It was his first "commercial" type thing where he had lines he had to remember and deliver. He memorized three lines, then a few days prior, they changed a line and added a new one. He didn't think he could learn them all but he did. He was super proud of himself. When he got to filming, they also asked him to do an extra line and show them some of his hip hop moves. Originally cautious and shy about dancing, once they cued up Bruno Mars "Funk You Up", he got going.
They didn't use the dancing in this short version of the video they did. They did say they are going to possibly do a longer video in the future. I hope so, because I'd like to see the dancing, AND I think one of the boys got cut out. That boy looked very talented in gymnastics, so I'd enjoy seeing what he did. Plus, he and his parents were extremely personable and friendly. Their son gave E free range with his iPad, which was heaven for him. All the parents and children I met were really nice and friendly. That's not always the case! So we were lucky.
The whole experience was great. It was the most professional, on-time shoot we've been to also. I have to hand it to the entire production crew who really knew how to deal with children and parents. I've been on some sets where they really treat the kids like little adults and the parents like they should already be proficient in exactly how things are supposed to go down. Meanwhile, both kids and parents are usually novices if their kids are doing background work. Here, at NYFA, Richard, Lyndi, Claude, and everyone else, treated us very well. It was much appreciated.
I'm telling this not to brag. Although, after seeing the video, I do feel abundantly proud. But I actually have a point. Sure, a kid can be a natural actor. However, I feel like all the semesters E has taken at Actor's Technique NY has really prepared him for these auditions, and then the shooting. He's learned how to act on camera, how to emote, to learn lines- everything he needs to be successful in these types of situations. Then, when he pulls it off, his confidence soars. That can only be a good thing. I just wanted to give my stamp of approval on the program Todd, David and the rest of the crew has going on over there.
Below is some of what they have going on this summer-