I think with the actors though...people try too hard to use friends and family and whatnot. You don't know how easy it is to find aspiring actors who will work for free. They just want their image out there and they want people to know their name and that they can perform, it's not that hard.
No one tries hard to use friends and family. There's just the convenience of having people you already know and can get along with, without taking up extra time to audition people. Plus it's likely these people 'get' what you're trying to do over trying to explain it to strangers.
Obviously it's better to use actual actors - but if they suddenly get a paying gig or an audition for a paying gig; there's a good chance they're going to do that over your non-paying gig, despite the fact you have a bunch of crew standing around waiting for them (also not being paid) and you're spending your own money to stage the whole thing.
I will shortly find out if dodgy acting can be improved with ADR....
AVP Redmeption link Huddo -
Had another look. I remember now why I didn't finish watching it. It's very dark. Not AvP:Poo dark, but there's a lot of stuff with low light which gets irritating. Anyway watched the whole thing. It's main problem is the Alien acid has the pH of weak tea. And Predator can slice up Aliens with gay abandon with nary a drop of acid getting anywhere near him, and dead Aliens don't miraculously cause hull breaches - even when a PredAlien is felled in what appears to be the main hangar and therefore the lowest deck on the ship. When it turns out theres another deck below - STILL the acid does f**k all. That aside, it's extremely well done.