Hire actors who have the skills.
Respond to direction.
Have fun doing what they do.
Listen physically as well as orally.
Be in the scene.
Improvise if needed.
Repeat camera performance
Seek something subtle
but real behind the scene
Willing to rehearse
Go deep into the character
Know the arch or flow of the character.
Be able to shoot out of sequence
Every actor is different...
Some like psychology, some like
movement specifics, some just want
"louder / softer / faster / slower".
An actor who can find their character and place before reporting for work.
Union and theater trained actors tend to know what to do, how to do it and what is needed for a shot to work, but they also take direction and can duplicate an emotion, a movement, a performance with minor "tweaks".
Not all union actors are trained. At times the non-union qualified professional pool is needed to find the right person and right chemistry. Note "qualified professional", which means well trained, studying, working at the craft and have already learned from their own mistakes.
Work with a camera. This is not an acting field so much as it is a visual field, a visual industry. Fewer lines or actions speaking louder than the lines are common. Expressions, belief, Meisner or whatever method works for you, subtle use of tone in words and expressions, knowing your frame, knowing (without asking) why you are in this or that portion of a frame.
Take on-camera classes. Use a camera at home. But remember that what you learn in a class or at home could just as well be bad habits or the wrong habits as good ones. Judge carefully and listen to direction, critique, criticism (different from critique), the reaction of other actors and of the crew. This takes working with others, and training with others, and putting it to use.
"They just want you to be natural" is a falsehood passed on by coaches, teachers and other actors. What they want is reality to be captured on film or tape, and to be edited seamlessly into a longer story, a more complex scene, a thought.
Natural means coming across like a "real person" on camera, not being one. Background and functionary roles (dealing cards with no character assigned but possibly a line or two) are different. Often what want is for you to go in, do your job and come across as real without slowing, interfering with or causing any conflict with the overall flow of the scene and the project.
So, directors, producers, those coming up in the industry or just now spreading your creative wings, keep in mind that the more professional the actors, crew and tools you use, the easier it will be to complete the project and begin the second hardest part...marketing.
The hardest part, for those who have tried, is financing your projects...the shoot, if done right, is the easy part. Editing and post production, depending on how professional you and your staff were during the shoot, can be very costly or just time consuming and vital to the final product.
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