Directing actors...Rehearsals in full swing...
sorry it's been quiet here for a bit...We're full into rehearsals now and things are going insanely well! I think I must have had some good karma saved up that went entirely to my casting!
So I'm sure every director has his own ways of conducting auditions and rehearsals. ( I've been told that I tend to spend a lot of time with actors during auditions and that I book much fewer actors than most.) For rehearsals, we've spent the first couple times reading from the script and focusing on the actors' delivery of lines. This is also a time where I fill in character back stories and provides answers to the typical question of "What's my motivation?" It was also fun to explain to the actors what some of the techno jargon actually means and how it relates to the story...
But the best part by far has been watching the characters come alive and seeing what each actor adds. I've spent a lot of time laughing which I guess is a good thing that I'm having fun!
We've also done some fight choreography with a couple of the actors. That's been a lot of fun too! I think a "normal" film (that means one with a budget!!) usually has a dedicated fight choreographer, but in this project, that falls on my shoulders too! Hey, two years of tae kwon do and mau tai kick boxing goes a long way!!
So, we're quickly entering the phase where actors are off book and deliveries are on point. Next will be to work on the blocking. Blocking refers to the actor's movement and their physically acting out their characters. We'll actually do some of this on set. I'll try and get some footage of that to show you!!
One final thing- we're beginning work with our fx guys, GornFX. We'll be posting photos (and video too) of how we make a mold of an actor's head. In the film, his character's head gets...oh, it'll be a surprise!!