Auditioning & Casting Mastery
for Directors & Actors

Online Course Begins February 11, 2019

Early Bird Pricing: $695

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Why Casting?

The interaction between film director and actor to get a great performance is arguably the most important but least understood part of filmmaking. Emerging film directors are terrified of actors because they don’t know how to talk to them, assess their work or attract the really skilled actors to their low budget films. Actors are often confused about what directors and casting directors want.

Directors and actors rarely study or learn together. That’s why we’ve created this course for both of them, to demystify each other! We’re starting with the audition process to kick off the UCI Certificate: Actors and Directors Working Together, because nobody else is doing it. And we’re doing it all online! You can do this course at your own pace, in as little as 6 – 10 weeks.

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What will I do in this course?

You will:

  • Write turbo-charged casting breakdowns that attract the best skilled actors, even for low-budget films
  • Practice Peter’s 9-STEP scene breakdown to prepare for auditions
  • Gain confidence in communicating and trust-building techniques, and learn to trust your own instincts through practicing with your peers
  • Learn full-proof audition & callback techniques, decision-processes and assessment tools
  • Explore the benefits of inclusion and diversity casting
  • Find out what casting directors are looking for
  • Prepare, record and submit your own self-tape (actors)
  • Plan, organize and execute an online audition (directors)

How will I learn?

3 industry professionals will facilitate this course, with some other industry speakers dropping in. You become part of a team of peers and are expected to engage with your team for some activities to help you learn. Each module will have readings, discussions or peer activities you can work on alone or together. You’ll immerse yourself in media, watch and analyze auditions and callbacks to get the feel of a good audition and learn what to look for. Then you’ll go and run your own audition or make your own self-tape and debrief your experience and results: the best way is to learn by doing.

How do I engage with industry professionals?

You’ll get to meet, connect and hang out with your facilitators and guests online in different ways: through discussion groups and posting questions; in live Q & A sessions, or informally in the FLOW LOUNGE, our online version of the campus café. This is a great opportunity to pick their brains, get career advice and talk about filmmaking and career ideas that are important to you.

Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone wanting to demystify, practice, develop or improve their skills as a film director or actor, and especially learn how to create effective working relationships and inspire performances working together. Emerging directors, women directors, actors, casting directors or anyone involved in film industry roles who want to learn better methods for directors and actors to work together.

Your Industry Facilitators

Peter D. Marshall. Peter is a filmmaker and film directing coach originally from Vancouver, Canada. He has worked in the Film and Television Industry for over 40 years as a Film Director, Television Producer, First Assistant Director and TV Series Creative Consultant on both large budget Hollywood films and independent films. He is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, the author of Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing (2017) and two other published works on film. Peter publishes a monthly blog, The Director’s Chair, and delivers training seminars in the art and craft of directing around the world.

Adam Leipzig. Adam has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic OceanMarch of the PenguinsHoney, I Shrunk the KidsDead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for numerous awards, including 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, and 2 Golden Globes. Adam is the former President of National Geographic Films and past senior executive at Walt Disney Studios.

Tiska Wiedermann.  Tiska is an executive producer (When They Awake, 2017) and Chief Learning Officer at MediaU. She was associated with the Raindance Film Festival as Creative Director of Raindance Canada from 2011 – 2014, and Academic Director of the Online Postgraduate Film Degree in Partnership with Staffordshire University, UK, from 2014 – 2017. Recently she was Chairperson for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards nomination committee and is currently designing online learning experiences for emerging filmmakers with Media U and University of California, Irvine. Tiska combines her love of storytelling and passion for learning as she continues to mentor filmmakers around the world.

2 Course Textbooks:

Marshall, P. (2017). Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing. Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.

Weston, J. (1996) Directing Actors: Creating memorable performances for film and television. Michael Wiese Productions.

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