Casting Kit Kittredge

Casting Kit Kittredge

Finding the right actress to play Kit® was essential to the success of the Kit Kittredge®, An American Girl®. Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin, who won over audiences, critics and Academy members as the plucky Olive Hoover in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, was everyone’s first choice to play Kit. But she had a very short window of availability before starting another film. This meant the filmmakers had to finalize the Kit Kittredge script and cast, prep the movie and shoot it all in the course of about four months. We did this feature on a very, very, very tight little schedule with a lot of limitations,” says Rozema. “Every shot had to be completely constructed. You couldn’t just shoot from any angle, because, oh my goodness, there was a satellite dish or something else that would be out of the period.” To help speed the process, Rozema decided to use three cameras shooting simultaneously. “If we got that magic moment, it was covered on every side, and we didn’t have to repeat it and repeat it to get it each time,” she says. This approach gave the director and her cast additional creative freedom with Kit Kittredge. “The kids didn’t have to think about continuity as much, they didn’t have to remember ‘Oh, I had the fork up to my mouth on this line.’ If the moment was fresh and free, and we caught the spark, we had it on camera at different angles instantaneously.” Although the expedited production schedule for Kit Kittredge was a challenge at times, the director says it ended up being an extraordinary experience, “The whole enterprise...
Kit Kittrege Bookstore

Kit Kittrege Bookstore

The American Girl® Collection has wonderful books on girls from all different points in American history. Read about their adventures with an American Girl novel or mystery, or pick up a book of quizzes, games, and puzzles, or start your own novel with your very own American Girl...

Gangs of New York | Letter-Response

We are posting this letter and our response to provide some insight into why we have developed the Movies in the Classroom section and how we intend the material to be used. We hope that anyone else who has had similar concerns will read the following letters for more information regarding this section. ClassBrain Visitor: Hello, I’m not sure why you would have posted a lesson plan for high schoolers on the movie, “Gangs of New York”???? As a mother….I went into the movie review with the description of all the sex and nudity in this movie. I was shocked and would never want my children, high school or otherwise, to have anything to do with this movie? I’m confused why you would even list it ??!! Please reply. Mrs. Marie A. ClassBrain Response: Dear Mrs. Marie A., First and foremost we thank you for your letter and concern as a parent. We stress that it is ultimately up to you to decide the level of exposure to controversial or objectionable movies for your own children. We include the “kids-in-mind” rating system as a way for parents to gauge the level of appropriateness of a film for children viewers. ClassBrain’s “Movies in the Classroom” section, however, is aimed at an audience of teachers and parents and includes films from animation through mature productions. Movies such as Gangs of New York and Schindler’s List are included for the purpose of allowing our parent and teacher patrons the resources to instruct students on specific scenes consisting of historically accurate situations. We leave it up to the teachers to decide if they...

Movie Rating System

Movie Rating System G General Audiences, All Ages Admitted PG Parental Guidence Suggested, Some Material May Not Be Suitable For Children PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned, Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13 R Restricted, Under 17 requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian NC-17 No One 17 and Under...

Full-length Movie Permission Slip

Full-length Movie Permission Dear Parents, Our school requires parental permission for your student to view movies that are used in our curriculum, or that are selected by our teachers, which are rated PG-13 or R. We believe showing your son or daughter full-length movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Glory enables them to benefit from another medium as a resource in their study of current events and history. Movies, along with our hands-on activities such as reading, in-class discussion groups, and research projects, give students a well-rounded opportunity to discover the world of history. Movies go beyond dry facts and help bring events “alive.” Be assured that we will use proper discretion when showing full-length movies. Thank you for taking the time to read and sign this permission form. Sincerely, _____________________ Principal/Teacher Name of Movie:_______________________________ Date of Movie:________________________________ Movie Rating:_________________________________ Student Name_____________________________ ____ Yes, I give my son/daughter permission to view curriculum and school appropriate full-length movies rated PG-13 or R. ____ No, I do not give my son/daughter permission to view curriculum and school appropriate full-length movies of the types mentioned in this letter. I understand alternate learning experiences will be provided for my child while the movie is being watched. Guardian signature/date __________________________ Notes: Sample note We will be showing Glory, which is rated R; however, we are skipping certain scenes which we feel are too intense for our...

Annual Movie Permission Slip

Annual Movie/Video Permission Dear Parents, During the course of the _________________ school year we plan to show PG/PG-13/R rated movies in full or as excerpts to enhance our class curriculum. (circle all that apply) Our school requires parental permission for your student to view movies that are used in our curriculum, or selected by our teachers, which are rated PG-13 or R. We believe showing your son or daughter movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Glory enables them to benefit from another medium as a resource in their study of current events and history. Movies, along with our hands-on activities such as reading, in-class discussion groups, and research projects, give students a well-rounded opportunity to discover the world of history. Movies go beyond dry facts and help bring events “alive.” Be assured that we will use proper discretion when showing these movies. Thank you for taking the time to read and sign this permission form. Sincerely, ______________________ Principal/Teacher Student Name______________________ ____ Yes, I approve my child’s viewing of curriculum and school appropriate movies rated PG/PG-13/R (circle all that apply). ____ No, I do not approve my child’s viewing of curriculum and school appropriate movies. I understand alternate learning experiences will be provided for my child while the movie is being watched. Guardian signature/date___________________________ Notes: Sample note We will be showing Glory, which is rated R; however, we are skipping certain scenes which we feel are too intense for our...

Movie Excerpt Permission Slip

Movie Excerpt Permission Dear Parents, Our school requires parental permission for your student to view movies that are used in our curriculum, or that are selected by the teachers, which have been rated PG-13 or R. We believe showing your son or daughter excerpts from movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, and Glory enables then to benefit from another medium as a resource in their study of current events and history. Movies, along with hands-on activities such as reading, in-class discussion groups, and research projects, give students a well-rounded opportunity to discover the world of history. Movies go beyond dry facts and help bring events “alive.” Be assured that we will use proper discretion when showing excerpts of movies. Thank you for taking the time to read and sign this permission form. Sincerely, _____________________ Principal/Teacher Name of Movie:_______________________________ Movie Rating:_________________________________ Date of Viewing:_______________________________ Student Name_______________________ ____ Yes, I give my son/daughter permission to view curriculum and school appropriate excerpts of movies rated PG-13 or R. ____ No, I do not give my son/daughter permission to view curriculum and school appropriate excerpts of the types of movies mentioned in this letter. I understand alternate learning experiences will be provided for my child while the movie is being watched. ___________________________ Guardian signature/date Notes: Sample note We will be showing Glory, which is rated R; however, we are skipping certain scenes which we feel are too intense for our...

Basic Classroom Permission Slip

[Your School] Movie/Video Permission Form Request Date:__________________________________________ Teacher Name:_________________________________________ Name of Movie/Video:____________________________________ Rating on Movie/Video:___________________________________ Reason for showing the Movie/Video:_________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ Date of viewing:_________________________________________ Teacher Signature:_______________________________________ Student Name:__________________________________________ Parent/Guardian...