"How to destroy someone else's movie."
Now that Jesse Helms is dead, it's OK for me to blog about what I'm thinking in the way of shooting Josh James' female-space-marines on an alien-prison-planet picture.
Josh James wrote
Ha HAA! He knows!
In the next couple weeks we're going to start asking specific actors about doing specific parts in the movie. About half of them will say they can't do it. Another half will say they'd like to do it but "blah blah blah". And the third half will say "yes".
From there we'll start working on casting other parts. We'll likely put up some parts on Actor's Access and see some people from there, we'll talk to actors we know, we'll talk to actors people like Josh send to us. Then some people will drop out at the last minute. Others will disappear. And we'll do whatever we have to in order to get enough people onto the stage at the same time so we can actually shoot the picture!
Actually, we have oft been accused of having bad performances, even when we work with such actors as Ato Essandoh. It's an absurd criticism, of course and it's never directed at any specific performer. I think the two main reasons for this is that we tend to go for that non-chewing-the-scenery - type of understated performance (and the people loves them some big big over-the-top performances), and frequently the actors get blamed for stuff like having big plastic sheets for walls because the "critic" can't tell what it is he doesn't like.
In any case, Josh's post shows some interesting differences in performances.