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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Casting Brief- Q2: Age of the characters?

For the entire List of questions go back to
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?

Read on for the next question
Question 3: Sex of the character? - Male or female or...

or go back to Casting Brief page to read the other questions.

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