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 first. Leads are the most important people in your production.

You should give yourself ample decision time because you need to have complete faith in the people you cast as your leads. They are the actors you will be spending the most time with. You want things to go smoothly, so be careful in selecting actors for leading roles who don’t have much experience in that department.

Do they have experience as leads in other productions? Or at the very least, have they done enough supporting roles and shown you that they have the drive and dedication to take on their first lead? Always follow your instincts and keep looking until you know in your heart that you’ve found the right person for the job. Don’t choose someone for a lead unless you are absolutely certain it’s the right decision.

Supporting actors should be cast against your leads, as you’re looking for chemistry between them. Nothing’s worse than a movie where two actors have no chemistry. Many films require a suspension of disbelief by the audience. When two actors have no chemistry (whether it be in a positive or negative way) everything just becomes that much more unbelievable. You don’t want the audience to be aware that they’re watching people act. You want them to believe that these actors are the characters they are playing. You should be the first to believe it while you watch their auditions. Can you clearly see this actor as a particular character?

Casting for background extras is a job that should be delegated to an assistant, as you’ll be too busy with other things. Keep numbers in check; a huge amount of people on set means more money allocated to catering, more bathroom traffic, and a crowded and possibly hectic shoot. Your cost of insurance could also go up. This is one of the only situations where an open call might be necessary. For leads and secondary roles, open calls should be avoided.

Ideally, you shouldn’t see any more than 10 to 15 actors for a single role. If you find yourself wanting to see more, it may be that you don’t know the character clearly enough yet. Once you have the materials, go through resumes and reels in detail and don’t audition any actors that you can’t very clearly see for the role.


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