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  • Narrator: Babies cry all the time,

  • whether you like it or not.

  • And it takes a very patient parent to make them stop.

  • When it comes to TV and movies, however,

  • a director may actually want a baby to cry on command.

  • And this requires hiring someone

  • with a special set of skills.

  • That's Elaine Hall.

  • She's what's known in Hollywood as a baby wrangler.

  • Elaine Hall: A baby wrangler is a interpreter

  • between what the director wants a young child to do

  • in front of a camera.

  • Narrator: She's worked with infants and young children

  • on a variety of commercials, TV shows, and movies,

  • like "The Flintstones," "Grace Under Fire,"

  • and "Akeelah tnd the Bee."

  • First off, where do these crying babies come from?

  • Babies, just like adult actors,

  • come from casting calls,

  • but they're only legally allowed to work

  • for four hours a day on set,

  • so there's a simple trick used to extend their camera time.

  • Hall: Very often, when you see a TV show or a film,

  • twins are used to play one role.

  • Narrator: There's also a few other rules in place

  • when using young actors.

  • Hall: For every set that has a child,

  • there's a studio teacher on the set.

  • For infants, there must be a studio teacher and a nurse.

  • Narrator: For non-crying scenes,

  • working with babies and young children

  • involves making it fun for them.

  • Hall: Everything was made into a game.

  • I would put on the lens of the camera,

  • funny faces on the lens,

  • when they needed to make direct eye contact.

  • I would be behind the camera

  • on every scene, making them laugh.

  • Narrator: But for crying, it's a whole different story.

  • Elaine uses a special technique.

  • Hall: What I do to get babies to cry is,

  • I start to cry myself.

  • For example, I'll go, "Wahhhh!"

  • And the baby will start to cry.

  • When a baby, even an infant, hears another baby cry,

  • the infant or the baby will start to cry themselves.

  • This is an example of empathy.

  • It's pretty instantaneous.

  • Narrator: She used this technique in "Akeelah And The Bee."

  • In this scene, Akeelah's sister brings her baby

  • to the event, and it starts to cry.

  • And her technique has never failed, so far.

  • Hall: My success rate is 100 percent.

  • Narrator: She says she's heard of other baby wranglers

  • using questionable techniques like placing bad odors

  • in front of the child or making a loud noise.

  • But according to Elaine, these sorts of methods

  • may be harmful to the child, and should be avoided.

  • If the baby's face doesn't need to be shown on camera,

  • oftentimes, they'll use a doll instead.

  • Once it's crying, how do you get the baby to stop?

  • Hall: When I stop crying, and then I'll look at the baby,

  • and assure the baby that everything's safe,

  • I'm okay, she's okay,

  • then, very quickly, a baby will stop crying.

  • Narrator: She may also use rattles and bells

  • to help, if necessary.

  • Regardless of the scene, Elaine says it's important

  • that the baby spend time with the actor ahead of time.

  • Hall: I always have the actor and the baby

  • create relationship off camera,

  • so that it's not like you're just plopping a kid

  • into a stranger's lap.

Narrator: Babies cry all the time,


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他們是如何讓嬰兒在電視和電影中哭泣的。 (How They Make Babies Cry In TV And Movies)

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    Winnie Liao 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日