iMovie Basics

Posted on July 2nd, 2010 by Jean

iLifeTurning your photos into movies is easy with iMovie, part of the iLife software package. I’ve heard the PC software equivalent to iMovie is Sony Vegas.
Here is a step-by-step instructional video I put together. I’m looking forward to seeing your projects! Let me know if you have additional questions.

• iLife, available at Apple Store, retails for $79.00.
• iPhone iMovie app, downloadable through iTunes, is available for $4.99.
• Sony Vegas, available at Sony Creative Software, priced at $44.95 and up.

Sugary Sweet Childhood Fears

Posted on March 27th, 2009 by Jean

Things that frightened me as a child seem laughable as an adult. Thank goodness I matured, and realized what was plausible and what was not. Perhaps that is where childhood fear comes from, thinking that anything is possible.


When I was a child, we used to watch Creature Features. This was a late night television show which aired old black & white films. One movie, The Vulture, was particularly frightening to me. The storyline involved a man who had bird legs. I could have sworn he hid his creepy legs under a blanket while he sat in a wheelchair, but a brief synopsis I read says he wore a large coat. Regardless, at night he would swoop down and prey on innocent victims. Not long after seeing this movie, a huge stork flew over my house, and I would have bet money it was the bird man!

Here he is, visually assaulting the public. Where is his coat now?


The Adventure Thru Inner Space ride at Disneyland scared me senseless! It wasn’t the ride itself, but the dread of being disintegrated! Here’s how the ride was described; “While waiting in line, you see other guests enter one end of the Mighty Microscope, appear near the opposite end only a few inches tall, and finally disappear entirely. Now it’s your turn.” WTH? No thanks! I begged and pleaded with my parents not to go on this ride! Even at age 2, I knew I preferred living and breathing over whatever fate awaited me in the “Microscope Of Doom”! Could I talk sense into them? Of course not. It STILL haunts me.

Disney’s *Prepare to Meet Your Maker* ride. Have your signed consent form ready!

Do you have some fears to get off your chest?

Thanks for reading!

Top 20 Favorite Movies

Posted on May 14th, 2008 by Jean

Childhood Movies
(Ages 3 – 12)
I have vague memories of these movies being the most fun a kid could ever have!


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

With a lead character by the name of Truly Scrumptious, could you ask for anything more?


Now You See Him, Now You Don’t (1972)

How cute was Kurt Russell?!


Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)



Star Wars (1977)

This movie took my breath away! I had never seen ANYTHING like it!


Teen Movies
(Ages 14 – 17)
Still going to the movies with my parents in my early teen years, but breaking out with friends by my late teens.

Mad Max (1979)

Perfect for my teenage hormones.


Airplane (1980)

The hands-down funniest movie I had ever seen.


Xanadu (1980)

My girlfriend, Joy, and I sang these songs for weeks on end.


The Cannonball Run (1981)

Out-takes with Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise – hilarious!!


E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

I was so happy, I cried!


Tron (1982)

Oh my gosh, what a great idea!


Starstruck (1982)

More dancing & singing for weeks on end!


Adult Movies
(Ages 23 – present)

No one to blame but me, myself & I. These are movies that if you said, Hey, Jean, (blank) is on!, I’d run in and watch it with you.


Hairspray (1988)

The original cast was great!


GoodFellas (1990)

Ray Liotta looks delicious.


Madonna / Truth or Dare (1991)

I couldn’t look away!


Strictly Ballroom (1992)

Hubba hubba! Plus, I saw this with my sister, which made it extra fun.


Groundhog Day (1993)

Bill Murray gets to figure it out!


Pulp Fiction (1994)

I got to watch it again and again to figure out the timeline.


Dreamquest (2000)

Jenna is number one. (Just testing to see if you’re still awake.)


Scary Movie 2 (2001)

James Woods lusting for The Exorcist girl, side-splitting funny!


Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

I adore the fact there is no emotion ~ brilliant!