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Five Top Tips for Getting Children to Cooperate On Camera

Five Top Tips for Getting Children to Cooperate On Camera

A number of truly fantastic child actors and actresses have graced our screens over the years in television and film, and it would be fair to say that they make it look pretty easy.

However, what the viewers see is the end result of many months of hard work and time spent on film sets.

Working with children on camera is probably just as daunting for the film crew or photographers as it the youngsters.

You might be wondering how the directors and film crew do such a wonderful job working with younger children with the risk of stage fright, tantrums and non-cooperation potentially looming at any point.

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Here are five top tips when it comes to working with young actors to help bring out the best in their acting skills so that you end up with the best possible material for your project.

Build up a rapport

It’s really important that you build up a positive understanding with the child early on in the filming process, ideally before the cameras are switched on.

Gaining the child’s trust is key as highlighted in Timid Monster’s article discussing tips for directing children. This can sometimes be more effective outside of rehearsal time, therefore, see if you can arrange a time with the child’s parents to take them out for a milkshake.

This will go a long way in the child being able to trust and be more comfortable around you, which will be a big help on set.

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Create a positive environment

Children respond much better to positive energy and will become much more comfortable in a filming environment which is friendly and welcoming as recommended in Backstage’s article.

Help the youngster to overcome any nervousness about acting on set by introducing them to the rest of the cast members and film crew. You could even take them around the set and show them interesting pieces of equipment.

While this might sound simple, it could go a long way in making the child feel more at ease and comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.

Bring in the baby wrangler

Time is clearly of the essence when filming, therefore, a very effective solution to ensure that your young actors are cooperating and performing at their very best is to hire a baby or child wrangler.

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The role of baby wranglers is to help make the child feel as relaxed and happy on the film set as possible so that the director and film crew can get to work on achieving the best possible shots.

Filming With Kids very own baby wrangler, Peter, said that “Filming must fit in with the child’s schedule. It sounds obvious, but this is often overlooked. There are also some tricks of the trade to keep children animated without wearing them out like making sure there is a supply of their favourite toys.”

So if you yourself will be working with children on a film or photography set then it could definitely be worth considering hiring a baby wrangler to help make sure that your time on set goes as smoothly as possible.

Know when it’s time to stop

It’s no surprise that spending a long day on set will result in young actors becoming tired, bored and unproductive. To help maintain a higher level of productiveness and ensure that the child is really giving all they can during production, try and get your shots as quickly as possible.

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Furthermore, if things aren’t quite going the way you’d like them to, then it’s perhaps time to call it a day. You certainly don’t want to run the risk of making the child feel stressed and discouraged, so make sure you know when it’s a good time to stop for the day, or at the very least, have a break.

Always say thank you

Lastly, it’s vital that you always remember to thank the child for their hard work and cooperation, as well as telling them how great they have been.

This can really go a long way in maintaining a positive vibe, and it also lets the child know that you appreciate all of their hard work. Rewards are also a great way of saying thanks and sustaining a good relationship with the child.

All in all, make sure that the child leaves the film set with a smile on their face! For more tips on encouraging your child’s cooperation on camera head to the Clickin Moms blog.

Featured photo credit: Shutterstock via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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