How to Shoot a Casting Interview

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Casting interviews need to be shot in a very particular way to properly convey all the necessary information. Shoot a casting interview with help from a filmmaker and freelance editor in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi guys. I'm Justin Z. I am a Los Angeles filmmaker and a freelance editor for the entertainment industry. I've been getting some basic questions about filmmaking including this question, how to shoot a casting video. Well it's really quite simple. All you have to do is set up the video, video camera in the room where the casting director and the actor will be. The casting director will be behind the camera, the actor will be in front of the camera. Generally you want to have them standing up and you want them to be facing the camera but not be looking at the camera when they're performing. Basically you set the camera to record and you ask the actor to say their name and the part they are auditioning for and then they go through the process. Now if you are the casting director, generally you want them to go through the performance once and then go through it a second time after you give them a little direction. After that it's up to you if you want to give them extra direction or ask them to do extra things but it's important that you make them do it once to see how the performance is and do it again to see how they respond to direction. After that, it's up to you on any information you need from them. It's up to you, it's at your discretion. So if you have any extra questions about this or any other filmmaking techniques, feel free to ask.


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