Casting is a crucial creative element of any production - and yet the craft and skills needed to put together a successful and exciting cast are often overlooked. The Casting Handbook explains the casting process from beginning to end and covers everything producers and directors needs to know – as well as proving a fascinating and illuminating read for actors. The book explores:
The Casting Handbook considers actors’, producers’, agents’ and directors’ relationship with a casting director, the day to day work that is casting, and how approaching it in a professional and informed manner can make the difference to the final product.
Including interviews with actors, agents, directors, casting directors and producers; case studies; exercises; and a fact file of useful templates and contacts, this book offers a thorough induction into the casting process, suitable for students and early career professionals in any media.
"This is by far the most comprehensive and informative compilation of facts and professional guidelines on the infrastructure and process of casting for all live and recorded media. A wide range of essential information, step by step instruction and tips are arranged in an absolutely clear and thoroughly engaging manner and interspersed with specifically relevant in-depth interviews with some of the most prominent industry professionals. With their admirable attention to detail, Catliff and Granville have demystified casting and have created an incredibly useful source of reference for all theatre and film practitioners. A ‘must have’ for actors, directors and all involved with casting."
- Amir Korangy - President, Theatre of Arts, Los Angeles
"From the opening chapter ‘What is Casting’, to ‘Where to Look for your Cast’ and ‘Casting Children’, the book will give you the right information in a clear and concise way of going about choosing the right actors for any project …It outlines the potential foibles and pitfalls, whether it is giving advice on budgeting for actors or helping with ideas on how to remunerate people who are going to work for free…If you are after some more knowledge on this subject and the best way to approach agents and the like, this book really does have all of the answers."
- Ben Taylor, review for Raindance Film Festival
Introduction How to Use this Book Definitions of Casting A Brief History of Casting Chapter 1. Where to Start? Chapter 2. The Breakdown Chapter 3. Where to Look for your Cast Chapter 4. Casting Directors Chapter 5. CVs, Showreels & Planning the Session Chapter 6. Setting up the Session Chapter 7. The Session Part 1 Chapter 8. The Session Part 2 Chapter 9. The Session Part 3 Chapter 10. Casting Children Chapter 11. The Business of Casting The Interviewees: Quotes & Case Studies Glossary Appendices