New director...Tips on working with casted actors
Posted 29 July 2011 - 02:23 PM
-Sorry for the amount of questions
Posted 29 July 2011 - 04:02 PM
You keep free actors by treating them well, along with having enough help so that they believe the film is of a level of quality worth being a part of, and is being executed as professionally as possible.
If you don't have a somewhat professional casting process, good actors will smell this a mile a way and wont even show up to begin with.
Posted 29 July 2011 - 04:21 PM
i usually give the release forms out after the actors or models or performers have had their work captured--
I also have my release forms worded so that it gives me the right to use everything shot on certain dates rather than for a film or project title--For me, this works better because I often change the title of whatever I might be doing-----just google 'release form' and you should find a multitude online. They are all pretty much the same so pick the one that makes the most sense to you and gives you complete ownership---
I also pretty much find everyone online and if you are doing something serious with a crew and other tech people it might be a good idea to meet them first and make sure they are not going to flake out (very common) --there are even contracts to this extent, but if they are volunteering it is harder to force someone or demand recuperative money if they don't show up....if your project is larger scale (some crew other than you) it might be a better bet to explain to them that they are playing an integral role and their cooperation is essential...
What ultimately motivates people is gain. Be it monetary or artistic enrichment or a fun atmosphere- Money is a wonderful incentive. A lot of actors do work for free, if you can find a way to pay someone even a small amount hourly or as a flat fee, more as a gratuity than as a wage (so as not to be insulting), you will much more likely find the actors there and on time and ready to go. But if it is people you know or who like the project they might do it without pay, their gain being part of the work.
Historically different directors approach lines and things differently- You can always have readings and rehearsals if you like--Some people like to have as few rehearsals as possible to keep them fresh...Scheduling a meeting with everyone might be a good way to see who is full on board--
As a person who uses non-actors regularly and preferably, it can be a bit of a challenge, especially if they look and feel perfect but feel like they don't know what they are doing, or have never been in a film or in front of a camera before, or think they're doing something wrong-- reassurance and patience making them feel comfortable seem to have worked best for me--
most of my thoughts are for dealing with 'non-actors' as opposed to 'non experienced actors'---and all things are subject to change based on the film you are trying to make--
Posted 01 August 2011 - 01:26 PM
Each production is different but on my last film which is 13 minutes, it was about a week after casting I assembled my entire cast and crew at a table read where they all signed and we got to know each other. At this stage don't expect the actors to have their parts down. We took notes and improved the script from there. A week after that I held a rehearsal with the new script in place and made sure all the motivation was there in the actors. I didn't start filming until about 5 weeks after the audition which seems slow but there was a lot to be done.