CAST & CREW CALLS 101: Who Are You Looking For?
THIS IS No. 3 of CAST & CREW CALLS 101!
*If you haven't read the previous two blogs, check 'em out!
When seeking CREW, do not list text book definitions.
Be as thorough as possible.
"The production designer will have to complete the look of a tipi using paints and natural materials that he/she is responsible for obtaining with company cash"
IS FAR BETTER THAN
"the production designer completes the look of the set before filming" which tells me NOTHING.
(yes, i have come across such calls and it makes me twinge)
Plenty of teams have told me that they are vague because they don't want to share much before i've signed a non disclosure agreement... i might make that a whole other blog, one with opinions from readers because i really would like to know your thoughts on this topic!
CASTING can get subjective.
Personally, I believe a casting call should focus on the character's goal or motives in the story, the look comes secondary.
While a role may have been written for an 18 year old caucasian male, the audition might be blown out of the water by a 25 year old Indian female and still work for the story! Don't limit your film's potential by narrowing your search.
When seeking background, however, there might not be a motivation aside from filling space on set. In this case, the look (wardrobe, hair, and makeup) might be just the thing to share, especially when actors have to provide their own HMUW (hair, makeup, wardrobe).
Now let's talk about responses to these calls from the production team's point of view.
YOU WILL GET RESPONSES FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT FULLY READ THE CALL!
Be patient. Take a deep breath. Think positive: people are seeing your call!
If you feel that someone has not fully read your call because they are asking if they will be reimbursed for traveling from California to your east coast audition for a zero budget project, it's your choice whether you want to justify that with a response.
One the other hand, be prepared for actors to reply to crew calls and vice versa. Filmmakers who are always on the hunt for their next gig will reply to all kinds of calls, contacting to learn more about other positions! This is NOT ignorance. I've filled positions with these responses, and I've received work for sending these responses.
Sometimes, you find your star where you weren't even looking!
*More on formatting a reply to calls in a later blog!
What are your thoughts on cast and crew calls? Share your best and worst searches for work in indie film!