We were involved in a film shoot last week. M played a school child being picked up from school at the end of the day and I played her mom. She had to come to me and give me a slip of paper (a little note from the school) and then we were interacting with each other on camera.
I asked her how her day was and she told me it was 'Awesome' and then we had to slowly walk out of the playground. We had to do the same thing over and over again. We also needed to do it the same way each and every time.
We were filmed doing this scene 18 times. 14 of those times the camera was in the playground and the other four times the camera was outside of the schoolyard gate.
14 times we had to do the scene without making noise. We had to mouth our lines to each other. This was to make sure that the main characters could be heard as they walked through the school playground. On the takes that we were allowed to speak (when the camera was outside of the gate), we had a hard time actually speaking because we were so trained NOT to speak. It was a fun time.
The film is called Harry and Grace and is a modern day take on Hansel and Gretel. It explores the father's culpability in what happens to the children. The director of this film is a 13 year old girl who is also home educated. Here is a 30 second preview of the film - it is the opening scene:
Harry & Grace - opening shot from Holly Jacobson on Vimeo.