Thursday, March 17, 2011

Casting is 80% of the battle!

Unless you're producing an utterly souless piece of pond scum concerned with nothing but CGI effects, chemistry in casting, especially for a comedy, is 80% off a film-maker's mind. Well, so far we've been lucky with that 80%, and it looks like we're continuing in that direction. For instance, look at John Travolta in "Pulp Fiction". Great casting. Perfect. You pair him with Sam Jackson and you've got your movie. Then, look at John Travolta in "That idiotic thing that came out last Christmas". You pair him with Robin Williams and you've got, well...

Anyway, we couldn't afford CGI even if we wanted it. SO there. Hah, hah CGI! Sucks to be you!

But I digress...

No we're obviously not using movie stars. BUT we're still casting amongst some of Ottawa's finest theatre actors- or at least those that understand the meaning of a "Community Movie". That's sort of like "Community Theatre" where everyone gets to flex their acting muscles, but doesn't get paid- except in food (Please see below to find out how you can donate to keep our actor's bellies full...and score an on-screen credit as well. Yes, I know there are currently much, much, much, much more important things in this fragile world to donate your money to. Just throwing it out there.)

Anyhow, two MAJOR strokes of luck: We've managed to get commitments from two Ottawa Theatre vets to play major roles, both of whom were our first choices: We now have a Gorilla and the Frank Drebin-ish Officer Landis. Of the six major roles to cast, that's awesome! We also have one of our two leading ladies, conditional on her opinion of the project, and the chemistry amongst the other leads, once we have our first table read in April. The other leading lady? We'll see. It's like any film/play/book/ what-have -you, some people get it, some don't. Scripts are out. We'll see what happens!

Whatever the case, things are progressing full-speed ahead and at this moment in time, we couldn't be happier with the way things are developing.

Lastly, our editor JFA has ofered to put together a teaser trailer as time commits. I cannot wait to see it!

Thanks for reading!

Dave Shaw
Director, "Late Night Classics presents GORILLA!"

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