I always get surprised by the evolution of a film and as writer and director of Act Zero I was able to be the first witness of that evolution. Looking back now, I can see how the plot has definitely evolved in the preproduction process, production and postproduction process. But while the plot has changed, I also feel like the story itself, its themes and its message have definitely remained the same.
One of the big evolutions throughout the creation process was definitely the dialogue changes. I usually do a lot of improvisation exercises with my actors and rewrite my dialogue based on those exercises. The goal for me is to reach out to a certain kind of realism, while working with a script so that when I go on set, everything is precisely organized but feels like it is improvised.
I was lucky enough to have wonderful actors, who worked very hard early on and were able to prepare intensely for the roles. I had also an incredible crew and was able to really focus on my directing duties during those three days we shot the film thanks to them. I especially have to thank my Producer and my camera crew, who managed to work with my high expectations in terms of blocking.
While everything went very well, I would say that the hardest thing I had to face was the first day of shoot. We lost our location a few days before and while we had this basketball pickup that you see in the first scene as a plan B, we never expected the location to be so loud, to the point where my sound mixer was really worried