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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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