From time to time L&D managers find themselves directing actors. It’s usually because it’s a low budget piece – or just some little pieces to camera that don’t seem to warrant hiring a director.
An Historical Perspective
The representation of human archetypes is bound up with film history. Eisenstein consciously developed it to quickly communicate with audiences. The beefy Bolshevik Sailor, the Noble Mother protecting her child. Watch any modern movie and every character is still an archetype, albeit a customized one. The Nerd, the Good Wife, the Action Hero, the Warrior Princess, the Eccentric Scientist. Hollywood hasn’t arrived at this by accident – it works because we do judge people by appearances.
“Can’t we use our staff as actors? It will save money and be an excellent team building exercise.”
“Yes, but it depends.”