Casting better actors makes better movies, no matter what your budget.
Limited thinking limits choices.
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Casting the right actors will make or break your project. Get it right from the get go.
- See ALL the best actors--including the 'a-listers'--regardless of your budget.
- Who in the casting director’s reject pile do you need to see?
- Where else do you need to look?
Hester Schell, author of Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors, is a master acting teacher, director, and scriptwriter in San Francisco. Her short comedy, JU$T UNDER A MILLION premiered at the Beverly Hills HD Festival, and is currently on the air through HotTV cable in Dallas, Austin and Atlanta. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Directing and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York in 1974. She was tenured professor of Theatre Arts at De Anza College in California, and Adjunct Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University, also in California. Schell has cast numerous low budget features, commercials and industrials and is the CEO of Bay Area Casting News. She currently teaches at Film Acting Bay Area and resides in Half Moon Bay, California.
About the Book:
Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors
by Hester Schell
Michael Wiese Productions, 2011
Want to make a great movie? Get a great cast! Learn where and how to find the best actors, regardless of your budget, and what to do when they are standing in front of you, awaiting your brilliant direction. This comprehensive guide explains every step in the casting process —
from filing union paperwork and posting effective audition announcements, to running successful casting sessions and tracking down the agents representing who you want to cast.
“Schell puts the art and process of casting into a clear perspective. This should be required
reading for any first-time filmmaker, and even old pros will find this valuable.” — Steve Michelson, Executive Producer, Lobitos Creek Ranch Productions
“There can never be too much good information about the casting process! Read and learn!”— Sarah Kliban, casting director, San Francisco, International Talent Casting: Milk, All About Evil, NBC’s Trauma
“… an excellent resource for directors, producers and new actors. Clear and concise,
it steers the reader from common pitfalls when choosing and working with actors. It’s a must-have for anyone embarking on a new film or video. Bravo!” — Nanci Gaglio, award-winning writer and director, co-creator/executive producer: Venus Rising, BBC