Casting Directors - How a Film Casting Process Works

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"How does the film casting process work well?" is a question that as professional casting directors we are often asked: whether by up-and-coming actors seeking jobs, or by new directors and producers. In the following paragraphs, 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 in the process.

The Casting Process

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

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 already have a clear vision for his film. Hopefully here is the one shared with his producer. That vision have to be effectively communicated towards the CD, who having read the script can be of inestimable aid in identifying potential casting problems. It's not uncommon for a key character to feel underwritten also to disappear for a significant amount of a script. Not helpful should you be hoping for a 'name'. A lack of sympathy or redemption can create a part unattractive; a potential 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's a reason.

Key Things to ask...

As a director/producer you may currently have strong casting ideas. Are these consistent with your budget? Are they realistic? Don't become too wedded for an 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.

Talent Agencies

Meeting the talent!

When it comes to meeting actors, the director is liable for setting the tone in the meeting. It is important that he engages together with the actor, is forthcoming and offers notes. If an actor is asked to read again, and then make it clear what it is you require from them. Does the scene you have give the actor give sufficient possiblity to show light and shade. Develop a comprehension of mood. Actors shouldn't ought to jump through hoops. If you're absent from a session and so are viewing tapes, believe in CD to elicit the very best performance from the actor , nor make rash judgements.

Producers will often be guilty of arbitrary objections depending on hair length or shirt colour. Never forget the actor is giving a reading, not only a performance. If you don't just like a particular actor, fair enough but have always good reasons for your decisions.

Feel safe in your decisions along with your script!

It is a frequent misconception that everybody is desperate to work on your project and will keep themselves available indefinitely. Sadly this is rarely the case. Agents could well be juggling projects because of their clients and there is always the opportunity of something better coming. If an actor really loves a script then better the opportunity you have of getting him on board. It is a mistake to throw money at somebody with the hope that they will say yes. Money becomes a worry 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 like to make it. It is the job of the casting director to facilitate that process in a thorough and creative way. Nonetheless they must always be given clear thoughts, up -to- date information and trust, to experience this. As a director/producer, it is sometimes hard to let go!

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

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