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    Default Where can a filmmaker find better actors?

    I keep being told in my projects that the acting is bad, and I feel that maybe I am looking in all the wrong places. Usually I just put up casting calls on filmmaking pages on facebook, or Craigslist. But if I keep failing on finding good actors, then I need to improve on that.

    Does anyone know where I can find good ones? I have tried theater groups as well, but I didn't use them as much, cause I felt like the acting was too theatrical or stagy.

    There is an acting coach who was willing to help me try to get my actors to become better, but I don't know how much time those actors, who I have worked with before, would want to put into that.

    Should I be looking in more specific places?

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    Good film (screen) actors can generally be found where they will have ongoing opportunities to pursue their craft. So there are plenty of them in LA, NY, London, and Vancouver. Plus substantial numbers in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, and probably sections of Florida. I'm sure there are plenty in major European and Latin American cities like Paris, Rome, Madrid, and Mexico City that have vibrant television and movie industries.

    If you won't/can't live in one of those places, and there aren't enough good actors where you live, the other option is to cast in other cities, then pay to bring them to you while you shoot. That increases the cost of the production, but avoids the costs associated with re-locating.

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    Sure, okay.

    It's just the costs are running up fast. I live in Canada, and wonder if I absolutely have to fly in actors from Vancouver and Toronto, if it's necessary. How do other movies that claim to use non-professional actors, get them to do such a good job? Movies like The Battle of Algiers (1966), El Mariachi (1992), and City of God (2002), all claim to have used non-professional casts, and those movies did a really good job of selling it.

    How do they do it?


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    Great directing and editing.

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    K. So if I could just train the actors here to be better somehow, then I shouldn't pay for ones to fly in from other cities? Are there any good books on how to train non-professional actors to be really good?

    I try my best to direct them but apparently it hasn't improved much according to opinions.

    But if I do get people from other cities, perhaps I should get a DP from another city as well, since I was told by cinematography is not good either.

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    I use backstage, it is really useful, highly recommend it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Higher Dimension Studios View Post
    I use backstage, it is really useful, highly recommend it!
    Thanks I will check it out :). I was told that it's my job as director though to coach the actors more, into giving much more better performances and I understand that but sometimes I feel that no matter how much I do, maybe it doesn't help, or maybe I could do more.

    I was told before to not do line readings with actors as actors do not like doing them. But if doing line readings looks bad for a director, how I am suppose to try to coach them then, if I shouldn't even do that?


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