Why Wonder Woman Reminds Us We Can All Be Superheroes

Why Wonder Woman Reminds Us We Can All Be Superheroes

Do you ever feel like acting is a mugs game? That no matter what you do, you just never get exactly to where you want to be. And when you do, you’re so busy focusing on the next goal, you forget to celebrate the one you’ve just arrived at. And then along comes a movie like Wonder Woman, swords swishing, horses galloping, and you’re transfixed. Transported even. Everything is possible again. Maybe you can do it all after all.

And don’t we all want to feel like that every day? Like we can do anything we want. Like we can save the world. Like we can have it all as an actor. Dreamy right?

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Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Women in Film and Television Awards 2017 – nominate by Wed 13th

Tom Hiddleston WFTVNominations now open for the Women in Film & Television Awards 2017!

The deadline for nominations is midnight on Wednesday 13 September.  Click here to get your nominations in today!

This is your chance to nominate a great woman for an award. Maybe it’s someone you’ve worked with – a terrific editor, production manager or cinematographer. Or perhaps it’s an exciting new talent you’ve spotted or someone you feel has made an important contribution to the industry over the years. It’s your chance to have your say. And the best bit….you can even nominate yourself!

We’re getting behind the team at Women in Film and Television because we love what they do for women in British filmmaking and television.

There are thirteen categories of awards from business to craft, project management to producer. A full list of award categories and their definitions can be found here.

The Women in Film & Television Awards 2017, supported by Sky, will take place on Friday 1 December 2017, at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Tickets will go on sale at 11:00 am on Tuesday 03 October 2017.

And if you have any other questions about the awards, you can speak to Jenny Samuels, Awards and Events Producer, Women in Film & TV, via 020 7287 1400  Email: jenny@wftv.org.uk. Or visit: www.wftv.org.uk

An Interview with Casting Director Manuel Puro

An Interview with Casting Director Manuel Puro

Casting director Manuel Puro has been on the casting scene for over two decades now, and recently he’s gone one step further to create something truly outstanding (and one of a kind) for actors globally – an international online self tape course. Actress and writer for Casting Networks, Angela Peters, recently took part in Casting Director Manuel Puro’s new online course, The Acting Habit, and had an incredible experience working on self tapes daily with actors from all around the globe. Self tapes are the way forward, and here Angela talks to Manuel to find out more about why he created this course, the importance of getting a self tape right, and more about his casting career.

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The Director Behind Spaceship

The Director Behind Spaceship

UK director Alex Taylor didn’t always know he was going to make magic films. Starting in the music world as a saxophonist, he quickly took the film world by storm when he came second at SXSW with his debut short film Kids Might Fly. The rest is history. Here Casting Networks got up close and personal with Alex to talk about about spaceships, zany plots, casting real people and what he’s got coming up next. 

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Acting on a Dream

Acting on a Dream

This month we took a moment to get away from the busyness of acting, and instead take our breath away with some dream stuff…specifically, Acting on a Dream. As you’ll learn when you surf through their very inspiring and exciting website, Acting On A Dream is here to make you stop and take a moment to think about what you want, namely your dreams and aspirations. The lovely duo who create the Acting on a Dream magic, April Kelley and Sara Huxley, share with us why they started the project, what it means now, and how aoad has evolved into a community of people who share a belief that anything is possible.

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Outdoor Summer Screenings in the UK

Summer is here (finally) and it really is time for us all venture out, leaving the comforts of our living rooms and to share with old and new friends alike what has now become a regular staple in the film events calendar – the outdoor summer screening!

With so many different venues and options to choose from these days, we round up a collection of our favourites across the UK.

Image copyright – Somerset House

Somerset House, London
Perhaps the most well known summer screening series, and the longest running, is Film 4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. This year boasts UK premiers of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power on opening night and this years Palme d’Or winner The Square as well as a whole host of other crowd pleasing classics likes Jaws and Donnie Darko. Full screening dates and timesread more

Help! I lost my voice!

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PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a doctor, so please follow all medical advice first and foremost to get well.

I was woken up by the cries of a newborn baby in my building this morning and I was reminded of those first critical seconds after a baby is born. The silence… waiting…. and then the first breath and then… relief… wahhhh wahhhhh wahhhhh… and then I was reminded of something that I often refer to which is that a baby can wake a whole building with effortless sound. So why is it that we learn such poor vocal habits when we are born with a perfect instrument?read more

Casting Networks Meets Signature Pictures

FIGHT Behind the scenes

This week we speak with Sami from Signature Pictures, a London based production company that helps more young, unemployed creatives get real on the job training.


Casting Networks: How was Signature Pictures come into fruition?

Sami Larabi: Signature Pictures was formed in 2012 by our creative director, Jon Max Spatz. He had worked in the camera department on several Harry Potter films, but found himself unemployed afterwards. He went to the Jobcentre and told them that he would like to work in the creative industries, only to be told that there were no relevant opportunities available. Following this, he decided to create a production company that would offer this opportunity for others in similar positions going to the Jobcentre.read more

Casting Networks Members Manchester Event

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Casting Networks will be back at the 3 Minute Theatre, Manchester in June for our next FREE members event in our regular series of Industry Q&A’s.

Our special guest speaker will be announced shortly along with the date, and all Casting Networks members will receive an email with information about how to submit for a chance to secure a ticket nearer to the time. (The event is strictly invite only. Make sure you have Casting Billboard email notifications switched on to receive the invite.)read more