Kids are awesome as commercial endorsers, aren’t they? They are fun, enthusiastic and are just full of energy. While many film makers do not show you the behind-the-scenes of each film production, there are certainly more than a neat smiling children in that video than meets the eye.
A lot of children I know do not like to do things over and over again, much more, being told what to do especially the toddlers. However, getting that perfect shot for any video material, people just have to do things repeatedly. So, if you are a video production producer and your next shoot involves children, here are sure fire ways to get that perfect shot with fewer hassles.
Working with Kids Effectively
To make sure that you get what you need from your child talent, make it a priority to know them during casting yourself. Doing so will make filming a lot easier for you and your team.
Put the child in an environment similar to the situation you want them to do in the film. This will somehow give you an idea as to how that particular child performs when the cameras go rolling. Also, take into consideration the fact that children’s energy levels vary throughout the day.
To get a child performing at their best, avoid filming when there is nothing else they would rather wish to do than cry and sleep. Lastly, do not hesitate to bargain with them. When a kid wants something –maybe play a little while on the set or maybe they want to grab some snacks –let them. Just remind though that make you it clear to them that after they are done, then you will resume the shoot.
Working with kids can be fun and challenging at the same time. You have to deal with their mood swings and sometimes childish demands, but when things are done well, they are one of the best people to work with in the world.