Monday, April 28, 2008

Scene of the Day Award, Paris

Here's James Gerard and Eiren Forsberg in Mirrors:

What I like about this scene is that both actors are taking risks. My students often ask, "how to you take a risk without going over the top?" I think this scene is a good example of actors playing opposites (ie the scene is about love and about hate). There are a lot of changes in the scene and it makes it interesting. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Casting Announcement

Feature Film: Hilde
Director: Kai Wessell
Producers: Judy Tossell, Jens Meurer, Egoli Tossell Film
Starring: Heike Makatsch
Shooting: Late June - August, 2008 in Germany
More info:

Synopsis: Hildegard Knef was a sinner and a singer, a movie star in Hollywood, and a hit on Broadway. She loved a Nazi and married a Jew. She fought in the ruins of World War II Berlin, but felt at home on park Avenue. Both adored and despised by the German public, her autobiogrpahy was a No. 1 bestseller. Her concerts were legendary. She was a German icon. This is her life. 

Casting LEADING MALE CHARACTER, KURT HIRSCH. Age 30-40. He should speak German for most of the film, but audition may be conducted in English. According to Hilde, "he was a Czech Jew, born in Teplitz-Schnonau and grew up in Prague. When he was fourteen years old his parents escaped with him to New York, he became an American citizen, landed with paratroops in France and in the end he came to Germany and Berlin. He had a sweet tempered teddy bear face, liked to laugh, could easily fly into a passion, was young and uncomplicated."

ANTON LITVAK: 45-50, Distinguished, attractive director. Will speak German or English with a Slavic ccent. He lived 1902-1974, and was a Jewish, Ukrainian-born international filmmaker who wrote, directed, and produced films in a variety of countries and languages. 

If you are interested in auditioning, please send your photo and CV to:



Sunday, April 13, 2008

Bernard Hiller's class in Edinburgh

Here's Bernie's class. Organized thanks to the lovely Louise Bolton. It was hilarious visiting and seeing some of my former students coming OUT so well! (You'll know what I mean if you ever visit one of his classes.) Check out Frank Gilhooly's knickers. I would recommend Bernard's class to anyone who feels like their work, their career is blocked. He's teaching again in London, Paris and Rome this year.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New Article on Film Acting

One of my articles on film acting was just published in Dramatics Magazine. It is mostly oriented towards very young actors (like still in high school or college). I was a little embarassed about a few things in the article since I didn't get a final edit before it went out... so for example I seem to claim I was THE casting director on Polanski's Oliver, when really of course I was only one of them... but here it is anyway

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


E-Talenta will be Europe's spotlight, an international database for actors. It was meant to start in 2007 but was having teething problems. The site is up now and I would recommend that everyone register on it:

Sunday, April 6, 2008

International film activities in Prague are quiet at the moment. Solomon Kane  just recently wrapped, as did the re-shoot of Wanted. Paramount's GI Joe is coming next month. We are currently looking for native French speaking actors who live in Prague for that. 
I'll be in Scotland next week-end to visit Bernard Hiller's acting master classes in Edinburgh. I'm a big fan of his classes, so I recruited actor Louise Bolton to organize classes for him. To find out more about Bernard, see