Casting Revealed

Casting Revealed : A Guide for Film Directors

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Casting is an essential component of any film or video project, but the core skill-set needed to cast effectively is little understood. Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors is a straightforward manual on the art and craft of casting. Here, director Hester Schell offers her insider perspective on casting workflows, industry standards, finding actors, running auditions, what to look for in a performance, contracts, and making offers. This new edition has been updated with fresh interviews with casting directors, full color head shots, new information about online video submissions, and a companion website featuring forms, contracts, and sample scenes for auditions.




Gain a fuller understanding of the misunderstood art and craft of casting actors for film and video production.


Learn to find the right actors for any production, run auditions, interview actors, effectively judge performances and video submissions, evaluate suitability for a role, discover what it is you need from an actor, view headshots, draft contracts, make offers, and navigate current industry standards, unions, and procedures.


This new edition has been updated to include full color sample head shots, new content on online video submissions, listings of casting wesbites, film resources, and film commissions and a companion website featuring interviews with celebrated casting directors from New York, Portland, Boston and Austin, necessary forms, sign-in sheets, contracts, and sample scenes for auditions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 194 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 431g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 3 Tables, black and white; 14 Illustrations, color; 3 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1138945331
  • 9781138945333

Table of contents

CHAPTER ONE: SAVE MONEY - DO IT YOURSELF: DIY


INDEPENDENT FILM AND MARKET SHARE
HOW THIS BOOK WILL SAVE YOU MONEY


Do It Yourself
Collaborate Or Die
Anyone Can Make A Movie
Yes, But Is It Worth Watching?
Why So Many Films Don't Make The Film Festivals
Raise Your Standards
All About Editing
Inexperience Costs More Money
The Best Actors Are The Right Actors


TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGES EVERYTHING


Prescreening Footage
The Headshot Submission Process Has Gone Green


SAVING MONEY RECAP



CHAPTER TWO: YOUR DIRECTING CAREER


BETTER CASTING IMPACTS YOUR LONG-RANGE CAREERGOALS


Shorts Are Your Stepping Stone


WHERE TO CONNECT WITH ACTORS


BREAKINGBARRIERS: HOW TO TALK TO ACTORS


Blame the Media



CHAPTER THREE: AN OVERVIEW OF THE CASTING PROCESS


WHY DIY: Do It Yourself


CASTING DEFINED


Principal


Background


WHAT ARE YOU CASTING


Professional Language


Preliminary Considerations
Families And Lovers


CASTING IS


Principal, Background Casting


TYPES OF AUDITIONS


Open Calls


Appointments: Script Readings, Cold Readings And Improvisation
Callbacks


CASTING STANDARDS


Keeping It Professional And Confidential


Never Settle


Actor Are Looking For You As Well


Agents Are Looking For Projects For Their Clients


Los Angeles And New York: United States Casting Centers


CASTING IS NOT


A Party


About Your Ego: Get Over Yourself


TO UNION OR NOT


Thoroughly Evaluate Your Decision


One Member Makes A Union Shoot


Experience Gets More Done


The Less Experience The Longer Your Day


Questions For Discussion


WHEN TO START


What Do Actors Look For When They Read Your Audition Announcement


Plan Ahead To Stay Ahead


WHAT YOU NEED TO START


You Need A Script


You Need "Sides"


Know The Window Of Time You Plan To Shoot


You're Going To Need A Place To Hold Your Auditions


You Need Your SAG Paperwork Done


Reality Check





CHAPTER FOUR: INDUSTRY STANDARDS


ACTOR MARKETING MATERIALS


Cover Letter


Headshots


What Makes A Good Headshot?
Headshot Samples


Resumes


Reels


Video Submissions


Warning Signs Of The Less Experienced


WHY LOOK FOR THESE STANDARDS?





CHAPTER FIVE: ACTING - WHAT IS IT?


Acting Defined


The Actor's Toolbox


Approaches To Craft


SCRIPT ANALYSIS: If It Ain't On The Page, It Ain't On The Stage


Given Circumstances


The Moment Before


What's My Motivation?


GO FURTHER: Who do you like?
GO FURTHER: Character types


GO FURTHER: Character type attributes


ACTING 101 FOR DIRECTORS


How You Feel Is A Result Of What You Do


The Magic Verb


Understanding The Craft: Where To Go For Help





CHAPTER SIX: TIMELINES -


WHEN TO START AND WHAT TO DO BEFORE JUMPING IN


ANNOUNCEMENTS, AUDITIONS, CALLBACKS AND CONTRACTS


WHERE TO HOLD AUDITIONS


Keeping it Professional: 1st Impressions Count


THE CASTING TIMELINE EXPLAINED -


SCHEDULES: WORKING BACKWARDS


Two Weeks From First Shoot Date: Rehearsals


One Month From First Shoot Date: Contracts


Six Weeks From First Shoot Date: Callbacks


Two Months From First Shoot Date: Auditions


Ten Weeks From First Shoot Date: Distributing Audition Information.


Three Months From First Shoot Date: Preproduction Breakdown


The Producer Is There To Help You


Union Preparation Recap





CHAPTER SEVEN: THE CASTING BREAKDOWN - SPREADING THE WORD


BREAKDOWN ELEMENTS


SAMPLE BREAKDOWNS


BREAKDOWN DISTRIBUTION


National


Local Or Regional


Social Networking


Flyers: Other Places To Put Your Breakdown


Press Releases


Physical Geography


International And Regional Web Site Distribution


CONTACTING AGENTS


Who Represents Whom



CHAPTER EIGHT: STAYING ORGANIZED


WORKFLOW


Who Follows Instructions


Turn On Your "Flake Radar"


MANAGING FILES


Confirming Auditions


Sample Initial Contact 1: SET APPOINTMENT


Sample Initial Contact 2: SELF (VIDEO) SUBMISSION


HANDLING REJECTIONS


OTHER FILES


Creating Script Sides From Your Screenplay


Sign-In Sheets


MASTER SPREADSHEET





CHAPTER NINE:
THE FIRST ROUND - WHAT YOU NEED AND WHERE YOU NEED IT





PREPARATIONSANDPROCEDURES


Provide Scripts In Advance


Make A Schedule


Setting Up


Allow Enough Time For Each Actor


Information Form


Keep Secrets


HOW MANYACTORS DO I SEE FOR EACH ROLE?


WHO DO I CAST FIRST?


Cast Your Leading Actors First


Supporting Actors


Background Extras


INSIDE THE SESSION


Controlling The Room


Casting Sessions Are Job Interviews


Casting Sessions Are Private


Memorized Sides


Using A Reader


Recording The Casting Session


Adjustments And Direction When You Have Something To Say


MORE BASIC DO'S AND DON'TS


Do Expect Actors To Be Prepared And On Time


Do Expect Actors To Arrive With A Headshot And Resume


Nudity, Scars And Tattoos


Don't Ask Actors To Sign A Release Form For Audition Footage


Keep Track


Keep An Open Mind To All Potential And Opportunity


Ending The Session


Sorting The Session: Do You Need More Options?





CHAPTER TEN: THE SECOND ROUND - CALLBACKS


CONFIRMING YOUR CHOICES


CALL BACK FOR SURE


CALL BACK MAYBE


NOT GETTING A CALLBACK


CALL BACK PROCEDURES


Set Call Back Appointments


Test Your Communication And Directing Approach


Put On Your "Poker Face."


Sleep On Your Decisions



CHAPTER ELEVEN: OFFERS AND CONTRACTS


THE OFFER AND THE ART OF NEGOTIATION


UNPAID PROJECTS


PAID PROJECTS (Union or Not)


CONTRACT: Get it in Writing


UNION CONTRACTS


LOCAL HIRES ONLY


STATE PRODUCTION INCENTIVES


A Word from the SAG-AFTRA Office





CHAPTER TWELVE: DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT -
FRIENDS CHIME IN


FAST, CHEAP, GOOD-PICK TWO.


A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS


Actors Do A Shout Out


Directors Do A Shout Out





CHAPTER THIRTEEN: CASTING DIRECTORS -
DO YOU NEED ONE?


The Job Defined: Potential Meets Opportunity


Types Of Casting Directors


The Interview And Checking Credentials.


Job Tasks And Responsibilities: What Will They Do For You?


When In Doubt: Hire A Professional


What's It Going To Cost?


Other Resources





CHAPTER FOURTEEN: SO YOU WANT TO BE A CASTING DIRECTOR


LOVING ACTORS
OUTREACH AND MARKETING


Industry Connections
Getting Started


INTERVIEWS


Michael Druck, Austin, Texas


Ken Lazer, New York City, New York


Sarah Kliban, San Francisco, California





GLOSSARY OF COMMON FILM TERMS

THE PARTS OF SPEECH: Just For Fun


VERBS
NOUNS
COMPOUNDWORDS
FINANCIAL TERMS
COMMON PHRASES





WEB RESOURCES



NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESOURCES





RECOMMENDED READING





SAMPLE COURSE OUTLINE / SYLLABUS





INDEX





ABOUT THE AUTHOR





FAN MAIL
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Review quote

"I wish I had Hester's book when I first started in Hollywood. It would have saved me a lot of heartache because it spells-out in clear and concise language the necessary tools for successful casting every filmmaker needs to know. Reading this book reminded me of how much the Academy needs to award an Oscar (R) for casting directors. Because casting is an art form, and Hester's book is the best I've read on demystifying the process."





-Jon James Miller, producer, Pooka Productions/Gravity-Squared Entertainment


"While nothing can replace the benefits of hiring an experienced casting director, this book has some great insights for beginning filmmakers."


-Lana Veenker CSA & Eryn Goodman CSA, Cast Iron Studios: Wild, NBC/Grimm, Twilight


"Hester, I have to compliment you on taking on this mystery of a job and making it so enjoyably clear as to what we do as a process and how we take young people who are interested in filmmaking - who don't understand the first thing about how the casting process is done - making it enjoyable to read and very informative of how this works and how they can use their time and their effort and money to the best of their ability... to get good talent."


-Carolyn Pickman, CP Casting, Boston: Mystic Pizza, Black Mass, Straight Outta Compton, Gone Baby Gone


"Expect an informative lesson on the rules of the game, with strict outlines from every phase of production. Whip out your pens and highlighters and start jotting down notes, because this will surely be on the desks of up-and-coming writers, actors and directors for years to come."


-Kyle Rupprecht, MovieMaker Magazine, on the first edition of Casting Revealed
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About Hester Schell

Hester Schell is a recovering academic, award-winning director, master acting teacher and author. Hester has been either in front of the camera or part of a crew, on stage or directing for over 45 years. The first feature she acted in, shot in Portland, Oregon, won an Oscar (TM). Hester took a side-trip into academia, graduating highest honors with a Master of Fine Arts in directing and landing a tenured position teaching theatre and film at a California college. She has a column at SCRIPTMAG.com and her articles have appeared in CineSource, Movie Maker Magazine and Coastviews Magazine. Schell is a contributing writer to Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson's NOW WRITE: Writing Exercises from Top Writers and Teachers, 2010, Tarcher/Penguin, and HOW TO BE A WORKING ACTOR, 5th Edition, 2010, Watson/Guptill Publication. She's a member of the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Harvard Square Screen Writers. Speaking engagements include London's British Film Institute, Burbank's The Writer's Store, Drama Books in New York, Connecticut Screenwriters Association, and the San Francisco Black-American Film Festival. For more information, find Hester Schell at IMDb.com, the Internet Movie Database, or hesterschellcreative.com. Hester is available for workshops and seminars on a variety of topics, and is interested in hearing from producers and writers with comedies. She is finishing a novel and working on several scripts with roles for middle aged and senior women.
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