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Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, 5th Edition by David K. Irving, Peter Rea

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Chapter seven

Actors

I knew how it was supposed to go, but people weren’t really getting it in the audition. I was starting to question the material. So I think it was a good lesson to keep looking until you find the right actor. A better actor will just solve the problem.

Luke Matheny

The director is the most important point of contact for the actor. This vital relationship is initiated during the casting process and then developed and nourished during the rehearsal period. It has often been said that cast properly, and “you are 80 percent there.” Find the right actors, and you create a solid foundation on which to bring your script to life.

The rehearsal period is equally important, especially for the beginning filmmaker. It is the time to ...

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