How did you come up with the idea of ‘Take the chocolate’?
I was traveling on a bus and saw a little boy trying to get a little girl’s attention. Both of them were in buggy, he kept on trying till he succeeded. I was so fascinated by it that I thought, it would be great to make a film about it.
You have worked with children before, was working with children in this film any different to your previous films?
The youngest child, I had worked before this film, was four and half year old. In this film, all the children were about two year of age, so they wouldn’t follow commands as a four an half year old will, so we used lots of distraction techniques to get performance out of them. Parents of all the children in this film were amazing, otherwise it would have been impossible to work with children of this age group.
How did you find your actors?
We had an amazing casting director on board, who is also one of the actors in this film and she arranged audition with her own boy and children of her friends. As we were looking for two year old children, acting experience was not at all a criteria for selection. We asked children to perform few tasks (One of the task was to go to another child and ask for chocolate) and based upon that we selected our young actors.
What was the most challenging part of making this film?
The most challenging part was to shoot according to the plan. As, a lot of times, children did something interesting when they thought camera was not on. Clapper board distracted them a lot, on few occasions, children just started playing with clapper board after the clap! So in few shots, we had to take it without clapping which caused issues with sound.The other issue we had was reshoot. Reshooting could be a big problem with children of this age, as their appearance changes much faster than adults. Though we did manage to keep the same appearance with help of our make up artists and of course fabulous parents.
Did you shoot on film or digital?
In this particular film, digital was more cost effective. We used two cameras to capture the moments from different angles as children are unlikely to do exactly same action twice. We shot with black magic camera, which gave us more option to adjust grading in post production.
How was the post-production like?
Post production was tricky as we had huge number of takes and some of them were without sound as we left camera rolling to capture interesting moments of children. We also had change of editor as after the reshoot, first editor was no longer available. I still think it was worth taking all those shots as some of the parts you see in this film were accidentally shot.
What was the best thing about working on this film?
I made new friends while working on this film. The best part was spending time with few two year old on set. It was a great experience.
Did you learn anything from this film, which you want to share with fellow film makers?
One of the learning point was, if you are shooting with children, their parents are your lifeline. Children can be amazing performers if you know the way to get performance out of them and parents can help a lot in that.
What are your plans for this film?
I am planning to send it to different film festivals across the globe and hoping to get a good response.
How can we as an audience support you and your film?
Please watch it and recommend it to your friends. Also any audience feedback would be welcome and can be provided through the contact section in the website.