Actors are the core piece of any film, so it’s imperative that you choose the right ones. Different actors bring their own unique personality and essence to a single role, so pick the one who suits the character best. Plain skill should not be the only/main quality that casting directors note down during auditions. The actor auditioning for the role may have the acting chops but not the look you want or they may have the look you want but not the right aura.
How Do You Choose the Right Actor for Your Film?
How do you find the best actor out of a group of actors who all look basically the same? More than acting skills, find an actor who’s easy to work with. Bad attitude or a bad reputation can considerably hinder a production’s progress, schedule, and sometimes budget, so spare the producers the potentially huge headache by watching out for red flags. A negative attitude makes for very difficult working conditions as it destroys communication, saps energy, and increases anxiety and tension. It becomes difficult for people to concentrate, be productive, and be creative in such an atmosphere. Spot an actor who is prompt, punctual, disciplined, prepared, willing, respectful to everyone involved in the production, including the cleaning people, and knows how to practice a balanced mixture of confidence and humility in front of the panel.
Ability to take direction
Actors are part of a bigger picture—a picture the director understands best. So occasionally they may need a few adjustments in their portrayal of a character to better suit a scene. Can the actor take constructive feedback and incorporate it into their performance? Or does suggestion for change seem to have no effect or, worse, bring about an argument? Watch this tested during the audition when the director gives feedback and explains to them what they want, especially if their first portrayal wasn’t what the director envisions. The right actor is one who is willing to cooperate and take direction or feedback right away. When the ego of an actor gets in the way, they will not be able to get into the character the way the director wants them to, which ultimately takes away the essence of the movie and presents a problem during principal photography. Actors won’t get it right all the time, but whether they’re willing to incorporate direction is what’s important.
It’s understandable to want an actor who specifically looks the part, but it’s also important they have chemistry between your leads, the director, and the rest of the cast. Chemistry between actors is often what makes a film successful, because it’s so exciting to watch. This quality points out to how an actor creates a connection not just with the audience but also with fellow performers.
Casting directors, producers, and even talent agents are going to be quite particular with an actor’s physical image. As a matter of fact, we consider this the 50 percent rule. Most projects include specifications for each role. Pay attention to the types being needed and look for these qualities in every actor that comes in. For instance, there are times when they would require a short and young-looking man to play the role. The minute an actor walks into an audition room looking like the character they are auditioning for, you just know they have already won the role by half. All they have to do is act the part well, and the job is already theirs.
Acting ability, last but not least, plays a crucial role during an audition. People responsible for casting need to find this one out as soon as possible. It is always suggested that you note down the good and bad things about the actors that you have called for screen tests. This acts as a useful reference later to choose the right one as per the script. Check out their range, believability, reaction to lines, ability to take direction, technique, and pace.
Don’t make the rookie mistake of rushing through the casting process. Casting is not just another part of preproduction that you should just check off the to-do list. The process can be frustrating and tedious; however, it has the power to make or break a project.