Thursday, 23 August 2012

Your script is written and edited to perfection. Now you need to find some talented actors to cast in your low-budget film or theatre production. Where should you start? I ask a casting director and two filmmakers for their advice… 

Beginning your search
“Free talent websites such as Starnow and Casting Call Pro are essential for finding that much-needed talent to make your film more real,” says filmmaker Rob McLellan, who made the short film RAHAB starring David Oyelowo after winning The Pitch in 2010, and is now developing it as a feature. “You often find actors who are willing to work on a collaborator basis so they can beef up their showreel. The downside is there are no qualifications or references needed for these sites. Anyone could turn up at your door, so safety should be a consideration.”

“Going to lots of theatre and seeing independent films is helpful,” says director and screenwriter Aimee Powell. “Especially as in most theatres the cast are in the bar afterwards.” Another great place to spot up-and-coming actors is in third-year drama school shows. “Guildhall, RADA, Central and LAMDA are really good,” says Aimee. And tickets are generally under a tenner so won’t break the bank.

Tracking talent
Read the trade press to find out who is on the cusp of getting big. “Screen International has a feature called ‘stars of tomorrow’ – they have a knack for identifying actors who are very good but not as recognised as they will be shortly,” says Aimee, who also recommends following the nominees for the Ian Charleson Awards, a prize for actors below 30 who have delivered an outstanding stage performance.

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