Method School was a wonderful experiment. I took a one-line premise into a group audition, found the cast and workshopped character for a few weeks (part time). I wrote the script based on what had happened in the rehearsal room and shot the film two weeks later on a budget of $2000.
Many times I watched the cast in between takes, even on the sidelines when they weren't in a scene. It became obvious the work we'd done paid off. They were 'on' the entire time. It was glorious to watch.
On reflection, it truly is an ensemble piece of work. Despite the varied weight of specific roles no actor disappears into the background and the film is a tribute to everyone concerned.
Big thanks to Martin Challis who plays the drama teacher, who is and remains one of the most gifted and generous actors I know.
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