Something really exciting happened yesterday. It was something that confirmed my opinion that every single one of our children has a place in this world, despite appearances. I’m writing this post for anyone who has a child that is ‘different’. Do you know what I mean? A child that wasn’t made in the same mould as most other people. One that is unique and special.
At first, I tried to change him, then I decided to let him be who he is, though I had my moments of doubt. I encouraged him to step outside his comfort zone every now and then, but wondered if I should do more. Don’t we all have to conform to a certain extent?
Yesterday I saw my son absolutely in his element. He exuded confidence. He came to life in a way that made me very excited…
A couple of weeks ago I found this wonderful animation software program called Muvizu. I thought the girls might enjoy playing around with it. I thought I might have some fun with it too. I started exploring the program and got very excited about the possibilities. I watched some tutorials and set to work making my first video. But it wasn’t as easy as it looked. I found out I’m hopeless at navigating my way through 3D worlds. I kept losing my characters, as well as my props. I couldn’t position my cameras correctly. It was a bit frustrating and, for me, very hard work.
I mentioned Muvizu to my eldest son Duncan. I told him about my navigating problems. “If only I didn’t keep losing my scene, I could make a wonderful movie, I’m sure.” Then I added, “Hey, why don’t you have a look at Muvizu? You have some free time now your uni semester has finished.”
Duncan’s eyes lit up. He has always liked messing about with film making and animation. They’re his passions.
A few days later, I asked Duncan how he was going with Muvizu.
“I’m working everything out,” he told me.
“You could watch a few tutorials,” I suggested.
Then a couple of days ago, Duncan told me his very first Muvizu movie was finished. “Can I see it?” I asked. So he sent me the Youtube link and I watched. Wow!
“That is so good!” I told Duncan. “I can’t believe you made that so quickly. How did you do it?”
“I just worked it all out.”
“You didn’t watch any of the tutorials?”
Duncan shook his head.
I watched tutorial after tutorial and I ended up with a very simple, inexpert 13 second clip. Duncan ignored all the instructions and ended up with a very entertaining video that lasts for over 4 minutes. I just don’t understand it. Except I do really.
I think back through the years. I see a boy making swords and helmets, dressing up and shooting his own movies with my camcorder. I see a teenager in a wig and a cloak, twirling a cane as he performed in a Gilbert and Sullivan musical. I see Duncan editing my home movies, adding special effects. I see him spending hours and hours on the computer ‘working things out’. I see Duncan involved with a passion.
And last night I had this overwhelming feeling that Duncan is going to be using his passion to do something remarkable in the world. Yes, he might very well be an excellent teacher when he finishes his Masters degree, but I suspect he’ll also be involved in movie making / animation. That’s his passion. That’s who he really is. You know what I wish? I wish I could go back in time and encourage Duncan’s passions to a fuller extent. I wish I’d valued his unique talents more. I wish I hadn’t quietly pushed him into a more ‘people’ orientated career, instead of encouraging him to stay with his computer. But it’s never too late. I think Duncan’s going to find that unique place in the world regardless of my mistakes. I think it will all work out perfectly.
Would you like to see Duncan’s video? Of course, he didn’t compose or record the music. He borrowed it. But the animation is his. He created characters, modified them, put together scenes, recorded the action, positioned his cameras, adjusted the lighting… He just worked it all out.
I hope everyone, who wanted to, had a look at Duncan’s video. I decided to remove it because of music copyright reasons. But… he has almost finished a new Muvizu movie. If you’re interested I’ll post that one soon!