Not one, but TWO Babies! Also children.

October 28th, 2011 ~ 10:01 pm

Wednesday was my shoot day for the recent indie feature I booked. I play a distraught child care supervisor. In the script I am holding a baby the whole time, but when I got there they had 2 babies for me! I trade off. It was really fun and the babies were both really chill for most of the shoot. One was only 3 months and so little. And the other was 1 year old. He was a little red head. He could stand up and scoot around.
The other kids were two girls, 4 and 6, who were pretty tame. One of them improv’d a really funny bit, so hopefully that will get in the movie. Then there was a boy, not sure how old, and he was bonkers. Basically like any little boy would be. It was perfect because it’s supposed to feel really chaotic and I’m by myself.

There were two cameras so we were able to shoot pretty fast. It being so chaotic may prove difficult for the editor, but I think they will have enough coverage to make it work together.

Toward the end the babies were getting really sleepy so they started getting fussy. By then it was closer up on them, so there will be good shots of them crying and stuff. I’m fairly certain I’ll be back for some ADR on this one.

The leading cast were really funny and played off each other well. You could tell the cast and crew were having a good time shooting, which was good because they were having long shoot days.

The girl they are looking for in the scene is played by an actress I worked with on Vegan Fly Trap. This was my only scene though, so we won’t actually be shooting together on it.

I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be good with the kids since I don’t spend a lot of time with kids, but I mostly interacted with the babies, and they were pretty easy. And cute! There was a third baby that came in later, but he was not happy when his dad walked away, so they decided not to try and fit him in. That baby was also super cute. Guys, babies are cute. and the other kids were old enough that they could entertain themselves for the most part. Plus the leads were interacting with them a lot and keeping them busy, so I didn’t really need to entertain them at all. Hooray!


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