Iain Softley (director of Backbeat, K-PAX, Inkheart and others) was at the recent Bournemouth FutureShorts event. Always good to hear from top guys like him. However there is only so much you can learn because the one lesson that seems to come through from everyone successful is that they did it their own way.
But one thing he said stood out. An observation...
"Scripts, in the industry, are seen as bait to get actors"
If this is a positive or negative thing isn't worth getting into again. But at least we know what we have to do. Give every character at least one 'hook' for a quality actor.
Photo from the Future Shorts site.