so excited...i agree props to all actor n actress
Hi..PC do you mind telling us how much each of your actor got paid? i'm just curious...you don't have to say the exact amount...'cause from what i've known or experience before, most of the hmong movie maker now adays in the US only do it as volunteer. They're looking for actors but they don't paid the actor. Honesy, I did went to audition for a couple of production before, but all those production says the same thing, whether it's for the main character or side character, it's volunteer only, they don't paid. I understand that making movie in the US aren't easy, they don't earn much money out of it. So i was just wondering....
Each of our actors hold a contract and is garanteed a certain amount once the movie sells a certain amount of copies. If we don't sell enough to cover our expenses then we all get nothing..... But most of these kids are good kids who would do it for free just for the experience. I am a fair person so I insisted on paying them if we did well. I have always maintained that I cannot know who the fans will like or not like so it is up to them to make or break the movie.
However...on a side note...I have had the pleasure of speaking with a lot of these other hmong directors (most if named you would automatically know) and they have also said that they didn't pay a dime. It was all volunteer work for the experience.
In addition...according to what I have seen my film school teacher did...it was all volunteer work too. He held auditions...got the actors in and told them it was volunteer and the actors do accept. Main reason is for the experience and something to look good on their resume...especially when you're an unknown. Besides..in L.A. everyone wants to be an actor...lol....I have to admit that the American actors that I have had the pleasure to direct were very good.
I tried my best to pick some of the best looking kids that can act that walked through SEG doors for auditions, but to each their own taste. Who I like may not be who you like and so the story goes...lol...
As far as auditioning again....I don't know... Nobody took us seriously last time around and so i am a little wary. Besides...I hate sitting through auditions because they're so damn boring. It is probably the hardest process in the entire movie making experience for me. It gets to the point that you actually know the entire 4-5 pages of audition dialogue and it gets repetitive with kids doing the same things.
Besides...we have enough actors in the SEG House to go with for a while. We pretty much are going to recast a few of our current actors for our next project. As a matter of fact, scripts are being written with specific actors in mind. The reason being is that we know who they are and how they work. We can trust them to be there and know that they will do a good job at it. That is why in a lot of American Movies...they never change their A list actors. Its always the same group of people. I thought my film school teacher was kidding me when he told me that.....but its true.
Boy...did I learn on the fly....flakes will be flakes...and then there will be those gems that you know you can always count on no matter what. These are the Tom Cruises, Harrison Fords, and Angelina Jolie's that you will always maintain and promote.
BUT....I do see that I will be needing a few new leading ladies. To be honest...I plan on doing my next project with Vang Vue and MTV as leads. I have discussed it with the both of them and I am waiting for 3 Lub Tooj Npab to clear before I proceed with talks to them. I am sure they will be good to go. They both work tremendously well together and have become good friends in reality. In addition..after working with them..I cannot stress enough how much I am impressed with their work ethics. . They are the worst jokesters on set. Their facial expression are priceless when it comes to comedic timing. Its hard to imagine them doing it if you see them in their current roles, but if you knew them like we did...lol...
So I have promised Vang and MTV that i will write up a script for them and it would be a comedy set in modern day. BUT that project will most likely not be until 2009 after Sao's project wraps up. And also...if we don't continue shooting the 2nd installment to 3 Lub Tooj Npab. That script is done and just waiting to be shot. Most likely all of the main male leads will be back to reprise their roles, but I will cast new leading ladies.