How do they make a baby cry in a movie

How do they make a baby cry in a movie?

Hmm, I don’t know how they usually do it but I know about a funny and creative tactic used by the crew of the movie “City of God”.
(For those who haven’t watched it, it’s a Brazilian gangster movie, based on real events, that depicts the growth of organized crime in Cidade de Deus, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
There’s a scene in the movie when the local gang members come to mess around with small kids.
All of the kids escape except two who are trapped by the gangsters, and one of the two kids is shot in the foot.
The kid, named “Runt”, starts crying very realistically.
To prepare for the harrowing scene an acting coach worked with the kid – who had never acted before – and discovered his biggest fear was having a toothache.
So, when the time came to shoot the scene, the coach told him to just remember his toothache, and when he was shot in the foot, to pretend his toothache pain had moved to his foot.
The kid was also "scared to death" of Leandro Firmino who played Li'l Zé, the character that confronts them in the scene.

That's actually the easy part.
You just have the mother hand over the baby, then you shine bright lights for the scene, and pretty much guaranteed the baby will cry.
I also must add, as the wife of a sound guy, that sometimes the baby doesn't cry.
You just might get a baby that's happy to be handed around and is content.
You have a scene where the baby should be crying? What do you do? You can't harm the baby.
Post sound work to the rescue! Ask any parent.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed a happy looking baby with sad cries layered underneath.
My husband even recorded the sounds of our own babies crying to use for a baby that was supposed to be sad but was just too darn happy.
Some good editing, some good sound work, and you won't ever know that the baby you hear crying is not the baby you see on the screen.

Thanks for your question I have not had any experience of movies
But babies and crying
Its quite easy a baby does cry quite a lot
Just taking off the baby from its mother can result in crying, or when its uncomfortable, hungry, all these naturally happen
I would assume they purposely make the baby cry or make it uncomfortable when they require a crying moment
There is not many films that do have crying babies as they use sound effects a lot, prerecorded baby crying, a lot of the time you can tell as its a different baby crying, older one, or younger baby cry to get the effect they require, and sometimes the baby close ups show the baby peaceful, not even crying!
Which is good really because its not nice seeing a baby cry without someone attending it quickly, bet its hard for their parents watching :(

here’s my previous answer to the question:
Ross Brannigan's answer to How do they make babies or young children cry for a movie scene that calls for it?
And no, I don’t believe that my children were harmed in any way by the experience despite what some commenters have said.

If you mean cry as in tears, probably CGI, or eye droplets.
If you mean scream and cry, they either get a very fussy baby, or use the tried and true method of scaring it so it will cry.
Be aware, unless you SEE the baby cry, then odds are what you think your seeing is fake.
If the baby’s face is hidden odds are your just hearing sound they put video, or are playing on speakers next to the actor.
Its the actor themselves that's getting you to believe that there’s a crying baby, that's the value of a skilled actor.

I’ve never been on a film set, but I know a lot of babies, and taking one into a strange, noisy, busy environment and handing them off to a stranger is generally enough to cause crying.
Getting them to *stop* crying is the hard part.

Let me let you in on a little secret.
Babies cry all the time, sometimes for no apparent reason.
Chances are good that all you have to do is stand around holding the baby for a few minutes, and it will cry.
If you were hoping that the answer was that they pinched it or hurt it in some way, I sincerely doubt it.

How do they make a baby cry in a movie?

Hmm, I don’t know how they usually do it but I know about a funny and creative tactic used by the crew of the movie “City of God”.
(For those who haven’t watched it, it’s a Brazilian gangster movie, based on real events, that depicts the growth of organized crime in Cidade de Deus, suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
There’s a scene in the movie when the local gang members come to mess around with small kids.
All of the kids escape except two who are trapped by the gangsters, and one of the two kids is shot in the foot.
The kid, named “Runt”, starts crying very realistically.
To prepare for the harrowing scene an acting coach worked with the kid – who had never acted before – and discovered his biggest fear was having a toothache.
So, when the time came to shoot the scene, the coach told him to just remember his toothache, and when he was shot in the foot, to pretend his toothache pain had moved to his foot.
The kid was also "scared to death" of Leandro Firmino who played Li'l Zé, the character that confronts them in the scene.

That's actually the easy part.
You just have the mother hand over the baby, then you shine bright lights for the scene, and pretty much guaranteed the baby will cry.
I also must add, as the wife of a sound guy, that sometimes the baby doesn't cry.
You just might get a baby that's happy to be handed around and is content.
You have a scene where the baby should be crying? What do you do? You can't harm the baby.
Post sound work to the rescue! Ask any parent.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has noticed a happy looking baby with sad cries layered underneath.
My husband even recorded the sounds of our own babies crying to use for a baby that was supposed to be sad but was just too darn happy.
Some good editing, some good sound work, and you won't ever know that the baby you hear crying is not the baby you see on the screen.

Thanks for your question I have not had any experience of movies
But babies and crying
Its quite easy a baby does cry quite a lot
Just taking off the baby from its mother can result in crying, or when its uncomfortable, hungry, all these naturally happen
I would assume they purposely make the baby cry or make it uncomfortable when they require a crying moment
There is not many films that do have crying babies as they use sound effects a lot, prerecorded baby crying, a lot of the time you can tell as its a different baby crying, older one, or younger baby cry to get the effect they require, and sometimes the baby close ups show the baby peaceful, not even crying!
Which is good really because its not nice seeing a baby cry without someone attending it quickly, bet its hard for their parents watching :(

here’s my previous answer to the question:
Ross Brannigan's answer to How do they make babies or young children cry for a movie scene that calls for it?
And no, I don’t believe that my children were harmed in any way by the experience despite what some commenters have said.

If you mean cry as in tears, probably CGI, or eye droplets.
If you mean scream and cry, they either get a very fussy baby, or use the tried and true method of scaring it so it will cry.
Be aware, unless you SEE the baby cry, then odds are what you think your seeing is fake.
If the baby’s face is hidden odds are your just hearing sound they put video, or are playing on speakers next to the actor.
Its the actor themselves that's getting you to believe that there’s a crying baby, that's the value of a skilled actor.

I’ve never been on a film set, but I know a lot of babies, and taking one into a strange, noisy, busy environment and handing them off to a stranger is generally enough to cause crying.
Getting them to *stop* crying is the hard part.

Let me let you in on a little secret.
Babies cry all the time, sometimes for no apparent reason.
Chances are good that all you have to do is stand around holding the baby for a few minutes, and it will cry.
If you were hoping that the answer was that they pinched it or hurt it in some way, I sincerely doubt it.

Updated: 28.06.2019 — 8:21 pm

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