Steps to Take to Prepare for a Casting

Once the deadline for application submissions has passed and you’ve narrowed down your choices to only the actors who seem right for the roles, the next step is the actual casting. First, you need to make sure that actors get … Continue reading

What To Look For When Casting

You will undoubtedly ask yourself many questions when it comes to starting the casting process for your firm, but the first question you may ask yourself is, “Who should I cast first?” The answer is that you should cast leads … Continue reading

Before Filming: The All-Important Contract

Once you have all your roles casted, you’ll need to get every actor to review and sign their contract. Whether they are SAG members or non-union, they need to sign a contract. Always get your agreements in writing. This isn’t … Continue reading

Basics of the Breakdown: How to Attract Actors

The “breakdown” is the common industry term for the casting announcement. It is the first impression that actors will get of you and your film, so it’s important that it’s thorough and grammatically correct. If you don’t pay attention to … Continue reading

Casting: Deciding Who Gets Picked and Organizing Callbacks

The days following your first auditions will be spent reviewing your notes and the audition tapes. Take your time going through all of your materials. You should have taken notes about each actor during the audition, so review them to … Continue reading

How To: Becoming a Casting Director

Launching a career as a casting director often starts with volunteer work or an unpaid internship. Jobs in the entertainment industry are very competitive. When you decide to start a career in this field, you should take any project that … Continue reading

Timeline for Casting a Shoot

The following timeline is based on shooting for feature films. If you’re planning a smaller project, you can use “weeks” instead of “months,” and “days” instead of “weeks.” To personalize this for your project, begin by working backwards from your … Continue reading

Business of Stock Footage

Making a movie is a very expensive endeavor that requires a huge amount of prior planning and organization. One thing that movie makers sometimes leave to the last minute is the acquisition of stock footage, which is often used to … Continue reading

Production: Insurance

Film is a risky business. Not just because the potential millions that may be put into a film may never be returned if the film is a flop, but because of the thousands of foreseeable (and unforeseeable) accidents that can … Continue reading

Distributing Your Breakdown: Casting

When deciding how to distribute your breakdown, you should consider the type of project you’re making. Short projects don’t need a national outreach and could be kept strictly local. However if you’re casting for a feature, you will probably want … Continue reading

What You Should Be Doing During a Casting

You’ve already had to do a lot of work just to get to this day, but eventually, the audition day will arrive. Get to your audition space early to set everything up so that your day can pass without a … Continue reading

Callback Audition Day: What You Need to Know

For the callback auditions, repeat the same process you did for initial auditions. You’ve already gotten experience with the first round, so callbacks should go even more smoothly. You’ll also be dealing with a smaller volume of applicants, making things … Continue reading

How New Technology is Changing the Film Industry

In 2011, the first feature film shot entirely on a Smartphone was screened at a West Hills cinema in Los Angeles. Olive, by director Hooman Khalili, was filmed solely on a Nokia N8 and thanks to its cinema run, qualifies … Continue reading

Picking the Best Actors

Once your breakdown is distributed, submissions will start coming in. You should have been specific about submission guidelines, so pay attention to actors who couldn’t follow the instructions. It may be indicative of a kind of carelessness that carries across … Continue reading

First Steps - Making Your Film Project

Creating a film is something that requires an immense amount of planning and preparation. One of the most common pitfalls of new filmmakers is to not allow enough time between casting and the first shoot date. For feature films, the … Continue reading

Cameras: TV Dramas Are Finally Changing with the Times

While movie producers are usually more willing to be experimental with different types of cameras, TV producers have generally been more cautious. It’s easy for filmmakers to try a new camera on a single project (the financial risk is much … Continue reading

Opera: New Productions for New Audiences

When thinking of a stereotypical opera audience, the mind conjures up images of an aging, white-collar crowd. However, thanks to creative innovations by opera companies around the world, this gross generalisation is now far from reality. Inventive stagings, in-school programs … Continue reading

Crowd Funding your Film

In today’s lean economic climate, government grants and other traditional means of financing films are exceedingly difficult to come by. Luckily, however, the rise of crowd funding has allowed the production of many independent films that would otherwise go unrealised. … Continue reading

Screen Rights - Words to Film

As challenging as it may be to write, edit and publish a novel, a unique challenges arise when adapting a novel for the screen. Depending on the circumstance, authors and screenwriters may work together to various degrees, or sometimes, not … Continue reading

Casting: To Union or Not

Thoroughly evaluate your decision. If you are in this for the long haul, and plan to make movies as a career, you will have to learn to handle union contracts and the pre-production paperwork necessary to become a union-approved project. … Continue reading

Using Dramatica Theory to Create Plot

The Dramatica theory of story structure was developed in the early 1990’s to aid in the construction of novels, screenplays and theatre works. Dramatica touches on many unique approaches to narrative structure, including character archetypes and story weaving.  The theory … Continue reading

Casting Standards

Above all, keep it professional Keeping things professional means keeping things confidential. No one is rejected because they “suck”. You must learn to be kind. Actors don’t get a role because they weren’t what you were looking for, or they … Continue reading

What Are You Casting?

Evaluate your casting requirements. Your job is to filter actor submissions and find those who are right in regard to the required skill set, whether that is a real French accent or the ability to jump hurdles on the track. … Continue reading

Casting Is...

CASTING IS… Casting is the term applied to the process of finding the best actors for roles in your movie, whether a short or a feature, for television or broadcast, theatrical distribution or film festival entry. It breaks down into … Continue reading