Craig: I usually give two types of direction to actors and actresses when I‘m directing them, and sometimes I can do it with hand signals from the camera to where they are. One is “more gas,” which could mean speed, it could mean energy, it could mean it being just anything. And that’s my hand signal, it’s sort of like me pushing down the pedal of the gas. And then I have another one which is this kind of like me wiping one hand with the other hand, which is like, “take the butter off the toast,” and what that means is…they’re putting too much into it. They’re trying too hard. They’re trying too hard to perform.
Craig: Even when I did Footloose, and a few others, that was shot in Atlanta, there is a pool, I’m finding, between Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Mississippi, and I know some actors in Tennessee that will fly around. You find that there’s only a certain number, a pool of local talent who can deliver and who are comfortable working with bigger name actors.
Thank you Craig Brewer for taking the time to talk !