Kid Movie Making Ideas: Parent and Kid Video Competition (The Conjurer)

by Matthew Worwood

Building upon our kid movie making ideas, we’ve decided to launch a parent and kid competition. The Conjurer is a fun video challenge that requires parents and their kids to produce a short 15-45 second video using a mobile device. Winners will receive a Dads for Creativity T Shirt, and an absolutely awesome GorillaPod tripod, which was kindly donated by Joby (Thank you Joby!)


The Conjurer is a black and white, 1899 movie made by illusionist and filmmaker Georges Melies. Accompanied by a ballet dancer, George Melies performs a quick series of magic acts, including disappearances, reappearances, and transformations.

Now with a mobile device and moviemaking app we can accomplish the same effects used in this film by making two minor edits in our timeline. The creativity is in the story that you create and the items that you make disappear!

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE: Kid Movie Making Ideas: 6 Easy Steps to Making Movie Magic


Films must be filmed and edited with a mobile device ONLY.

  • The film must replicate the general gist of The Conjurer, which means you must make something disappear, or appear, or transform.
  • Films must be under 45-seconds and will be judged for their creativity and story.
  • If it’s available you’re encouraged to add a filter that creates the look of an old film, but it’s not required.

Suggested Resources:

  • Movie Making App (iMovie is certainly my preference)
  • Mini Tripod is helpful


Submission links must be posted below or shared on the Dads for Creativity Facebook page. We also welcome submissions via Instagram (which has a 15 second cap), but you must remember to use our handle @dadsforcreativity and include the hashtag #TheConjurer. Provide any questions in the comments below.

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Matthew Worwood
Matthew Worwood is an educator, Creative Studies scholar-practitioner, and co-host of the Fueling Creativity in Education podcast. He is a professor of Digital Media Design at the University of Connecticut and a husband and proud father to three young boys.

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