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Job Description

According to the Casting Society of America (CSA), casting directors work directly for studios and production companies, and their agencies function like human resource departments. Casting directors typically work on a freelance basis, charging a set fee for each production in which they’re involved. They must possess strong interpersonal and communication abilities, because they work closely with producers, directors, writers, casting agents, and talent agencies. Being a Casting Director also requires a flexible schedule, because the job requires long hours and often frequent travel to find talent or meet with producers, directors, and other key production staff.

Job Duties

Casting directors, also called talent directors, read scripts and collaborate with producers, directors, and writers to create breakdown notices, which are brief descriptions of the physical attributes, skills, and experience sought in actors to portray particular characters. With the aid of casting assistants, casting directors submit these breakdown notices to agents and talent agencies. Casting directors then receive actors’ head shots and resumes, which they must sift through to select the most qualified actors and schedule them for auditions, often with the help of casting assistants.

Depending on the size and scope of a production, a casting director may hold an initial round of auditions and personally decide which actors to call back for the producer and director. After each round of auditions, the casting director becomes responsible for notifying and scheduling selected actors for additional rounds of auditions, until a final casting decision is made. Although the decision of which actors to cast is ultimately up to directors or producers, casting agents often directly influence the decision of which actor is cast for a particular role.

Educational Requirements

Formal educational training isn’t required to become a casting director, but experience is necessary. Many casting directors begin their careers as casting assistants to CSA Casting Directors (Casting Society of America), by apprenticing for casting agents or as interns for talent agencies and production companies. Individuals seeking careers as casting directors can increase their opportunities by completing bachelor’s degree programs or taking classes in theatre or film production, acting, or business.

Salary Info and Job Outlook

According to PayScale.com, talent directors earned a median of $90,905 as of February 2014. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, http://www.bls.gov) does not provide information specific to the field of casting direction, the BLS did project that the employment of producers and directors will likely grow by about 3% between 2012 and 2022, a rate that’s slower than the average predicted for all occupations

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Final Evaluation

Evaluation Of Documentary

Description In the documentary project we had to create a traditional linear documentary and an interactive documentary online. Our documentaries are about ‘The Stereotypical Teenager’.

Our interactive documentary is a website where you can click on each on a choice of 6 photos of people holding up placards. Each picture is interactive and it will come up with their stories when clicking on them. There is also another interactive part to this website and thats on the home page. This is a rollover image of stereotypes of people and as you rollover a piechart will appear which shows the figures of ‘what teenagers do in their everyday life’.

Our documentary film starts at the entrance at the college and slowly works itself towards the entrance. After that we use various short clips of teenagers being ‘stereotypical’. Throughout the documentary we have voice over explaining facts and information on our teenagers and stereotyping people. There is various interviews with teenagers throughout the documentary, with each of them describing their experiences in life and if they have ever been stereotyped.

The documentary features a VOX-POP, where we have asked students from the college to describe a teenager in one word. The reason we decided to include a VOX-POP is to show the audience how easy it is to stereotype someone, also to show that teenagers know how they are being stereotyped and what is societies opinion on teenagers.

 

My Opinion; 

I think that the documentary went well and that the final documentary and interactive element of the project was successful. I personally enjoyed this project, both pre-production and production side of it. 

I had missed a lot of classes, at the start of the project, but feel that I have caught up with the work and have shown all my evidence of my work on my WordPress. 

If I was going to re-do this project I would change the way we filmed the footage we used in our documentary, unfortunately we filmed most of our footage vertical instead of horizontal. This meant that the video size was small and not as clear as hoped, other than that I throughly enjoyed this project and would happily do it again. 

Technical Element Evidence

During the project we was given another task, which was to create a website that included some technical elements to get the viewer involved. At the bottom of the website are 6 people. Sam, Luke, Will, Skye, Ashleigh and Julian. When you click on each person it takes you to a different page that included their story about stereotypes and the stereotypical teenager. In the top left corner of every page is a ‘Home’ button. Clicking this will return the user to the home page where they can continue looking at the 6 peoples stories.

Also on the front page is a roll-over element. This is when you can roll your cursor over the image to reveal some statistics about the ‘Stereotypical Teenager’. This image was created on excel by our group. This is to include some form of stats and figures.

This image shows that the background is blue, but we have kept the background on the home page to white and the background colours on the peoples stories to a beige to match the roll-over image on the home page. We thought keeping the page colour neutral would be better.

Technical Elements

Narrators Script- First Draft

Below is the first draft of the narrators script for our documentary; 

Narrators Script- First Draft

Opening Titles:

The youth of today, teenagers, they are everywhere we look. No matter where you go you’ll find at least one, you’ve probably got one sitting in your home right now watching the TV or tweeting on their brand new phones. Teenagers are special, but not for just one reason, but for hundreds.

This documentary is about stereotyping these young adults and getting to the truth about teenagers.

(Title Appears)

So what is a stereotype?

A stereotype is a simplified and fixed idea of how a person should behave depending on how they look, act or the people they spend their time with.

We want to know why people stereotype and we may have found the most accurate and relatable answer.

Your brain plays a massive part in this reason without you even realizing it. You see the brain likes order and attempts to see any kind of pattern in disorderly situations. It is much more comfortable following instructions than challenging your own minds. Some are just too ignorant to see the differences in people and the rest just find it easier place people into groups.

Unfortunately this doesn’t quite explain the reason why we feel the need to target teenagers more than any other age group. So what does a society think of teens?

(Sub-title, “A stereotypical teenager”)

*Insert “Vox-Pop” of typical teenage stereotyping.

Obnoxious, lazy, rude, disrespectful, are just some of the words used to describe them today. Teenagers know your thoughts of them and some even play up to it, but it doesn’t mean that the general outlook on them is correct.

*Insert interviews with people to debate the general outlook on the teenage stereotype

// Comment: People going somewhere, people with prospects, people that know what they want to do and how to achieve it

Many people in all generations sincerely believe that all teens are up to no good, no matter where they go they cause trouble. You’re probably thinking that this is true, but you couldn’t be further from the truth.

We have gathered some teenagers and listened to their point of view on the topic.

 

*Insert Interviews with students opinions where there is a for an against the idea of stereotyping

// Comment: Take some of pre-made interviews and interviews for those who believe stereotyping is fair and should no stand should be made.

Closing piece for documentary:

Teenagers are special! They have great minds and are gleaming with brilliance! They are the future and it is time for teenagers to stand up and show you what they are capable of. They aim to change your minds and show you a new light. No matter how you see teenagers it is time for a change and it will all start when you start to see them in a way you’ve never seen them before.

 

Filming and Summary 17/03/2014

Today we filmed all interviews for our documentary and all photos were taken.

 

In our session with Alan,

We learnt how to use DreamWeaver and how to successfully edit our photos on photoshop so they can be added to our interactive documentary.

– First plan for interactive side of the documentary has been made today and we have made a lot of progress today.