Maybe you’ve seen those adverts with Burt Reynolds for Xbox movie making game, You’re in the Movies? Well, a couple of weeks ago Eedelman PR kindly sent me a copy to have a play with and, with Christmas telly being a teeny bit on the unexciting side this year, I’ve spent some of the festive break having a bit of a play.
I’m rather pleased to be able to say that within a few minutes of plugging in the bundled video camera and sitting through the amusing and easy to follow tutorial, I was quickly working through my first movie.
The magic of placing the ‘actor’ in the scenery is achieved by a software ‘green screen’ – you just position yourself (and hopefully at least one mate) within a green-edged silhouette and make sure the room’s as well lit as possible and you’re suddenly in your very own movie world.
Yo get to choose from a range of scenes in which you have to complete certain actions, such as playing bongoes or using a hula hoop.
Really brave players (or simple those who aren’t easily embarrassed) can opt to share their completed videos via Xbox Live. Mercifully I don’t have an account so!
Lots of fun and easily accessible this is a rewarding way of using your XBox for something a little more constructive than blasting your way through the latest shooter and, unlike most console titles, is something which all age groups can enjoy.