What is the casting process and how can you get the most out of it? How will you know that this is the right actor for your project? What are the best tricks to coax the best performance out of them to see if they have what your film needs?
Working with actors can be intimidating. Yet, your film depends profoundly on what they bring to a role. One of the most important keys for getting the performances you envisioned for your film is casting the right actors for your project.
But how does the casting process work? Is there a guideline you can follow that will give the process structure?
Every actor is different. Their background. Their level of experience. Is there a difference between a stage and a screen actor and how can it affect the casting process and their performance?
In this 2-day hands-on workshop we will discuss everything you need to know about actors and the casting process. We will cover planning and preparing for the casting, exploring skills a director needs when working with actors. You will get the opportunity to experience different strategies and methods that will help reaching set out casting goals. No hocus pocus. Only tried and successfully tested tools.
Since action speaks louder than words a big part of this workshop will be the practical exploration of the casting process, different acting methods and a mock casting situation, where you get the chance to work with professional actors and experiment with learned tools.
What will it cover?
Day 1: Actors & the Casting Process
- I. Understanding how actors work and what they need to strive including:
- the difference between stage and screen actors and how you can make it work with either
- working with non professional actors
- working with children
- the actor – camera relationship
- the director – actor relationship during pre-production, production and post production
II. Developing a director´s tool box for working with actors
In this part we are going to practically explore different approaches based on
- well established acting methods like Sanford Meisner and The Method and
III. Planning the casting:
Following a theoretical introduction we are going to develop a casting plan covering:
- creating structure for the casting
- uncovering potential challenges and solutions
- information you need to share regarding the role, the scene and about the production
- effective communication to improve work flow and establish a nourishing atmosphere for the entire production period
- equipment you might need for the casting
- who should join the casting other than the director and the actors
Day 2: The Casting
This day will be dedicated to the practical application of what you learned and experienced on Day 1. We are going to recreate a casting situation and you get the opportunity to work with
professional actors to:
- put your casting plan into practice
- work on selected scenes with the actors
- learn how you can get a better understanding of the actors´ acting abilities and range within a realistic casting time frame
- try out exercises
- get constructive feedback and individual tips
What will you achieve?
After the two days you will have a tool box full of effective strategies that will make your casting successful and time efficient!
What you’re going to learn will also be beneficial for the rehearsal and filming process of your film!
How will you be taught?
The hands-on workshop is a blend of theory that has been standing the test of time and a practical segment that includes a mock casting.
“Attended the workshop on Saturday, made the pitch on Tuesday, did the deal on Friday.”
Dan Sefton, TV and film writer
About the tutor
Romana Carén Lakinger-Njari is a writer/director and actress from Vienna, Austria. She trained as an actress at Actors Studio Pallas in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and has been working as an actress both on stage and in front of the camera for more than three decades. This background builds the foundation for her developed understanding of the director – actor relationship and each side’s needs.
Romana has been studying and testing a wide range of methods to successfully work with actors that has developed into her own ever-evolving approach.
Her work as a film and theatre maker focusses on day-to-day taboos, shining light on issues that society prefers to ignore.
Romana has written and directed multiple short films, such as Heartbeat, Where The Wild Roses Grow and Smile. Currently she is working on the feature film There Are No Kangaroos In Austria, collaborating with production companies in Scotland and Austria. Further, she is developing a TV-series about Austrian’s first female journalist and politician Adelheid Popp, reflecting on Austria’s shift from monarchy to republic to dictatorship.