December 11, 2016 at 7:38AM


How to convince someone to be part of a Horror Film Shoot?

I'm currently writing a horror film script and at the same time looking. I came across one person who was down to help out but changed her mind because she doesn't like horror films (cause' they're scary). I was just wondering what's the best way to convince or persuade someone to be part of a horror film (Or in this case change their mind)?


You should let this actor go and look for another one. There are people who love the genre. They will give you a great performance and no guilt. Don't try to force somebody into a role they've told you makes them uncomfortable. Even if you succeed in winning the argument, you may be setting yourself up for much regret later.

December 11, 2016 at 8:01AM


I would ask here to watch a few behind the scenes videos on YouTube that show how horror movies are actually made, and she will see that the actual making of the horror movie is not very scary at all...

Behind The Scenes : The Conjuring 2 (2016)

December 11, 2016 at 11:51AM, Edited December 11, 11:54AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

For starters, the people you want are the people who love horror films as much as you do. These are the people who are going to be more invested in making something good, and they'll be more likely to put in the time and effort, even if you're not paying them much, if anything.

So make sure all of your messaging is upfront and clear. Tell people exactly what you're making, why it's important to you, and why you think it'd be a good investment of their time and energy. That last one is tough, as it means you'll probably have to do some research. Do people want experience, payment, footage for their reel, a seat at the table in the creative decision making process? Really think about it, and try to give each and every person a compelling reason to work on the film with you.

On another note, I find it always helps to give additional context for what you're making. Don't just say you're making a horror film. Share which films inspired you to make this one. Share your purpose for making it. Are you just making a horror film for the sake of making a horror film, or is it more personal? Are you trying to say something or convey a larger point? The more context you can give people, and the more they're able to connect with your creative vision, the better off you'll be.

Also, the one last tip I'd add is that you should take as much time as you need to find the "right" people for this project. Even if it stretches out your timeline a bit, I've found that making a film with people who aren't the right fit just never leads to anything good. Everyone's enjoyment of the process suffers, and the final product usually suffers. So take your time, find a solid group of like-minded people, and make something awesome!

December 15, 2016 at 8:15PM

Rob Hardy
Founder of Filmmaker Freedom

Don't convince people who don't want to. Convince people who are interested instead.
It will be easier and things will go smoother on set.
Post casting calls stating it is a horror movie, name some movies as references, show bits of your work, explain your idea and the people who are interested don't have to be persuaded like her.

December 18, 2016 at 7:37AM

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