Casting Your Movie: How to Attract Star Names


Availability: Online, VOD
Duration: One Class, 2 Hours
10 AM (PST), 1PM (EST), 6 PM (UK Time)

Course Fee: $49.00
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Learn the key things you need to know about casting for films and how to get those big names interested in YOUR project!


What you’ll learn:

  • How to attract star talent to your project
  • Hiring and working with a casting director
  • Handling the talent meeting.
  • Casting smartly to give your project added value
  • Creating a viable talent package to get funding





Julia Verdin has attracted star name talent to her projects including Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Sienna Miller, Danny Huston, Jacqueline Bisset, Jack Huston, William Hurt, Molly Ringwald, Sam Trammel, Mathew Modine,  Michelle Rodriguez, Lea Thompson, Virginia Madsen, Tarryn Manning, Jean Claude Van Damme, Vinnie Jones, and many more.

Julia is British film producer and founder of Rough Diamond Productions, established in 1994. She has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading producers with over 30 feature films. She is best known for producing the Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, the Newmarket release Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes, and starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara, and the Breaking Glass release 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane.

Verdin has recently executive produced Lionsgate release Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, and starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia. This year she has just directed her first film Lost Girls staring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols and Jamie Harris, and produced The Unwilling directed by Academy Award nominated director Jonathan Heap, and starring Dina Meyer, Jake Thomas and Lance Henriksen. Christmas Survival directed by James Dearden starring Gemma Whelan, Joely Richardson, Julian Ovenden and James Fox.

She is currently developing various film and TV projects with writers and directors including Academy Award and Palme d’Or nominated writer/director James Dearden; acclaimed festival award winning writer/director Éva Gárdos; Academy Award Nominated director Jonathan Heap; WGA Autumn Stories 2010 winner screenwriter Cynthia Riddle, and director Vincenzo Natali.

Verdin is a top film consultant having provided consulting services on development and production. She also wrote the critically acclaimed book, Success in Film, a detailed guide to funding, making and finishing independent films.



LIVE ONLINE: Every attendee gets an email invitation for the online classroom 30 minutes before class start times. All you need to do is to click the link provided in that email and watch the class on your computer’s web browser without needing to download any special software. If you are attending on your smartphone or tablet, please download ClickMeeting app.

VOD: Video on Demand is a great option if you want to repeat what you learned in the class or you didn’t have time to attend the class in person or online. Each attendee gets a Vimeo link 24-48 hours after each week’s class.