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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Filmmakers Talk #6 Brief to Casting Director







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The Editor Talk ... etc


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Filmmakers Talk #5 Dedicated to Clients






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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Casting Brief Q9: Individual Character Brief

For the entire List of casting questions go back to
Casting Brief



Question 9: Individual Character Brief

This is a brief given by the director to the casting director about what they are looking for in each individual character. It is the directors perception of what they want the character to look like or act in a certain manner which would help to enhance  the character, this is what the casting director needs to pass on or get out of the actor at the audition.

Sometimes a the character brief is written down so that it can be be shared with the actor so that they can prepare themselves for the role. These are usually one page briefs and are not to be followed literately by the actors but the essence of the character is usually summed up in this brief. Briefing of characters in this manner is mostly done in feature films more than advertising. The reason for that is not always the entire set of people being casted will get to read the entire script and in order to understand the character this description is important. Usually first round of auditions happen only on the basis of one scene that has been given and to be fair to the actor it is important for the actor to know what the role includes.

The brief which like I said is a one page description, which in short says everything about the character like RAHUL (name of character) who is 28 yrs old, decent looking, coming from a lower middle class, has had to struggle for everything in life, right from education to even making friends, he is currently going through a tough time, having lost his job and his girlfriend having dumped him for a richer guy, he now stands at the bus stop where he has just seen a robber hide a bag full of money on the top of the roof, what does rahul do.. 
The scene given to the actor at the audition is the scene where Rahul is standing at the bus stop. This examples shows that the actor has been giving just enough to know how to play the part without revealing too much of the plot of the script. Some times the directors brief could be specifics like may be the character should try a lisp while talking, or a foreign accent, or something like a small limp while walking or even as simple as try the audition with and without specs.



It is not necessary to have a detailed brief for each of the characters to be cast, but helps in giving the casting director some direction to what the director is looking for. It is therefore important for the casting director to have read the entire script and know the story well, cause actors will have a few more questions about the character after reading the brief, of course the casting director has be careful while reveling information not to let out too much of the plot of the movie.

There are times when no brief is given as the director wants to see what the actor brings to the table, some of the most memorable characters we see on film are things that the actor would have brought to the audition sometimes even unknowingly.




For answer to the previous question see
Casting Brief Q8: Competitive Brands

Read on for the next question
Question 10: Any reference to any character / actor?


or go back to Casting Brief page to read the other questions.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Casting Brief Q8: Competitive Brands

For the entire List of casting questions go back to
Casting Brief



Question 8: Which competitive brands worked on by the actor are to be kept in mind?


This question is only for commercials. Like I said in the case of contracts, the actor at the time of auditioning has to declare if they have acted in any competitive brand. It is best that the actor mentions most of his work that he has done so that there is no confusion in future. Even if there was no contract executed, the actor should reveal this and when the commercial was released.

Competitive brands are not just the same category but sometimes extend to the parent company as well, for eg, The Coca-Cola company India owns the following brands - Coca-Cola, Fanta Orange, Limca, Sprite, Thums up, Kinley, Maaza, Minute Maid Pulpy Orange, Minute Maid Nimbu Fresh, etc...
while PepsiCo India includes - Pepsi, 7UP, Nimbooz, Mirinda, Slice, Mountain Dew, Aquafina etc..
so while all of these are not cola drinks there are times when the parent company insists that the cast for the upcoming commercial has not done any competitive brands like in the above example. Coca-Cola sometimes insists that the cast should not have done any of the Pepsi brands and vice versa. For some of the brands the rules are a bit relaxed and the 'Actor not acted in Competitive Brand' does not mean all the brands like if an actor has acted for the water / soda brand like Aquafina / Kinley they may be excused for the cola brand... All this depends on the rules given out by the client at the time of briefing. Competitive brands are sometimes also generalised like health drinks could also sometimes be counted as competition in the above case.



Also what role does the actor play in the competitive commercial is important, if they are the lead or just part of a crowd, basically how clearly was the face seen and remembered and when was the film released. How long back did the competitive commercial stop airing. If it was a while back like 2 years or so it does not get considered.

It is in the best interest of all that the actor at the audition truthfully says which competitors they have worked for, and even better if the casting director knows if the actor was involved in a competitive ad and make sure that is declared. The best way is to get each actor to sign a undertaking at the audition that they have not been involved in the mentioned brands and for the time when that commercial was made.

All in all it is important that the casting director gets briefed clearly on which Brands the actors should have not done, and if done then how long back and he in turn, makes the actor sign an undertaking of the same.





For answer to the previous question see
Casting Brief Q7: Contract

Read on for the next question
Question 9: Individual character brief?


or go back to Casting Brief page to read the other questions.




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Friday, August 30, 2013

Filmmakers Talk #4 - Agency & Young Director Talk






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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Filmmakers Talk #3 - The Editor

If you do not do "post" you would not have heard this...





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The Producer Talk








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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Casting Brief Q7: Contract?


For the entire List of casting questions go back to
Casting Brief





Question 7: Contract?

A contract is made between either the producer (production house) and the actor or sometimes directly with the brand, like in the case of commercials.

In features a contract is usually made for almost everyone working on it. In the case of actors, all the cast who have to give more than a few days to the film have to sign contracts. Some of the basic things that a contract usually contains are,
a) The total amount that the producer and the actor agrees to for that particular project.
b) Time required from the actor.. i.e. no of day's or months or sometimes even the exact dates that are required, not just for shoot but for dubs as well.
c) The time lines and distribution to when this would be paid,
(eg- 10% advance on signing + 50% on completion of shoot + 40% on completion of dubs is one version, other is a fixed sum at the end of every month. The break is what is best suited to both parties)
d) Participation of the actor in promotional activities before the release, this also could be in terms of no of days of appearance or get even more specific like 10 tv shows 3 radio etc..

In most cases there are no contracts made for actors who are casted for a day's shoot and for background artists, however a there could be a one page agrement with these actors and for background artists the contract is usually made with the coordinator.

In case of commercials the actor has to reveal at the time of casting if they are or have been part of competitive brands irrespective of contracts. Usually if the actor has had a lead role and face has clearly been seen on a major brand like a cola drink the actor cannot act for its competition for around 2 years (even if no contract is made as competition wont touch the actor), it is therefore also necessary for the casting director to make sure that this is followed as this could land up everyone in a soup. Even when the contract is over it is best to mention at the the time of audition that the actor had a contract with a particular brand which ended on so and so date. Contracts in commercials range from
a) A simple agreement to endorse the brand and not participate in competition for 'X' time period. to
b) A contract that signs the person as a brand ambassador which goes beyond just shooting a commercial but print, radio and presence at live event's etc..



TIP to all:
a) Before signing any contract it is best to read all the fine print on it as that might just lead to bigger problems later.
b) Be aware of all that is required from your end to fulfill the contract
c) Also the keep a eye of clauses that can stop your payment or working on other similar material.
d) If your confused about some clause get clarification not only from the concerned party but also from a lawyer if need be. OR look up online to hunt for similar agreements and see what they contain.




For answer to the previous question see
Q6 - Casting Requirements?

Read on for the next question
Question 8: Which competitive brands worked on by the actor are to be kept in mind?

or go back to Casting Brief page to read the other questions.


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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Filmakers talk #2 - The Director


I am sure that people of all departments have heard this from the director before..





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Friday, April 12, 2013

Casting Brief Q6: Casting Requirements?

For the entire List of casting questions go back to
Casting Brief



Question 6: Who will take care of the requirements of the audition?

This question is directed form the casting director to the producer. So what are these requirements that I am talking about

1. Space to audition.
2. Camera, Lights and Power Supply 
3. Backdrop (if needed)
4. Props (if needed)
5. Any other special requirement 
6. Stationary
7. Conveyance and food
8. Phone / Net Bill




Now while most casting directors charge a fee and rest at actual's there are some production houses that like to make deals with casting directors (rarely happens), the deal being that the production house would pay just one figure and the casting director would do the rest all inclusive. Why would any casting director take up the latter proposition it would be if they think that they could make a little more by making better deals with suppliers or if they themselves own either equipment or space thus saving on rent, also if they are confident of wrapping up the casting within the time so that it does not go overboard. Why would a production house take this route its simple, one bill, one figure this cannot go overbudget since the figure gets decided upfront. This route is very risky for the casting director since if any variable is to change they might just loose more money rather than saving.

This question has to be asked as the casting directors fee is determined basis on these variables. There are mostly in between deals that are made, where the production house would provide / pay for certain things and rest has to be taken care by the casting director. Lets talk about each requirement in detail to understand this.

1. Space to audition - if a space is hired for audition rent has to be paid for using that space. In cases where casting has to happen for only a few days, renting a space might be feasible, also some audition spaces these days provide with some of the other requirements like camera, lights and backdrop along with a assistant, making it easier on everyone. In cases where casting could go on for a long time (weeks to months) like in features, or in case the production house wants to save money on rent or time* is a huge factor, in such cases a space is provided by the production house which is usually a room in the office and sometimes even in the space just outside the office like in the compound or corridor. Minimum requirement of space for a audition should be so that the camera can capture the full length of the actor without having to tilt the camera and the area should have decent lighting and not too much outside noise. 
The number of people coming for audition also makes a difference to where the audition is held, if there a lot of people expected in a single day (like in advertising) then usually space is rented out unless the production house has sufficient space to keep people waiting and preparing for their parts. In case there are only a few people coming in, like only a select few have been called, like in the case of features or in the case its a call back then these do take place in the production house's office space.     


*Time in this case is the time after the audition is captured and for the video to be seen by the director, and if liked sent further for approval. Or if cast is required urgently like for the next day's shoot.


2. Camera, Lights and Power Supply - in order to record a audition the casting director needs a camera, any camera of a decent resolution should work, earlier dv camera's were used, still gets used in some places but that has now been outdated since dv camera requires dv tapes which then have to be transferred to a digital format to view which involves both a lot of time and money. Some casting directors own a camera themselves and they charge rent for it or include this in their fees. Owing a camera is also good thing for production houses who do a lot of work as this helps bring down cost, it also helps at times when the actor can not make it to the audition room but can come to the office to give the audition (since the audition location might be far). Helps in cases of call backs and smaller tests as well.
Lights are definitely required for auditions that are conducted in closed rooms, a couple of decent powered lights is the minimum requirement, these can be either soft boxes or light bounced of thermocol, basic idea always is to have the actor evenly lit from both side's i.e. no shadows mainly on the face. When auditions are conducted in office spaces its still ideal that the room has sufficient internal lighting or there is enough sunlight coming in. In case the audition is held in corridor or in a outdoor space the person recording has to make sure that beyond light the sound of the actor is also picked up clearly by the camera.
Rented studios sometimes charge separately for power supply (rarely) usually its included in the cost provided the lights used are basic, which is why most current audition spaces provide these and include the cost in the rent. In case of areas provided by the production house they need to make sure that there are sufficient outlets for power and extension chords for the same.     

3. Backdrop - this is required if space in which the audition is being help is too noisy** or is too cluttered, like when auditions happen in offices, an ideal space would have a single coloured clear back wall or the use of a backdrop is required, this helps in keeping the viewer's attention only the actor giving the audition and not get distracted by the space around it. Not always can one have a backdrop to audition in such cases a clear back wall with almost nothing on or around it is a ideal space. If a backdrop is being rented out then it could be either in light colour, white or offwhite are usually used some cases a completely dark backdrop also gets used like grey in those cases it is make the actor stand out from the space, provided that they are in bright clothes and have been lit well. 
A backdrop is a clear piece of paper or cloth with no print on it, same like the ones used in photo studios  but large enough to cover the actors entier action, sometimes cover even 3 people in the same scene. It should be ideally large enough so that the camera captures only the actor and nothing else around. Production houses that do casting quite often and dont have a clear wall usually keep these backdrop's which can be put up easily with the help of 2 stands.. even chroma cloth gets used at times


**noisy - too many things in the background like pictures on the wall, clock, table furniture etc..


4. Props (if needed) - in the scene to be auditioned there would be props that might be required, simple things like a cell phone, or a chair, table etc can easily be arranged, but there are times when specific props are required, like a gun or a ball or a mask etc these may have to be rented out or there has to be a agreement (the director should know about this advance) that the actor will make do of what even is available like use a stick instead of a gun. Depending on the rent of the prop, the producer would decide if its required or not to hire that prop but there are cases when even expensive props have to be hired like in case of testing if the actor can act while riding a bike or driving a car or is the actor comfortable to act underwater etc, in such cases it makes sense for the producer to spend the money on these tests rather than have the shoot stuck because the actor can not ride a bike.

5. Any other special requirement  - any other special requirement is similar to that of special props, like may be the actor has to talk while eating or the actor has to do something unique like a summersault or some specific stunt then depending on what is required to that situation. If there is a piece of costume that is required for the test like a hat or a specific kind spec frames etc.

6. Stationary - this includes a slate and a marker for the actor to hold with his details at the start of the audition, some casting directors still use paper here and that is pure waste of resource. Beyond this there is the script printouts, paper  / book for making a cue sheet, tapes if a dv camera is being used or Digital cards, transfer cables, CD's,  DVD's or  any other storage and transfer device, most of the time these are included in the casting directors fees as these are usually really small figures. If they have to be charged it is at actuals against a bill that the casting director should collect while buying the same.

7. Conveyance and food - if casting is happing for a few days then this figure is small and is easily taken care of but in case where casting is over a period of time then most of the time the producer sets a limit to how much of money should be spent each day on food and travel of course bills would have to be produced for calming of the food at least and accounts would have to be settled from time to time. Conveyance is for dropping of casting material to the production office or directors house. 

8. Phone / Net Bill - here if its a short casting then usually there is no charge that is passed on to the producer but in case where casting has to happen over a period of time then either the producer gives the casting director a phone to use for all official calls or takes care of the bill at the end of each month specially if the casting is happing in another city or country. 
With social media catching on and with the latest apps even these figures are getting to a ignorable amount, like most casting directors would post the requirement on a social media page, tagging a few people who they think need to come, also used is here are services like BBM or Whatsapp where a group is made overtime and a single message gets delivered to all what the requirements for the audition are and people who think they suit the requirement go for the auditions.


So depending on who is paying for what finalises the casting directors fees, although the most common practice would be to charge a fee and the rest at actuals. It is also best that the casting director reads the script or the storyboard before meeting for the casting brief so that he knows what his requirements would be in advance.

 



For answer to the previous question see
Q5:- Budget?

Read on for the next question
Question 7: Is there a contract to be made?

or go back to Casting Brief page to read the other questions.



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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Filmmakers Talk #1 - The Producer


Filmmakers Talk is a new series of things that are industry related to be looked at with a pinch of humour, these could be things you would hear or see in the filmmaking industry, this series is to be taken in the light spirit and the right spirit* Some of these obviously would be made up.






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The Editor Talk


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Casting Brief Q5: Budget?

For the entire List of questions go back to
Casting Brief


Question 5: Is there a budget individually or totally? 




There cant be casting without the question on the budget, this is mostly asked by the casting director to the producer being, is there a individual budget to each character or is there a overall budget to all characters. In case there is an individual budget given to each character, it is easier on the casting director since he already knows the figure at the time of audition and can discuss it with the actor. In case of overall budget given for all characters, it is upto the casting director to manage the break up (this does not happen too often though) This usually happens when all the actors to be featured are of the same level and have a equal importance in the film, like a group of friends or in a commercial which is a montage and all the actors have a tiny but important role. Overall budgets are also given sometimes to the casting director minus the primary cast.

So once the amount is disclosed, the actor can choose to agree with the amount or disagree, if the figure is too far below what the actor expects they can choose not to waste time on the audition saving everyones time and effort. However there are actors do give the audition and leave behind a quote of what they would expect if they do get shortlisted. In these cases it is important for the casting director to inform the director and the producer at the time of shortlisting so a call can be taken in accordance. The actor in these cases would have to be really good and suited for the role for the producers to even think of starting a conversation with them, also it would depend on how much over the existing budget is the actor asking for. Knowing a budget also helps the casting director when making calls for actors to come for the audition as an experienced casting person would know that some of the actors would not come in that price range. Also a deal can be cracked at this stage with the actor to may be do the role for lesser figure than what they would normally charge.

There is also the case where there is no budget mentioned and each actor is required to give a quote to what they are expecting either at the audition or later if they are part of the shortlisted cast for that role. A case where no budget is mentioned happens both in features and advertising, in most of these cases it is because the director insists on having really good cast and would not want to be restricted in terms of options. This does not mean that they would pay any figure for the right character but to find the right person and then strike up a good deal so both parties are happy.

Budget is crucial specially in the case where a lot of people fit the brief for the role, since it opens up competition, here the producer and director can choose the cheapest and the best actor that suits the film. In such cases actors who keep their quotes open for bargaining do end up with the role especially if there are 2 or more people who are of the same standard.

A thing for actors and producers to remember like in all agreements that once the amount is agreed upon it would be bad to ask for a change in the figure later for whatever reason. So everyone should know well what they are getting into before anyone should agree to anything.



For answer to the previous question see
Q4:- Dates for shoot and shortlist

Read on for the next question
Question 6: Who will take care of the requirements of the audition? 

or go back to Casting Brief page to read the other questions.



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Monday, February 25, 2013

Hollywood Vs Bollywood

Check out this spoof video made, this was done for workshop organized by WIFT INDIA.



The Mayor's daughter has been kidnapped... The police have rounded up a few suspects.. watch on to see what happens...
Do leave your comments as to what you think of this...

A HollyBolly Mix

Rajnikanth Vs Superstar's



A special thanks to all who contributed towards making of this video.

CREDITS

Creative Supervisor:- Auggie
Concept - Ensia Mirza & Auggie
Writers:- Ensia Mirza & Auggie

CAST:-

   RAKSHA   as Vijay Ki Maa
   RAM         as Joker
   HARSH     as Gabbar
   YUSUF     as MIB agent
   SHRUTI    as Jadoo
   CHANDINI as Sheila
   DEV          as Thakur
   KINJAL     as Kill Bill
   DARSHAN as Don
   KALIDAS   as Rajnikanth
     

Producer:- WIFT
Production Team - Ensia, Hiren, Geeta & Darshan
DOP:- Hiren
Lights:- Monalisa Enterprise
Offline:- Auggie
Online:- Rohan Khokar
Music & Final Mix:- Melvin Saldanha

Voice Dubs for:-
Nirupa Roy:-
Joker:-  Auggie
Gabbar Singh, Thakur, Don:- Sanjay Keni
Will Smith:- Yusuf
Jadoo:-   Melvin Saldanha
Sheila Ki Jawani:- Frederica Flor
Kill Bill:-   Kinjal
Rajnikanth:-  Kalidas
Dubbing Studio:- Vikranth Digital Post (Shekhar)
Sound Recordist:- Pratik Pradhan

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Casting Brief - Q4: Dates for shoot and shortlist?

For the entire List of questions go back to
Casting Brief

Question 4: Dates for shoot and shortlist?


This question is asked, so that when the casting director calls the actors for auditions, besides the other information, they are told the shoot dates as well so that in case the actor is already booked on those dates they can avoid going for the audition. This is more important in advertising than in feature films, in the case of the latter, the dates would mostly be a range of withen a "X time" like a week or between months X - Y since till all the cast and all the other details are not in place the film would not be going on the floor. The only time dates are clear is when all the main cast, and other departments are blocked and only a few people are left to cast. Also this would be the case when call backs have happened and casting is in 2nd or 3rd round of tests. (number of tests to finalize cast would vary, as it would be finalised only when the Director and all others concerned are satisfied.

In the case of advertising almost 99% of the time the date for the shoot would be fixed and even if there is a doubt, there would be a very tiny range between which the shoot would occur, like between day X or X(+/-1), X(+/-2). That could also be the case because it could be a 3 day shoot and the actor would not be required on all 3 days. So the actor needs to be clear that by giving the audition they are committing to be available on that dates that have been told.


How is shortlisting done?

Now what happens if the actor has auditioned for multiple roles for different production houses of which shoot could be on the same dates, thats where the shortlist date comes into play.

In advertising the first shortlist (especially if there are a lot of cast to go through) is done between the casting director, D.A, Asst director and the producer (not necessary all would be present) there are however some directors who do go through the entire list of people that have been auditioned. In most of the cases the first viewing is just a short glance at each video, here is where what you wear and your look will come into play, so while the the director watches the video the assistant sits with the list of names of the actors that have auditioned and makes a shortlist.  Here only the really terrible actors and the ones that really dont suit the role are removed, like a 35 year old actor who has auditioned for a 18 year old. The director also glances at the first round of auditions (at the end of each casting day) when there is more than one day for casting, so that he can point out mistakes (if any) or tell the casting director to concentrate more in finding a particular character. In the second round of shortlist (which is when all directors view the cast) the audition is watched in detail and a short list is made, the marking on each actors name would be YES, KEEP FOR NOW, NO & MAYBE, basis on this a re look at all cast is done which is the 3rd round, here the assistant has to line up all the cast basis each character and a new shortlist is further made. In the final round of shortlisting (which could be the 3rd one) the cast is then given preferences like a particular actor would be the Directors 1st choice followed by the 2nd choice and the rest are usually a backup in case the client does not like the first 2 characters presented. Usually 2 to a max of 5 people per character are presented at the PPM. There are times when shortlisting or one round of presentation is also done with the agency present so that the director and the creative are on the same page so as to which actor is their preference for each part.

So when a production house informs the actor that they are shortlisted it means that the actor is being presented at the PPM, So what happens if the actor has been shortlisted in another job on the same shoot dates, they need to mention this at the audition or more importantly when the shortlist call is made to them, so that a reconfirmation call with the actor can be done just before the PPM and in case they agree to being free ONLY then will they be presented to the client. A lack of mention from the actor of "may be not being available" is unprofessional and puts a lot of people in a spot of bother especially if they are liked by the agency and the client. The best thing for actors to do in cases where they dont know, is to inform the casting director that they have been shortlisted on the same dates that are required and they will know on the date X, which would be the date where the other production house would give a 100% confirmation on the project. It would be a very rare case where the actor is shortlisted in 2 commercials to be shot on the same dates and would also have the same finalizing date and the actor can take on the project whoever confirms the job first and informs the other of the unavailability immediately.
e.g. if a actor has be shortlisted on 2 different jobs both to be shot on say the 8th of the month he informs the one who has the PPM on the later date say 6th that he will know on the 5th (PPM date of the other project) for sure if he is available or not, that way he can be part of both lists and does not have to put anyone in a spot of bother as long as information is passed on time.

In case of feature films the main cast will have at least 3 call backs before they are finalised, the first round is to shortlist people, the 2nd and 3rd would be to see compatibility and the last is generally the look test (not necessary for these to happen in this order) Casting in features could go on for months and as people get close to being finalised they are told of approximately when they could be shooting. In most cases the director watches the entire audition for each character and then makes shortlists for it.

Just to sum up, a smart casting director will inform the actor of not only the shoot dates but also on what date when the actor would know if they are shortlisted and when they will be finalised. Also post finalising the cast a good casting director also informs the other actors who were part of the shortlist that they did not make it. A smart actor will know and use this information to maximize their chances of getting work.




For answer to the previous question see
Q3: Sex of the character? - Male or female or...

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Q5: Is there a budget individually or totally? 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Casting Brief - Q3: Sex? - Male or Female OR...


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Casting Brief


Question 3: Sex? - Male or Female, OR...





Now most people will wonder that it is obvious that male or female has already been answered while reading the script, so what is the reason I put the question OR?

While casting of a character where the actor is partially seen like has a mask on like a joker, or a burnt face or a face which is painted through the role, or a deformity, etc. Therefore in such cases, at the time of casting the actor should be informed of the requirement and then they can have a choice to give the audition or not.

Its not just masks and paints that hold onto this requirement if the character has to play a cross dresser, a eunuch or just a panzy. Again informing the actor of this at the audition helps them to decide if they are up to the challenge or this role does not suit them. It helps in reducing the no of people even before casting gets to the shortlist stage and thus saves everyone's time.

Lastly don't forget the OR? also stands for casting for stand-in's, duplicates, as well as for animals that are featured in the film. Yes casting of animals do happen. In case of stand in's the requirements would generally be same height, size, length of hair and sink color. In case of duplicates its the case of the closest looking to the person in question.

So while in most cases this question is not asked at all, there are times when this has to be asked.



For answer to the previous question see
Casting Brief Q2 - Age of the characters

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Question 4: Dates for shoot and shortlist?

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Casting Brief- Q2: Age of the characters?

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Casting Brief


Question 2: Age of the Character?





What is the age of each of the character in question? Why would a casting director ask such a question when most of the characters age is defined in the script itself. Well this is true only for some times, but mostly the age is not described, either because there are a lot of characters, or in cases like where the character is only just described e.g. as a mother or young teenager, there is no clarity of age. Therefore the casting director needs to ask this question, also even if its mentioned in the script its better to clear that what is written in the script is the same as what the director has in mind.      

The age could be specific, like a just born therefore 5 - 10 days old, or  a 1 year old. But in most cases the age that would be given will be withen a range, like between 40 - 45, or 20 - 25 etc. the reason a range is given is for the most obvious reason that not all people look their age, so while in actuality the person could be 30 yrs old but on camera might look 26 - 28 yrs. Make up and costume do play a very important role in the casting process, eg a simple thing like wearing spectacles might make some people look a lot older than they are, same way hair open and hair tied up makes a difference to age that women look. Same goes with costumes, what is worn at the auditions therefore becomes very important.

So when actors go for auditions they should get the brief very clearly before they start, as the way you look even before you act will be judged upfront. Remember when the shortlisting process is taking place, there are a lot of people who have auditioned for the same role and you dont want to be rejected basis on first appearance's. Also if your a 40 year old dont go for a audition which is for a 20 yr old and  waste everyones time and then wonder why you dont get shortlisted.

To the casting director this question also gets very important when the same person has to play more than one character in the same film, like if the same person has to play a teenager and also play the mother later in the film. While casting of such a character one would try find a person who could pull off being a teen as well as a lady of course with the help of make up and costume, but the hunt would be someone who can pull both off.

Lastly the importance of age is also in relation to the other characters, e.g. so while the brief might be for a 20 - 25 year old girl who would be dating a 22 - 28 year old boy, there may be a problem if the girl looks older than the guy especially if she is a junior in his college. Same with all roles characters will be judges not only on solo performances but also how they look with / against each other.



For answer to the previous question see
Casting Brief Q1 - Casting Of How Many Characters?


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Question 3: Sex of the character? - Male or female or...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Casting Brief- Q1: Casting of how many characters?

Question 1: Casting of how many characters?


Each film would have multiple characters to be casted, in case of not too many people to be casted one meeting or even a brief over the phone would do, (like in commercials where some times there are not more than 2 or even 1 character at times) but in cases where a lot of casting is to be done, there would have to be multiple meetings both for briefing and for presenting the cast in batches. Casting where there are a lot of people involved, which is mainly in feature films is broken down into Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Background cast.

Primary Cast also know as Main Cast being your lead actors which includes hero, heroine, villans etc,

Secondary Cast is your supporting cast which also have a important role to play, like friends, parents etc, i.e. people who rally around the Main Cast.

Tertiary Cast are the people who have a small but yet important enough role to play, mostly tertiary cast are people who appear in a scene or two. like shopkeepers, cab drivers etc.

Background Cast are generally not casted, they consist of people who appear in the background like office staff, or crowd at a stadium, or people at a restaurant etc.

So why would a casting director have to ask this question, well for the simple reason that not always all characters in the script need to be casted, like in case of commercials where one role could be that of the brand ambassador so casting for the rest is required. Also this question would pertain to what it always boils down to - MONEY. The no of people to be casted decides the no of days it would take to caste these characters and therefore costs on studio, camera hire, assistant, food etc. All this needs to be kept in mind at the brief and of course the casting directors fee. 

Once the no of characters that need to be casted are fixed, the casting director along with the producer fix on a schedule as well as the expenses and other details.



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