Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tears and Crying on Cue

In the DVD commentary of Braveheart, Mel Gibson says he used "menthol crystals" to make tears flow for the scene in which his character discovers he's been betrayed. I have since learned these are called Menthol Tear Sticks and often the make-up department has them.

Production doesn't always make organic tears the best option (e.g., 20 takes, organic tears aren't reading in camera, etc.) and if a film that won best director, best make-up and best picture Academy Awards can use them, we all can.

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