Friday night I was having dinner with the people I live with and their friends. Their friends have 3 children, one of whom, Thomas, is really into classic film!
The catch is: Thomas is 10.
This kid knows a ton about Classic Film. He has his favorites and is a total WWII buff. He and I had talked about Indiana Jones before, but on this particular evening he brought up Casablanca.
Thomas told me that he has a poster of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, from Casablanca, in his room.
I thought this was amazing. The kid could list off tons of movies including Gunga Din and The Maltese Falcon.
He was most interested in how the studio system conducted business, including the breakdown of the system and buy outs. Smart kid.
Thomas has a blog. Yes, can you believe it? He, a 10 year old, has a blog and it's about Classic Film. Well, let me be more specific; his blog is about Legos and Hollywood.
I have known about these shorts that Lego's does, involving recreating scenes and summaries of iconic films with Lego pieces. Thomas has made a blog discussing his favorite films, the Lego recreations, and it includes photos, write ups and video!
If you'd like to check out Thomas' work, blog, opinion or become one of his followers, please visit Legos-Hollywood. Keep in mind that he is 10, but also, that he is trying to learn all he can about film and the system.
Thomas, if you read this-- Check out this book that Sarah Case gave me for my birthday last year-- it's called Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s (click on the link and it will take you to what it looks like and prices on amazon.com). It might be a bit of an advanced read, but it explains the studio system, who bought who in the 40s and how it all worked. A dry, textual read, but extremely. informative.
Oh, anyone else can click that as well... just thought I'd tell Thomas first! :)