Looking at a headshot is great for getting a general feel of an actor’s work. How do you know if the actor will work well for your project and get along with the rest of the cast and crew? This is where running a casting call comes into play. In this movie, author Richard Harrington and guest Rachel Longman discuss the importance of a casting call and things to consider when running one.
- All right, so we have a breakdown.…We know who we're trying to get.…I think we have to actually get these people together…because people can look great in a headshot,…but that doesn't mean that they can act.…- No, and especially if you're doing a speaking role,…non-speaking is a little different,…but if you're doing a speaking role,…you're going by performance as much as looks,…so you need to pick a day.…I would pick a day…that either your client can come to or not,…but it's a day that your DP or director or anyone…who wants to be involved in the casting are available.…- And if the director or the DP can't be available,…you can make sure that you're recording these auditions.…
Sometimes auditions are run by the producer,…by himself or herself, or by even an associate…and somebody involved in the production,…but ultimately you need to get…a realistic representation of people's ability.…- [Woman] One more thing is location, right?…You need to have a place to hold your casting call,…so I recommend finding, if you have a home office,…
- Meeting the project and team
- Writing the script
- Casting actors
- Scouting for locations
- Creating schedules and budgets
- Shooting scenes
- Retiming footage
- Color grading
- Compressing for delivery
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1. Meet the Project and Team
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