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03 Feb 2016


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"How does 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. In this article, we hope to provide a solid understanding of the process and give some guidance about what casting directors, producers and directors must be aiming to achieve through the process.

The Casting Process

Let's begin with saying that there is no definitive solution to the question. Projects vary greatly, just like budgets, cast requirements and time-scales. But you will find fundamental elements important to note which we think is going to be helpful to both directors and producers.

Briefing the Casting Director

Probably the single most important part of the process may be the briefing of your casting director. Any director worth his salt will currently have a clear vision for his film. Hopefully this can be 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 help out with identifying potential casting problems. It isn't uncommon for a key character to feel underwritten and also to disappear for a significant amount of a script. Not helpful if you are hoping for a 'name'. Sometimes a lack of sympathy or redemption can make a part unattractive; a prospective casting 'black hole. ' Tune in to your casting director. They're able to identify these problems. If lead actors consistently turn down a script, there exists a reason.

Key Things to ask...

As a director/producer you may already have strong casting ideas. Are these in accordance with your budget? Are they realistic? Don't become too wedded to an idea. Is that actor actually available? Could it be something they would consider? Your casting director is best placed to know or learn for you.

Talent Agencies

Meeting the talent!

In terms of meeting actors, the director is in charge of setting the tone from the meeting. It is important that he engages using the actor, is forthcoming and provides notes. If an actor is asked to read again, and then suggest it clear what it is you require from them. Will the scene you have supply the actor give sufficient possiblity to show light and shade. Develop a comprehension of mood. Actors shouldn't must jump through hoops. In case you are absent from a session and so are viewing tapes, believe in CD to elicit the very best performance from the actor and do not make rash judgements.

Producers in many cases are guilty of arbitrary objections based on hair length or shirt colour. Remember the actor is giving a reading, not just a performance. If you don't as being a particular actor, fair enough but have always good reasons for your decisions.

Be confident in your decisions and your script!

It is a frequent misconception that is desperate to work with your project and will keep themselves available indefinitely. Sadly this really is rarely the case. Agents may well be juggling projects for his or her clients and there is always the possibility of something better coming. If an actor really loves a script then better the chance you have of getting him fully briefed. It is a mistake to throw money at somebody with the aspiration that they will say yes. Money becomes a problem 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 often as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. It is the job from the casting director to facilitate that process inside a thorough and creative way. But they must always be given clear thoughts, up -to- date information and trust, to have this. As a director/producer, frequently it's hard to let go!

But with trust, whether it is locating the perfect lead, or discovering a fantastic new talent the casting director can enjoy a pivotal role in giving your movie balance - and consequently the film has a much greater chance of success!


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