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Film Magic

Learn about the steps of making a movie.

By Annie

The lights dim. The crunch of popcorn and the slurping of soda can be heard throughout the theater. The Warner Bros. logo appears on the screen that lights the room. A few majestic, beautiful notes can be heard. Then, the words Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written in gold letters, comes out from the dark grey clouds. When the movie is over, people emerge from the theater, talking excitedly amongst themselves. Whispers of “Voldemort,” “magic,” and “flying” can be heard over the cold November wind as people make their way to their cars.

So, how exactly does this magic happen? It all starts with the simple idea to make a movie. A casting director is picked to watch people audition and choose them to play the characters. Did you know that after Emma Watson auditioned, she had to come back multiple times just to get the part of Hermione?

After the cast is picked, everyone gets together in a certain filming location. A few months after the cast has memorized their lines, they are ready to start filming. When filming is done, the director of photography organizes the scenes into the correct order for the movie. Then, the movie goes out to the theaters, where the public waits for the magic to begin.

Annie, Scholastic Kids Council

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