TYLER, WHERE DID ALL THAT COME FROM?
For another commercial – PAMPERS PULL-UPS, to be exact – I had an adorable little guy named Tyler. He was just over 2, and was very verbal – as I was to find out. The commercial was all about the “I’m a Big Boy Now” aspect of diaper training, and showed him dressing himself, sitting on the potty himself. You get the picture – you might even remember the spot. What you don’t know – though you’re about to find out – is that our cameraman almost dropped the camera into the bath tub due to general hysterical laughter. This is how that came about:
We were shooting the “on the potty” segment – seeing him sitting there, cutting to a view of his pull-ups around his little ankles as he sat, and then cutting to a shot of him pulling them up. If you don’t have any particular inside knowledge of shooting commercials, you may not know that the only guarantee of a commercial is that you’ll shoot the scene over and over and over again. Which meant, in this case, that I had to come out of my hiding place IN THE BATHTUB, where our camera man and I were crammed together, about 17 times and lift little Tyler up about 17 times to set him on the potty before he would then hop off and pull up his diaper. EVERY single time I sat him down on the potty chair, Tyler peed into the toiler. EVERY time. SEVENTEEN TIMES.
In amazement, I finally blurted out, “My goodness, Tyler – where is all that coming from?”
He looked at me for a long moment, and then calmly said, “My penis, Dawnie” – – his expression clearly communicating that I had asked a very silly question.
Duh, Dawn! The crew broke into unbridled hysteria . . . . the cameraman and I perhaps laughing hardest of all.
And thus, simultaneously, a camera was almost dropped in a bathtub.