Most people agree there is an art to telling a great story. According to actor Zach Gilford, the art of telling a great story through film relies on the combined art of many people to be great.
"It's just so collaborative," he says. "You're just a part of it; you're another voice. As an actor, you're the person who says the words, the face people see. In a way, you physically bring it to life."
Gilford will return to the Savannah Film Festival to be a part of "The Storytellers" panel at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Gutstein Gallery. He will be joined by a handful of editors, producers, directors and his wife and fellow actor Kiele Sanchez Gilford.
"My wife and I were just talking the other day about how we hate seeing a movie before we read the book because you can't imagine someone else as the character in the book once you put a face on it," he says. "The actor has the pressure to do the performance right. If the actor sucks, people say, 'Well, that was painful to watch.' A good director and a good actor can make a bad script OK, but they can't make it great on their own."
Gilford is best known for his role as Matt Saracen on the hit television show "Friday Night Lights." He appeared in "The Last Stand," "The River Why," "Dare" and "In Our Nature," and he has a new horror flick coming out in January titled "Devil's Due."
"It's kind of like a new take on 'Rosemary's Baby,'" Gilford says. "It's a found footage film and I had to film most of it. They let me shoot some of the first scenes to get an idea of angles and they said, 'You shoot everything really well, so we'll just let you hold the camera and pick the shots.'"
"It was fun. I haven't seen the final cut."
Gilford says he is enjoying some time off work with his wife before they head to Savannah.
"We just got back from vacation - we took a trip to Columbia for my wife's birthday, which was super fun," he said. "So, now I'm just relaxing and trying to figure out my next project."
And his advice for other young actors trying to find work is simple.
"Don't take anything personally," he says. "You have to be in the right place at the right time and you have to be good. The one thing that keeps me sane in this business is just never take the rejections personally."