Tuesday, October 26, 2010
for my blog.
Currently casting Czech and Slovakian Actresses.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Also here is an excerpt from my book, Secrets from the Casting Couch.
SELF CASTING DOS and DONTs
Start with a wide shot that shows your entire body, both profiles, and then zoom in for the introduction. Introduce yourself breifly, saying your name, height and agent.
Announce your age
Keep your shots simple. Face camera and expose at least three quarters of your face most of the time.
Get fancy with editing or shooting.
Have your scene partner read off screen and close to the camera lens
Focus the camera on any actor other than yourself. Unless you want to audition your scene partner as well, the camera should always be on you
Use a simple background
Shoot on a location, use elaborate sets, costumes and props
Sit close to the mic, or get a professional seperate mic
Stand far from the mic, so that your scene partner is louder on the tape then you are
Practise with several takes, but just choose two,
Send in many takes
Choose a variety of takes so that the director can see your range
Send in takes that are exactly the same (there is no point in seeing it twice unless we get more information)
Send in one medium shot (from the waste up) and one close up (just face)
Show a lot of blank wall space over the head of the actor
Upload your file onto a site like yousendit.com, or savefiles.com or send it via Vimeo or You Tube link
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Saturday, August 28, 2010
Now, while the character of Janis (played by me) is speaking, he is not only listening, but reacting. He has a dynamic inner monologue that changes. He'll get plenty of screen time now because we can see his thoughts evolving. The camera likes this.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
In this clip, Chip is site reading the text which is fine since the script had just been handed to him. What's irritating though is that he's reading the stage directions out loud. I have seen this quite a lot. Don't worry about the stage directions. Read them to yourself and you can indicate them in your acting if they're not too complicated (ie slam your fist down if you're meant to be punching) but you don't need to read them. We already know the stage directions.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
GLOBAL CASTING AND THE INTERNET.
Please see this link for a video of the event. I hope it's helpful to those actors who may feel intimidated to put themselves on tape for projects. We have examples of taped auditions here:
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Rick Pagano, Casting Director (“24,” “X-Men”)
Paul Weber, Casting Director (“Stargate” series)
Gary Marsh: Head of Breakdown Services
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Secrets Service Agents
Please send photo, resume and video clip to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Production company: Tim’s Production, (www.tims.tv).
Synopsis: “hurrem sultan” who has a big place in turkish history. Hurrem is a girl taken from her parents from Russia to become a slave, then given as a present to a Sultan, lived in harem and then become the most powerful women at the palace.
The actress must be beautiful, innocent looking and also feminine but most important she must be a very good actress andshe doesn’t have to know turkish (will take her language courses. )The shootings will be in İstanbul. And will start in a month
Please contact: email@example.com
Saturday, July 10, 2010
But the purpose of the classes is NOT to audition actors or find actors for a specific project. The purpose of the workshop is to share useful information and above all to educate. A possible role in the future is a fringe benefit for the actor and the CD, but should not be an expectation.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Here are a few of my favorite ones. Please let me know which web series you recommend as well.
This actress is hilarious and is smart enough to keep her spots really short.
Helenna Santos is a PR machine, and has a wonderful sense of self mockery
Also her husband: Barry Levy has created the fun Ex Convicts Guide
Lastly, Bonnie Gillespie turned me on to:
Etta Devine's hysterical Mary Olsen, the Girl's Night Out.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Casting the right actor is one of the most important aspects of filmmkaing; being cast is the most important things in an actor's career. Actors and directors-- Join a panel of casters to discuss the casting process. Question and Answer Session and networking session at Cargo to follow.
HELEN RAW of Raw Talent Productions will moderate.
BILL PETRIE, of The BWH Agency in London
AMY HUBBARD, CSA Casting Director, London (the Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings)
DES HAMILTON, Casting Director, Scotland (Bronson, This is England)
NANCY BISHOP, CSA Casting Director (Prince Caspian, Wanted), Author of Secrets from the Casting Couch.
When:19 June, Saturday
Time: 15:30 - 17:00
to reserve: http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/whats-on/2010/the-casting-process-a-panel-discussion
Monday, June 14, 2010
Full text is below. You can also tune into John Bryne's site for more tips: www.showbusiness-success.com
Does anyone else have any success stories about how they booked a commercial job? Please write in to me here or at Facebook.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
B,L&R has a full season coming up with 6 major shows planned for 2010/11 kicking off with a large scale production of Othello in the Autumn.
Monday, May 17, 2010
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Monday, April 26, 2010
CASTING WORKSHOP - THE CASTING SCENE AND CASTING DIRECTOR ANNA KENNEDY - EAST END FILM FESTIVAL AT 4 - 5.30 PM, FRIDAY 30TH APRIL Filmmakers’ Centre, The Cole,