For the last few weeks I have been going through the process of casting my actors. This has been done mostly on casting call pro (and its sister site voice pro). Firstly, I had put out a casting call, which received 250 views but only one single response. This had me slightly demoralised for a while, but soon I moved on to contacting actors directly. This ultimately taught me that if you don’t ask, you won’t get. Every actor I directly contacted responded quickly and positively. Through this system I was also able to recruit to actors with roles in big budget hollywood films. Grahame Edwards will play Bryn and Jurgen Schwarz is due to play Karl Gruber. This is feels like something of a coup for me and gives me some more faith in my script writing abilities, as both of them said they enjoyed the script when they replied with their interest. I have also managed to recruit Maddie Baylis to play the role of Gwen.
Now I am in the position of looking for two more actors to play the role of Sara and Owen. As my recording will begin on monday the 28th of April, I will be spending the easter break sourcing people for both these roles, as well as working on collecting the sound effects required.
One of the main things I have learnt from my casting process is that I really do not enjoy producing. This part of the project has somewhat killed my enthusiasm for the whole thing. I enjoy script writing and now that part is completed, it feels much more like a chore than a working on a project I love and want to complete. This is reinforcing my thoughts that I want to pursue a professional career as a scriptwriter, or at least not as a producer where I am involved in the rather dull tasks of casting actors, organising audition dates, sorting out a recording schedule etc etc. However, in a way I do feel positive about this, learning what you don’t want to do can be as useful and knowing what you do want to do.