I agree with harlemhippo. If that's what YOU like then do it. It's not what I want to be known for, but I do have friends who do their own work and it is on these same b movie lines, and that's what they love. Not my cup of tea and that's okay. That means they won't get any competition from me. LOL
I worked one day with him. As soon as I set my foot on the set, he remarked how I looked "like someone who might be interested in investing in a film".
Well, of course you're singling me out(ever notice how often people start off saying "I'm not trying to"..when they proceed to do the very thing they say they're not trying to do? lol.. We're probably at different career points.This kind of work was considered a step backwards for me. this is directly from working industry people I trust. So, you may think it a "whatever", but, it isn't. Not for me. Now, If you've never done anything better than this stuff, then I suppose your perspective is different. In the circles I've been in/worked in, this kind of work is laughed at. clearly your circles and my circles are not the same. *shrug to each their own, but, generally speaking(because every situation is different) don't expect serious filmmakers to regard you as a serious actor if asylum films are on your resume. And yes, because of the level of previous films I've been in, I HAVE had people laugh in my face when I mention being in "Mega Shark" or one of the other ones I'm in.
They were not laughing WITH me. they were laughing AT me. and I can't say I blame them.
Also, as far as being ashamed of my work: I agree, and I'm not ashamed of my work.A very wise actor told me years ago to never devalue any role you get. It's the complete lack of production values the asylum films have that are my issue, which are not in my control, which DEVALUED the work I put forth. THAT'S my problem with them.Hey, It's my own fault, I could have said no. I described the series of events that led to me doing them in the first place,in other posts, I won't repeat it. but when I mention it here, I do so because I hope those who do them understand what they're getting into.
@Donquixote: You didn't go after me the way you went at truthteller, but, just so we understand each other: every post I make, or piece of advice I give, comes from work experience. I don't theorycraft. I've been around the block a time or 2. I'm not always right, but I'll always give my opinion as I see it.
From the trenches. Not from the sidelines.
well...the reason I started with "not to single you out" was to not make it sound harsh. My bad.
Anyway, personally none of what you said would phase me. I could care less if industry people laugh at me. Even ones I respected, or knew for years. If they laugh it means they will remember you. And believe me, every one who is laughing at you...there is a weirder one lurking out there laughing WITH you...and all it takes is one on your side sometimes.
Agreed, I probably wouldn't do Asylum anymore at a certain level. The production value doesn't bother me, but the complete lack of creativity does. But I had a blast while there, and met some lifelong friends. Which, in turn has led to slightly higher work.
Troma or Full Moon, I would do again in a second, even after reaching a high pedastal. Why? I loved my experience there, love the finished films, and those two companies are in fact my first love...what sparked my passion for acting in the first place. And, above all, I think its really, really funny.
The thing about the weird B-movies, is they really build families. They are made so fast, so cheap and so damn HARD that you have no choice than to bond with your cohorts in crime. And who do you hire when you are making other films down the line? YOUR FRIENDS!! That is why Dick Miller is in almost every movie made by a Roger Corman Alumni...he made his mark as a "cool dude" back in the day, and they all want that cool dude in their movie.
Anyway, yes, to each their own. But, no matter what you do, you will be criticized for it. Personally, I hate some stuff many actors thrive on. I don't make a big deal about it, just either move on or hang out with my schlock brothers!
Dadinwestchester pointed out something of huge importance that got ignored: Even the studios are moving to an on-demand model. Why? Because money is often lost in the theatrical release phase. There are big name actors that attach themselves to certain types of genre films for the payday - films that will be sold directly to foreign and on-demand markets. We're going to see a huge influx of films in the 1-3 million dollar range that are built especially for on-demand. As an actor, the trick is to find projects of this nature that also have good screenplays...and then figure out how to get cast in them.
Accordingly, I work very hard to network with talented screenwriters and producers who are part of this niche...we'll see how that works out, I guess.
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