There is a good reason to hire professional actors as opposed to your friends, no matter how photogenic they may be. This is a first time director who knows all about the camera and special effects, but knows NOTHING about actors and acting. This is the most annoying, sounding like they're reading dialog off the page troupe of screen actors I've ever seen. Nothing is convincing, it all sounds contrived. It's hard to tell if the script is any good or not. It's arrogant of this director to think that anyone can act. It's a craft, just like working the camera or doing special effects. He needs to attend some acting classes (like for a couple years) if he truly wants to be a director. The late Gordon Willis, a genius behind the camera, tried directing and it was abysmal. He never directed again. He admitted he couldn't work with the actors, and they were professionals with a decent track record in the past. This guy in certainly no genius, but he really needs to get his head straight about what constitutes believable screen acting. Or maybe he should just shoot landscapes and avoid working with actors and dialog entirely. This film will never get released, unless the director has a rich family and they can four-wall it like The Room, another paragon of acting art. But that was laughable, and culty, and developed a following. This is just uber-sincere and serious. And awful.
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