Something A Director Doesn’t Want To Hear From Her Actor On Day Of Shoot:

“You don’t want me to memorize these lines, do you?”

4 Responses to “Something A Director Doesn’t Want To Hear From Her Actor On Day Of Shoot:”

  1. Matt
    November 21st, 2005 | 3:42 pm

    Oh, God, don’t joke! This happened to us on the set of our latest film, and we wound up having to cut a monologue and, eventually, an entire scene because of it!

  2. cynthia rockwell
    November 21st, 2005 | 3:50 pm

    i’m not joking! at least in my case the lines were simple and easy to pick up quickly, yours sounds like a nightmaree.

  3. Stu Willis
    November 21st, 2005 | 7:12 pm

    “No, I don’t want you to memorise them, I just need you to act them.” 🙂

    I’ve been on sets with paid, professional actors whom have completely frozen up (and also not learned their lines) and we’ve resorted to closing the set (kicking everyone out except actor, dop, and director) until the scene was nailed.

    It happens. Its ugly and its hard but its part of the job. Unfortunately, its only something you learn to resolve with experience – and to get experience requires having all kinds of things go wrong.

  4. Stu Willis
    November 21st, 2005 | 7:13 pm

    So in other wrods, the fact that you were able to pick up the lines and resolve the situation is a GOOD THING. You’ll also know how to avoid “actors” like that in the future. 🙂