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Still no 'Best Casting By' award at the Academy Awards

Why don't casting directors have a category for "Best Casting By" at the Academy Awards? To comprehend this issue, you have to have a deep understanding of how the casting process works. Casting directors are contracted by production companies and/or studios to cast specific projects. The casting directors (and their associate casting directors and assistants) filter through massive amounts of submissions for specific roles, mainly through talent agents. The casting directors then audition actors for the specific roles being cast. They then choose what actors that they personally deem "right for the role", at their discretion, and they subsequently advance those actors to a "call back", to audition for the director, writer(s), producers, and for major roles.. the studio executives. Eventually, the right actor for the role is hired. The actor is not hired directly by the casting director, but rather the director/production company/studio. Other than for small speaking roles on TV series, the casting director does not have the ability to hire actors, they simply select a certain group of actors to advance in the casting process. I am not talking about extras. Extras are cast directly by Extras Casting Directors/Companies. For there to be an Academy Award category for principal actor casting directors, the voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences would have to be able to see all of the hundreds (and even thousands) of actor's auditions for each role by the "Best Casting By" nominee, to be able to judge whether or not each casting director nominee did the best job. And just to narrow down the casting nominees, there would have to be a massive amount of that material available to the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominating committee. That is a logistical impossibility. Directors, producers, writers, and studio executives have the final say in who is cast in specific roles, not casting directors. The best casting directors do a great job, and they have a great collaboration with those who do hire the actors, however there is no definitive way to establish a criteria for an Academy Award category for "Best Casting By". I can elaborate much more about the casting process, however that would require much more than I can post here, it would be a complete eBook. I do want to elaborate about why casting directors are never credited in films as a Casting "Director", but rather credited as "Casting By". The Directors Guild of America does not allow, by contract, any other persons on a film being credited with the word "Director", unless they are actually a "director" i.e. 1st AD (First Assistant Director, etc). That includes the Cinematographer (widely called "DP" or "Director of Photography" on the set). Casting directors are some of the hardest working people in the entertainment industry, but there you go, that is why there is no Oscar Award category for "Best Casting By".

2017 Toronto Actors Resource Guide eBook is now available!

The brand new 2017 Toronto Actors Resource Guide eBook is now available! This is the 22nd location in the series, and the eBook contains the most up-to-date, accurate, and comprehensive resources available for actors in Ontario, Canada. There is now a very large amount of major studio feature films and network television series in production in Toronto. The Toronto Actors Resource Guide eBook includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Toronto, Ontario and in Canada:

• Toronto Casting Directors
• Toronto Extras Casting Directors
• Toronto Talent Agents
• Toronto Acting Schools and Coaches
• Toronto Headshot Photographers
• General Talent Agent Information
• Miscellaneous Toronto Actor Resources
• Audition Tips
• How to make an Audition Video
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letter Casting Directors
• Sample Cover Letter Talent Agents
• Glossary of Entertainment Industry Terms
• Canadian Work Permit Overview
• Applying for a Work Permit outside Canada
• Canada Work Permit Information for Foreigners
• Canadian Document Checklist for a Work Permit
• Temporary Canadian Foreign Worker Program
• Canadian Application for Temporary Resident VISA
• Canadian Visa Photo Specifications
• Information for Parents of Child Performers
• Canadian Family Information Form
• Canadian Use of a Representative Form
• Guide To Canadian Child Labor Laws

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Indie film 'In Search of Liberty' casting call


Blu Nile Films will be filming the independent film "In Search of Liberty" in the Savannah, Georgia area this Summer, and the producers are now accepting email submissions from talent who are interested in appearing in the film as fully paid specialty actors and featured background actors. Roles available are for men ages 40+ who can portray specific United States Presidents and Founding Fathers, and also men ages 20+ to play British Redcoats, a Medieval King, and Medieval Knights. The production is also accepting email submissions from people who are interested in working as crew members and production staff/assistants.

Norm Novitsky is directing "In Search of Liberty" from an original screenplay written by Tom Solari. Solari will also produce along with Sonia Carroll and Eric Sherman.

Story Synopsis:

A captivating statesman from America's past takes a modern family-of-four on a series of wild adventures. With a spicy mix of humor, magic and logic, he opens their eyes to the origins and importance of the United States Constitution, the degree to which it is under attack and what can be done to save it. Key aspects of the Constitution are clearly outlined and important Amendment, such as those guaranteeing freedom of religion and speech, the right to bear arms, warrants for search and seizure, State's rights, etc., are shown to be vital in everyday life. The real reasons behind attempts to destroy our Second Amendment rights are brought home in dramatic fashion by a famous American hero from WWII. Then, in a hair-raising ride, the "carnival" that passes for government in Washington is exposed for the frightening House of Horrors that it truly is. As a result of these eye-popping journeys and disclosures, a whole community takes to the streets in honor of Constitution Day - and they now know, with certainty, whom to vote for... the candidate who knows and adheres to the Constitution, the bulwark of America's great power and success.

In Search of Liberty Casting Call Details Casting Call Details

All actors and extras must be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in the state of Georgia and in the United States. The applications, documents, and required information can be downloaded from the 2016 Atlanta Actors Resource Guide eBook. All 2016 Actors Resource Guide eBooks can be found here.

The producers for the independent feature film "In Search of Liberty" are seeking the following to appear in the film as general extras and featured background actors. There is no previous experience necessary. Shooting will take place in the Savannah, GA area in June and July, 2016.

Caucasian men ages 40+ that can portray the following United States Presidents and Founding Fathers:

• ALEXANDER HAMILTON
• JAMES MADISON
• JOHN ADAMS
• THOMAS JEFFERSON

To be considered for one of the United States Presidents and Founding Fathers, submit your full name, location, height, weight, all clothing sizes including shoe and hat, age and all contact information including email address and mobile phone number. Include three recent color snapshots (headshot, full body shot, and full body profile, only you in the photo, no hats or sunglasses). Also list ALL DATES that you are NOT AVAILABLE to shoot during the months of June & July. Send the above to: libertyfilmextras@gmail.com

PLEASE PUT NAME OF THE PRESIDENT FOR WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL (Example – SUBJECT: John Adams).

The producers are also looking for Caucasian men ages 20+ to play the following SPECIALTY ROLES:

BRITISH REDCOATS
MEDIEVAL KING - (horseback riding experience desired)
MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS - (horseback riding experience desired)

To be considered for BRITISH REDCOATS or one of the MEDIEVAL ROLES, submit your full name, location, height, weight, all clothing sizes including shoe and hat, age and all contact information including email address and mobile phone number. Include three recent color snapshots (headshot, full body shot, and full body profile, only you in the photo, no hats or sunglasses). Also list ALL DATES that you are NOT AVAILABLE to shoot during the months of June & July. Send the above to: libertyfilmextras@gmail.com

PLEASE PUT SPECIALTY ROLE FOR WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL (Example –

SUBJECT: Medieval King).

Crew Members and Production Staff/Assistants

Crew members and production staff/assistants can submit resumes and info to the following:

libertyfilmcrew@gmail.com

Absolutely NO actor or extras submissions to this email address, they will be discarded.



Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions (see above).

Blu Nile Films
PO Box 4200
Malibu, CA 90264

Producers:

Sonia Carroll
Eric Sherman
Tom Solari

Writer:

Tom Solari

Director:

Norm Novitsky

Cinematographer:

Xin Wang

Starring:

Karen Boles – Lori
Simone Griffeth – Charlene
MontrĂ© Everett – Mayor

Story:

A captivating statesman from Americas past takes a modern family-of-four on a series of wild adventures, opening their eyes to the origins and importance of the U.S. Constitution.

'Ghostbusters' casting for starring and supporting roles

Production will begin soon on the reboot feature film Ghostbusters based on the blockbuster 1984 film, and the casting director is auditioning talent for starring and supporting roles.

Slap Jack Productions and Feigco Entertainment in association with Pascal Pictures and The Montecito Picture Company, will begin shooting the sci-fi-fantasy comedy live-action feature film Ghostbusters on June 8, 2015 in Boston Massachusetts. The Primetime Emmy Award winning casting director is auditioning actors in Los Angeles for lead and supporting roles. Extras will be cast throughout production beginning in June. Shooting will run through the end of August, 2015. Film crew members can submit resumes by email to the production company. Full details below.

Ghostbusters centers on a group of female ghost hunters... Erin, Abby, Jillian, and Patty. Erin Gabler, is an academic on the tenure track at Columbia. Her former colleague and co-author is Abby Bergman, who’s more on the pop parapsychology side of things, and pursues ghosts for a living. Jillian is Abby’s ghost hunting partner. Patty is an MTA employee who comes across the main ghost. The villain will be a convicted murderer, who turns into a ghost after his execution is hit by a supercharged electrical storm. This gives him the power to raise an army of other ghosts, which could be made up of famous villains throughout history.

Starring in Ghostbusters is Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy playing the role of Patty; Academy Award nominee Kristen Wiig as Erin Gabler; two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Kate McKinnon playing ghost hunter Jillian; and WGA Award nominee Leslie Jones in the role of Abby Bergman.

Four-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Paul Feig will direct Ghostbusters from a screenplay that he wrote with Writers Guild of America WGA Award winner Katie Dippold. Producers are Academy Award nominee Ivan Reitman and Hollywood Film Awards winner Amy Pascal.
Katie Dippold will co-produce. Executive producers are Michele Imperato and Jessie Henderson. Academy Award nominee Dan Aykroyd will also serve as executive producer. The film is slated for a $154 million budget. Ghostbusters is scheduled to hit theaters on Jul 22, 2016.

Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

All actors and extras must be legally eligible to work in the entertainment industry in Boston, MA. The information and work permit details are available in the following:

2015 Boston Actors Resource Guide

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Allison Jones Casting
601 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

NOTE:

Starring and supporting roles are mainly being cast through talent agents. You can find comprehensive listings and submission addresses for talent agents here. However, if you are not signed with an agent and wish to self-submit, I highly recommend that your 8x10 color headshot and resume along with the cover letter be sent in a 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelope with the photo visible in the window.

Click Here to purchase 9 x 12 Clear Full Face Window Envelopes.

Click Here to purchase the best resume and cover letter paper.

Extras Casting

The extras will be cast throughout production beginning in late May, 2015. The casting calls and registration information for both Boston and New York will be posted here as soon as available.

Film Crew Members

Experienced film crew members available to work in New York and/or Boston can submit resumes to the following:

slapjack2016@gmail.com

ABSOLUTELY NO ACTOR OR EXTRAS SUBMISSIONS TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS, THEY WILL BE DISCARDED.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Slap Jack Productions
3500 Olive Avenue
Suite 211
Burbank, CA 91505

Ghostbusters Production Office
1 Edgewater Drive
Suite 211
Norwood, MA 02062

Feigco Entertainment
3500 W. Olive Avenue
Suite 610
Burbank, CA 91505

The Montecito Picture Company
9465 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 920
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Pascal Pictures
10202 W Washington Blvd.
Thalberg Bldg
Culver City CA 90232

Ghost Corps.
10202 W. Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Executive Producers:

Michele Imperato
Dan Aykroyd
Jessie Henderson

Producers:

Jessie Henderson
Amy Pascal
Ivan Reitman

Production Manager:

David Witz

Line Producer:

Michele Imperato-Stabile

Writers:

Paul Feig
Katie Dippold

Director:

Paul Feig

Starring:

Melissa McCarthy - Patty
Leslie Jones - Abby
Kristen - Erin
Kate McKinnon - Jillian

Story:

A reboot of the 1984 blockbuster sci-fi-fantasy comedy film "Ghostbusters".