Crying... how to make yourself cry

  • Gennifer Becouarn

    Actor

    Hey Everybody -

    Just a little technique question.

    I've just finished shooting a film that required me to cry A LOT.

    Whislt in theatre, or whilst shooting a moving scene its easy to be in the moment and the tears come naturally, - During this particular shoot (8 hours), I was all cried out, and had to think of ways to make the tears come artificially (all the while not blinding myself)

    Just wondered if anyone had any tricks?

    Onions, etc?

    Cheers x

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  • Amber Elliott

    Actor

    I was in a similar situation where by the end of a very 'stop and start' shoot day my eyes were all dried out (didn't help I had contacts in). I found eye drops helped - they kept my eyes moist and looked like tears so I didn't have to start all over again...

    Hope that helps!

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    I was in a similar situation on a very long shoot and while like you said on stage or short scene it's fine to cry on cue. On long shoots it's hard to keep em coming! Esp after hours of crying. Our make up lady had a tear stick (it comes in lipstick form) for when I dried out towards end of the day. You can buy them from make up shops or online. But vicks vapo rub does the same thing for fraction of the price! Put a tiny bit in the corner (not in!)of your eye or under the eye.

    Hope this helps!

    Sophia

    x

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  • Mike Henley

    Actor

    Simples. Carry around a recent bank statement and refer to it when unstoppable sobbing is required.

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    You can get this thing shaped liked a lipstick with you put a little under your eye (I think its called a tear stick)

    You can get it from most costume shops.

    Vicks is very good to bring tears to your eyes, again put a little under your eye lid (but not in your eye)

    Colin x

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    I have a crying CD full of songs/pieces of classical music that makes me blub. I'm not very good at producing tears without it.

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    I have recently done a music video and was required the same thing. hours of tears it's hard. The director, belive me or not asked me to chopp some onions but with me didn't work, so to make things go fast and to move on... in a moment of madness i stuck pieces of them inside my eye. I was crying a lot, because of pain.

    Do not recomend. But the shot was perfect!

    all in name of the ART!

    The best thing is to some of your memories, if it is required so, prepare yourself one day before to be on that mood. I was coming back from a flight and went straight to the shot, so that's why the onions....

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    Mike - that's hilarious and all too true!

    Vicks! Rub it under the eyes and it will give that puffy, watery eyed look. That's if you have run out of steam to cry!!

    :0)

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    I once worked with an actor who before our emotional scene got pepper out and put it in his eyes to make him cry! OUCH!!!

    When I asked the poor guy what on earth he was doing? He said he couldn't cry on cue like me. I introduced him to some less evasive measures. Like thinking of something sad, not blinking at all till tears are produced or last resort....a tear stick or vicks! But pepper in the eyes. NOOOO!! How on earth can you concentrate when you wanna pull your eyes out of your sockets!

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    On the subject of doing particularly odd things to achieve acting results... An actor I'm working with at the moment on a film did the strangest thing yesterday. We were doing a scene where he is a bit annoyed about the situation and is a little irate to say the least. This shoot was set to last about 7 hours so he did have to sustain this for quite a while but yes, his method was to put 7 massive tea spoon fulls of coffee in a mug and drink it pretty quickly. He then went on to have worlds worst come down about 2/3 hours later. Just mad!

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  • Katharine Kavanagh

    Actor

    Drink lots of water - keep it in the system so it can come out again!

    • 2nd Apr 2010
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    Using a compass (and you can get these online) stab yourself in the big toe.

    Aaaaaaaaaaarghhhh ...sob...sob

    Oh, and please send me a copy of that bank statement..blubber, blubber

    • 3rd Apr 2010
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  • Farah Sardar

    Actor

    Nice on Mike.

    But Hey, great tips!

    • 3rd Apr 2010
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  • Neill Scullard

    Actor

    just keep your eyes open. you'll be dieing to blink, but if you resist the urge, your eyes will water!

    • 3rd Apr 2010
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  • Alan Wales

    Actor

    As Olivier said, just try acting.

    • 3rd Apr 2010
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