The Casting Handbook: For Film and Theatre Makers

1st Edition

Suzy Catliff, Jennifer Granville

Routledge
Published February 14, 2013
Reference - 214 Pages
ISBN 9780415688246 - CAT# Y121858

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Summary

Casting is a crucial creative element of any production - and yet the craft and skills needed to put together a successful and exciting cast are often overlooked. The Casting Handbook explains the casting process from beginning to end and covers everything producers and directors needs to know – as well as proving a fascinating and illuminating read for actors. The book explores:

  • how to prepare a breakdown
  • where to source actors
  • how to prepare for a casting session
  • how to make casting decisions
  • how a cast is put together
  • how deals are done
  • ethics and the law, with special reference to casting children
  • how a casting director contributes to the initial development of the script
  • how the casting works from fringe theatre to Hollywood blockbusters

The Casting Handbook considers actors’, producers’, agents’ and directors’ relationship with a casting director, the day to day work that is casting, and how approaching it in a professional and informed manner can make the difference to the final product.

Including interviews with actors, agents, directors, casting directors and producers; case studies; exercises; and a fact file of useful templates and contacts, this book offers a thorough induction into the casting process, suitable for students and early career professionals in any media.

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