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The Art of Casting: Why You Don't Need a Famous Actor in Your Film

“A beautiful cast launches careers.” If you think having a name actor will make financing and distributing your film a sure thing, you could be dead wrong. In the film world, you’ll hear that getting a famous cast is what you need not only to get money from financiers and to get your film into a film festival, but a SXSW panel of casting experts says that doesn’t have to be case. Monika Mikkelsen (Paramount Studios), Matthew Lessall (Lessall Casting), Danielle Aufiero and Amber Horn (Aufiero/Horn Casting) suggested that not only do you not need a famous actor, but getting one could be the wrong choice for your film. “You don’t need names in your film, only studios need names in the film,” said Mikkelsen. “Indie filmmakers need to tell a story in a visual way, and properly cast actors to tell the story. You are making yourself a name; famous people take you out of the film. But a beautiful cast launches careers.” Read More...

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Published By: NoFilmSchool - Tuesday, 13 March

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