We have lots of help on hand to make sure your movie party goes with a swing.
Most importantly - and as part of your party pack - we’ll provide you with a complete guide to how to host a movie party - from deciding who should play which role right through to how to organise the big day itself. You’ll also have free access to our great guide to film-making tips, tricks and special-effects.
For those of you who have never tried a movie party before, we’ve listed below some answers to the common questions we get asked. If your question isn’t answered here, please get in touch.
What age are your scripts suitable for?
Although this will obviously vary from child to child, our scripts are roughly aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 14 - with somewhere in the middle being ideal.
The script I’ve chosen seems to involve people disappearing/explosions/etc. How am I supposed to film this?
Don’t worry! Every script has detailed instructions to help you create the special effects that the story requires. None of them require any special equipment of any kind.
My camcorder’s getting a bit old - is it worthwhile trying to film a movie party?
Absolutely! As long as it still works and you follow the basic tips and tricks supplied with your script, any basic camcorder will be fine.
Do I need a separate microphone for my camcorder to make a movie?
No. We make some suggestions about getting the best possible sound in our ‘tips and tricks’ guide. However, basic directional mics which attach to most home camcorders have come down significantly in price in recent years. While not a necessity, these will certainly give you more flexibility when filming.
I like the idea, but none of your scripts are suitable for my party - do you have any more?
We’re always working on new ideas for scripts. If you can’t find the right one for you in our online catalogue, email us.
Do you ever write bespoke scripts for children who want to act out a particular type of story, or who have specific interests?
Yes, we’re always happy to do this. Email us for details and costs.
What do I get in my movie party pack?
A basic movie party pack contains the script you have purchased, our detailed ‘how to host a movie party’ guide, and our list of fantastic film-making tips, trick & special effects.
Once I’ve received my script, can I change bits of it, alter the names, etc?
The script is provided as a read-only PDF document. It may not be altered electronically in any way. Copyright on all the scripts is reserved by Movie Parties.
Can I use the script in an educational setting?
Please contact us if you wish to do this.
I don’t want to get into video-editing - is there any point in having a movie party?
Editing your movie after the party is entirely optional. Our experience is that a day spent filming and then watching the ‘raw’ footage on TV with all your guests is fantastic fun in itself. However, if you’d like to try your hand at video-editing, your movie party provides a great starting-point and some wonderful raw material.
I can’t imagine some of my children’s friends wanting to learn lines - even if it is to make a movie!
In an ideal world, it would be great if all your guests learned their lines in advance. However, this doesn’t even happen in Hollywood, so don’t expect it to happen at your party! We explain in our ‘tips and tricks’ guide how movie-makers get round this, how to shoot in very short scenes, how to prompt discretely, and so on. No-one needs to learn lines in advance if they don’t want to.
Can I post the finished movie on a video-sharing site like YouTube?
Once you’ve finished your movie, it’s yours to do with as you please. However, please be aware that you should ensure you have the consent of the parents of the guests if you wish to do anything with it which takes it outside the context of the original party.
Once I’ve downloaded my script, can I email it to other people?
No. The terms of our license require that you keep the script you have purchased for yourself, and do not distribute it electronically to anyone else. In order to keep things simple for you and to keep the cost of our scripts down, we place no specific technical restrictions on our scripts which prevent you from doing this. However, we hope you will allow us to keep the cost of our products down by respecting the spirit of the agreement you make in purchasing from us.