With week one behind us, and two punctual scripts completed, we were ready to begin building our team. There wasn’t much time, as we only had three weeks of production to get both trailers cast and filmed. Therefore, we used our time wisely. We held auditions and interviewed for crew positions at the same time.
Ads for talent and crew were posted all over social media as well as professional sites such as love2act.com. Also, we used word of mouth to get the word out about needing help on the set. I have to say, word of mouth worked out very well for us. We had a great amount of support from our talented and loving friends. Some of these friends are people we’ve known since undergrad.
Dee Marshall was our film director. Luciano Comassetto was our wonderfully talented art director. He made sure that the story boards matched with our director’s vision. Abe McDermitt and Kenny Taylor worked as producers and casting directors. Akio Brewer was our fantastic DP and camera man, whose work we found on YouTube. Tia Jones was our amazing photographer on the set. Most of the photos that you’ll see posted in these blogs are a part of her great work. Mary Hutson is an incredibly talented make up artist that we were VERY fortunate to work with. Her work was unbelievable. She was able to make the bruises and scars on some of our actors look heartbreakingly real. You’ll get to see more of her work in more blogs to come.
Laura Vick is a fashionista and all around renaissance woman. She had the title of PA, but Laura proved to be more. She made sure that casting ran smoothly. Laura ran wardrobe and costumes, and she made sure that everyone was on time, well fed, hydrated, and comfortable. If you’re going to shoot a book trailer, I suggest you make sure that you have a Laura Vick on your team. Find that one person who is skilled, dedicated, loyal, and who actually cares about what’s going on. Make sure it’s someone you trust. Laura is all that and more!
Nancy Wilson was a constant life saver on our set as a Set Assistant. Nancy was referred to us by our wonderful set designer, Danae McBurney. Danae and Nancy actually work in the film industry. Therefore, they were always prepared, on time, and reliably good with their work skills. Danae and I go way back. We used to work together several years ago, and we’ve remained friends since. And thank goodness we still had Tonina Kelly! She stayed on as script supervisor.
It was helpful to have these amazing people there to work with us. Most of them volunteered their time to help us create the two book trailers.
Casting the book trailers proved to be entertaining and fun. Because we used more than word of mouth for personal recommendations to find our cast, we really didn’t know what to expect most of the time. Social media and posting ads drew a larger response for finding actors for this book trailer. We did not do an open call casting, because we wanted to maintain control of the event. An open call would bring a large crowd and most of the actors would’ve been sitting for hours, when there may not have been a role available that would be fit for them. Therefore, we posted ads that encouraged actors to send us a resume and headshot. That way, we were able to see if we had roles that would be suitable for the actors to audition for before they came in to audition. We didn’t want to waste anyone’s time. If we saw that the actor could fit any of the roles, we scheduled an audition for them with a set day and time, and we sent them the information they needed to be there on time. This seemed like the best way to keep the auditions organized and not seem like a cattle call.
Auditions took three days to complete. During the auditions, we conducted an interview with the actors. Because of the subject matter of the story and the types of roles we were casting, we asked a very relevant question, “How in touch with your crazy are you?” I truly believe that because of the answers we received to this question, we were able to pick the perfect cast for these book trailers. Stay tuned to the next blog and you’ll see why.
Check out the work of some of our talented crew!
Tonina Kelly: http://about.me/tonina.kelly
Luciano Comassetto: http://www.purepolygon.com/
Akio Brewer: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/akio-brewer/50/832/423
Danae McBurney: http://danaecmcburney.weebly.com/
Nancy Wilson on Twitter @wilsoncreates