Child Actors/actresses

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vince

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Where does the industry stand in this area?
Do we have special schools that train these kids?
What are the parents' attitude towards their siblings taking on the acting career in nigeria?
I'll have to say,judging by what i see in these video movies,a lot of work still has to be done in this area to make these kids' acting a tad more natural on screen.
 

mamarita

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We're trying to make them act naturally, why send them to schools???? They're kids when we start to send them to learn to use their talents....they become like zombies. I remember learning how to sing a song I made up!!!!!!! Ruined the whole thing for me.

But on the real, I dont think the Nigerian film industry's ready for children, you know how many actors and actresses break down and start crying while they're been directed???? Now talk of a kid thats got talent.

Sha thats my own take.
 

Sola

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Any director will tell you that next to the animal talent, children are the most difficult to have on set. The younger they are, the more difficult it is to get them to do what you want.

The trick is not to cast children with "talent", but to find kids who can do the things you need naturally. I mean they naturally have it in them. This is the rough stone you polish to get your diamond. Check out the kid actors in Blood Sisters... Chelsea Gabriel and Ugochukwu Igwesi. Brilliant kids.

You get on set with a kid, assign all the hours possible, because they are unpredictable. Babies are especially tricky, bless their hearts. Just when you set up their scne is when they fall asleep or get hungry or do number 1 or 2.

Directors working on productions with kids in it deserve our respect, believe me. Ha ha.
 
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Another thing is kids usually aren't good actors. They don't have experience with life to go back to, even when they have had training. So you'd have to work to find good acting talent. Plus you would have to deal with social workers etc. since they are kids working.
 

Sola

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You have a point about life experience, but that can also make them pure and true. They don't have to depend on anything. They just give it to you as they "understand" it.

Social worker? Not in Nigeria, TVwriter23. :)
 
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Kids in Movies

What are your laws about children acting in movies?

That's true sometimes, but most of the time kids aren't very good. By not having those experiences etc. they give more of what they think should be done by what they've seen on tv, other movies etc.
 

Sola

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No laws yet, to the best of my knowledge. These things are still emerging. Far from what it should be yet. It should be more like "child labor" laws, right, that will act as a springboard for what you refer to? Not there yet. The kids' parent agree and they are placed on set. But we love our kids. We don't push them far.

About kids being "good", just takes me back to what I said earleir. They don't have to be good. They just have to be natural. They have the qualities you seek in them already. And then the director makes them translate the story intoreality using his own experiences... That's why the kids in Blood Sisters spoke some terribly unnatural lines, too advanced for their ages. But that's partly a scripwriter's fault. As Yoda would say, a cycle we have! Ha!
 

vince

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Well if they are natural in front of the camera,then they are good:)
I watch american movies and i just marvel how they can get the kids to be so natural in front of the camera.Surely that has to be more than just raw talent.Somebody must be responsible for fine tuning those raw talents into something so refined and natural.
 
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