Is it important to have a Leading Actor/Actress or Star in your film?

Here’s a question that I ask myself from time to time.  In order to be considered a successful project or film many people judge whether your project was a success by how much money the project made.  So the question is how important is it to have a star say Tom Cruise in your science fiction or action based thriller.  When you hear the name you say okay this has to be a good movie because he’s a very talented actor and all his films from Top Gun to Mi(Mission Impossible) series are fast based mind bending thrillers.  But would a guy who doesn’t have the name but was talented in regards to acting be able to convince the audience he is who he is playing or his role says he is.  I guess that all comes down to casting and the casting director’s choices in pre -production of a film or project.

Or what about a sex goddess or sexual appeal.  Do you need a A list hot actress such as Angelina Jolie or a celebrity personality say the likes of Kendall Jenner or a model like Gigi Hadid in your project for it to be hot.  I guess many factors come into play as a creative director/film director in regards to the direction of your project.  If you are self financing then you can do whatever you want because it’s your money.  If you are using investor money (and you want to keep using investor money) you probably want to give them a return on the money/faith that they put in you to make a project that people would love to spend their hard earned dollars on.  But then again that begs the question without a doubt can you make a successful production without star power.  On one hand I believe you can.  If the plot is well thought out and your targeted audience can follow the message it works.  But the amount of people the message reaches may be limited unless you can find a way to make your project go viral.  But the same project with 1 name generally has further reach.  For those of you who don’t believe me next time your teenager or kid wants to buy an advertised toy like Probot man (generic term for a brand labeled toy) say hey kidd look at this over here this toy does this and that better than Probot man and it’s cheapier.  Look in the child’s eyes and see the sadness that sets in because you let them down and didn’t get them the toy that they wanted.  Why do they want the toy because all the tv commercials say so, their social circle says so, and their mind says so.  But your saying no.  Kids and adults are no different if I can pay 5 dollars or 20 dollars to see my favorite star on the big screen why wouldn’t I do it.  But if I just want to be told a story I don’t care if a D, or F- actor or actress tells the story as long as it makes me feel something I’m sold.  So the answer is it all depends on your goal.   What do you think?

Puppet Show: The Last #Knights #Templar and Pope #Clement #V Talk it Out directed by Jamaal R. James

Here we have The Last Knights Templar and our buddy Pope Clement V.  It looks like the Last Knights Templar is just hanging out. But oh boy does Pope Clement V have a surprise for him.  Either way we hope you enjoy this dynamic super awesome fight between these two Awesome dudes.

~Film Director Jamaal R. James

#Cookie #Knight and the #Mad for No reason #Milk Jug directed by Jamaal R. James

This is the follow up to the concept art that popped into my head on friday so enjoy.  It’s about a little cookie that’s being chased a milk or water jug who knows. But it pretty funny. check it.  The original cookie design was too heavy for the original character so the style had to be modified but it worked well.

~Creative Director Jamaal R. James

#Afrikaans #Elebite #Concept #Development by #Creative #Director Jamaal R. James

This is a science fiction children’s book concept development genius creation for JCAAEC.

Afrikaans Elebite Concept development and character design creation for science fiction children's book by Creative Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. jcaaec

Afrikaans Elebite Concept development and character design creation for science fiction children’s book by Creative Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. jcaaec

#Knightstemplar #characterdesign #puppet by Film Director Jamaal R. James

These are the final pieces of the stop motion project. Next we will work on set design and see how this works out.

#Stopmotion #knightstemplar #Puppet #cinema by Film director Jamaal R. James

Here we have the first part of our stop motion project. Where we make the actual characters. Thanks to the chiodo brothers and Stan Winston School again. Enjoy.

Knights Templar Stopmotion puppet by Film Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. cinema pelicula

Knights Templar Stopmotion puppet by Film Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertainment Company. cinema pelicula

#Stopmotion #Puppet #Creation by Creative Director Jamaal R. James

After taking the time to watch listen and learn the techniques of puppetry from Stan Winston’s online tutorials started finally making some of the puppets. Enjoy.

#Puppetry #Storytelling by Creative Director Jamaal R. James

So watching some videos online and Stan Winston tutorials and made my first wire frame model puppet. It’s rough like Roughabite. But it’s a start. See yah.

#Return of the #Badguy #Ghostcar by Film Director Jamaal R. James

So our friend is missing in action and his car has made up its mind that its going to drive around all by itself. So its a rogue ghost car watch out for her.

~Creative Director Jamaal R. James

 Ghostcar for Badguy1 Screen Shot by Visionary Film Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertianment Company. cinema

Ghostcar for Badguy1 Screen Shot by Visionary Film Director Jamaal R. James for James Creative Arts And Entertianment Company. cinema