Casting is one of the most difficult and crucial parts of making a movie. It’s the first step in making a film and it can potentially decide if a movie will be considered a success. Even if it already has a script and fantastic filmmaking team, casting the right actors for lead roles is essential. This article will go into detail about how to cast your own film using several examples from popular films.
Before you start casting for your film, it’s helpful to understand what casting involves. Understanding the entire casting process will both help you to recognize the different steps that are involved in casting, as well as give you a sense of clarity regarding your own project’s pre-production stage.
Here are some things to consider when casting your project:
These breakdowns (also known as call sheets and sides) help to attract the right kind of actors to each role and ensure they match what is written in the script.
+ Write description for main characters
+ Write description to casting director about why you should be cast as that character
After the breakdown, read through your script and take note of descriptions such as: age, size, history, personality traits, motivations, etc.
In the breakdown, include all of the information required to create a character – physical appearance, voice, style, taste level – and provide a one-paragraph backstory for the character. Agents can then screen clients against this breakdown to make sure they match what the director is looking for in a character.
The sides for an in-person audition should be two to three pages and highlight the best takeaways from the entire script and feature the speaking and non-speaking parts of the character. On the sides for a self-taped audition, provide any relevant character description that may help the actor better portray his or herself as the character. Basically, you’re trying to nail down the kind of voice and rhythm the actor might use, as well as any expressions he or she might ask for help
To pick the best actors for your project, call back some of them multiple times. This will allow you to compare their performances to other. You can also invite actors who weren’t originally called for the role to the callback.
It’s important to be prepared for any potential situation that may arise if you get that one callback you’ve always wanted.
Screen tests are not just for the leads. Testing out the supporting actors will help you determine who will be right for the role. You can also test if two actors have on-screen chemistry so you don’t have to worry about re-shoots!
Having an actor create a screen test video is a good way for you to see what they’re like in real life. You can see how they move around, get a sense of their character, and determine if they have the presence you’re looking for.
Think about what the final product will look like. What kind of actors will best fit your sketch? How much do you want to spend?
Acting talent ranges in price so be sure to shop around for the talent that best fits your budget.
Finding talent includes shortlisting actors, choosing between available talent, and booking the talent. Casting directors narrow down their list of potential actors by reviewing headshots (and sometimes video tapes) of each individual. The decision is based partly on factors like looks, personality, type (for example, comic actors or dramatic actors), and availability (the number of projects each actor is signed on).
Cast some short actors for some of the children’s roles.
Cast your lead actress first, since she will set the tone of the film.
Look for an actress who is willing to act for scale, unless otherwise negotiated with the director.
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