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 Post subject: Directing children
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:47 am 
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I couldn't find a thread on this yet.

I would love to hear Rian's (and anybody else's) thoughts on directing children. I have now twice had to direct a kid watching their parents get killed, and found it the most difficult of anything in the film. But also fun, 'cause children are awesome.

Rian obviously did a great job in Looper, so I would love to hear how you went about directing Cid.

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 Post subject: Re: Directing children
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:33 am 
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We had a very special case with Pierce Gagnon, the kid who plays Cid. Pierce would sit down and do a 3 page dialogue scene and just nail it, all the way through - that's not something that kids (especially 5 year olds) can typically do. More often it's a matter of getting a performance out of a kid moment to moment, and basically doing anything you need to do to get the response you're after. Isn't there a famous story about Spielberg getting the kid in Close Encounters to react to the aliens offscreen by standing offscreen in a giant bunny costume or something?


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 Post subject: Re: Directing children
PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:15 am 
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I think the reason the kid in Close encounters calls the spaceships 'toys' is because he knew he would get a toy if he nailed the scene. But I might have this wrong.

But it's amazing what Pierce did. Not once during the film did I as an audience-member have to excuse his acting 'because he's a kid'. Which almost always happens at one point or another when a young child has an important role.

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 Post subject: Re: Directing children
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But it's amazing what Pierce did. Not once during the film did I as an audience-member have to excuse his acting 'because he's a kid'. Which almost always happens at one point or another when a young child has an important role.

I'll second that. He behaved like a kid, rather than "acting" like a kid for the entertainment of adults.

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 Post subject: Re: Directing children
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maxfrost wrote:
He behaved like a kid, rather than "acting" like a kid for the entertainment of adults.


This is true, and this is the key.

The only other film I've seen this in recently (and thez admitedly weren't as young) was Tree of Life, the boys in that.

(Or also perhaps those in 'Mud')


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