Casting Directors - The way the Film Casting Process Works
"How does the film casting process go a long way?" 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 this post, we hope to provide a solid understanding of the process and give some guidance about what casting directors, producers and directors should be aiming to achieve through the process.
The Casting Process
Let's begin by saying that there is no definitive solution to the question. Projects vary greatly, as do budgets, cast requirements and time-scales. But you will find fundamental elements worth noting which we think will likely 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 curently have a clear vision for his film. Hopefully this is actually the one shared with his producer. That vision should be effectively communicated to the CD, who having read the script can be of inestimable help in identifying potential casting problems. It's not at all uncommon for a key character to feel underwritten and to disappear for a good portion of a script. Not helpful if you're hoping for a 'name'. A lack of sympathy or redemption can create a part unattractive; a potential casting 'black hole. ' Listen to your casting director. They can identify these problems. If lead actors consistently ignore a script, there is a reason.
Key Questions to ask...
As a director/producer you may already have strong casting ideas. Are these in line 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 better placed to know or uncover for you.
Meeting the talent!
In terms of meeting actors, the director is liable for setting the tone in the meeting. It is important that he engages using the actor, is forthcoming and provides notes. If an actor is inspired to read again, and then suggest it clear what it is you require from them. Will the scene you have provide the actor give sufficient possibility to show light and shade. Develop a knowledge of mood. Actors shouldn't ought to jump through hoops. In case you are absent from a session and are viewing tapes, have confidence in CD to elicit the top performance from the actor and don't make rash judgements.
Producers in many cases are guilty of arbitrary objections based on hair length or shirt colour. Never forget the actor is giving a reading, not just a performance. If you don't as being a particular actor, fair enough but always have good reasons for your decisions.
Feel safe in your decisions along with your script!
It is a frequent misconception that everybody is desperate to focus on your project and will keep themselves available indefinitely. Sadly this can be rarely the case. Agents is probably juggling projects because of their clients and there is always the possibility of something better just around the corner. If an actor really loves a script then better the opportunity you have of getting him aboard. It is a mistake to throw money at somebody in the hope that they will say yes. Money becomes an issue in negotiation if deep down they are not really bothered whenever they do the job or not. Be guided through your CD.
The casting process is as simple or as complicated as you desire to make it. It is the job of the casting director to facilitate that process within a thorough and creative way. However they must always be given clear thoughts, up -to- date information and trust, to experience this. As a director/producer, frequently it's hard to let go!
However with trust, whether it is seeking the perfect lead, or discovering an exciting new talent the casting director can play a pivotal role in giving your movie balance - and for that reason the film has a much greater potential for success!