How to Make Movies With Elementary School Students

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When making a movie with kids, it's important to keep them busy because they have short attention spans. Follow the guidelines of how much child actors can work with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake, and I'm going to talk to you about how to make a movie with elementary school students. Now, when working with kids, they always tell you keep them busy, you know? Kids have short attention spans. So make sure in-between shots or as you're setting up scenes or shots, keep them busy. Have a basketball around. Maybe just designate one person to take care and keep all the kids busy. The last thing you want is them running around, getting restless, getting frustrated and breaking stuff. In working with kids, you have to follow...if you go the legitimate way, you have to follow a bunch of guidelines. SAG, the Screen Actors Guild, which is the union that represents actors have a bunch of restrictions on kids. They can only work a certain amount of hours per day. Generally, they have to have a studio teacher on set that's a certified teacher that you have to hire separately from the child. Their parents need to be there. Every state is different for SAG. SAG covers each state differently so you should check with -- -- see what the guidelines in your state are as far as having a kid. And the best place to look for kids is local casting directors. They know kids that have worked before in film or TV or print that want to be actors, so just search your local production guides for the casting directors around town and ask them. Tell them what you're looking for, and they will probably be able to point you in the right direction.


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