Scratch Narration, and the Trials of Motherhood

Last week, Elliot and I recorded a scratch voice-over track for the animators. I was reminded once again of the simple truth that there are advantages and disadvantages to having the star of your movie be your 9-year-old son. 

 Elliot during a recent recording session at our kitchen table.

Elliot during a recent recording session at our kitchen table.

Advantages:

  • it's not hard to get on his schedule
  • I have lots of bargaining power
  • he has a low day rate

Disadvantages:

  • limited attention span
  • propensity for hilarity at inopportune moments
  • having to explain “I'm telling you to say it this way because I'm the director, not because I'm your mom.”

I have to say, though - when Elliot finally decides to cooperate, he's good. Really good.