
The secret for me is keeping it simple. I’ll be overwhelmed by something elaborate. But food coloring in Sprite? Yeah. I can do that! Hooray!
Do you have some tricks up your sleeve to make movies magical? Could you share?