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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Casting Brief- Q2: Age of the characters?

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Casting Brief

Question 2: Age of the Character?

What is the age of each of the character in question? Why would a casting director ask such a question when most of the characters age is defined in the script itself. Well this is true only for some times, but mostly the age is not described, either because there are a lot of characters, or in cases like where the character is only just described e.g. as a mother or young teenager, there is no clarity of age. Therefore the casting director needs to ask this question, also even if its mentioned in the script its better to clear that what is written in the script is the same as what the director has in mind.      

The age could be specific, like a just born therefore 5 - 10 days old, or  a 1 year old. But in most cases the age that would be given will be withen a range, like between 40 - 45, or 20 - 25 etc. the reason a range is given is for the most obvious reason that not all people look their age, so while in actuality the person could be 30 yrs old but on camera might look 26 - 28 yrs. Make up and costume do play a very important role in the casting process, eg a simple thing like wearing spectacles might make some people look a lot older than they are, same way hair open and hair tied up makes a difference to age that women look. Same goes with costumes, what is worn at the auditions therefore becomes very important.

So when actors go for auditions they should get the brief very clearly before they start, as the way you look even before you act will be judged upfront. Remember when the shortlisting process is taking place, there are a lot of people who have auditioned for the same role and you dont want to be rejected basis on first appearance's. Also if your a 40 year old dont go for a audition which is for a 20 yr old and  waste everyones time and then wonder why you dont get shortlisted.

To the casting director this question also gets very important when the same person has to play more than one character in the same film, like if the same person has to play a teenager and also play the mother later in the film. While casting of such a character one would try find a person who could pull off being a teen as well as a lady of course with the help of make up and costume, but the hunt would be someone who can pull both off.

Lastly the importance of age is also in relation to the other characters, e.g. so while the brief might be for a 20 - 25 year old girl who would be dating a 22 - 28 year old boy, there may be a problem if the girl looks older than the guy especially if she is a junior in his college. Same with all roles characters will be judges not only on solo performances but also how they look with / against each other.

For answer to the previous question see
Casting Brief Q1 - Casting Of How Many Characters?

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Question 3: Sex of the character? - Male or female or...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Casting Brief- Q1: Casting of how many characters?

Question 1: Casting of how many characters?

Each film would have multiple characters to be casted, in case of not too many people to be casted one meeting or even a brief over the phone would do, (like in commercials where some times there are not more than 2 or even 1 character at times) but in cases where a lot of casting is to be done, there would have to be multiple meetings both for briefing and for presenting the cast in batches. Casting where there are a lot of people involved, which is mainly in feature films is broken down into Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Background cast.

Primary Cast also know as Main Cast being your lead actors which includes hero, heroine, villans etc,

Secondary Cast is your supporting cast which also have a important role to play, like friends, parents etc, i.e. people who rally around the Main Cast.

Tertiary Cast are the people who have a small but yet important enough role to play, mostly tertiary cast are people who appear in a scene or two. like shopkeepers, cab drivers etc.

Background Cast are generally not casted, they consist of people who appear in the background like office staff, or crowd at a stadium, or people at a restaurant etc.

So why would a casting director have to ask this question, well for the simple reason that not always all characters in the script need to be casted, like in case of commercials where one role could be that of the brand ambassador so casting for the rest is required. Also this question would pertain to what it always boils down to - MONEY. The no of people to be casted decides the no of days it would take to caste these characters and therefore costs on studio, camera hire, assistant, food etc. All this needs to be kept in mind at the brief and of course the casting directors fee. 

Once the no of characters that need to be casted are fixed, the casting director along with the producer fix on a schedule as well as the expenses and other details.

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