Shahrokh: Directorial style

Shahrokh is known for his high standards and detailed approach to filmmaking, so the etiquette rules provided reflect what he expects from actors in terms of preparation, behavior, and interaction on set to ensure a productive and harmonious working environment.

Preparation

Thorough Understanding: 
Actors are expected to have an in-depth understanding of their characters, including backstory, motivation, and nuances. Shahrokh values actors who come prepared with a comprehensive grasp of their role.
	
Script Familiarity: 
Actors must memorise their lines thoroughly. Shahrokh often requires multiple takes, and being fully prepared helps maintain consistency and energy across each one.

Rehearsals

Mandatory Attendance: 
Actors must attend three rehearsal sessions before filming begins. These sessions are crucial for ensuring that everyone is prepared and that scenes flow smoothly.
	
Preparation: 
Actors must use these rehearsals to fully understand their character, refine their performance, and establish chemistry with other actors.

Punctuality: 
Actors must be on time for all rehearsal sessions. Consistent attendance and punctuality demonstrate professionalism and commitment.

Availability

Commitment to Schedule: 
Actors must be fully available for all scheduled filming dates. They should ensure that their calendar is clear and that they can commit to the entire filming period.

Flexibility: 
Actors must be prepared for possible changes in the schedule. Smaller productions may require adjustments due to unforeseen circumstances.

Communication:  
Actors must inform the production team immediately if any issues arise that could affect their availability. Clear communication helps prevent disruptions to the filming schedule.

On Set Behaviour

Punctuality and Availability:  
Actors must be on time and ready to work. Shahrokh's shoots can be lengthy and unpredictable, so being available and flexible is crucial.
	
Attention to Detail:  
Actors must pay close attention to the smallest details of their performance, including body language, facial expressions, and line delivery. Shahrokh is known for his precise direction and attention to detail.

Interaction with Shahrokh

Respect for Vision: 
Actors must respect Shahrokh’s vision and approach. He is known for his exacting standards and specific directions, and actors are expected to trust his guidance.
	
Open Communication: 
Actors must maintain open and respectful communication. Shahrokh values intelligent discussion about the character and scene, as long as it is constructive and respectful.

Patience and Flexibility: 
Actors must be patient and flexible. Shahrokh sometimes requires numerous takes to achieve the desired result, and actors need to be adaptable and resilient.

During Takes

Consistency: 
Actors must maintain consistency across takes. Shahrokh’s preference for multiple takes means that actors need to deliver consistent performances to ensure continuity.
	
Focus and Concentration: 
Actors must stay focused and concentrate fully on each take, regardless of how many are required. Shahrokh's process can be exhausting, but maintaining focus is essential.

React to Direction: 
Actors must be responsive to Shahrokh’s direction. He is known for giving specific and sometimes unconventional instructions, and actors are expected to adapt quickly and effectively.

On-Set Photography

No Unauthorised Photos: 
Actors must not take any photos or videos during filming or on set without explicit permission from the director or production team. This helps maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the project.
	
Social Media Policy: 
Actors must not share any images or information about the production on social media without prior approval. Maintaining secrecy can be crucial for the project's success and marketing strategy.

Respect Privacy: 
Actors must respect the privacy of their fellow actors and crew members. They must avoid taking photos that might inadvertently capture someone in a compromising or unprofessional situation.

Between Takes

Stay in Character: 
Often, Shahrokh prefers actors to stay in character between takes to preserve the emotional continuity and authenticity of the performance.
	
Minimise Distractions: 
Actors must avoid unnecessary distractions and maintain their focus on the work. This includes limiting idle chatter and keeping personal issues separate from your performance.

Use Downtime Wisely: 
Actors must use breaks to reflect on their performance, review notes, and prepare for the next take. Given Shahrokh’s attention to detail, any opportunity to refine their approach is valuable.

Professionalism

Commitment to Excellence: 
Actors must demonstrate a strong commitment to the craft and to achieving the highest quality performance. Shahrokh respects actors who show dedication and a strong work ethic.
	
Collaboration and Respect: 
Actors must foster a collaborative and respectful environment. While Shahrokh can be demanding, he appreciates actors who contribute positively to the on-set atmosphere.

Emotional Resilience: 
Actors must be emotionally resilient. Shahrokh’s directing style can be intense and challenging, and maintaining a professional demeanor under pressure is crucial.

General Etiquette

Respect for Crew: 
Actors must show respect for the crew and their work. Shahrokh values a harmonious set where everyone’s contributions are recognised.
	
Confidentiality: 
Actors must maintain confidentiality about the project. This is crucial for the project's success and marketing strategy.

Health and Safety: 
Actors must adhere to all health and safety protocols on set. Ensuring a safe working environment is a priority, even under demanding conditions.

Attention to Subtext: 
Actors must focus on the subtext and underlying themes of the script. Shahrokh’s films often have deep, nuanced layers, and actors need to convey this complexity through their performances.

Personal Investment: 
Actors must be personally invested in the role. Shahrokh values actors who bring a high level of personal commitment and creativity to their characters.

By following these guidelines, actors can align with Shahrokh’s rigorous standards and contribute effectively to his visionary filmmaking process.