Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Casting jitters

Pick one. Hearing actors read one of your characters for the first time is:

A) Exciting
B) Creepy
C) Both

We started auditions for katie55 over the weekend. This is the first time I've heard anyone besides myself read any of the script aloud - let alone anyone with a real background in acting. It's an exciting and unnerving experience.

When I say unnerving, I'm referring to the odd feeling of hearing familiar words coming from an unfamiliar face. I'm watching these girls read and I can't help but think "those are MY lines - why are YOU saying them?" Once that initial shock subsides, it's quite exhilarating to see your characters start to come to life.

We've seen our first batch of actors, and will be screen another batch soon. Then, it's time to make some serious decisions...

1 comment:

Leetal said...

Just be open and attentive to people's "choices" on the character. You have to find the balance between trying to match what you have in your head and a new opportunity an actor is presenting to you. Sometimes casting is a lot about gut feelings. You see it when you see it. It's easy for spirits to dip as you do more and more casting and no one fits the role, but it could very well be you just haven't found the right person yet. Just keep that openness in mind but remember you probably had the right idea initially. Trust your instincts.