Platform 9-3/4

Platform 9-3/4

While browsing through one of our Harry Potter Writing Prompts (and catching a typo . . . thanks!) Cristela, one of our ClassBrain fans, was kind enough to send us some information about Platform 9-3/4, as well as a picture.

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...