So far scheduling on Bimbo Zombie Killers! Undead in the Water has been nothing more than an exercise in stress management. There is simply nothing more frustrating then having a shoot involving so many people, confirming all but one or two's availability and at then finally hearing back with a "nope, can't do it" or "I won't know until (one or two days beforehand)".
Now, I've said this before and never once do I take it personally and get annoyed with actors. It's just the nature of the process and sometimes it just doesn't go as smoothly or as planned. You either have to accept it and just move on to solve the next problem or you're never going to get anything done.
Given that our time was cut short due to other things that are just really boring and unnecessary to get into - we're getting backed into a corner and there's less wiggle room than there used to be. I've already had to recast just to get moving as late as we are. And now it's come time to do that again - luckily it's not the end of the world.
Without going into too much detail, I was actually able to juggle when characters are introduced in order to accommodate certain actors not being available. It should work just fine and be of no notice to anyone. There's another actor I've had to debate just writing him out entirely based on the short notice of his schedule - so the plan is to try a version with and without, however that in itself may cause problems since he's required for 2 key dates of shooting.
That's one option, the other is to shoot all their stuff on one day and potentially cause more issues should this one day be postponed. Blah, blah, blah. I hate it sometimes, not the people, just the situation.