Who says never work with animals and chlidren?
1) MAKE IT BRIEF
Children, especially younger ones, have short attention spans so make sure your filming is planned out and you can film in short segments to be edited together later.
2) MAKE IT FUN
It is always a good idea to have a supply of toys, a separate room with a television (or bring an iPad or game console for older children) to distract and entertain them when things seem to be going off course. Once they seem ready to continue, do so. When filming make it like a game so the children are having fun. To get the best images on screen it is better to have exaggerated emotions – so let hilarity reign (unless of course you are filming a serious piece). It is essential when filming babies to have a favourite soft toy or rattle held aloft if you want them looking or reaching in a certain direction.
Make sure your children are fed, watered, have been to the toilet and are as comfortable as possible. When they are feeling good they are more likely to do what you want! Always have drinks and snacks available too.
Some may not agree with this point and that’s OK. However, personally I’m a big fan of bribery when the circumstances call for it. If you have a child that responds well to the promise of a ‘treat’ for good behaviour – go for it! Obviously the parents will know their children best so be guided by them as to how to get the best from their children.
5) KEEP YOUR COOL