Chatting BAFTAs, Cowboys and Castings with Claire Bleasdale

Chatting BAFTAs, Cowboys and Castings with Claire Bleasdale

This month we were fortunate enough to talk with casting director Claire Bleasdale straight after a short film she cast, Cowboy Dave, won a highly coveted BAFTA. Claire is a very experienced casting director who has worked in many facets of the industry from acting – so many casting directors seem to start there – through to extras and crew casting, until more recently working as a casting director in London and up north. We asked Claire all about it, eager to find out more about the BAFTA winning short, what she has planned next, and tips for actors contacting casting directors. 

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It’s Time to Celebrate the Art of Casting with the Casting Directors Association Awards

It’s Time to Celebrate the Art of Casting with the Casting Directors Association Awards

Once again we welcome the Casting Directors Association (CDA) awards with open arms. It’s a wonderful time every year where casting directors are acknowledged for their incredible efforts in all things castings…something we believe should happen more!

This year the Casting Directors Association awards will take place on May 3rd, and the gala evening will be hosted by comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi. Sitting on the panel of judges this year are Claire Beale (Global Editor in Chief for Campaign); Steve Davies (Chief Executive of APA); Simon Evans (Theatre Director); Robert Glenister (Actor); Andy Levine (Head of Production at Stink Film); Tom Oxley (Photographer); Christine Payne (General Secretary of Equity).

Here we take a look at a few of the nominees and their brilliant work. read more

Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Share The Same Post on All Social Media Platforms

by Lenka Silhanova

Do you post the same content to all of your social media profiles to save time and to get it in front of as many eyes as possible? It’s not serving you as well as you think and let me explain why.

You post a photo on Instagram and then you tick to be shared automatically to Facebook and Twitter. You figure, some people follow you there, some people follow you elsewhere, better keep all your profiles updated. That logic is legit, but what is convenient for you is not always in the best interest for your followers. read more

Interview with award winning director Dan Pringle

Interview with award winning director Dan Pringle

Now who wouldn’t love a story about a son who takes over a kebab shop and violently turns against drunken customers? It has all the makings of a perfect film right? Indeed. Which is why we were desperate to meet up with the director/writer Dan Pringle and find out all about how this debut feature, set in Bournemouth, came to be. Fresh from a London Independent Film Festival win (and long listed for a BIFA nomination for first time screenwriting), Dan is swiftly moving on to lots of other exciting projects at White Lantern Films, his production company that he started with producer Adam Merrified. Here we talk to Dan about all things comedy-horror, film festivals, choosing lead actors and what’s up next.

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Early Days in Short Films

Early Days in Short Films

We were absolutely thrilled to attend a packed out private BFI screening of Early Days just last month in London. And what a fantastic short it is. The story was conceived by director/writer Nessa Wrafter who felt compelled to share what the early days of life, after a little one has arrived, are like. Truthful, touching and poignant, it is about Kate coming home to find her world altered beyond recognition.

Being that we have just celebrated International Women’s Day we were keen to meet the duo behind this short and find out how they came to create such a beautiful short and get so much crowd funding support and love at the same time. Here we talk to director Nessa Wrafter and producer Clancie Brennan.

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How to Make Film Festivals Work for You

How to Make Film Festivals Work for You

The magic of film festivals – everyone is trying to get their work into them. There’s big ones, small ones, prestigious ones, far away ones, and local ones.

As someone who has been running a film festival for three years now, I feel I have the teeniest bit of experience in them, and some understanding about why they are so useful. But I’ve also attended dozens over the years, here in the UK, in Cannes, Australia and beyond. And that’s where the real experience comes from. read more

An Interview with Award-Winning Director and Writer Laura Smith

Currently busy in development with a female led body horror and an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation in conjunction with Lunar Lander films’ BFI vision award funded slate, Laura is no stranger to hard work, grinding and getting the work done. Previously Laura directed five short films in the UK, Germany and Australia that were all commissioned by the BFI and Channel 4, amongst others, as well as directing countless episodes of television for some of Britain’s most well known shows like The Cut and Hollyoaks and developing feature films with support from financiers such as Creative Europe and the BFI. She is one busy lady. We sat down with Laura to find out what she is up to now, how she feels about casting actors, and the state of play for female directors in the UK right now – because it is a hot topic right now after all.

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Gabrielle Miller in THE OUTBACK MOTEL. Director: Laura Smith

 

Casting Networks: Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about how you got started in the directing world, and how long you’ve been directing? Was it through studying at NFTS or did it start way before you were accepted into the highly prestigious NFTS director course?read more

Why Actors Should Stop Promoting Only Themselves on Social Media

Why Actors Should Stop Promoting Only Themselves on Social Media

By Lenka Silhanova

You may have been told by your agent, manager or by a casting director that you should use social media to promote your career. You’ve read all these “success stories” that actors were cast because they had a lot of followers on social media. So you created profiles and started promoting yourself like you’ve been told to do so… you share your demo reel, tell people to go check out your profiles on casting websites or to visit your own website. But what happens is that nobody’s reacting to anything you share and your follower count is not growing either. That is really frustrating and you wonder “Is this social media thing just a waste of time?”, right? read more

Spotlight on Female Directors Making it Happen

Spotlight on Female Directors Making it Happen

With there being a big focus right now on women in the industry, the new F-rating on IMDb, and on it being both a fair, and safe industry for women to work, we want to take a look at a selection of British talent who are taking the industry by storm – creating work that is powerful and exciting – and female lead. And not that being a female should ever stand in the way of doing incredible work, or getting the chance to, but we did want to find out, if it ever does.

Here we talk to directors Fenella Greenfield, Chryssanthi Kouri and Louise Cooke, about all things female director related.

Meet Fenella Greenfield…

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