Category: Castings and Jobs
The run up to The Casting Call was a nerve wrecking one alright!! The idea of meeting not one but TWO of Irelands top casting directors was constantly playing on my already busy head. You see I’ve been travelling for a couple of years and as a result of this I had stepped away from the acting industry. I was rarely in the same place (or frame of mind) for long enough to join a group or contact the people I should have been trying to make an unforgettable impression on. When I returned to Ireland I tried to re-connect with the few contacts I had from my past. It seems most of them followed in my emigrating footsteps but haven’t pulled the prodigal son act like me yet!!
So it has been a while since I have been in a room full of talented and professionally trained actors trying to impress the very people that we all hope to be working with in the future. We were asked to prepare for this day-long workshop by reading Sean Ó Casey’s ‘The Plough and The Stars’ and to have a 2-3 minute duologue of our choice learned and ready to perform. I spent two weeks straight re-watching films I remembered having good duologues in them. I was looking for a piece full of emotion that still told a story with a beginning, middle and an end. This was a much harder task than anticipated. I eventually remembered a great scene from ‘What Richard Did’ that was directed by Lenny Abrahamson. The scene between Richard and his girlfriend, Lara, the day after ‘the incident’!! You have to see this film if you haven’t already.
So the sunny (but still freezing cold…Ireland!!) Sunday morning of the Workshop was definitely a coffee fueled one! Me and 14 other sleepy but excited students made our way awkwardly to the Black Box Theatre in The Gaiety School of Acting, not sure what to expect. The first half of the day was to be led by Gillian Reynolds. Gillian has cast some of the highest quality Irish and British film, TV and commercial productions such as ‘Camelot’ and ‘Primeval’.
She came in with her coffee in tow and put us all at ease straight away with her relaxed and friendly attitude. We all introduced our selves in true actor workshop style, in a circle and shouting our name…..LAUGHING LEANNA (Mwah Ha Ha)!!! Gillian told us how she got to be where she is now……hard work mostly. She gave us some great advice. One thing she said in particular made so much sense but I had not thought about it in great depth before. Such a simple and obvious thing, yet straight away I knew I was making this mistake. “Know your acting age” – in my head I was able to play anyone from 6 years to 60 years old. We continued the morning by conducting improves, exploring our pre conceptions about our playing age and how to listen to directions that are given to you by casting directors. It was a very interesting and enlightening morning.
After a quick lunch and another coffee to warm us all up we returned to the theatre to be met by Maureen Hughes. Maureen welcomed us all back and filled the room with entertaining stories from her career from the Saw Doctors to ‘The Butcher Boy’. We had prepared the duologues for Maureen’s part of the workshop. She has cast the Irish hit drama ‘Love/Hate’ and in doing so has introduced numerous new Irish actors to the general population. Maureen worked one on one with each of us. We performed the scene of our choice with her. She filmed us and gave us direction and advice. We then re shot the scene following this direction.
Working in such a personal quarters with one of Irelands best and being advised, complimented and encouraged is a priceless experience. I left the workshop with the information and tips I needed to get my C.V., headshots and showreel in order. They told us what they look for from a C.V. and more importantly what they never want to see! I learnt a lot in the space of a few hours and have already seen the benefits from the changes I have made. If you have the opportunity to attend a casting or audition workshop with someone as knowledgeable as Gillian or Maureen definitely jump at it. Or any of the other courses and workshops that The Gaiety School of Acting are offering. We can all use a bit of insider advice and guidance.
REMEMBER to brush up on your acting skills with our specialised skilled workshop series over the summer! Try our TV presentation Workshop with Bill Hughes this Saturday 13th July from 10am to 5pm and don’t forget our ever popular Casting and Auditioning workshop with Nick McGinley and Gillian Reynolds will be held on Sunday 26th May. On 16th June, Alan Shortt will be running Master the Media workshop. We also have some places available on our Voice and Accent Workshops. Call 01 6799277 or visit www.gaietyschool.com for more info.
GHOSTHUNTERS – A THOROUGHLY GOOD COMIC FILM FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES.
Director: Tobi Baumann
Producers: Dominic Wright, Oliver Schunler and Jacqueline Kerrin
Production Company: Ripple World Productions and Lucky Bird Productions
Shoot: SEP 17 – NOV 18
TOM – 9 – 13 year old Boy to play 11 years old
A normal looking attractive nice kid. Irish, very clearly spoken, no strong accent if possible, confident,intelligent and articulate. He is a loner and therefore resourceful. But like any other boy of that age, or any age for that matter, he is afraid of ghosts. So he has been scared by a ghost a few times and of course his family think he is imagining it. He is dreamy and slightly shy, he is bullied and tormented by his older sister Lola, who is going through puberty and passes on all her teenage angst onto him. However Tom’s life changes completely when he meets Hugo who is an ‘Averagely Spooky Ghost’. After initially trying to defeat the ghost, Hugo, he becomes great pals with him. Through his friendship with Hugo we see Tom become courageous, strong and fearless in dealing with a battle against a much nastier more dangerous ghost. BASED IN IRELAND NORTH OR SOUTH BUT IF LIVING IN THE UK SHOULD HAVE BEEN BORN IN IRELAND. IF HE HAS IRISH PARENTAGE WE MAY BE ABLE TO CONSIDER HIM BUT PREFER HE WAS BORN THERE. THIS IS THE IRISH FILM BOARD’S CRITERIA.
Please send suggestions to: email@example.com and cc firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
They have a number of upcoming commercial projects that they will be casting for.
If you have a showreel and CV, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Magic Carpet Productions are embarking on an exciting Summer season tour
with their children’s show ”Jake and The Sleeping Beauty”.
We need young performers, male and female, (minimum age 18 years old)
who are up for a Summer of fun and adventure with a family run company,
from mid June to end of September 2013.
For an audition appointment contact Tony, 087-7510-464, or Susan, 086-319-6737,
or email email@example.com
We are also looking for a sound and lighting techie and a roadie.
Payment will be on a share basis.
A female child aged 5-7 – cute – outgoing.
Scottish Provident Building,7 Donegall Square West, Belfast,County Antrim BT1 6JH
DIT Student short film, ‘Harry the Hitman’, casting for two male actors between the ages of 18-25.
Shooting will take place this Friday 9:30am until 5:00 pm at the latest, so actors should be available during this time. Filming will be taking place in DIT Aungier Street.
As it is a student film we won’t be able to pay, but we will be able to give each actor copy’s of the film which they can then use in their show-reel, if they wish.
In order to apply we would ask that all interested actors would email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with a headshot and a brief description of their acting experience
Open Casting this WEDNESDAY for Asian people for Ripper Street.
If you are Asian or Asian looking and want to be part of BBC’s Ripper Street, come along to the Mount Clare Hotel (4 Merrion St Lower, Dublin 2) between 2pm and 5pm on Wednesday April 17th.
Current members of MovieExtras.ie do not have to attend as you will already be considered.
Asian people of ALL ages needed. All work is paid. No experience is needed.
Please pass this onto anyone who may be interested.
If you are Asian and cannot make it along on Wednesday, please send your contact details, date of birth and two photos taken in the last two months MovieExtrasAdCasting@gmail.com