Actors can really make or break a project.
I’ve had plenty of good experiences with amazing actors, and that’s really great to come by when you’re working on a low budget. On the other hand, I’ve also dealt with really bad actors which caused massive problems. In this post, I’m going to be talking about one of those.
No name dropping is necessary, but the experience is not the best. It needs to be chronicled.
For a longer project I was working on, there was an actor who was very invested in the project in the beginning. His character became one of the main characters, with top billing in the final project and everything. His acting wasn’t bad at all when he put his effort into it, but that’s the problem. At some point, he didn’t care anymore.
He stopped coming to shoots and wouldn’t even talk to the producers about the project. It was pretty bad. It got to the point where I had to work with the writers to find ways for the show to go on without him, a main character. We had to come up with believable ways to write him out or at least film crucial scenes without him being present. I’m not going to lie. This makes one of the scenes pretty bad, so bad that as editors we considered taking it out entirely.
To this day, he refuses to acknowledge the project in anyway shape or form. It’s pretty crappy if I must say so myself.
Overall, it is very important to remember that stuff like this can happen with actors. Make sure when you are casting that your actors (paid or volunteering) are dedicated to the project. You don’t want to film half of your movie with an actor that suddenly decides he has something better to do. That just makes the parts you have filmed into nothing.
Always try to be flexible too. If changes need to be made in order to get a project done after it has passed the point of no return, don’t be too stubborn to make them. As a writer, I know just how attached to a story you can be. I know it’s terrible to have to eliminate plot points and characters, but sometimes it will need to be done.