Nine-year-old Secundus, having had a Flip video camera for a year or so, and inspired by a week-long summer camp on movie-making, has produced his first solo effort -- a slide show using stills from video that he's shot and some free music that came with the laptop.
The most amazing thing? Not that the credits take up more than half the length of the movie, he deserves it. Not that it features my legs. But that he did this in one morning by teaching himself to use Microsoft's Windows Movie Maker from scratch, with virtually no help from me. (Mainly because I can never figure out a Vista-based program intuitively.)
Before Jaws, Spielberg gave us Duel. (Haunting and impressive.) Before Fargo and The Big Lebowksi, the Coen brothers kicked off with Blood Simple. (Electrifying.) Before The Godfather, Coppola co-directed The Bellboy and the Playgirls. (Haven't seen it.) Before The Last Picture Show, Bogdanovich made Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women. (A hint of things to come during that moment when the tall blonde in the fur bikini took off. . . er, haven't seen it either.)
And so we proudly present, completely uncut, the first work of another future master: Leila in 48 Seconds.