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|Jason47||Feb 20 2014, 11:53 PM|
I don't think there is a cut-off age, but it sometimes makes more sense to use twins for the younger kids, since they can only work a limited number of hours per day, so by using twins, that doubles the amount of time the character can be used each work day. Of course, for babies, it also helps if one is crying and the other one is not, they can use the one that is not crying for a scene.
Here are the SAG rules regarding children:
Work day rules are as follows:
Minors may not work before 5:30 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. on evenings preceding a school day (work days must end by 12:30 a.m. on non-school days). The minors final work day must be concluded at least twelve hours before the beginning of the minors next regular school day.
On a school day (determined by the calendar of the district where the child resides), school age minors must receive at least three hours of instruction. Maximum allowable hours and times of instruction vary by grade level.
Minors through age 15 must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian. Minors age 16 or 17 may work without a parent or guardian but are entitled to have a parent or guardian present. The parent or guardian is entitled to be within sight and sound of the minor at all times.
Minors who are high school graduates are exempt from the child labor laws and may work on the same basis as adults.
School Age Minors:
On a school day, school age minors may work as follows:
Ages 6 to 8 four hours (maximum of eight and one half hours on the set).
Ages 9 to 15 five hours (maximum of nine and one half hours on the set).
Ages 16 and 17 six hours (maximum of ten and one half hours on the set).
On days when school is not in session, school age minors may work an additional two hours a day.
On all days, the minor must have at least one hour of rest and recreation and one half-hour meal break.
By prior arrangement with the studio teacher, up to two hours of school may be banked (stored) to offset additional work hours on other days; there must be at least one hour of school on each day the minors regular school is in session.
Pre-School Age Minors:
Minors who are 6 months through 5 years do not attend school on the set, even though they may attend
pre-school or kindergarten on a regular basis.Work hours are as follows:
Ages 6 months to 2 years two hours (maximum of four hours on the set).
Ages 2 years through 5 years three hours (maximum of four and one half hours on the set).
Minors 6 months through 5 years must have at least one hour of rest and recreation.
Minors 2 to 5 years may also have a half hour meal break.
In California, infants 15 days to 6 months of age may only be on the set between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. No infant born prematurely may work until he/she would be at least 15 days old if born at full-term. SAG producers have agreed to observe these restrictions in other jurisdictions.
Ages 15 days to 6 months twenty minutes (maximum two hours on the set).
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