Workshop – CASTING: SELECTING THE RIGHT TALENT – Sat., May 16 at the School of Film


Join us for this single-session workshop taught by Portland-based director Scott Ballard (DEATH ON A ROCK, STILL STANDING).


Serve as a director in a casting session with professional actors, and experience the art and the process of selecting talent.


  • Knowing your story and what you are looking for
  • Clarifying your characters’ histories, motives, strengths/weaknesses
  • Charting out where a character is at any moment in time
  • Where to hold a casting session and what is needed
  • Selecting the scenes to be read
  • The professional casting environment and its protocols
  • What exactly happens in a casting session
  • How to communicate with talent during the session
  • Recording the readings
  • Get actor, instructor, and peer feedback on your directing
  • The call-back process
  • Frameworks for making the final decision

Prerequisites: none

Related Courses: FILM DIRECTING STUDIO (also taught by Scott Ballard)

Tuition includes admission to DEATH ON A ROCK, which screens in the Whitsell Auditorium on Sunday, May 17 at 4pm.


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