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February 03 2016

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Casting Directors - What sort of Film Casting Process Works



Stephen David Entertainment

"How will the film casting process actually work?" is a question that as professional agents and directors we are often asked: whether by up-and-coming actors seeking jobs, or by new directors and producers. On this page, we hope to provide a solid comprehension of the process and give some guidance in regards to what casting directors, producers and directors ought to be aiming to achieve through the process.

The Casting Process

Let's begin by saying that there is no definitive answer to the question. Projects vary greatly, just like budgets, cast requirements and time-scales. But there are fundamental elements worth noting which we think will be helpful to both directors and producers.

Talent Agencies

Briefing the Casting Director

Likely the single most important part of the process is the briefing of your casting director. Any director worth his salt will curently have a clear vision for his film. Hopefully this is the one shared with his producer. That vision has to be effectively communicated towards the CD, who having browse the script can be of inestimable assist in identifying potential casting problems. It is not uncommon for a key character to feel underwritten and to disappear for a good portion of a script. Not helpful should you be hoping for a 'name'. A lack of sympathy or redemption can make a part unattractive; a prospective casting 'black hole. ' Listen to your casting director. They're able to identify these problems. If lead actors consistently reject a script, you will find there's reason.

Key Questions to ask...

As a director/producer you may curently have strong casting ideas. Are these in line with your budget? Are they realistic? Don't become too wedded to a idea. Is that actor actually available? Is it something they would consider? Your casting director is much better placed to know or discover for you.

Meeting the talent!

In relation to meeting actors, the director is in charge of setting the tone with the meeting. It is important that he engages together with the actor, is forthcoming and provide notes. If an actor is required to read again, then make it clear what it is you require from them. Will the scene you have give the actor give sufficient possiblity to show light and shade. Develop a knowledge of mood. Actors shouldn't have to jump through hoops. Should you be absent from a session and so are viewing tapes, rely on CD to elicit the best performance from the actor , nor make rash judgements.

Producers tend to be guilty of arbitrary objections determined by hair length or shirt colour. Never forget the actor is giving a reading, not really a performance. If you don't as being a particular actor, fair enough but always have good reasons for your decisions.

Be confident in your decisions plus your script!

It is a frequent misconception that everyone is desperate to focus on your project and will keep themselves available indefinitely. Sadly this can be rarely the case. Agents could well be juggling projects for his or her clients and there is always the possibility of something better near. If an actor really loves a script then better the possibility you have of getting him aboard. It is a mistake to throw money at somebody hoping that they will say yes. Money becomes a concern in negotiation if deep down they are not really bothered if they do the job or not. Be guided from your
CD.

The casting process is as simple or as complicated as you like to make it. It is the job of the casting director to facilitate that process in the thorough and creative way. But they must always be given clear thoughts, up -to- date information and trust, in order to achieve this. As a director/producer, it is sometimes hard to let go!

But trust, whether it is choosing the perfect lead, or discovering an exilerating new talent the casting director can play a pivotal role in giving your movie balance - and as a result the film has a much greater possibility of success!

Don't be the product, buy the product!

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