Thursday, January 8, 2009

We promised you a "New Moon" update: Here it is!

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Wow, this year is off to a crazy start. I have so many things to get done and they all seem to need to be #1 on the to-do list.

But we did promise all the Twihards an update as soon as we had it, so I’m dropping everything to fill you in on what we know.

UPDATE: Once again, we are NOT casting “New Moon.” As mentioned in several of our previous posts and on our MySpace pages, it is shooting in Vancouver. We did, however, promise to share any news as soon as it became available. This post represents info we received from the new LA casting company, plus tips on how the casting process generally works on films like this, in order to answer some of the many fan questions we have received since working on “Twilight.”

For a more recent post with answers to many more fan questions, hop over here. Thanks.

LA CASTING COMPANY HAS BEEN HIRED

I have spoken to them to pass on our resources from “Twilight,” but I won’t be publishing their info. That’s up to them. 🙂

VANCOUVER CASTING COMPANY SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED

Interviews are taking place as we speak. We’re just as curious as everyone else to hear whom they’ll be hiring to do the Vancouver casting.

Here’s some info from our experience, though:

    • As the location casting directors, the Vancouver office will typically send out a breakdown of their own for the roles to be cast locally. The list of available day-player roles (i.e. smaller speaking parts) will first be sent to Vancouver talent agents and the CDs’ other established actor contacts in the region, before anything will ever be advertised to the public.

 

  • Experienced, represented actors who are locally based (and legal to work there) will be given first consideration, as with any film shooting on location.

 

 

  • If they can’t find what they need among all the wonderful Vancouver actors (this is hard to imagine), an open call may be advertised for one or two of the parts, but most likely only in the surrounding areas. There’s no money in the budget of a film to travel a day player, except in extreme circumstances. And they certainly are not interested in trying to secure work permits for the smaller roles.

 

Read my previous tips on this subject, if you missed them. There are several posts concerning the “Twilight” series; be sure to scroll all the way down. You can also search among my Twilight-tagged posts.

LA CASTING BREAKDOWN PUBLISHED

The LA casting breakdown has gone out to talent agents for the roles the LA casting company has been assigned to cast.

I’ve noticed that this breakdown has been snagged and posted online on a few sites (which is actually a no-no). This does NOT mean that those roles are open to the general public, so please don’t start stalking the poor casting directors. I don’t want them to have to change their home phone numbers, as I did. 🙁

    • As mentioned in several earlier posts, established, experienced, professional, union actors will be considered for those roles first; ideally ones who already have created a name for themselves, although this is not always the case.

 

  • If an exhaustive search among trained, proven, represented actors doesn’t turn up the ideal person for the role, then the casting company may cast a wider net, but there are lots and lots of great actors who have paid their dues to consider first.

 

 

  • If a major role is not listed on the breakdown at all, this usually means that the role has been cast, is currently in negotiation or is only open to name actors, so the CDs are not seeking submissions from talent agents at this time.

 

CASTING COMPANY HIRED TO CAST NATIVE AMERICAN ROLES

A separate casting director is on board and will be focusing on the Native American roles. From our experience, this means that a national search for some of the Quileute roles may soon be publicized.

Again, don’t stalk the poor CD. If and when a casting notice goes out, it will surely be posted on Stephenie Meyer’s website (she posted our press release, and believe me, it was all over the Internet within days and translated into languages that I don’t even speak).

So if you’re a die-hard Twihard AND you’re Native American AND if they do decide to hold an open casting call, you really don’t have to worry about somehow not hearing about it in time: Just breathe and follow Stephenie’s website or one of the established fan blogs, such as Twilight Lexicon.

CASTING TIP: If an open call is announced and you truly want a shot at being considered, follow these guidelines to stay in the CD’s good graces:

1. Be professional

The casting company’s job is to find the best and most professional actors for the parts. They don’t want a foaming-at-the-mouth fan who is going to cause a disturbance on the set when people are trying to work. Nor do they want to be stalked incessantly with multiple emails and phone calls. Please, be professional.

2. Fit the specs

If the breakdown says they want Native Americans within a certain age bracket, they mean it: They want Native Americans in that age range, first and foremost. The most experienced, professional, trained, legal-to-work actors who fit the specs will be given first priority.

In our experience, only after exhausting all possibilities among experienced talent who meet the requirements of the roles will casting directors begin to consider actors who don’t completely meet them (i.e. great actors who are not Nat Am, but look it), or people who fit the specs but who are not actors.

3. Follow instructions precisely

    • If the instructions are to send an email with specific information, be sure to include ALL the requested info. Please don’t email every other person on the company roster or send multiple emails. Stalkers are quickly eliminated (if you don’t know how to behave and follow instructions in something as simple as an email, how can they trust you to behave on set?).

 

  • If the instructions are to attend an open casting call, please show up at the CORRECT date, time and location and bring anything you were asked to bring. Certainly don’t show up a day early, when the office is not prepared to see you.

 

 

  • If it says “no phone calls,” they really, really, really mean it. Best not to get on the CDs bad side. They’re working 14-hour days as it is.

 

All of this seems obvious, but the hundreds of people who do not follow instructions prevent the casting company from being able to focus their attention on the people who DO follow instructions.

4. Gain as much experience as you can.

If you don’t have a lot of experience, take some classes, find a mentor, read books and get up to speed on how the industry works, so you come across as a professional. There’s a lot of free info on this blog and in our newsletter that will help you (register on the top right sidebar, if you’re interested). If you happen to be near Portland, Oregon, you can even attend Lana Veenker’s workshop on January 31st. But most importantly, find a way to get some experience.

Wasted time = Fewer people seen for each role = Less chance of you being considered.

EXTRAS CASTING IN VANCOUVER AND LA

We don’t have any news on who will be doing the extras casting yet. Maybe it’s been publicized elsewhere, but I’m only focusing on info I know to be correct from direct experience.

CASTING IN ITALY

Currently, we have no news (other than what we’ve seen on a few other websites) about any principal or extras casting in Italy. We can’t confirm the information we’ve seen online, although it may be correct, since we haven’t spoken directly with the Italian CDs. I have a few casting director friends in Rome, but I don’t know yet if they’ll be involved at all.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope this answers a few questions.