In the process of putting together your film, you could try to cast the film yourself, or you could hire a casting director. Sometimes filmmakers are intimidated by the process. For example, I know of many actors turned producers who feel like casting directors are the gatekeeper to the world of roles. But as a Producer, you have to know understand that casting directors now work for you… And they are an invaluable tool for moving your film from development to the next stage.
The best casting directors are going to suggest actors and actresses for the roles in your film. But what if you have your own ideas on casting? Should you just call the agents yourself and reach out to them directly? No… This isn’t the best way to go. Working with reputable casting director has many advantages.
The Filmmaker’s Seal Of Approval
A film with a casting director attached is like a seal of approval on your film. You say to the world that the film is good enough, and that you had enough funding to get that person involved. And as an added bonus, casting directors may have relationships with actors, actresses, and agents in the big agencies. All if this represents a great advantage for you.
This professional will have his or her finger on the pulse of Hollywood. They may know who’s looking for a role. They may know which actors are more likely to be involved in indie films… They will know which actors work on lower budget films, and which actors will only do studio films. And they will know how to help you.
So how do you know if your casting director is reputable? The answer is to look them up on IMDBPro. Search the person, and look at the films they’ve cast. If you don’t recognize any names in any of those films, then they’re probably not going to get name actors for your films. On the flip side, if they’ve done a film with recognizable names, that’s good news.
Qualifying a Casting Director
If your prospective casting director has been around for years, and has worked on lots of films, that’s great. When your film goes out to the breakdowns (the reports on what’s being cast that goes to agents and managers), and that casting director’s name is attached to it, then people start to take the film more seriously.
When it comes to filling biggest roles in your film, the casting director usually make introductions. But as a producer, you will be responsible for closing the deal. For the smaller roles, working with casting directors will make your life easy. They’ll close the deals, give the actors the contracts, and take all those other steps off your plate.
If it’s not obvious by now, I’m 100% behind hiring a casting directors for my film projects. And the time to hire a casting director is in the development stage of your film. If you’re working on your next project, and you’d learn about how to use “Funded Development” to get your movie going, click HERE.