Status

This is a guide to the approximate informal status relationship between the characters as it is at the start of the larp. However, the film business is a cut throat world and, particularly among the Cast, status changes often. Status is a very transient thing.

The structures for the Crew and Cast are completely separate; but in both cases, nearer the top of the list = higher status.

People who are on the same line separated by a slash may have a status gradation between them, but it’s too fine to be appreciated by others.

Respecting the current status and seniority is important, in this world: to fail to do so is to make a challenge, which you’d better be prepared to back up. (Of course, as time passes and things degenerate, the polite patterns of social interaction are likely to blur; even disintegrate.)

Crew

  • THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – normally this was not such a senior position, but this particular character is trusted by Gottfried, which gives him more status and also more responsibility, including the responsibility to keep things running smoothly at all costs.
  • THE ART DIRECTOR – this is the equivalent of the role of Production Designer in modern cinema. This person is responsible for the overall visual look of the production.

 

  • THE METHOD ACTING INSTRUCTOR – has higher status than would be expected, because she is a friend of Gottfried, and someone he considers key to the success of his production. Of course, some may disagree.

 

  • THE SCRIPTWRITER – a useful friend to have, if you want a starring role.

 

  • THE COSTUME DESIGNER
  • THE MAKEUP ARTIST / THE HAIRSTYLIST
  • THE PROPMASTER

 

  • THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST
  • THE LOCATION MANAGER – responsible for managing the needs of the cast and crew on location.
  • THE PUBLICIST
  • THE STILLS PHOTOGRAPHER

 

  • THE RUNNER – Everyone’s assistant. Does what’s needed.

Guests

THE INVESTOR, THE SUBJECT, and THE RIVAL are guests of the production, so are automatically of high status.

Cast

Doyen(ne)s of the field:

  • THE GRANDE DAME
  • THE VETERAN
  • THE DIVA

Established stars:

  • THE BEST FRIEND / THE CAD / THE CLOWN / THE FEMME FATALE / THE GOOD-TIME GIRL / THE MAN OF MYSTERY

Established but not so starry:

  • THE GIRL NEXT DOOR / THE SIDEKICK

Less celebrated:

  • THE FADING STAR (falling): THE INGENUE / THE JOURNEYING HERO / THE NAIF (rising)

Nonentity:

  • THE STAND-IN

(photo: Oliver Facey)

 

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