I have chosen to use myself as one of, and the main character in my film opening for a few
reasons. Firstly being for convenience. I had the choice to use some other classmates or
peers from the year but it would have been difficult to plan when they free, and how long I
would need them for.These variables would impact when I filmed and how long I could
film for and would have made pre-production planning a little more difficult. Secondly, I
personally find it easier, on a small scale production like this to act/play a part myself. I feel
this way because I have generated the genre, the plot, the script, the shot list, the location
of filming and above all, I know how I want my actors to act.Therefore, I do not have to do
much positioning and directing to other actors as I know myself what I want it to look like
at the end.
There is of course the drawback, of my acting skills not being ‘as good as’ somebody
else's, but weighing this up against the convenience and the planning, I believe I can
effectively play the role required.
Why I believe my actors fit the role:
I have conducted some research into the common/’stereotypical’ horror/thriller actors. I
found that many of these films use young, fairly ‘attractive’ males and females to play all
the significant characters (the protagonist, the sex appeal etc) and by young I mean late
teens/early adult. Seeing as I do not know many ‘early adults’ willing to act, I chose to use
myself as the main character. Being a late teenager and believe that I look like a
stereotypical actor that are used in horrors/thrillers I believe I fit the role as I have seen
actors of my age in successful horror/thriller movies. I have then chosen to use my brother
(Ross) as the ‘supporting main character’ (who actually goes on to be the main character if
the plot where to be developed further).This is because, he is again a teenager, capable of
playing a significant role and is comfortable in front of camera. In addition, he is also my
brother so he is a more convenient option and can have a personal say in the way things
are planned, filmed and even edited. I have said previously that maybe our acting isn't of
that ‘actor quality’ but for a small scale production, and to have written the script for the
required actors, I believe it is a good decision. Furthermore, many typical/iconic
horrors/thrillers don't use ‘the best’/well known actors partly because, there isn’t a great
deal of top quality ‘acting’ to be done and the focus on the film is to scare the audience,
therefore my opening scene does not require ‘an actor’, more somebody that fits the part.
As long as we can act in a convincingly suitable way that supports the plot and confides to
the atmosphere created in the scene, it will be successful.