There isn’t a recipe for making the ideal independent film cast but there are ingredients. Jeremy Zimmermann discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by casting online and how it may affect the future of the casting process and signing talent.
Find out how to sign the best talent for your project, how to write roles for specific actors and how to hire a top casting director in an ever-changing world.
Jeremy Zimmermann is one of the UK’s leading casting directors and has worked on international productions for the past twenty years with such notable directors as Duncan Jones, Peter Yates, Ron Howard, Guillermo del Toro and Richard Attenborough. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1995 for an ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement Award’.
He has cast features such as Moon, Hellboy, Willow, Keeping Mum, Africa United and Night Train to Lisbon.
This event is part of the Emerging Filmmakers’ Day, a full day of completely free events, available around the world for filmmakers who are at the start of their careers, full of practical tips to help you take the next steps towards a successful career.
Emmy-nominated Jeremy Zimmermann is one of the UK’s leading casting directors and has worked on productions with such notable directors as Ron Howard, Guillermo del Toro, Bille August, Giuseppe Tornatore, Isabel Coixet, Peter Yates, John Schlesinger, Ridley Scott, Bruce Beresford, Neil Marshall and Sir Richard Attenborough. Following an early career in international marketing,
Jeremy changed direction to become an actor, studying at the Drama Centre. He spent ten years working in repertory theatre, television & film, and also took an opportunity to work behind the cameras with a commercial film company. He eventually turned down an offer to join the National Theatre Company to pursue this alternative career in films.
Jeremy went on to join forces with Noel Davis (also an ex-actor) and they started their own casting agency, Davis & Zimmermann. After ten years in partnership, Jeremy opened his own company, Jeremy Zimmermann Casting. Ever since he has become a mentor for undiscovered talent, giving many actors their early or significant breaks, including Paul Bettany, Rachel Weisz, Matthias Schweighõfer, Rebecca Ferguson, Akiya Henry, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Chipo Chung and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. To date, Jeremy has worked on such features as Moon, In Love And War, Swing Kids, Willow, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Blade II, Africa United, Hidalgo, Keeping Mum and Hellboy.
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This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020.