On Friday we did our casting. It was so exciting but so scary. I didn’t really contribute much with questioning of the actors because I wasn’t sure I could come up with anything valid to ask. It was so fun! I can’t even explain how fun it was.
Although I wouldn’t expect you to take my opinion in high regard, here’s my general analysis of the actors. With the two scenes that we asked the actors to show us, the first one required them to seem lazy but moderately enthusiastic, while the second one required them to seem genuinely afraid and lead to a genuine expression of utter fear and despair. In my opinion, some of the actors did the first scene well but struggled with the second scene while others did well in the second scene but to the first.
By the end of the night, we were tossing up between two actors who could both fit the character. One who was young, fresh, and punctual, and the other who was experienced but slightly less punctual. Both had good attitudes. Our director seemed very torn over who to pick. In the end, she chose the second guy. His acting was just… Better. Especially his portrayal of fear.
I screwed up that day though. I don’t know if it was the rush we were in to leave because we’d been sitting there for hours and it was nearing 7:30, but I really screwed up. Aside from the fact that we let our producer take all the gear home and back by herself over the weekend, which in itself was a massive student filmmaking faux pas, but I stupidly left the audio mixer on and I didn’t coil the cords properly. When I was notified of this, I was distraught. I couldn’t believe that I had made such a stupid mistake. There’s no excuse for it, but at least I’ll be extra careful now, I suppose.