Actors can be fascinating people. The ability to slip in-and-out of a completely different persona and summon emotion on cue is one that most people will never possess. We might think we do, but not like an actor. When not actually in front of the camera presenting their craft, their time is split between rehearsals, blocking, learning lines, sitting through makeup sessions, changing costumes, and worst of all, seemingly endless hours of just waiting to be called to set.
Our cast, which ranges from up-and-coming young talents to Harry Potter alumni, has been nothing short of a joy to work with. From Nottingham Television Workshop, which can count Samantha Morton (Minority Report), Vicky McClure (This Is England) and Jack O’Connell (Skins) among its former members, we have Ella Roebuck-Swain (19) as our leading character, Hannah, and 16 year old Jack Dewick playing Carlo, Hanna’s brother. These two are our youngest cast members, but you’d never guess how young they are by their attitude and commitment. Without a doubt, they have been on set the longest, spent countless hours waiting for their turn to perform with absolute professionalism; no grumbling, no ego, just patiently waiting to do their job, and being a pleasure to be around while doing it. Also from Nottingham Television Workshop is Terry Haywood, who seems to burst with positive energy, keeping everyone’s spirits up even at the end of a long day.
From Red Talent, we have Catriona McDonald and Katrina Sansome, both of whom endured some serious makeup effect processes for their parts, more on that side of things in another blog post! Also joining our cast is Jon Campling, formerly a Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2. Despite such high profile work, here is another actor who brings no ego to the set, just a willingness to work hard for the film, and provide us with some great stories backstage!
Rounding off our list of actors for the set-based portion of the shoot is Steve Dolton and Claire Cogan. Last, but by no means least, they maintain the high standard of talent that Acid Daemons has enjoyed thus far! With all the hard work and blood, sweat & tears from everyone involved in a film shoot, having a group of actors involved as skilled and affirmative as we have makes all the difference.