Updated: Aug 23
Casting is a very important process that helps the director to choose the right actor or actress for a film but it can be a challenging process.
It's very hard to find the perfect person for an original character.
It’s quite normal to hold a casting session and have many talented actors come in and out of the room, but none of them fit the role, no matter how good they may be.
They might have the talent, but not the right look for the character.
Or possibly they have the talent and the right look, but there is some quality about them that isn't right for the character.
Here we offer you a couple of pointers to help you with this process.
If you are looking for a small cast, narrow your search and be selective, take as much time as needed to pick a dozen or so actors for each of the key roles. Find out who they are, watch their demo reels, see where they trained and whom they’ve worked with. Know as much as you can about them before you call them in. If you're on a tight budget also consider using student actors. This will put you in a better position to find more suitable characters.
It’s better to spend as much time as you need to in the beginning to ensure that you find the right actors for your story, otherwise your film may suffer later on. You need to find actors that are so good that you cannot picture your film without them. Only when you feel strongly about your character, will you be ready.
Hopefully, you’ll get some great actors on the first few days of casting. But, if not, schedule another day or another month to get the right cast your film as the right casting can make your story feel real and alive.
This clip of ‘Back To The Future’ conveys how important casting matters. What if Erick Stoltz who was originally cast as Marty got the part and not Michael J Fox, would the movie be as successful??