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What Makes You Unique


Be yourself; everyone else is already taken –Oscar Wilde   In the HBO documentary Casting By, the late great matriarch of casting, Marion Dougherty says “every actor has a unique quality to bring to the screen.” When I first heard her say this, I paused and thought that it did not make sense.  I thought […]


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The Making of Casting By


When I was sixteen-years-old, living in New York City, I loved Woody Allen films. I may have seen Annie Hall fifteen times. I noticed that “Woody” used many of the same key players again and again in making his films. One of those players was his casting director, Juliet Taylor. I remember looking up at […]


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The Role of the Casting Director

Casting By- A Feature Documentary by Tom Donahue With Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Bette Midler and John Travolta

The casting director is the first key personnel (or “key” in industry terms) hired when a film is in pre-production. The casting director, or CD, usually has ten or twelve weeks of uninterrupted time with the director to set the cast. This is the director’s first and potentially most important creative collaboration before he/she works […]


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