How are our films cast and written?
All scripts are written for the actor starting with a very flexible treatment. We do not write a script then go looking for an actor that fits the role. We find the actors, know what they are good at, then write the script around a previously created treatment. This way the actors have some say in the roles they play and the directors have the cast that they are confident can handle the role.
Casting is only final after the actor approves the role from the written script and signs a production contract which includes the anticipated shoot schedule. We shoot 2 days a week, mostly in Las Vegas, and most features take 14-17 shoot days. Average lead roles require the actor to be on set 13-18 shoot days.
How do our actors get paid?
Our films are contract protected profit sharing productions based on time-on-set. All cast and crew split 100% of all profits ever earned on any production they are involved with. Actor Film Ensemble works very hard to make sure no opportunity for marketing our films is overlooked and all actors are kept in the loop in terms of marketing. Since the AFE is a nonprofit corporation and fully funds our operations nothing is paid to even the producer out of our profits. Cast and crew keep everything.
Actor Film Ensemble also produces 221 films. These are short films involving 2 actors, 2 days of shooting and one great film. These productions are put behind a pay gate on our own live streaming site as well and soon our own Roku channel.
How are our films made?
We use professional cameras such as the AJ-PX270 and lighting equipment such as softboxes, Kino Flo, Ari fresnels, Ari open face, grip gear, dollies, jib arm, drones, etc. Our editor makes sure that every film is edited in a manner that is professional and assures it can be viewed in any distribution format for all venues from streaming to theater distribution. Scoring, titling, ADR, and Foley are all done professionally.
We want our actors to consider themselves part of our family. If you have any questions please feel free to click the link below and ask them. Please allow 48 hours for a response.