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Working with Children


#1

Anyone else had this problem when filming a movie?



Is there anyway to make them follow along with the script?



Seems almost impossible to me. The one I’m working with is shy around a group of people. I do understand this, but what does it take to make them feel comfortable with the scene?



Any other tips on how to work with children would be helpful as well.





p.s. I bet shooting Kindergarden Cop was hell…


#2

Haha, I believe once they get used to the filming, it’s all great. I think you can notice this in movies, I had this theory while watching Philadelphia Story - at the beginning the girl actress is kind of bad, then she gets a lot better, and since the film, as many old Hollywood projects was simply shot from the beginning to the end, it is quite possible that it was just because of getting used to the filming gradually. This is not just with kids, with ALL actors, sometimes they’re clumsy at the beginning and then awesome at the end.


#3

When I first got into portrait photography, I did a lot of portraits of kids - which was utter hell. I feel so sorry for anyone who has to photograph children - unless they’re naked children - those bastards need to be shot.


#4

Well this might help. Maybe you could give them candy, give them some at the beginning and than say, “If your good I’ll give you the rest at the end of the day.” but hell I dont know Its a shot In the dark really.


#5

[quote=“me”]
Well this might help. Maybe you could give them candy, give them some at the beginning and than say, “If your good I’ll give you the rest at the end of the day.” but hell I dont know Its a shot In the dark really.
[/quote]
Maybe you could give them weed. I hear that used to work with Corey Feldman and River Phoenix.


#6

The thing is I’ve bribbed the kid with many things, but to no avail…he was just too shy with all of us there on set.



We’re shooting the scene again tonight at the state fair. I’ve already bribbed him with some rides and cotton candy. So, I’m just going to hope for the best.


#7

Tell him that Satan is going to kill his dog if he doesn’t act right.


#8

[quote]The thing is I’ve bribbed the kid with many things, but to no avail…he was just too shy with all of us there on set.[/quote]

Maybe get rid of all the people you don’t need. How old is he?


#9

[quote=“Kilgore Trout”]
Tell him that Satan is going to kill his dog if he doesn’t act right.
[/quote]

If that doesnt work tell him that Marc Dutroux is visiting the set in 5 minutes if he doesnt act right.


#10

[quote=“Kilgore Trout”]
Tell him that Satan is going to kill his dog if he doesn’t act right.
[/quote]
Why not take his dog and say he wont get it back until he’s done it right. Tell him you’ll send it to the dogfood factory. That would scare me.


#11

He is 5 years old.



We’ve already shot the scene and still just as shy as ever.



…well, at least he did better than the first time.



My reminder to never work with children again.


#12

The thing is with shy kids, cotton candy and carnival rides aren’t

really gonna boost their confidence.


#13

Of course, I really can’t blame him either. It was his first time to be on camera and he was around people he didn’t/hardly knew. Thank God, his mother was playing the part with him. Could have been alot worse…


#14

Yeah, I’ve never really been good with kids in any capacity so

I feel for you.


#15

This is so crazy man, i still cant believe a film Is being made In my hometown.



And with the kids I hope It all turns out good. Later.


#16

[quote=“ThaDuke”]
Of course, I really can’t blame him either. It was his first time to be on camera and he was around people he didn’t/hardly knew. Thank God, his mother was playing the part with him. Could have been alot worse…
[/quote]
get his mother out of the situation. this is your problem. ask any photographer and he will tell you that the mother needs to leave.


#17

[quote=“Kilgore Trout”]
get his mother out of the situation. this is your problem. ask any photographer and he will tell you that the mother needs to leave.
[/quote]

Ok, so here was the problem:



I am playing the part of Jack Thompson. Near the beginning of the movie, Jack has this whole dream sequence of re-living his family’s death; these including Kelly Thompson and Vallerie Thompson (his wife and daughter). I’ve had the part filled for both Kelly and Vallerie. When the day came to actually shoot the scene, the little girl who was to play Vallerie backed out. She got way too scared to do it. And I remind you, we have to shoot this day, so now I’m kind of in a panic. I really don’t know a whole lot of 5 year olds, so I do what obvious to me: I change the role of Vallerie Thompson to the role of Alex Thompson and cast the son of the woman that’s playing Kelly Thompson. So, as much as I didn’t like it, I had to rewrite the scene a bit and now I had family working together. But, it was also kind of convenient because it was easy to get both of them whenever I needed.



So anyways, the kid’s excitied about doing the part…but when it came time to shoot, he didn’t want to do anything either…so there’s the dilemma.



The only reason I had to rush so fast through this is because the scene is shot at a carnival. And since the state fair was only in for a week, I had no other choice.



So anyways…he finally pulled about 3/4 of it off and looked scared shitless when he said his lines. So to add this into the movie, the scene will have to be changed to a series of flashbacks.


#18

Fucking kids. Tell him you’ll buy him an ice-cream or something after the shoot, maybe that’ll work. Of course don’t buy him anything after you’re done with him, it’s always cool to make kids cry.


#19

[quote=“Scarface”]
Fucking kids. Tell him you’ll buy him an ice-cream or something after the shoot, maybe that’ll work. Of course don’t buy him anything after you’re done with him, it’s always cool to make kids cry.
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remember that saturday night live skit where the guy says: “I told my nephews that I was going to take them to disneyland, but instead I took them to a burned up warehouse and told them that disney land had burned down”


#20

North Alabama State Fair



I spent $40 for the entire shoot.