- The 9-12 year olds
- The 15+ y.o. teenagers
Things not to rehearse with 10 year olds
When I say not rehearse, what I mean is - just roll the camera and go for a take. Rehearsing is never taken as seriously as a camera shot. On tape, with a tiny crew (ie. me on Saturdays) and with kids as my subject, I shoot all "rehearsals". Young kids get bored and soon wander off to the toilet - or to Mum - or to get a drink.
Instead of rehearsing, just shoot whenever a child has to:
- hold hands, touch or hug another (unfamiliar) child
- do a fake fall or punch
- do anything that is going to require concentration
Things not to rehearse with teenagers
- Hugging or getting close in any way to an (unfamilar) teenager
Erica and Kelly (male) were laughing after the first take. Erica's character was in tears because of the daily feeding ritual she had to go through (because she was living with cancer). Kelly came in and gave her a blokey pat on the back. We all knew the scene didn't work. It was then simply a matter of gettnig them to solve the problem.
And I'm glad we didn't rehearse it. I, as director, gave them permission (my job) to get as close to each other as possible. On the first take, Kelly was really nervous about going up to Erica and hugging her. And, because I was recording the rehearsal, that nervousness came right through the lens. The scene was perfect. Two teenagers huggin each other for the first time.
It was real because it was really happening. That's why you don't rehearse some things.
Things not to rehearse with adults
- Sex . . . basically.
We need to respect actors and record sensitive rehearsals as often as possible. With new digi/tape technology, such an approach is becoming increasingly possible.