I spend ages getting a photo just right in order to accurately convey why I've chosen a particular actor for a particular role, and then someone capriciously edits that photo, for goodness knows what reason, meaning I have to wait several weeks or whatever the period is, to edit them back! It's very annoying!
But many of the roles we're casting these actors for are for parts in hypothetical films from earlier decades.
With all due respect, it makes ZERO sense to require recent high-quality headshots, even if one ignores the aesthetic issue (i.e. that many of these recent, high quality headshots are simply unflattering), because many of these actors will be (a) dead or (b) retired. If an actor is long dead, it stands to reason that you're not going to be uploading a 'recent, high quality headshot', and if an actor is long retired, and most of the hypothetical films they're being cast in are for much earlier eras, a 'recent, high quality headshot' is entirely redundant.
I enjoy this site. I am a regular user. I am using it to the max, but if you insist on very unflattering 'recent high quality headshots' over much more flattering promotional or photoshoot pictures that display an actor at their most iconic, it will alienate me.
Moreover, apart from the many good reasons I've already given, there is another compelling reason why older iconic images of an actor and actress make more sense than 'recent, high quality headshots'. A 'recent, high quality headshot' is not going to stay 'recent' for very long, is it? It will, naturally, date after a short period of time, and thus will have to be re-edited yet again, ad infinitum (how tiresome). Whereas one single iconic photo that is set permanently will never date.
Anyway, nice speaking to you. I hope my intelligent and reasonable arguments made sense. :)
Please see my reply on your other post. In most stories on myCast, people are choosing actors to play roles in upcoming films/shows - as if they were being made today. So it doesn’t make sense to have a picture of Brad Pitt from 1990 if you’re trying to cast him in a role for a movie being filmed next year. That being said, I know there are cases of casting roles as if they were made 20 or 40 years ago (or even in the future), so in those cases a recent photo is not ideal. We are considering adding additional features for those “time jump” stories to make it easier to cast them, including the possibility of uploading a custom actor photo just for your story. In the meantime, please follow the guidelines of a recent, high quality headshot. Obviously, actors that are deceased or retired won’t have a recent photo - so use your best judgment to select a photo close to the end of their career. The two week period of restricting changes to photos is to prevent “photo wars” of constantly changing photos. In general, photos should only need to be changed every couple years. The problem with choosing a single "iconic photo" for each actor is that everyone has their own idea of which photo that would be, whereas a recent headshot is more generic and neutral. I appreciate your feedback and hope you will continue using the site!
You have to be serious, stating that the photos must be "recent", of course not. Over time, the whole recent, high quality headshot thing will get underrated. I have been banned once, and I also want to further see the removal of "recent, high quality headshot from the photos, as it is not necessary. Furthermore, myCast should be a site where people get to do whatever they want, not some mumbo jumbo about something that should be high quality. In general, the whole "recent, high quality headshot" rule is unnecessary. I am also hoping that this site improves in the near future.
This is why I want myCast to ban you, you say things that don't help, and get away with it. I hope you are forever banned from the myCast website, as I am getting tired of you and your ramblings. I am hoping that your account is deleted, and myCast blocks you from creating a new one. I am merely disappointed in you, zdrwa. I am wishing for your account to be deleted permanently, as you say unnecessary things and you shall face the consequences soon enough.
You are now allowed to upload a custom image for each casting suggestion you make. After you make the casting suggestion, navigate to the suggestion page that displays both the actor and character. Under the actor photo, click "choose a different image." You can upload a different headshot of the actor, or choose another that has already been uploaded.
That sounds great mycast! Funnily enough, I was getting used to the limits of being required to use high-quality recent headshots for each of the actors in my various stories (I made a real effort to edit a lot of the actors in my stories to accommodate those restrictions, except where an actor had been long retired and few if any recent photos existed online). But this new application sounds great and I look forward to adding custom images that best illustrate why I have chosen certain actors for particular roles.