PRLog (Press Release)
PAUL CROSS in OPERATION TERROR
- Apr. 24, 2012 -
Paul Cross, the director and one of the stars of Operation Terror is expected to walk the red carpet for the prestigious event that will take place in the Regal Cinemas Riverside Plaza.
Cross portrays the character of George Poole an aeronautics engineer who becomes suspicious when he is recruited by a government agency to develop peculiar drone planes for a secret mission. Cross explains his character, "It was easy to relate to George Poole but I have to say not completely. He and I have a similar set of ethics and morals but there is a difference in the way that the character of George goes about putting those ethics and morals into practice than the way I do. The character of George Poole is passive where as I 'm in your face. But because it's an actor's responsibility to bring the meaning of what the screenwriter has written to life in the character you are portraying then you have to bridge the gap so to speak between what the character does in a situation and what the actor as himself would actually do. It's a challenge because actors like everyone else on a film are there to serve the script. We work for the script. It is the master." In this case the script was written by Art Olivier.
Paul Cross, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0189237/
was recently nominated for Best Director at the Fajr International Film Festival for his work on Operation Terror, talks about the difficulties of directing and acting at the same time. http://english.irib.ir/radioculture/art/cinema/item/80022...
"When you direct yourself in a film one of the two positions that you hold ultimately suffers in the process and it's usually the acting. Although fortunately I really don't believe that it's discernible to the audience in my case. At least that's what I'm hoping anyway. Internally for me it's a matter of a personal evaluation of my work that concerns me as I feel that I can't let myself down not to mention everyone else on the film and the audience. What a filmmaker and an actor does on a film set will be seen all over the world. People who will never know me as a person will judge who and what they think I am by what they see in that movie." Cross further elaborates. " Just before a scene I as the director have to make sure that the lighting, camera angle and movement of the camera is to my liking not to mention giving the art direction and costumes one last look before it is committed to film forever. Of course the people in those positions are there because I hired them in the first place and I want to feel confident that they are doing what I need them to do without having me over their shoulders. But I am a hands -on director and double check everything myself ninety-nine percent of the time. Unfortunately it's that one percent time that I don't check that I live to regret it when I see the mess-ups in the editing room. The real pain comes when I realize that there is no fix and that I will simply have to live with it. Sometimes that's not easy to accept."
"And then of course there are the other actors that you must be there for one-hundred percent of the time. They need to be on the right track and feel comfortable in what the scene is requiring from them. This is one of the directors most important responsibilities to a film. Fortunately I am an actor first and know completely what they are going through and what their needs are. We all do our best and hope that it will be seen in the finished film."http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2040454/Photo: