Turn Your Child Into a Film Auteur With the Virtual Movie Studio

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If you think your eight-year-old is the next Steven Spielberg but you don't trust him with your camcorder, then Curious Picture's Virtual Movie Studio, a box containing a camera, actors and sets, may be what you're looking for. Unfortunately, the equipment is more Ed Wood than Spielberg.

The Virtual Movie Studio consists of a tiny little camera that can plug into your TV or VCR, an attachable microphone unit, a small metal dolly, some plastic male action heroes to use as actors (apparently Curious Pictures isn't interested in creating the next Susan Seidelman) and a few cardboard sets. The hookup is easy and you can get started in 10 minutes. Start dollying your camera while watching the TV and you can feel like you're making a real movie.