Whose job is it to make ba­bies cry?

The Guardian - G2 - - Notes And Queries -

When a film or TV pro­gramme calls for a crying baby or child, how do they en­sure that the child com­plies? Do they wait for the child to cry for a ran­dom rea­son or is there some­one on set whose job it is to make ba­bies cry?

Watch their lips. They are of­ten not re­ally crying. Some­times they aren’t even real ba­bies but baby­bots – the ones they give to teenagers to put them off preg­nancy. If they are real and are re­ally crying, I sup­pose they just edit in a crying mo­ment. Some­times, with tod­dlers, you can tell they are des­per­ately look­ing for mummy, just out of shot.

Su­san Hem­mings

When I worked in ad­ver­tis­ing, we would au­di­tion ba­bies who would cry when their mother walked out of their line of sight. Some are like that at a cer­tain age. You put the baby on set, mother says good­bye and walks be­hind a screen, baby starts crying. No ad­di­tional cru­elty needed. dale­away

My dad was a doc­u­men­tary-maker and needed a shot of a crying baby, so had my mum plop me roughly on the floor and walk away. It worked very well. (I still love him, though.) pig­gles

Wrong ques­tion: in a room full of strangers, flooded with bright lights, stop­ping a baby crying is the real achieve­ment. sad­bowler

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