Whose job is it to make babies cry?
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.
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