Watching a movies takes your mind off things. It gives you an hour or more to focus on the screen and trace its plot. When you include your family in your screening time, it becomes an instant family quality time.
The best way to chill with the fam or spend a Saturday indoors is to watch a film at home. It saves you from long lines in checking the Vertis North cinema schedule and rude moviegoers. Most of all, it keeps your bucks from movie tickets and overpriced snacks.
If you are keen on watching quality family movies at home, you must try these ten steps to prep for the event.
1. Pick a movie.
You can’t start a film showing without a movie. Use this time to introduce a different genre to the team. You can also catch up on family favorites or cinema classics.
Disney movies are a hit with the children. Meanwhile, comedy and action are perfect for the boys. Rom-com and high school drama are some movies to bond with the girls at home.
2. Schedule who picks the movie.
Adults aren’t the only ones who must choose what you will watch. Include everyone during the movie selection. You can take turns on who picks the film for the night. Setting a schedule avoids confusion and arguments between whose turn is it.
3. Prep the place.
Location matters. You are staying in your home for its unique ambiance and comfort. You can hang a swing in the backyard, seat on beach chairs or mats for an outdoor showing.
You can also take movie night on the road. Have the film while on vacation or at your grandparents or cousin’s home.
You can also have a theme. Recreate the setup of the movie you’re about to see. Does it have animals or dragons? Add some stuff toys or recreate a barn for Charlotte’s Web.
You can also make a home cinema. Make tickets and print them out. Set up assigned seats (with numbers *wink*). Fill a box with candies, drinks, popcorn or chips. Install a movie projector or a large screen for that silver screen effect. Don’t forget to switch off the light!
4. Don’t be stationary.
Make it a film showing to remember. Play some games. Think of an activity to do while the movie runs. You can practice dance steps if you’re catching up on High School Musical or Step Up series.
You can also belt some tunes if you’re up for a musical. Sing along with Rewrite The Stars or How Far I’ll Go. No one can contain themselves once someone starts singing.
Have a friendly competition! You can start a drinking game, exercise, or something to get you moving.
5. Dress up before showing up.
Suggest wearing a costume. The movie screening becomes twice as fun when you have the chance to copy your favorite character. It also gives everyone an opportunity to unleash their creativity.
You can set a few rules like using household materials or existing closet items to make an outfit.
6. Get creative with seating.
Use blankets, pillows, carpeting, coffee table and leftover cardboard to make a fort, castle, or a car. Use your imagination to make comfy seats. Use as much material you need to end up with comfortable seating.
7. Personalize your snacks.
Picking a horror movie? Why not make some spider trifle, bloody velvet cake, ghosty S’mores dip, Dracula dentures, and pumpkin patch brownies.
You can also try a pimple cupcake, picarones, sweet rice cakes, or mochi, or avocado ice cream. Ensure everyone helps during the preparation to double the fun.
8. Set the movie date.
Don’t forget to block your movie screening on your calendars. It’s best to set it on a weekly or monthly basis everyone can attend. It gives everyone a chance to participate in creating happy memories.
9. Send invites.
Don’t forget to send invites to remind each one of the movie dates. It can be a simple message, e-mail, or a text blast. You can also make a Facebook group chat or invitation to remind them what to prepare and be on time.
10. Get a clear copy of the movie.
Whether it’s on Blu-ray, Netflix or Torrent download, ensure that you have the HD copy. No one wants to see a person’s head or hear unwanted background noises. Look for the movie days before your home screening.
If it isn’t available, look or suggest for a few substitutes.
Besides the entertainment value from the movie, you can receive love and joy for those who see the film with you. Make the most of your film viewing with these ten tips.