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Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors

At a Glance

  • Guide to casting actors in films
  • Shows how to find the best actors, regardless of your budget
  • Covers every step of the casting process

Casting is an essential component of any film or video project, but the core skill-set needed to cast effectively is little understood. Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors is a straightforward manual on the art and craft of casting. Here, director Hester Schell offers her insider perspective on casting workflows, industry standards, finding actors, running auditions, what to look for in a performance, contracts, and making offers. This new edition has been updated with fresh interviews with casting directors, full color head shots, new information about online video submissions, and a companion website featuring forms, contracts, and sample scenes for auditions.

Gain a fuller understanding of the misunderstood art and craft of casting actors for film and video production. 

Learn to find the right actors for any production, run auditions, interview actors, effectively judge performances and video submissions, evaluate suitability for a role, discover what it is you need from an actor, view headshots, draft contracts, make offers, and navigate current industry standards, unions, and procedures. 

This new edition has been updated to include full color sample head shots, new content on online video submissions, listings of casting websites, film resources, and film commissions and a companion website featuring interviews with celebrated casting directors from New York, Portland, Boston and Austin, necessary forms, sign-in sheets, contracts, and sample scenes for auditions.

“Seventy-five percent of directing is casting.”— Alfred Hitchcock

“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

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Meet the Author: Hester Schell

Hester Schell, MFA, is a film acting teacher, director and script-writer currently seeking like minded artists for collaborations around sustainability and the environment with leading roles for women. Her last short, POISON by Elliott Hayes premiered in September 2016 at the Whitsell Auditorium with Women in Film/Portland. Hester is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Harvard Square Script Writers and PDX Playwrights. Hester is a retired professor of film and theatre, having taught at several colleges and universities in the USA. She is available for courses and seminars on a variety of topics.

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